Conquering Pop Hero David Archuleta

Rumor has it there’s a fellow out of Murray by the name of David Archuleta performing in Salt Lake City this weekend. Apparently, he’s gained quite a following.

Oh, so you’ve heard of him?

The 18-year-old “American Idol” alumnus with the Mouseketeer charm and the set of crooner pipes that can have teen girls fainting in five notes or less will be singing for the home crowd at the E Center in West Valley City on Friday, with Amie Miriello and Benton Paul as openers. The show will be his final appearance on his first solo tour, which began late February in Virginia Beach, Va.

“There’s nothing like singing to a home crowd!” Archuleta wrote in an e-mail interview. “The energy is so different, and the feeling is so welcoming from them. The only thing is that I feel like the expectations are set a little higher at home for me, but I still can’t wait to perform for my friends, family and neighbors.”

Unless you’ve been hibernating in a cave for the last two years, you have no doubt heard about Archuleta’s run on the past season of “American Idol.”

After auditioning for the show at the age of 16 in the summer of 2007, singing John Mayer’s “Waiting on the World to Change,” Archuleta marched straight to the top, where Season 7 winner David Cook narrowly bested him in the season finale.

Despite the disappointment from the much-anticipated battle of the Davids, the popster is still chugging along full bore. He hopped aboard Jive Records in summer 2008, and in November of the same year released his first album, called “David Archuleta,” which featured three songs that debuted on the Billboard Hot 100, including his hit single, “Crush.” Archuleta will be drawing from the breakout CD at the E Center show.

“I hope the crowd will just be able to tell that I’m having such a great time, and how grateful I am for the support Utah has been giving,” Archuleta said.

One of the challenges of late has been identifying exactly who he is as an artist, said Archuleta, who still doesn’t feel “settled” as a musician. Presenting himself on stage while still experimenting with his music and persona can be difficult.

“I don’t know if I’ve really settled into the publicity of it all,” he said. “I’m getting more used to it, though. The music business can be pretty interesting, but you learn a lot from all the people you’re around.”

If the jovial “haha’s” speckled throughout his e-interview are any sort of measure, it would appear that Archuleta isn’t taking himself too seriously in the limelight, maintaining instead the youthful humility that endeared him to Simon, Randy, Paula and 30 million “Idol” viewers in the first place.

“I didn’t think it would ever head in the direction it has so quickly,” he said. “But I’m really happy with how things have worked out.”

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~ by archuletafanscene on April 7, 2009.

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