David Archuleta cancels concert tour on the advice of doctors

Utah singer doesn’t know when he will be able to perform again.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) David Archuleta performs at the inauguration of Gov. Spencer Cox, at Tuacahn Center for the Arts in Ivins on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.

David Archuleta has been forced to cancel his concert tour because of a ruptured vocal cord.

On Wednesday, the Utah singer announced on Instagram that “after lots of thought and consideration with my team and the venues, we have decided to cancel the OK, All Right tour.” A week earlier, he postponed several dates because he “hemorrhaged a vocal cord and [had] to let it heal so it doesn’t cause any further damage. I also have vocal nodules.”

Although he had hoped that 10 days of vocal rest would allow him to resume performances, Archuleta wrote, “I’m going to follow the doctor’s guidance on how long it will be.” And he learned “it’s going to require a lot more time than I originally anticipated” for him to heal and avoid permanent damage.

He apologized for any inconvenience the cancellation would cause fans. “I so appreciate everyone who bought a ticket and was willing to support [me], especially after a difficult time for everyone including myself.”

The cancellation comes just weeks after Archuleta, who grew up in Murray and was the runner-up on “American Idol” in 2008, posted an emotional  51-minute video on Instagram, expressing his intention to live a more authentic life as a gay man. The singer, who came out in June 2021, spoke of being torn between his faith as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his sexuality. “I can no longer…pretend like everything’s fine,” he said.