David Archuleta taking career break for Mormon mission

Singer David Archuleta made a startling announcement during his Christmas concert in Salt Lake City earlier this week. The 20-year-old American Idol runner-up will be taking a two-year hiatus from music to serve as a full-time Mormon missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “It’s not because someone told me that I was supposed to do it, not because I no longer want to do music anymore, but it’s because, it’s the feeling that I’ve felt I need to do next in my life,” the singer told his fans. He says it’s the same feeling that has allowed him to make it this far and that he’s learned to trust it. “I’ve learned that I need to answer when it calls. And that’s the reason why I know that I need to do this in my life.” His heartfelt announcement was met with cheers and a standing ovation from the crowd, moving the young star to tears.

Archuleta has been singing professionally since he was child but it wasn’t until his run on season seven of American Idol that he found stardom. Although he didn’t win the competition, his debut album Crash hit No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and he went on to release two more successful albums.

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  1. Violet • December 21, 2011 @ 3:53 PM

    I will miss him very much but we are a loyal fanbase and we’ll be waiting for him and keeping busy. We are fans not only of his singing but also of the wonderful person he is. Nobody else will do. Very proud of him for always following his heart.

  2. Joan • December 22, 2011 @ 12:36 AM

    He really is a good person and very talented too.

  3. Jacque • December 22, 2011 @ 12:52 PM

    Love David for who he is as much as his voice and talent. I wish him well as he embarks on this new adventure and already can’t wait for new music from him when he returns. LOL.

  4. Nobody Important • December 22, 2011 @ 8:10 PM

    It’s a freaky faith, but if serving makes him a better man than good for him.

  5. Terrell • December 22, 2011 @ 10:01 PM

    Admire his courage at following his heart. Such a great talent, love his voice. Glad to hear he wants to return to music afterwards, would love to see him live in concert.

  6. Victoria • December 23, 2011 @ 1:02 AM

    David is coming back and he’s still young at age 24 when he does so no worries…He’s already more mature and sexier than he was on Idol can’t wait to see how he changes when he comes back:)

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