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David Archuleta and Nathan Pacheco begin Christmas tour with sold-out concerts

David Archuleta and Nathan Pacheco will be performing Christmas music throughout the state of Utah this season.
David Archuleta and Nathan Pacheco will be performing Christmas music throughout the state of Utah this season.
Jake Harsh

Utah pop singer David Archuleta believes Christmas music has power to help people recall special memories of family, service and turning to the birth of Jesus Christ.

“Christmas represents happy moments for me," he wrote via email in response to questions from the Deseret News. "I love how the spirit of Christmas becomes so alive through friends and family coming together, through the songs, and through sharing gifts and time. The music becomes alive through that.”

Archuleta and classically trained tenor Nathan Pacheco are teaming up for Archuleta’s Christmas tour. The tour, which Archuleta said would be his first tour with a special guest performing with him, begins Nov. 25 and includes performances in Provo, Layton and Logan, which are sold out. They also have concerts scheduled in California, Indiana, Idaho, Nevada and Arizona.

Pacheco also believes that music has the power to bring the Christmas spirit, along with a remembrance of Jesus Christ.

"When I think Christmas, I think family, good food, Christmas carols, lights and the list could go on and on," Pacheco wrote in an email to the Deseret News. "But when it really comes down to it, Christmas to me is about the greatest act of love — about God sending his Beloved Son to come to earth and give hope to the rest of us."

Last year, Archuleta and Pacheco uploaded a video of their duet rendition of “The Prayer,” which has garnered over 4.5 million views on YouTube. Archuleta, who is Mormon, included the hashtag #ASaviorIsBorn, which was The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ 2015 Christmas initiative, in the video’s title.

"I hope (our audiences) feel the spirit of Christmas and that they just have fun," Pacheco wrote. "And I really do think that all ages will enjoy this. Between David's music and my music, I think we pretty much have every age group covered."

Archuleta said the duo is excited to perform more Christmas music together because there will be songs that universally most audiences know and enjoy. He said his goal with these concerts is to “get people pumped for the essence of Christmas” and he hopes “the spirit of Christmas will kick into gear in everybody’s hearts.”

“I want (the audience) to have fun, to have memories enter their minds, and for them to think about the grand event that is the center of Christmas, which is the birth of the Savior Jesus Christ," Archuleta wrote. "That's the biggest reason why I love singing Christmas songs. I feel so close to him when I sing songs about his birth and his role that he plays for each of us."

For their concerts, they are planning several duets in addition to solos.

"My favorite thing about singing with Nathan is that as powerful as his voice is, he doesn't try to hog any musical space," Archuleta wrote. "He is such a talent and he is a down-to-earth guy which makes it even easier to share the stage with him.”

Because these performances mark Pacheco's first Christmas-themed tour, he said he is excited to share the stage with Archuleta.

"I truly mean this when I say that David is one of the best vocalists I've ever heard," Pacheco wrote. "He's got a true gift, and I've loved having the opportunity to collaborate with him. Not only is he incredibly talented, but he is a very humble, unassuming person that has a heart of gold."

'The Prayer ' by David Archuleta & Nathan Pacheco