David Archuleta performs holiday show in Salt Lake City hometown.

BY DAVID BURGER

The Salt Lake Tribune

One of the first Christmas songs David Archuleta ever sang was “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” but he admits he has always hated that song.

The idea that his mother would ever kiss someone else besides him offended his sensibility. “I was super-protective of my mom,” Archuleta said. “Even when I was three, no one could touch my mommy. I would sing that song in a jealous way.”

So, when Archuleta headlines Abravanel Hall on Dec. 19 during his “My Kind of Christmas Tour,” suffice to say that particular song will not be on the set list.

It has been a year of valleys and peaks for the singer, who turns 21 on Dec. 28. Last December, he headlined the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s annual Christmas extravaganza in front of more than 80,000 concertgoers. Earlier this year, the Utah singer and Jive Records parted ways after Archuleta’s “The Other Side of Down” only sold about 67,000 copies, according to Billboard. That’s in contrast to self-titled 2007 debut album, which reached as high as No. 2 on the Billboard charts, sold 765,000 copies and spawned the hit single “Crush.”

But locally, Archuleta helped draw a stadium’s worth of fans as the co-headliner with Brad Paisley for Provo’s Stadium of Fire concert over the July 4th weekend.

And this fall he hit another local high note, as the CD/DVD of last year’s Mormon Tabernacle Choir concert, “Glad Tidings Christmas,” has been among the best-sellers at Deseret Book and other religious bookstores.

The Abravanel Hall concert will be the second-to-last performance of his tour, which began in New York on Dec. 1 and concludes in Colorado on Dec. 21.

Monday’s performance will be more like the Christmas shows he performed two years ago, after the release of his 2009 album “Christmas From the Heart.” Along with traditional yuletide tunes, Archuleta said he will include “Crush” and other popular song, “just for energy’s sake.”

 

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