David Archuleta inspired students and community at BYU-I

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David Archuleta, a former American Idol pop star, performed music from Tarzan, other Disney songs, “7 years,” “Beautiful” and many other songs from his older and new album at BYU-Idaho.

“You can tell when there’s something about someone that they actually seem genuine, they seem sweet, they seem great, and they don’t seem like they’re stuck on themselves,” said Kylie Lucas, a sophomore majoring in marriage and family studies. “I feel like he is.”

Makenzie Huff, a sophomore studying elementary education, said Archuleta is a good artist

“I don’t know him as a person, but he seems like a really good person, and he is really great to look up to,” Huff said. “Just seeing what he does for people and on his mission and how he just serves everyone around him makes me want to become a better person, and I want to be able to be like him and serve those around me.”

Archuleta said during the concert that a lot of people were confused why he was leaving for two years.

“I felt like I can try my best to explain it to people,” Archuleta said. “I feel like one of the best ways I can explain it to people is through music. Music is one of the best ways to communicate and to express yourself, and it can really help people understand what you’re feeling inside, that it can get to other people’s hearts and emotions, in a way nothing else can.”

Abigail Hansen, a sophomore studying nursing, said she fell in love with Archuleta again.

“I reverted back to my 12-year-old self,” Hansen said. “I love him so much because you can see, like, the light of Christ and his knowledge of being a child of God, and you can tell in all of his songs, too.”

Emily Edwards, a sophomore studying elementary education, said Archuleta has a lot of great music.

“He is a great artist, and he truly sings with his heart,” Edwards said. “It was a little different (than his other concerts). There was more, like, covers and stuff, but it’s always fun to have new things.”

Archuleta shared experiences and quoted movies during the concert.

“In the Lord of the Rings, there is a she-elf,” Archuleta said. “Her name is Galadriel, and she is talking to Frodo, the main hobbit there (…) and he is on the quest to destroy the ring, and he faces a lot of challenges and a lot of trouble.”

He said Frodo did not feel like he could accomplish his task.

“It’s a big task, but I really like what Galadriel said to Frodo, and she said, ‘Even the smallest person can change the course of the future,’” Archuleta said. “I really liked that. The power of one person. One person can do a lot of evil, but they can do a lot of good. One person can be selfish, greedy, or they can be kind and give a smile.”

Elise McDaniel, a freshman studying psychology, said the concert was great.

“I didn’t know I was a fan-girl until I saw him,” McDaniel said. “I turned into a 12-year-old. He was clean, shaved and very handsome.”

Archuleta performed two shows on June 3 and 4 at the John W. Hart Building Auditorium, according to the BYU-I website.

John Lawson, a sophomore studying business management, said he became a fan during the show.

“I think he gave returned missionaries a good name instead of, like, cheesy and that mood,” Lawson said. “I think he is doing a good job.”

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