David Archuleta was born in Miami Florida to Jeff Archuleta and Lupe Marie a salsa singer and dancer from Honduras. Archuleta has four siblings. Archuleta's family moved to the Salt Lake Valley to the city of Sandy Utah when Archuleta was six. He currently lives in Murray Utah where he is a student at Murray High School. Archuleta started singing at age six inspired by a Les Misrables video. he said. He started performing publicly at age 10 when he participated in the Utah Talent Competition singing by Dolly Parton; he received a standing ovation and won the Child Division.Archuleta was inspired by watching both Tamyra Gray and Kelly Clarkson to during the beginning weeks of the premiere season of American Idol. He later made his television debut at eleven years old singing on a Jenny Jones show for future Latino stars alongside season one finalist A.J.