Just A Minute With: David Archuleta on life after "Idol"

Thu Nov 13, 2008 3:34pm EST
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - David Archuleta lost out on the "American Idol" title in May but the baby-faced teen released his first album this week hoping to capitalize on his young female fan base around the world.

Archuleta, 17, wowed audiences during the "Idol" concert tour and on the popular TV talent show with emotional piano ballads and renditions of standards like "Imagine" and "Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me".

But in his first, self-titled album, the Utah singer delivers new songs in a variety of styles. Archuleta talked to Reuters about the album and what he has been doing in the last hectic six months.

Q: This first album was put together pretty quickly. How much does it reflect the real David Archuleta?.

A: "We didn't have a ton of time. We were experimenting with different things. There is something for everyone. People are expecting a Josh Groban thing from me but I didn't want to get stuck in that category, especially since I am 17. I wanted to prove that I wasn't just someone who sings only standards and covers. I wanted to show that I am still young and fresh and that I'm a teenager and I don't want to grow up too fast."

Q: You've been rehearsing with a band for your upcoming performances. What has that been like?

A: "The band is great. They are very talented people. It is such an honor to be able to play with them because they have so much experience and I have never really performed with a band. I'm getting really excited about the album release and all the TV appearances and shows. Sometime I get a little nervous about it all, but it's so exciting."

Q: You don't turn 18 until December. What's happening about school?   Continued...

<p>American Idol finalist David Archuleta performs on NBC's "Today" show in New York May 29, 2008. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid</p>