It all began with the musical version of “Les Miserables.” That’s what inspired a then 6 year-old David Archuleta to become a singer. By the time he was 12, he’d taken the Junior Vocal Champion prize on the television talent show “Star Search.” In 2008, at the tender age of 17, Archuleta was competing on “American Idol.” In the end, he came in second but had definitely made a name for himself and began releasing successful albums and singles. After a hiatus to serve as a missionary in Chile for the Mormon church, Archuleta is back on the musical scene.
In 2015, Archuleta and singer / songwriter Nathan Pacheco teamed up to record their version of “The Prayer.” As Archuleta himself explained, “More than 2,000 years ago, God sent Jesus Christ, our Savior. In celebration of the Christmas season, Nathan and I recorded ‘The Prayer.'”
“The Prayer” is a lovely duet originally written for the 1998 movie “Quest for Camelot.” A version of the song made by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli became a huge hit with music fans and has inspired covers by many other recording artists. Dion and Bocelli’s interpretation is unusual in that he sings in Italian while she responds with the English translation.
With Eru Matsumoto on cello and Leo-Z at the piano, Archuleta and Pacheco deliver a really touching version of “The Prayer.” In their rendition, Pacheco is singing in Spanish with Archuleta answering in English. The way their voices work together is nothing short of mesmerizing. The setting for the music video is simple, but very effective: by the hearth in a home decorated for Christmas with garlands and candles.
We’ve posted the video of this beautiful performance below. It may have you thinking about your family as well as all those people who can’t be together this Christmas. We’d love to hear about your reaction to this song in the comments at Facebook. Be sure to like and share, too!