David Archuleta sings 'Bring Him Home' for American troops in Afghanistan

Compiled by Sarah Petersen, Deseret News

Published: Fri, Aug. 1, 2014, 4:05 p.m. MDT

 David Archuleta joined motivational speaker and contributing author of \

David Archuleta joined motivational speaker and contributing author of "Chicken Soup for the Soul," Dan Clark on a tour throughout the Middle East from July 8 - 25.

(David Archuleta Facebook page)

David Archuleta joined motivational speaker and contributing author of "Chicken Soup for the Soul" Dan Clark on a tour throughout the Middle East from July 8-25.

Archuleta and Clark, along with celebrity impressionist Jason Hewlett, performed for American soldiers on bases throughout Afghanistan, Kuwait, Bahrain, Ethiopia and Djbouti, according to a press release.

The show the three entertainers put on was titled “An Evening of Music, Comedy and Motivational Theater” and was performed 18 times throughout the tour. During the show, Archuleta performed “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” "Imagine" and "Crush."

A YouTube video was posted July 20 capturing Archuleta performing "Bring Him Home."

After returning to the United States, Archuleta wrote about his experience on his website.

"It’s been unforgettable," Archuleta wrote.

"I am taking so many memories with me from these past few weeks. I just want to thank again these men and women in the military for serving and doing what they do," he said. "I am so grateful that they took us in and allowed us to experience a little bit of their experiences. It means so much to me, and to everyone on our tour. We appreciate you and your time you shared with us."

Archuleta also expressed appreciation for the opportunities he had to hold firesides for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout the trip.

"At the end of the trip, we were able to go to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We did a faith-based meeting (also known as a fireside) with stories and music similar to what we were doing on the tour, only more faith-focused," Archuleta, who is an LDS Church member, wrote.

"I really loved getting to do these firesides throughout our trip when time permitted, and to feel the hearts and spirits of these strong-spirited youth in these parts of the world," he said.

After returning, Clark also blogged about his experience and how the soldiers responded to the messages he shared.

"In every show I had stated that if we can think, laugh and cry all in the same day, that is a heck of a day." Clark wrote. "And if we can think and laugh and cry in the same show, that is a heck of a show! In humility, I believe we delivered on this promise in every performance!

"There are a lot of superstars who can sing and many headlining comedians who can make us laugh. But with all due respect, our mix of music, laughter and the inspirational spoken word brought a special spirit to each performance that allowed the service men and women and contractors in attendance to connect with us in a deeper, more long-lasting, meaningful, memorable way!"

Clark continued to explain that while he had hoped to go on the trip to inspire the men and women that serve our country, he, in turn, had been inspired by them.

"In every audience, at every location there was at least one person who had missed a significant event in a family member’s life," he wrote. "The sacrifices our troops are willing to make on our behalf are mind-boggling. Let us never forget the price of freedom!"

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David Archuleta sings Bring Him Home for U.S. troops in Afghanistan

1. BYUalum
South Jordan, UT,
Aug. 1, 2014

I love these guys for making this trip and bringing so much entertainment as well as spirituality to these soldiers. Everyone knows David Archuleta great musical talent, however, Jason Hewlett, is quite honestly the funniest comedian I have ever seen and heard. I'm so glad he was able to share his unique talent! His brand of humor is completely clean and hilarious. I would recommend anyone to catch his act if you can.

Thanks for sharing this article!

2. hockeymom
Highland, UT,
Aug. 2, 2014

Too bad the quality was so poor - I love David Archuletta. He needs to do a broadway album or classics or something.

3. MoJules
Florissant, MO,
Aug. 2, 2014

I love this song, and I think it is a wonderful way to share your talent David.

4. violet4ever
Downingtown, PA,
Aug. 2, 2014

Dean Kaelin, Utah singing coach, was not on the show notices but he also on the tour. Dean provided instrumental backup and also had a solo piece in the show. The four guys went over there for free, traveled between military bases on the same transports as the troops (troop carrier planes, helicopters and convoys) and that included getting shot at. In the salute photo above David is wearing what the show members wore for traveling. Many soldiers tweeted photos and said they enjoyed the show. And the four guys, in their various blogs, said they were very impressed by the US troops and the difficulty of jobs they do.

5. Beech
Sandy, UT,
Aug. 2, 2014

What a powerful and moving way David Archuleta sung this! Wow!!