Submitted by Abrra and Betsy
In David Archuleta’s absence, we, his fans, have been well cared for over the last several months by Team David. How say you? We have been the recipients of a treasure chest filled with music, video, and never-before-seen pictures from photo shoots and Kari Sellard’s personal camera. What a special treat all this has been for us! But as wonderful as all these gifts have been, we continue to want to hear from David, himself, all the more. It has been nearly 2 years since David Archuleta has spoken directly to fans. We are all anxious to hear about some of his experiences in South America and what he has in store for the next phase of his career.
Well Archangels, the wait is over! Sort of. (Work with me here if you will and suspend belief for a bit, ok?) Through the magic of imagination, breaking the laws of time and space, we have David Archuleta’s first interview with the press (The Voice, natch!) upon his early return from Chile.Betsy and I got the chance to have an interview with him a month after his secret return.
Question 1: What was your first thought as you crossed into UTAH airspace on the plane home?
Answer: I will get to sleep in my own bed! It was humbling to realize that I could now share all I had experienced with my family. The few times we spoke on Skype were not enough for me. I am so relieved to know that we would be together all the time now. I looked out the window of the plane and I saw the mountains and started singing UTAAAAAAH! (random sings it to interviewer like he did in SLC on AI Tour.) I so wanted to tweet “Hi! David here! I’m baacckkk!!”. I did take a minute to check my twitter timeline (laughs). I was blown away with all the messages from fans. It’s nice to know you are missed and not forgotten. Well, I did keep my promise to return. They kept their promise to wait. It’s a win-win!
Question 2: Just how many fans were there at the airport to greet you?
Answer: I kept my homecoming a secret, so it was just family, and strangely enough, Taylor Swift showed up in the lounge where we were gathered. But I had security escort her to another lounge. I hear she’s writing a song about me now. (laughs)
Question 3: We have talked endlessly about a David Returns Home Concert. Where would be your favorite place to hold this concert?
Answer: Ideally, I would like to have my first concert take place over a long weekend, three shows, at the Interlochen Music Academy in Michigan. It’s got a relaxed, cool vibe to it. My friend Sunny went to music school there, as did Norah Jones, Josh Groban and Jewel! Nothing is confirmed yet, but I am also considering the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. It used to be the Louisana Superdome until hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. I hear that it has been completely rebuilt. Performing there would be an awesome thrill!
Question 4: Tell us about the first meal you had when you got back. What did you eat and who shared it with you?
Answer: My 2 younger sisters learned to cook while I was away. We had a special family dinner where they made Chicken Pad Thai. It was so good to eat something familiar. I am so proud of how they have grown up! They plan to open their own restaurant in a few years.
Question 5: Many famous artists have said they missed you and wanted to work with you. Have you decided on who you would like to record with next?
Answer: I suppose I can now announce it: I am collaborating with Alison Sudol who sings professionally as A Fine Frenzy. We will be working on some original songs for a fall tour. The planning is in the early stages. She will open the show and we will sing a few duets during my set. I met Alison 3 years ago and we have stayed in contact.
Question 6: Before you left for Chile, you said you can’t wait to show us the person you will become. How have you changed in the last 2 years?
Answer: How have I changed? Hmmm- let’s see. I am a more realistic person. I have gained a new appreciation for what people must do to survive in poverty. I have seen people in deepest despair, also watched others experience the greatest joy. I was blessed to help deliver a baby in an emergency situation.
Question 7: The world is waiting for you to release an album of Spanish songs. Did you do some songwriting while you were away?
Answer: Songwriting? I’ve written 150 songs in my head. New Life is one of my favorites and I wrote it after experiencing the joy of helping a new baby come into this world. A Spanish album will happen as soon as I can get some songs down on paper and record them. Spending time in a Spanish culture has definitely influenced me.
Question 8: Can you tell a funny story from your experience in Chile?
Answer: It was a challenge to avoid being recognized, even so far from the US. I was walking down the street in Santiago when someone called out, “Josh Bradley?” (laughs). Then the 4 girls started screaming and chased me until I was able to duck down a stairway to the train! I had forgotten that Nandito Ako had played over the internet and not just on TV5 in Manilla. It made me laugh that Josh was more recognizable than me. I will have the opportunity to act again. I have learned that it’s best to not hide behind your comfort zone. Acting is something I really enjoy which helps me to explore parts of human nature that I may not personally experience in my own life.
Question 9: Did you pick up any new habits while you were away?
Answer: Oh yes! You become part of the culture and things stick with you even when you are back home. I now always wear shoes, socks, or sandals in the house. Barefoot used to be the standard when I was home, but no longer. Down in Chile we had to always have something on our feet, even in the house. There were some interesting spider-like wildlife in the kitchen on occasion, haha. Speaking of the kitchen. I learned to cook a few pasta dishes and I can grill burgers like a pro. I never learned to like fish though. I guess bike riding became a new habit. We had no car so biking was the best way to get around. There were dogs everywhere so I was chased more times than I can count! I have learned that life is like riding a bike: to keep your balance, you must keep moving forward.
Question 10: We have to ask it, the marriage question. Any plans in the near future?
Answer: If I meet the right person, I wouldn’t hesitate. I won’t get married just to get married, but I am open to falling in love. It’ll happen, I’m sure. I wasn’t open to it before. I needed to get a few things behind me and now I have. I’m looking forward to falling in love, marrying, and becoming a father. I want lots of children.
David, I want to thank you for allowing The Voice to interview you. I know the fans will think of this interview like a cool drink in the hot desert. We enjoyed all the special music and videos that Team David shared in your absence. But having you back home now is the best gift!
Answer: I just want to thank the fans for all their support and understanding. It was not an easy decision that I made back in 2011. It was a goal of mine to fulfill a mission while I was young. My Heavenly Father, along with family, friends and fans kept me going.
There you have it! We will have a new concert, new music, and for David Archuleta a new start on life along with a fabulous singing career.
Disclaimer: The events described in this interview are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.