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David Archuleta is on a mission with a new album

Kristyn Burtt is an IAWTV award-winning host and entertainment reporter. She currently hosts the recap shows for "Dancing With the Stars" and "So You Think You Can Dance" on AfterBuzz TV and for "True Blood" on GeekNation.

Making music while serving the church

Season 7 American Idol runner-up David Archuleta is still serving his mission for the Mormon church, but he's keeping music in the mix with a new album.

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Season 7 American Idol runner-up David Archuleta is back on the scene with a new album coming on March 26. This will be the pop sensation's fifth studio album and will feature a mix of new material as well as a few previously unreleased U.S. singles.

The new album is entitled No Matter How Far and the first single from the CD will be "Don't Run Away," a love ballad sure to please his American Idol fans. The song was produced by The Nexus, comprised of British musicians David Sneddon and James Bauer-Mein, and will be released in February ahead of the album.

What's fascinating about this album release is that Archuleta, who is a Mormon, is currently serving on a two-year mission in South America for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. In late 2011, the young singer announced to his fans at a holiday concert that he would serve his church and his faith with the mission.

He told a Salt Lake City audience, who first heard the announcement, "It's not because someone told me I was supposed to do it and not because I no longer want to do music anymore. It's what I feel I need to do next in my life."

The news was shocking to some of his fans since he's had quite a bit of success post-Idol. As one of the youngest contestants ever to perform on American Idol at the age of 16, he followed up his show success with a self-titled album. The album and his first single, "Crush," peaked at #2 on the Billboard charts with the single topping over 2 million downloads.

Archuleta has approximately a year left in his mission in Chile. He's made it clear he'll return to music full-time when he's back in the States.

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