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David Archuleta seeks new duet with Regine Velasquez

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DAVID ARCHULETA

DAVID ARCHULETA

American singer-songwriter David Archuleta remains a solid fan of Regine Velasquez-Alcasid.

David, Regine and husband Ogie Alcasid had the opportunity to jam in 2012. Asia’s Songbird herself even went to the studio where David was recording a cover of OPM song “Nandito Ako” for his teleserye back then.

In an interview recently, David expressed desire to collaborate with Regine anew. According to him, he actually started listening to her songs back when he was 16 – even before he joined “American Idol” – watching a YouTube video in which she performed “Butterfly.”

The 27-year-old singer listened to it over and over before eventually discovering Mariah Carey’s original version.
“Regine Velasquez is a great motivator for me. When I came across her on YouTube, I found out that she’s from the Philippines. She inspired me to be the best version of myself,” he said. “That’s why I really want to work with her. I’d been saying that since the first time I came here.”

He also expressed admiration for Ogie, describing him as this “wonderful person.”

“I am really honored that I got to sing with them. It’s a privilege that I will forever cherish,” he said.
Told that Regine will take a seat on “Idol Philippines,” the local edition of the hit reality singing competition “American Idol” where he was an alumnus, David got excited.

“I will definitely watch that!” he enthused. “But seriously, I think she will have a hard time choosing the winners because Filipinos have so much talent when it comes to music.”

Serving people
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas for David.

Early this month, he released a new holiday album “Winter In the Air,” produced by Shadow Mountain Records. It is David’s eighth album overall and second holiday release, after “Christmas From The Heart” in 2009.

David said he has long been a fan of Christmas and its music. He recalled the time his parents would let him do caroling, singing songs such as “Jingle Bells” and “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.”

For him, the celebration is about giving.

“It’s about sharing my talent to people. I’d been singing ever since I was a kid but back then, I felt very empty and unsatisfied with what I’d been doing,” he shared. “I realize I should sing not just to impress people, I have to keep my music in order to inspire them. Giving service to others is like serving God, our creator.”

For “Winter In the Air,” the singer turned to some classic holiday tunes and wrote three originals. Michael Bublé and Nat King Cole were some of his inspiration to do this 12-track album.

The songs are: “Christmas Every Day,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Mary’s Boy Child,” “Some Children See Hi,” “Holly Jolly Christmas,” “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” “He Is Born,” “Mary, Did You Know?,” “Winter In The Air,” “In The Bleak Midwinter,” and “Glorious.”

A proud follower of God, David said he aims to produce a Christian album in the future. His favorite gospel musician is Jonathan McReynolds.

As for worship songs, he cited “Comparison Kills,” which lyrics go: “’Cause it makes you chase what’s not meant to be chased/’Cause you’ve possessed it all along/It comes to steal and hide what is real/Comparison kills…”

More like home
David is in the country for a one-night holiday concert over the weekend at New Frontier Theater in Cubao, Quezon City.

Joining him in “David Archuleta And Friends” are Mikee Misalucha, JBK, and “Tawag Ng Tanghalan” finalist Anton Antenorcruz.

The concert was hosted Mabuhay Deseret Foundation, Charity Vision, and Ovation Productions.

This is the nth time David has been in the Philippines. Asked what keeps him coming back, he named the Filipino people.

“I think the massive support of Filipinos have always shown and it means a lot to me. I’m really comfortable here. I have friends, I got to know the Filipino culture,” he said. “I got special connection. I feel like the Filipino people are sincere, they are very honest with their emotions and I can relate a lot to that.”

It’s also about the food, he noted.

“I love pork sisig and halo halo so much!” he smiled.

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