2018 PRESS RELEASES
2018 PRESS & REVIEWS
David Archuleta Readies Brand New Christmas Album
Winter In the Air For November 2 Release
Album Pre-Orders begin September 10
Christmas Tour Kicks off November 26 in Los Angeles.
All dates on sale Friday, September 7
Listen here to the "Christmas Every Day" single:
Los Angeles, CA - September 5, 2018 –
As reported by Billboard magazine https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/8473626/david-archuleta-christmas-every-day-exclusive today, Multi-platinum selling artist David Archuleta has announced he will release his brand new Christmas album Winter In The Air on November 2 via The Orchard (digital) and Shadow Mountain Records (physical product). Pre-orders will begin September 10 with fans receiving an instant grat track of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.”
Winter In The Air features 12 tracks including Christmas classics such as “White Christmas,” God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Holly Jolly Christmas” and “Mary, Did You Know?” In addition to co-writing the lead single “Christmas Every Day,” David also co-wrote the title track “Winter In The Air” and “He Is Born” for the new set.
“Christmas Every Day” captures the holiday spirit with David’s hopeful and cheery lyrics –
Sidewalks covered up in snow
If I could have one more gift just for me
David says: I tend to gravitate to more serious and slower Christmas songs. This time I wanted to have some fun and write a song that would make people happy and feel the joy of the holidays. With the help of Dave Barnes and Cason Cooley, I’m thrilled with how our song “Christmas Every Day” turned out! It makes me happy.
Winter In The Air is David’s second Christmas album since 2009’s Christmas From The Heart release. Christmas From The Heart has made a return to the charts every holiday season and has sold over 250K copies to date. The album peaked at #2 on Billboard’s Holiday chart and Top 30 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album chart.
In support of the new release, David will kick-off a month long tour beginning November 26 in Los Angeles and will wrap up on December 21 in Utah. Other cities on the trek include New York, Orlando & Nashville. All dates will go on sale Friday, September 7.
Click here for ticketing info: https://davidarchuleta.com/home/live/
Track By Track Commentary from David:
Christmas Every Day
I tend to gravitate to more serious and slower Christmas songs. This time I wanted to have some fun and write a song that would make people happy and feel the joy of the holidays. I felt the pressure of trying to write an upbeat Christmas song as I thought it would be easy to fail miserably. With the help of Dave Barnes and Cason Cooley, I’m thrilled with how our song turned out! It makes me happy. :D
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
This was the first song I had in mind to put on the Christmas album. I’ve always loved the melody. Although I originally had in mind to do a more traditional version (as I always lean towards) producer John Hancock experimented with a more modern rhythm and asked what I thought. I loved it and I even felt a Latin vibe to it so I threw in the Spanish chant that you hear. This led to recording a full Spanish version and thus Spanish EP for the Latino fans.
One time at my friends house I heard her playing a Christmas playlist and Little River Band came in singing their version of this Boney M. song. I loved how the chorus soared—so much that I added it to my Christmas concerts. Now I add it to this album.
Some Children See Him
I wasn’t familiar with this song before. John Hancock showed us a list of Christmas songs he had gathered from working on Kaskade’s album, and Cason Cooley was a fan of the song so he took a try at it. I liked the perspective of how we don’t know exactly what Christ looked like but no matter where in the world and how you imagine Christ to look, all who hear the Christmas story of his birth feel the peace and the love of the Savior.
Holly Jolly Christmas
This has always been one of my favorite Christmas songs. While I don’t usually go for up tempo songs I thought I’d give myself the challenge and try my take on this song that I’ve always loved listening to.
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
I am a sucker for these kinds of songs that have the long notes and an old historic feel to its melody. I am so happy how John Hancock captured the balance of eeriness in its melody yet joy and grandness in its lyrics.
He is Born
With a 2nd shot at a Christmas album I wanted to write a Christmas song that captured how I really feel about the meaning of Christmas. I wanted to express my testimony of the Savior’s amazing, marvelous birth and what that made me feel. I look at the lyrics and get emotional because I feel them with all my heart. I’m so grateful Isabeau Miller and Cason Cooley helped me convey this message in my heart into this song as we wrote this song together.
I have sung this in my live Christmas concerts the last couple of years and it seemed the audience and all of us on stage always had a fun time with it. I thought it’d be fun to do my own version of this classic song.
Mary, Did You Know?
This has always been a favorite of mine to sing. Looking at the perspective Mary had with the baby Lord in her arms, wondering what was to become of this baby she was holding. We had an approach to make it feel like you were listening to it in a room with a trio feel of musicians so that it was intimate.
Winter in the Air
I love the spiritual message during Christmas, but I also love the general vibe of winter time. I thought it’d be a good challenge to write a song about sharing that intimate moment of experiencing the crisp winter air with someone you love.
In the Bleak Midwinter
I loved hearing Sissel’s version of this song. That old-feeling melody that always makes me swoon. I wanted it to feel like it was in an ice castle surrounded in that white-blue color that you see in glaciers. I feel John Hancock did a great job capturing that in the production.
While this isn’t a holiday song, I feel it’s a song that fits all seasons of life. There is a spirit in the air during the holidays and I think this song penned by Stephanie Mabey compliments that spirit. This song has become a signature in my live performances and was a pivotal moment in my artistry when I returned from my 2 year mission in 2014. While I was never able to officially release the recording I did previously, I thought I’d do a similar but slightly slower and fresher version of this song so it could be more easily accessible for fans.
ABOUT DAVID ARCHULETA
David Archuleta became a star when he was just 16 years old. In 2008, more than 30 million television viewers fell in love with his angelic voice and their 44 million votes made him runner-up in Season 7 of “American Idol.”
Soon after, the young Utahan had his first single, “Crush” debut at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart the week of its release. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the track sold 166,000 downloads that first week in the U.S. and subsequently more than 1.92 million digital copies. Three months later, David’s self-titled album, “David Archuleta,” went gold, selling more than 750,000 copies in the U.S., and more than 900,000 copies worldwide.
With a massive social media following (3.5 million Facebook followers, 1.3 million on Twitter and over 300K on Instagram), David has toured all over the U.S., Canada, Asia and has even performed in the Middle East for the U.S. troops. David will release his 8th studio album, Winter In The Air this fall.
For further information and to arrange interviews with David, please contact Ken Phillips Publicity Group, Inc. – KpPublicitygroup@gmail.com