David Archuleta Ready to Rock the Block Feb. 17

David Archuleta. Photo by Zack Knudsen.

Despite being 33-years-old, David Archuleta is still “finding himself.” While not an easy feat for anyone, his personal journey has been incredibly public. He finished second on season seven of “American Idol” and captured the hearts of teens and tweens who spent Tuesday nights hitting “redial” to vote for their teen idol fave with a sweet smile and amazing voice.

Now his journey brings him to Wilton Manors for a new event, Rock the Block. Archuleta played his first Pride/LGBTQ-related event last year, 15 years after his “Idol” season and nearly a decade after first publicly coming out.

“It reminds people that people who are queer are part of the community, are part of the family,” he said.

Coming out and embracing his LGBTQ audience took a long time. The Miami native moved to Utah when he was 5 and raised a Mormon.

While the religion has become more accepting, if not embracing, in recent years, it was still unchartered territory. But he was embraced by his sister.

“My sister told my nieces that I was the ‘guncle.’ They’re very proud of me.”

He will be out and proud and dancing when he takes the stage on Wilton Drive on Saturday, Feb. 17. Harmony Waves is producing the two-night event, which starts Thursday, Feb. 15, at Hunters with Benedict Cork.

He won’t just bring his voice and choreography skills, he’ll also bring a message of hope and encouragement. Last year, he began working with an online mental health company. Archuleta says exploring his own issues led him to want to help others.

“It was really therapeutic, it was really helpful. It was so nice to learn how to have compassion for myself.”

Learning that others have mental health issues helped alleviate the loneliness, and feeling like he was alone. He wants others to learn that about themselves as well.

“Having a situation that’s non-judgmental, allows you to have a space to explore yourself and understand yourself, leads to a more personal view of who you are.”


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