In 2010, “American Idol” alum David Archuleta announced he was leaving America and serving his Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on a three-year mission in Chile. Although he isn’t retuning until spring of 2014, ten Archuleta tracks have been assembled for a brand new album, “No Matter How Far,” which fans can stream a week early on here exclusively on Billboard.
Before leaving, Archuleta recorded a number of songs that were never placed on an official album — some unfinished demos, others hard-to-find cuts that had only been shared on international releases. Thanks to his dedicated fanbase, many of these tracks were shared online, catching the eye of the label Entertainment One, who decided to compile them into a proper album: “No Matter How Far.”
The album’s lead single, string-laced sentimental ballad “Don’t Run Away,” is one of two selections (along with “Heart Falls Out”) that has not previously been released in any format. With help from British producers The Nexus (David Sneddon and James Bauer-Mein), the incomplete demo was polished into one of Archuleta’s finest moments.
“No Matter How Far” can be pre-ordered on iTunes here.
Archuleta, who placed second in the 2007 season of “Idol” at 16, scored a massive Billboard hit with his single “Crush,” which peaked at No. 2 in the Hot 100. Since then, he’s recorded a Christmas album (“Christmas From the Heart”), a collection of Filipino standards (“Forevermore”), and has been a featured vocalist in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s “Glad Christmas Tidings” album and 2011 PBS special.