David shares how prayer and purpose influence his songs.
David Archuleta has come a long way since his debut on American Idol, and has paved a way for himself in the music scene. His latest album release “Therapy Sessions” highlights his undeniable vocal talent while diving into a much more vulnerable side of David that he’s sharing with his fans. It’s relatable, and just what we need during these uncertain times. Get to know David below!
Who or what guides your songwriting process?
I start every songwriting session with a prayer. I ask the writers if they have a spiritual history in their lives to be considerate, and invite them to join me. After that we have conversations, brainstorm for song concepts which usually come from my own trains of thoughts (and they’re pretty big trains).
How did your LDS mission in Chile help to shape your music career post American Idol?
A really simple yet big way is actually starting my writing and recording sessions with a prayer. It was something I adopted from my mission because everything began and ended with prayer from the moment we woke up to the time we went to bed, and everything in between from meals, meetings, lessons, etc. Prayer gets me focused on what I want my purpose to be in my music, and I want that purpose to be there from the very get to so it guides wherever I go next in a verse, melody, decision, or conversation. I think a lot of that influence reflects in the music I’ve released since coming back in 2014.
How have you seen your fans connect with your music, especially during a time where you can’t see them live?
I’ve loved seeing how social media makes it so easy to connect with people right from home. While I can’t be on tour, I’ve been able to upload covers I learned while in quarantine. I’ve been able to do Instagram lives, acoustic performances of my new songs, and just be more casually connected with everyone. I feel it’s a lot less pressure to look a certain way when everyone’s at home together not trying to show how busy we can be. Which I myself can get caught in doing: Trying to see how productive I am with my weeks to prove to the world I’m… somebody. Idk. But I’ve realized I don’t have to be and am lot happier when I don’t worry and stress about it. It’s fine. I’m fine. OK. All right.
We can’t get enough of David Archuleta’s new album “Therapy Sessions!” Don’t forget to keep up with all things David by following him on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, YouTube and checking out his website!