The David Archuleta Music Scholarship

The David Archuleta
Music Scholarship

About The David Archuleta Music Scholarship

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and cannot remain silent.”

— Victor Hugo

When a then-17-year-old David Archuleta returned home to Murray, Utah, he was not returning home from the average vacation. He was returning from his journey on American Idol for a Top Three homecoming. Overwhelmed and bursting with pride, David enthusiastically waved from a convertible that was making its way around a track to the adoring crowds – his peers, his neighbors, his friends, and his fans. With arms stretched out as wide as his radiant smile, he declared: “This is my high school!”
David Archuleta and mother Lupe at Murray High School
Murray High School supported David every step of the way in his very public rise to recognition with mass viewings of the show, nonstop voting, and subsequent to the show, unwavering love for him and unshakeable faith in him. David’s strong musical background from his youth peaked in his high school years, years spent at Murray High School as a member of the music program, specifically an a capella choir.

Murray High School logo When David began to travel the world to continue his budding singing career, he never forgot where he came from: Murray High School. All of his friends, all of his supporters, all of the people he spent years with — they all went to, or still attended, Murray High after his time spent there. David's enthusiastic supporters have a passion not only for his music, but for his character. David stands for family, faith, service, friendship, and love, and with every fiber of his being, he wants to give back to the community.

For everything that David has shown his supporters, his supporters wanted to return the favor by providing a way to help out his hometown of Murray, Utah and Murray High School. The David Archuleta Music Scholarship was created in February of 2010 to provide musically inclined, outstandingly dedicated Murray High School students with the funds to strive for musical achievements in an instructional establishment of higher education.

About David Archuleta: A Short Biography

The David Archuleta story began on December 28, 1990, the day David was born to Jeff and Lupe Archuleta in North Miami, Florida. His father was a jazz musician who was always playing the trumpet around the house. His mother was a singer who performed locally with her three sisters in a group known as the Mayorga Sisters. David always enjoyed music, but wasn't particularly fond of his dad's jazz trumpet playing, covering his ears "because it was so loud."

David ArchuletaSoon came one of those pivotal moments, when David was six years old and watched a videotape with his younger brother as his family was relocating from Florida to Utah. It was the 10th anniversary concert of the stage musical "Les Miserables". David became captivated with the music, playing the tape over and over, memorizing each song, complete with cockney accents.

During Star Search’s 2nd season, when he was 12, he was asked to submit videos of him singing the Smokey Robinson/Jackson 5 song "Who's Lovin' You" and Billy Gilman's "One Voice." He was invited to compete on the show and appeared on three episodes in early 2003, winning the Junior category. A year later, he was invited back to compete against other winners. The second run on "Star Search" was more difficult. David had been ill for a few months with appendicitis and bronchitis. Several weeks into his second "Star Search" experience, the Archuletas realized something was definitely wrong with David's voice. A renowned ETN doctor in Beverly Hills diagnosed David with vocal paralysis and said the only options were either surgery or vocal therapy. They tried the latter, and after a frustrating couple of years of time and patience with the vocal therapy, the efforts worked and David was able to regain his ability to sing with confidence and endurance.

David first was introduced to American Idol in 2002 when Tamyra Gray opened the Top 30 semifinals with her outstanding performance of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going." It was the first time he was aware of how expressive and soulful music could be, and what it was like to vocalize emotions. This was perhaps the most pivotal musical moment of his young life, the first step on the path that led him to who he is today, a musical prodigy, the runner-up for the seventh season of "American Idol. David continued to watch "American Idol" and thought about auditioning, but didn't believe he was "good enough". In the summer of 2007, at the tender age of 16, his friends and family urged him to audition. He had to quit his job as a techie at a local amphitheater in Murray, Utah, and almost didn't go to try out because he was looking forward to this summer job. David instantly found success on the show, placing second out of thousands and thousands of contestants. Soon after, David embarked on the American Idols Live! Tour, travelling around the U.S. and Canada.

In late winter, early spring of 2009, after the November 2008 release of his self-titled debut album, he traveled on his first solo tour to promote his album. This included his Billboard hit, "Crush," which debuted at #2 and has sold over one million copies. During April/May of that year, he toured in the United Kingdom, supporting the British band "McFly." , In May of that year, he also traveled to Manila, in the Philippines, and performed with David Cook. While in Asia, he visited Singapore, and Malaysia, greeting and performing for fans. With increasing success and notoriety, David toured with Disney teen Demi Lovato and upcoming artist Jordan Pruitt, during the summer of 2009. Following the release of his "Christmas from the Heart" album, he toured throughout the U.S. in Nov. and Dec. of 2009.

David's book "Chords of Strength" was released on June 1, 2010 and was listed on the New York Times Best Seller list. It was released in paperback on May 3, 2011. David also released his third CD "The Other Side of Down" in October 2010. David was invited to be the guest singer of the prestigious Mormon Tabernacle Choir during their annual concert in December 2010. He was the youngest singer ever to be their guest. He received rave reviews.

David kept quite busy during the year of 2011, performing in various concerts and charity events, and making some TV appearances.

In the summer of 2011 he traveled to Asia…appearing in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Viet Nam promoting "The Other Side of Down"..Asian Edition.

During Dec 2011, David embarked on yet another amazing Christmas Tour "My Kind of Christmas". He and his band visited 13 cities in which he shared his love for Christmas music with others. During his Utah concert, in Salt Lake City, David publicly announced he will be serving a full time 2 yr mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He will leave sometime during the first half of 2012. However, before he starts his mission, he has one more journey to experience. He will be starring in the mini-series "Nandito Ako" (I Am Here) as Josh Bradley. His fans will be anxiously awaiting his return to music sometime in the year 2014.

David is also well-known for his humanitarian efforts. In January 2011, he visited the children of Rising Star Outreach in India as well as helping the people of the leprosy colonies first hand. He is also an avid supporter of many charities including: "Stand Up to Cancer", "Children’s Miracle Network," "Make a Wish Foundation", "Invisible Children" and "ChildFund", among others.

David's fans have been inspired by his caring heart and example. They have generously donated to many charities. They continue to make a difference in the lives of many less fortunate.

To honor David, his fans have established "The David Archuleta Music Scholarship" at Murray High. Our hope is that the scholarships we are able to gift, will help other students pursue their dreams in music, as David continues to do.