"American Idol" Sends Out a Happy Birthday to David Archuleta

29/12/2010 14:23

From AI.com:

Happy Birthday, David Archuleta!

By Lauren

Season 7's runner-up, David Archuleta, turns 20 years old today! We've watched David grow from a 16-year-old Season 7 Hollywood hopeful to an international star.

This year has been a huge one for the Murray, Utah native. In June, David released his first book, Chords of Strength: A Memoir of Soul, Song, and The Power of Perseverance. David put out his new album, The Other Side of Down, in October. David co-wrote an impressive 9 of the 12 songs on the album.

Six months after David's run on American Idol, he released his self-titled debut album, which peaked at No. 2 on three different Billboard charts and was certified Gold by the RIAA. The album included his hit single "Crush" and his second single "A Little Too Not Over You" which David co-wrote. Last October, David released a holiday CD entitled Christmas from the Heart. The album includes 12 Christmas songs covered by David and one original song, "Melodies of Christmas," that he co-wrote.

David won't have much time to celebrate his 20th birthday; he's rehearsing for tomorrow's show at the Grove of Anaheim. After that performance, he'll head to Las Vegas to get ready for FOX's NEW YEAR'S EVE LIVE, airing this Friday and featuring a live performance from David as he sings some of his up-beat songs from The Other Side of Down.

Two weeks ago, David opened up about his birthday plans, his upcoming New Year's Eve performance, and his doting fans in an exclusive interview with AmericanIdol.com. Check it out!

Happy Birthday, David!

David had an amazing transformation and grew up in front of our eyes on the Season 7 stage.