David James Archuleta (born December 28, 1990) is an American singer-songwriter. At ten years old he won the children's division of the Utah Talent Competition leading to other television singing appearances. At twelve, he became the Junior Vocal Champion on Star Search 2. In 2007, at sixteen years old, he became one of the youngest finalists on the seventh season of American Idol. In May 2008 he finished as the runner-up, receiving 44 percent of over 97 million votes.
In August 2008 Archuleta released "Crush", the first single from his self-titled debut album. The album, released in November 2008, debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart; as of May 2009, it had sold over 700,000 copies in the United States.
Archuleta was born in Miami, Florida, to Jeff Archuleta and Lupe Marie, a salsa singer and dancer. He speaks Spanish. Archuleta's mother is from Honduras, while his father is of Spanish, Danish, Irish, German, and Iroquois descent. His father said, "kamikaze sunk Gramp's ship at iwo Jima 300 died, my kids being 5/8 spanish 1/8 danish 1/16 Irish german each 1/8 mix incl iroquois indian." Archuleta has four siblings. Archuleta's family moved to the Salt Lake Valley, to the city of Sandy, Utah, when Archuleta was six. He currently lives in Murray, Utah where he attended Murray High School. Archuleta is a member of the Boy Scouts of America.