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David Archuleta Returns to Music after Mormon Mission with New Single 'Glorious' from 'Meet The Mormons' [LISTEN]

by Carolyn Menyes   Oct 2, 2014 16:53 PM EDT

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It's been a long time since American Idol alumnus David Archuleta released some new music, but now he's back after completing his Mormon missionary trip with a new single, "Glorious." And, fittingly enough, the Christian ballad has found a home in a film soundtrack for the upcoming documentary Meet the Mormons.

Though it's been over two years since Archuleta released any new material, it's clear that the 23-year-old is just as talented as ever. Blending together his silky smooth vocals with powerful Josh Groban­-esuq builds, Archuleta's talents are on full display and he sounds just as full as ever.

"Glorious" is largely about finding inner strength and becoming a part of this world. The piano and strings ballad keeps its music simple and low-key, allowing the song's inspirational message and Archuleta's vocals shine through.

"It's like a symphony / Just keep listening / And pretty soon you'll start / To figure out your part / Everyone plays piece / In their own melodies / And each one of us / Is glorious," Archuleta sings in the chorus, demure at first before building to a massive crescendo at the end of the song.

The accompanying music video, the first peek at Archuleta in two years, shows the singer performing his new single in a simple recording studio, while film footage plays occasionally over the song.

Watch Archuleta's first music video in years below:

"Glorious" is the first new single from David Archuleta in years. The Mormon Idol winner notably left behind an emerging career in order to go on his Mormon mission for two years in 2012. He returned (reportedly from Chile) in March.

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