The video almost didn’t happen. When David Archuleta accepted an invitation to partner with the Rexburg Children’s Choir for a recording and music video of the classic song “From A Distance,” COVID-19 shutdown production soon after.
The American Idol 7 alum and the children’s choir, directed by Ben Watson, had a chance to record their vocals in the studio. But the joint video shoot scheduled to take place in Idaho had to wait.
Finally, in July, the choir filmed their socially-distanced part in an open field in Idaho, while David shot his part in Nashville. “For me, the journey was as amazing as the end product. I believe this production was meant to be,” Watson told the East Idaho News. “The message is so relevant for today’s challenging circumstances.”
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“‘From a Distance’ was all nostalgic to me and so I wanted to do it to get back in touch with those simple fond memories,” David added.
“My mom used to sing this song when I was little. I used to watch videos of her singing it over and over,” David wrote on Twitter. “It made me feel peace of mind and that I was part of a bigger picture. I loved getting to sing this version with the Rexburg Children’s Choir.”
David added: “The associate choir director, Sheree, was a friend of my mom’s as well when I was young. So the whole experience was nostalgic and brings it full circle for me. :) Hope you enjoy our rendition of this song!”
“From A Distance,” written in 1987 by Julie Gold was first recorded bh Nanci Griffith that same year. But it was Bette Midler who turned the song into mainstream hit in 1990. The song went to #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart and peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.