David Archuleta Will Quit Music To Go On A Mormon Mission
American Idol season 7 runner-up David Archuleta made an emotional announcement to an audience in Utah last night. The 20 year-old singer revealed that he plans to leave the music business–temporarily–so he can serve a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Archuleta is, of course, a Mormon. For the next two years, he will take part in a mission as part of the church and attempt to spread Mormonism throughout the world. During this time, he will not be able to pursue his career in music.
Explaining his decision, Archuleta said, “it’s not because somebody told me that I was supposed to do it, not because that I no longer want to do music anymore, but it’s because it’s the feeling that I felt that I need to do next in my life.”
Archuleta’s mission will require him to adhere to a very strict set of rules. He will need to stick to a dress code and a daily schedule that starts early in the morning. Often, mission members are allowed to contact their families via phone only twice a year (on Christmas Day and Mother’s Day).
Archuleta was recently dumped by his music label, Jive, after his 2010 album tanked. Perhaps the timing of his decision to temporarily leave the music business should not come as a surprise.