The singer just announced Monday that he has decided to take a break from his music career. He will take time off to serve a full-time Mormon mission.
He made the emotional declaration it in front of a crowd at his Salt Lake City stop on his My Kind of Christmas tour, and they roared with applause.
“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,” he tearfully told the crowd. “It’s just the same feeling that I’ve always followed, tried to follow in my life.”
“It’s the feeling that has allowed me to have the opportunities that I’ve had, the challenges that I’ve overcome and the blessings, too. And I’ve learned to trust that feeling, and I’ve learned that I need to answer when it calls. And that is the reason why I know I need to do this in my life,” he said.
Following the concert, he shared his announcement with the rest of the world when he posted a video to his Twitter. “I have a special announcement” Archuleta tweeted, and posted a link to the YouTube video.
After the show, he tweeted again ,”I cannot express enough of my thanks to everyone last night at the Salt Lake show. It was unbelievable. Thanks to everyone at” and later, “home and for everyone else for the understanding, love, and support you’ve been showing. It means the world to me.”
Archuleta, 20, is best known for his stint on “American Idol.” Archuleta became one of the youngest contestants on the seventh season of “American Idol. He finished the competition as the runner up.
Following “Idol” the singer released “Crush” which became the first single from his self-titled debut album. The album was released in November 2008 and debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart, selling almost 1 million copies worldwide. In 2009, he released Christmas from the Heart and in October 2010, he released his third album called “The Other Side of Down.”
Check out the video.