David Archuleta and friends give us a beautiful rendition of “The Prayer”

David Archuleta’s musical career got its real beginning when he was just 6 years old, thanks to a musical version of “Les Miserables” that captured his imagination. By the time he was 12, he took home the Junior Vocal Champion award from the TV talent show “Star Search.” In 2008, at the ripe old age of 17, Archuleta was a contestant on “American Idol.” He came in second place there, but that’s nothing to be ashamed of. Indeed, he’s gone on to release successful albums and singles. Archuleta took a break to serve as a missionary for the Mormon Church in Chile but he’s since returned to the music scene.

“The Prayer” is an amazingly beautiful duet that was originally composed for the 1998 movie “Quest for Camelot.” What really made the song a hit was the version of the song recorded by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli in which he sings in Italian and she responds with the English translation. It also inspired numerous other recording artists to do their own covers.

In 2015, Archuleta and his friend singer/songwriter Nathan Pacheco decided to record their own version of “The Prayer.” According to Archuleta, “More than 2,000 years ago, God sent Jesus Christ, our Savior. In celebration of the Christmas season, Nathan and I recorded ‘The Prayer.'” Their music video has a simple yet effective setting: they’re by the hearth in a home with garlands, candles, and other Christmas decor. With Eru Matsumoto on cello and Leo-Z at the piano, Pacheco is singing in Spanish while Archuleta answers in English. It’s a really touching performance and the way their voices work together is amazing.

Check out the music video of Archuleta and Pacheco’s interpretation of “The Prayer” that’s posted below. Perhaps it will remind you of the importance of family and have you thinking of everyone who can’t be with you this Christmas. We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments at Facebook. Be sure to like and share!