David Archuleta New Song Ditches the Haters, Not ‘Afraid to Love’

David Archuleta
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David Archuleta drops “Afraid to Love” alongside colorful new music video

David Archuleta continues his recent string of new songs with the official release of the brand new music video for his latest single, “Afraid To Love,” penned by Archuleta, Jeremy Thurber and Willy Beaman. Willy Beaman produced.

“This song is about celebrating and getting people to dance. I wanted something that you could hear at a dance club or to get you jamming late at night in your house,” David said in a a press statement. “I’ve been learning to accept myself as I am and to not be afraid anymore of what people think of me. Letting go of any hate and declaring to everyone I’m not going to fear what people think of me for loving whoever I love.”

And, working with director Brad Hammer on the video concept was truly a new experience for me and so fun incorporating super vibrant colors and dance elements into my video, something that I have shied away from in the past.” David said.

“I’m excited to share this new chapter and these new songs with everyone”

As far as his musical direction for the new era is concerned, David told Entertainment Weekly, “There are some really fun songs that are gonna get people dancing…that I’m really excited about. And there are still some classic ballads. I feel like these songs are more about love, something that I always shied away from before because it was something I didn’t relate to,” David continued, “I don’t think I ever really experienced love the way everyone talks about in songs and novels and all that. I’m talking about what it’s like for me to experience it for the first time really and fully. I’m excited to share that, in fun ways, dance ways, and also in ballad-y ways.”

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David’s most recent releases include “I’m Yours,” and “Up.” He also made his return to national TV and singing shows this past spring hiding under the mask of the Macaw on the hit show The Masked Singer.

The new songs will be part of a bigger project David’s working on with plans to reveal more music throughout this year for his forthcoming album release.

David Archuleta Afraid to Love cover art
Photo Credit: Brad Everett Young

David came out as queer in 2021

Only 17 years old,David Archuleta finished American Idol season 7 as the runner-up behindDavid Cook in 2008. His first single after the show, “Crush” sold more than 2 million digital copies to become double platinum. Three months later, his self-titled album, David Archuleta, sold more than 900,000 copies worldwide.

In 2021, David came out as queerto the LGBTQ community and continues to navigate his identity. During this time, he also had vocal cord surgery, which left him unable to speak much for 3 months, resulting in a period of self-reflection.

In the fall of 2022, David revealed to Good Morning America that he was experiencing a faith crisis and stepping away from the Church of Latter Day Saints, having been a Mormon his whole life.

David’s return to television, The Masked Singer saw the singer spread his wings as the Macaw, a bird known for its exuberant personality. An audience favorite, David came in second place, competing against singers such as Pentatonix and Bishop Briggs.

He also appeared on American Idol this season, where he mentored up and coming singers like he once was.

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