By Mike Romero
Eighty-eight days. 88. That’s how long Utah pop star David Archuleta was on vocal rest. This lengthy period of time included two months of complete vocal rest (no singing or speaking at all), a vocal cord surgery, and several additional weeks of voice rehab with acclaimed coach and therapist Dean Kaelin. All of this stemmed from a hemorrhaged vocal cord that cancelled Archuleta’s Okay, Alright Tour and prevented him from singing or speaking on the American Idol reunion special last week.
Now, David Archuleta is back.
“I’m speaking again, and it’s good,” Archuleta told his followers on Instagram. “I have to be careful not to talk too much. I started with five minutes an hour and then went up to ten minutes an hour, and I’m pretty good now and can carry a conversation.”
In a fortunate twist of fate, Archuleta’s vocal surgery was performed by Dr. Shawn Nasseri, the same doctor Archuleta saw when he first began struggling with vocal paralysis at age 12. Nasseri was also the main doctor on American Idol during Archuleta’s time there.
Archuleta’s first performance since his surgery will be this Saturday, May 14, as part of LOVELOUD at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City. He’ll continue to perform as part of Utah’s vibrant music scene with a string of performances at Tuacahn in southern Utah this summer. There, the American Idol alum will play the role of Joseph in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat from July 16 through September 3.
Tickets for LOVELOUD are still on sale. You can also grab tickets for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat here.