David Archuleta Recovers from Vocal Surgery: “I Can Speak Again!”

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“I can speak again,” David Archuleta greeted his fans on Instagram. The singer was forced to cancel his “OK All Right” tour after he developed a hemorrhage on his vocal cord. The singer underwent vocal cord surgery in March and has been on vocal rest ever since. Finally, now David is speaking again. But carefully!

Devid explained in the clip, “Two months of vocal rest. And then I’ve been doing the last couple weeks of voice rehab which has been going well. I’m still in it. Just finished with my voice coach-slash-therapist, Dean Kaylin, who I’ve been working with for a long time.”

David began working with Kaylin, he said, when he developed vocal paralysis at 12 years old. “Now he’s helping me with this recovery,” David said. “But just wanted to check in because it’s been a while since I’ve been able to,” David lamented that he had to cancel his tour. “But I am speaking again and it’s good and I have to be careful not to talk too much.”

David describes his careful rehabilitation: “I started with five minutes an hour then went up to 10 minutes an hour, to where I’m pretty good now. I can carry a pretty good conversation as long as I don’t have to shout or anything, or speak really loud.” He added, “Not whisper, because whispering is worse than talking.

With the vocal issues hopefully behind him, David is “looking forward to whatever comes now after this.”

Coming up for David: “I plan on being there for Love Loud [Fest] in Utah…and then doing Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in the summer at the Tuacahn Amphitheatre. That will be my first time doing a musical.”

David signed off “Just wanted to say hello and have a nice weekend.”


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The Love Loud Festival, run by Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons, strives to bring communities and families together to understand and love those in the LGBTQ+ community.  David came out last year as LGBTQ and has been honest about how difficult it’s been, particularly as a faithful member of the Mormon church. This year’s festival takes place May 14 at the Vivint Arena and awil also feature Willow, Neon Trees and more.

David will star in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Tuacahn Amphitheatre in Ivans, UT beginning July 16.

Fans last saw David at the American Idol “Great Idol Reunion” television special last Monday (May 2). Filmed in early April, David still could not speak. But he did communicate–through a Siri-like app on his iPhone. He also reunited with the “screaming tweens” of internet fame.

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