But David Archuleta recorded an album of cover songs before departing, and that album — titled BEGIN. — comes out next week, Tuesday to be precise.
You can pre-order it now, and the first single — “Broken” — is already available.
I’ve embedded the audio for that song below, and you can listen to snippets of all the others on David’s website.
You can also watch four videos during which David talks about the inspiration behind the album, his favorite songs and his decision to go on that mission trip with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
“What we wanted to do was just kind of more easy-going, easy-listening kind of songs,” David says in one of the videos. “A more relaxed, more peaceful kind of feel … We wanted it to be more in sync with where I was going in the next chapter in my life.”
As for his favorite songs, David says he especially enjoyed covering Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” and Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel.”
Gotta say, from the snippet I’ve heard, David’s version of the latter song sounds special.
Like I said earlier, pre-orders are being taken for the album at a variety of sites. Pre-order on iTunes, and you’ll get an instant download of “Broken.”
Here’s that song.