David Archuleta’s Farewell

Though we practice different faiths, I can’t help but admire David Archuleta’s decision to step away from his singing career for two years in order to be a Mormon missionary and develop his relationship with God. It’s a choice that takes courage and character, especially for someone whose business is in the public eye. Being a public figure usually involves doing all the work possible to get your face out there and keep it out there. Yet here he is, stepping out of the show business spotlight for two years. The only Catholic equivalent I can think of right now is soccer star Chase Hilgenbrinck retiring from the sport in order to enter the seminary and become a priest.

I can’t say I’m totally surprised by Archuleta’s decision though. I’ve followed his career and even recorded a phone interview with him a couple of years ago when his Christmas album came out. There’s a sincerity, humility and depth to him that are admirable. Like most of us, he’s gone through some struggles in his life (vocal paralysis, parents’ divorce), and the adversity has built his character. His new experience will likely do the same.

Here is David’s “It’s Not Goodbye” video:

About Tony Rossi

After graduating from St. John's University in New York with degrees in Communications and English, Tony Rossi found a job at the Catholic media organization, The Christophers, that allowed him to indulge his interest in religion, media, and pop culture. He served as The Christophers' TV producer for 11 years, and is currently the host and producer of the organization's radio show/podcast Christopher Closeup, writer and editor of their syndicated Light One Candle column, and producer/scriptwriter of the annual Christopher Awards ceremony.

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  • Hannah

    What a wonderful article. Thank you so much for writing it. :)

  • violet4ever

    Thanks for the nice article about David. I love his voice and he’s a great human being. He is always kind, honest and humble. He did an impressive amount of stuf in 4 years. In the last 10 weeks alone he did an amazing amount of stuff for the fans – he was filmed as leading man in a 5-week Philippines miniseries Nandito Ako (subtitled DVD set is in the works), recorded a Philippines album Forevermore (available at Amazon, WOWHD and Multiply) and an upcoming music video for that (to premiere soon). He was working on a new US album of classic songs through last night (at least in part produced by Kurt Bestor and John Hancock). And he did several photoshoots too. A very busy guy making sure stuff was left for his fans. He’s DavidArchie on twitter and it sounds like that’s where his manager Kari will post any messages from David. I’ll really miss him. But he’s in my heart. David’s fans are very loyal and we”ll be here #DA2014

  • http://www.NancyFrench.com Nancy French

    Wow! That’s touching.

  • cassidy

    Love your article about David Archuleta! He is beautiful inside and out and I’m proud to be a fan!

  • http://FOD Kath

    David is a one of a kind person and one musical artist. He is unique in that his strong character and values have guided his during that last 4 years as opposed to his thirst for fame and fortune. David has a heart of gold who will be dearly missed. I know that wherever David is….he will be touching others with his beautiful spirit and soul. The world is blessed with the gifts that David has to offer. He is such a shining light…and “breath of fresh air!”

  • Jamie

    Thank you for this great article on David taking time off to go on a mission. He is truly one of a kind. It will be hard to not have him around, but I’m so proud of him for following his heart and staying true to himself. I hope everyone who comes in contact with him, while he is gone, will give him the respect that he deserves so his experience will be all that he hopes for. God Bless you David.

  • Angel

    Thank you for posting this article. Yes, he is very impressive and inspiring whatever walk of faith we are in. I can not appreciate him enough for taking the step of leaving his fame and go to his purpose in life.

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