David Archuleta is in the middle of a Christmas tour that will bring him to First United Methodist Church Richardson in Dallas, Texas. But it won’t be an ordinary tour stop for the American Idol alum. On Tuesday, Dec. 21, David will share the stage with the Turtle Creek Chorale, a predominately queer men’s chorus for a special holiday show called Turtle Creek Chorale Presents an Evening with David Archuleta.
Although David has performed with choruses throughout his career–including the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in 2010–it will be the first time performing an entire show with an all-male chorus.
David will perform with an all-male chorus for the first time.
“My manager approached me with this opportunity,” David said. “It was something new to me. I hadn’t seen something like this before — a Methodist church, with a predominantly gay men’s chorus. And I was like, ‘Wow, that’s so interesting, because it’s like these two worlds that I always felt were a bit conflicting in my mind and the way that I had grown up. I felt like it was an interesting opportunity to step into those two worlds together.”
In June, the singer came out as LGBTQIA and has since been fearlessly sharing his coming out journey with fans. A devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, David hopes to bring a better understanding between his church and the LGBTQ community.
“I never asked to be gay, I tried nearly all my life to not be, I’m realizing that doesn’t work,” he told Eonline in a recent interview. “That’s not how it works. So I’m at this point, I just need to come to Him as I am. And a lot of people say, ‘Well, if you come to Him he’s going to change you,’ and I’m like, ‘Well, I’ve been trying that and He still hasn’t changed me, so I guess I have to just accept that that’s how I am and that He will still love me and that I’m still doing my best.’ And regardless if people understand that or not, I just want to make more room for people to be themselves, whatever that may mean.”
Next year, David heads out on tour
Next year, beginning in Feb 2022, David will go on tour to support his Therapy Sessions album. The tour was originally planned for 2020, but was postponed because of the pandemic.
In November, David performed his original song “What a Wonderful Way to End a Crazy Year” at the 2021 Hollywood Christmas parade. The event aired on the CW network Friday Dec. 17
David Archuleta sings “What a Wonderful Way to End a Crazy Year”