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.
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.