David Archuleta Announces He’s Putting Music On Hold For Mormon Mission

David Archuleta’s emotions overtook him last night during a Christmas concert at Salt Lake City’s Abravanel Hall while the singer made a special announcement to all his fans. “I’ve chosen to serve a full time mission,” the 2008 American Idol runner-up said, before the audience erupted into applause. He then covered his face with his hands as he tried to compose himself.

While serving his mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Archuleta will put his singing career on hold for two years. Eric Hawkins, a spokesman from the church, declined to say where the singer will serve.

“It’s not because someone told me that I’m supposed to do it, not because I no longer want to do music anymore, but it’s because it’s the feeling that I feel I need to do next in my life,” Archuleta said with a shaky voice, after regaining his composure on stage. “It’s just the same feeling that I’ve always tried to follow in my life… I’ve learned to trust that feeling and I’ve learned that I need to answer when it calls.”

During his announcement, the 20-year-old indicated that his mission will begin in “the first half of next year.”

David parted ways with label Jive and the WEG management company in early 2011, following the release of his sophomore album The Other Side Of Down in fall 2010. “The President of Sony, Barry Wise, who is also over at Jive records, has left the company,” he said in a video blog posted on his official site in February. “And same with my A&R guy, Jeff Finster… he’s no longer there, too. So, a lot of people have been leaving, they’re changing as a company.”

Archuleta has been traveling North America throughout December on his My Kind Of Christmas Tour, which wraps up tomorrow night (December 21) at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek, Colorado.

What do you think of David’s decision to put his music career on hold for a couple years, Archie fans? Let us know below, or by hitting us up on Facebook or Twitter!

The Other Side Of Down is available now on Jive. Purchase it at eMusic.

[Via The Huffington Post]

  • Fan4me

    well, I’ve always been a fan of David but I’m not like a huge fan. I have his 2 non-Christmas albums and only a few of his songs on my iPod. I was shocked and sad this morning when I saw the video from his Twitter cause I thought it was a permanent leave from music but if its only 2 years, that’s fine. all I know is, his next album better be done when that 2 years is up so he can get right back at it.

  • anonymous

    I really dislike converting people to religions but its great that David’s going to be helping people around the world. He has the BEST personality out of any celebrity I’ve ever known, and he’s probably one of the few who’s actually willing to put a hold on his career to volunteer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Victor-Atomic/1169894407 Victor Atomic

    Hope he doesn’t get caught up in religion. Pitty cause I sense hes struggling more with something else :(

  • c.heartwell

    I hate to see him leave his music for 2 years, but I understand his conviction, and admire him for it. Will look fwd to hearing from him again soon. Good luck.

  • Ty Richey

    Trying to hide his sexuality… this poor kid is gayer than Christmas! Poor confused little boy…

  • anonymous

    Finally! I am so glad he’s decided to go!!
    Good job David and good luck!!

  • Romeo M. Estrella

    Nice CHOICE Elder David Archuleta and Hope to see you here in Dasmarinas, Cavite if you will be assigned in Manila Mission. The lord will truly Bless you you and your family in fulfilling his Call.

  • angie heinzl

    it is a very good decision, to serve our Heavenly Father and help the people to know more about the gospel and have a strong faith in Him. I know that the Lord will guide you and protect you.