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Christmas Music Playlists with David Archuleta Songs
Don't Let The Snow Go Down On Him
With the proliferation of the TV talent search programming it is no surprise that the more successful contestants have gone on to enjoy a music career. Sometimes their star is fleeting but in the case of David Archuleta it seems like he may be in it for the longhaul. The America’s Got Talent 2007 graduate was just 19 when his debut Christmas album (his second overall) ‘Christmas From The Heart’ (not to be confused, as if, with Bob Dylan’s ‘Christmas In The Heart’ which was also released in 2009) was released and given his strong religious beliefs it came as no surprise. The 13-track album was packed full of Archuleta’s popped up version of old standards plus one original he wrote called ‘Melodies of Christmas’ which showed his talent for a honeyed chorus. Elsewhere he went some way to reinventing ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’, sighed his way through a lovely ‘The First Noel’ and amped up the atmospherics on ‘Silent Night’. So while ‘Christmas From The Heart’ was not exactly groundbreaking it showed enough spirit and invention to prove that Archuleta has something more to give than the average pop idol. And the young singer gained even more fans when his ‘Christmas From The Heart’ tour played throughout America in December 2009.
Following the release of ‘Christmas From The Heart’ Archuleta continued to dip his toe in festive waters as he recorded a live CD and DVD of a Christmas show with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in 2011. ‘Glad Christmas Tidings’ was released the following year with Archuleta featuring on 5 of the 13 tracks. Not surprisingly, given the success of his own version on his Christmas album, one of those was ‘Silent Night’. Even more spectacular, however, was his reading of ‘Joy To The World’ with huge orchestral accompaniment and the choir themselves adding the requisite celestial interface. A moving recording all told and an illustration of Archuleta’s maturing as a recording artist.
In 2011 and with no new Christmas material to promote David set out on a December tour called ‘My Kind of Christmas’. While it did touch on songs from ‘Christmas From The Heart’ there was plenty of new stuff too including covers of Leroy Anderson’s ‘Sleigh Ride’ and an impassioned performance of Amy Grant ‘I Need a Silent Night’. A pointer to further Christmas material from the pop star no doubt.Author: Kevin