David Archuleta On What "Postcards In The Sky" Means To Him
David Archuleta is one of American Idol’s brightest stars for good reason: he’s charming, inspiring, and has a heart of gold.
The charismatic and kind 28-year-old singer debuted his touching music video for “Postcards In The Sky” last month. The song tells the heartbreaking story of a young girl who loses her mother and brother in a tragic car accident. Dealing with the sudden loss of family is one of the hardest things a human being can experience in a lifetime. Experts say that going through bereavement can cause harmful effects on both physical health and mental well being. Archuleta spoke with Music & Mojitos in an exclusive interview about why he personally needed to release the video.
“There was an energy that went into the song. It was to encourage people to let out their words because maybe it will reach someone who needs it,” Archuleta tells Music & Mojitos. “Maybe they're the people who need to hear the words themselves.”
Archuleta believes that one person’s voice can make a profound impact on the recovery process. Archueta knows best, as his “Postcards In The Sky” co-writer, Jeff Trott, experienced the tragic loss of his niece. In the music video for “Postcards In The Sky,” the funeral scene shows balloons being released with messages attached to them. The uplifting content symbolizes that the sentimental thoughts would eventually reach loved ones who are no longer of this earth. “Postcards In The Sky” is a true testament to the human propensity to carry on, even through the darkest of days.
“I really wanted that message to be in the video,” says Archuleta. “I want to give people motivation to keep passing on their words.”
“Postcards In The Sky” wasn’t the first time Archuleta thought about others. American Idol’s Season 7 runner-up is no stranger when it comes to giving back to the community. In 2012, Archuleta served as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for two years. He courageously put his upward singing career on hold so he could serve as a missionary outside of Santiago, Chile, at the La Misión Chile Rancagua. It was a bold decision for Archuleta. By that year, he had sold over 1 Million albums, making him an in-demand star with serious television credentials.
The fame and fortune didn’t matter to Archuleta, who knew that his life’s purpose extended beyond music . He willfully walked away from a successful hot streak in order to help those who were in desperate need. In a world where countless individuals are only about taking as much as they can, Archuleta happily and selflessly gave to those around him.
Archuleta returned home in 2014, and wasted no time getting back to work. As soon as he made his triumphant return to the recording industry, Archuleta knew he wanted to perform for the men and women of the armed forces. Always thinking about others, Archuleta traveled overseas to entertain the troops. It was a career highlight that still stands out for the young singer.
“It was one of my favorite things I've gotten to do,” remembers Archuleta. “I had just gotten back from being a missionary. In a way, I had served. You're away from your family. I was away from my family for two years and so were all of these people on the other side of the world.”
The “Postcards In The Sky” singer would often see the troops Skyping with their families. Those visuals moved Archuleta to his core. He knew exactly what it was like not being able to have physical contact with the people they care about the most.
“It was just nice to be able to go over there and give back. It was my way of saying, ‘Hey. We're thinking about you. Thank you for what you're doing,’” Archuleta tells Music & Mojitos. “They would say things like, ‘Man. That's really cool that you would come in and do this for us.’ I just thought that was really neat that they were so receptive to whatever I had to offer them.”
Archuleta hopes that his dedicated fans will be receptive to a brand new pop album that is expected to come out later this year. In the meantime, he’s glued to the current season of American Idol. He’s rooting on his friend, Ashley Hess, who just advanced to the Top 14.
“I think it's a really good season this year. [Ashley and I] know each other from Nashville,” Archuleta reveals to Music & Mojitos. “I live in Nashville now and so it's been really fun to see her, and what she's done. She has an awesome, awesome voice.”
Hess isn’t the only one that catches Archuleta’s attention. Alejandro Aranda is another standout contestant according to the singer.
“I also really like Alejandro. I mean, he's just crazy good as a musician,” he says.
When he’s not keeping up with American Idol, Archuleta is hitting the road, promoting his album Postcards In The Sky. He wants his fans to know that his 2017 offering was a breath of fresh air, and he plans on testing out new material on his current leg of the tour.
“I just wanted it to be real and I felt like I got that chance with Postcards In The Sky. I learned how to speak the way I wanted to,” says Archuleta. “The messages were personal and meaningful. I just want to lift people up with the album. I want to keep sharing that. I want to give this album one last hurrah on this tour before releasing some new music.”
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