With budding maturity, David Archuleta captures two years’ worth of introspection and reflection, dozens of songwriting sessions, long days spent in the studio and nights in the air, all leading to The Other Side of Down, his highly anticipated second album.
Not only the follow up to David’s 2008 self-titled debut, it’s a reintroduction to the American Idol runner-up with the angelic voice who 30 million television viewers fell in love with during season 7—now older, wiser, with faith still on his side and an eternally optimistic wide-eyed outlook. Hence, the album’s title. “For me, it’s about moving forward and making progress,” David explains. “I’m heading towards ‘the other side of down,’ which is ‘up.’”
Oh my goodness!! I forgot how much I loved the angel video to Pat-A-Pan. Thank you bluesky for remembering it and to Abbra for posting it. I sometimes try to listen to other Christmas CD’s I’ve had through the years but it never works—-I only want to listen to my David for all things Christmas. I am really missing him a lot during this Christmas season. Well, time to go watch Silent Night again while holding my 2 week old grandson:)
I love all the videos posted. I would love to hear David sing The Voice, sung by the Celtic Women, but he probably wouldn’t because he’s too humble and might think he’s calling himself “the voice”, which of course we know he is. (rambling sentence) Just saw a video on mjsbigblog of Phil Phillips singing This Christmas. Couldn’t resist commenting and putting a link to David’s Santa Rosa performance of it. No comparison. Didn’t see any other comments regarding David’s performance of this song. To me, no one sings it better than the Archuleta. If you agree, go comment.
Tawna21 – that is funny with your 76 days left to be out of the 400′s. I am just so happy that it will be 2013 because in my mind I can say: Great! David will be back “next year”. That seems so much closer to me.
Tawna21…..I took your dare and I failed. Grinned from ear to ear the entire time!
In the last thread, Jackryan4da.mentioned the lyrics to one of my favorite Eva Cassidy songs….I Know You By Heart. It’s so beautiful and always reminds me of David and the way he has touched our hearts. Here is a youtube video with the lyrics for those who are not familiar with the song
Tawna, I took your challenge of no smiling while watching the video, but failed miserably. Don’t know what made me think I would be a winner with that. And yes, 76 more days and we are out of the 400′s. But who is counting?
Loved the videos up top, Angelica. TY. How lovely Orla’s voice is, but my ears still listen for David.
The feathers in my tummy keep reminding me David is right now preparing to sing tonight. That lucky Gladys. So happy for her. And for David. And for me.
We literally had to pull ourselves out of Unplugged tonight after Gladys left and after we watched half a dozen songs from the MkOC tour. While most artists throw in one or two songs on their setlist if their tour happens to be at Christmas time, David can carry an entire Christmas tour and setlist on his own because he breathes new life into old favorites and gives each song a life of it’s own. I’ve been to shows on all of David’s tours but my favorites are the shows on the Christmas tours, CFTH and MKOC.:)
Thank you for putting up those exquisite and exceptional performances from David and Orla…heavenly <3. We don't celebrate Christmas in our household but I've enjoyed Christmas music since I was young ..they're fun !! I have to admit tho that I didn't know the depth of those songs until David sings em, the way he put his spin in each word ..it enhance the depth of emotions in each song…I dunno how to explain it, he not only sings them but while singing em he's also telling the stroy so effortlessly efficiently and heartfelt, his vocal…beautiful…sublime…ok i stop rambling now hehe.
Just want to say David opened my eyes (ears) , he takes Christmas songs to new level for me.
Hope Gladys has a safe trip and the time of her life, she's one lucky fan and totally deserves it all
Angelica, thanks for the fab video post♥ When all is said and done, watching and listening to our David sing, no words necessary.
who knew, when we first boarded the David train 4 years ago ,that he and his voice would become a “Christmas/ Holiday” tradition. He is such a gift♥
Bella, he sang the same songs but more intense this time because he was more confident and fluent and she was placed in reserved seating on the second row right in front of him. After each song he shushed the audience with a finger to his lips and a little smile. She met him again and made him laugh gloriously when he saw the funny/cute gift she gave him. More of the night to be posted and I don’t want to ruin the read but will just share this much translated from chat.
I ran into President MacArthur and he gave me a hug and kiss. I’d never spoken to him before and he told me, “Ahhh you are the one from Argentina.”
Me: Yes President
Him: You know something, I always tell Elder Archuleta that he has the possibilities of success. haha!
They are expecting her for the Rancaqua devotional on Sunday, told her to come early and that it will be especially beautiful!
About the sidebars. I was wondering…. do you have a nice pic from his appearance with DC at the Ford theater? I so loved that appearance and how they were together – with the hat! – and the jacket. If it does not mess up some pre-formed system you have going…. ? The sidebars look fantastic!!
Who can meet Elder A. without becoming a fan? It is no surprise to us if the Mission President wants to join! Send him a “Voice” button, will ya?!
I just got home from our family Christmas party.
And here is a delightful surprise!!
Thank you so very much. I hope I have not messed up your pattern (which I am really looking forward to hearing about!). That is one of my favorite memories of Mr. DA. It was so good to see him so relaxed for a change and just goofing off a bit. Thank you again!
Thank you Oh soo much for the “Chilean Treats” you are as swift as typhoon lol. Now it starts to feel a lot more like “Christmas” we used to know . Good to see that he is happy, healthy, that voice of his is …even more beautiful..if that’s possible…Oh my heart <3
Thanks Abrra for the info I’d love to join the Unplugged if the connection allow, I’m in Bangkok now with limited internet access we don’t have wifi at my mom house , I only lurk once in a while …today is such a good day that I came out of lurkdom haha to “see” the current David, can’t explain how happy I’m !!!
Oh my! I lost my internet yesterday and spent the night wondering what was happening with my David friends on Saturday night chat. Then nothing this morning. Well, this was certainly worth waiting for. I am just stunned. Christmas presents I had not dared hope for.
Gladys was correct in her description of David becoming more and more.
Oh Hoy NIght really lit up my morning! Thanks to whoever made this available and to the great admins here who always take the time to work together to bring us the best. How I appreciate your team-work, hearts and integrity. <3 <3 <3
(Dear Elder A. — Did I hear a deeper bass note there? Or is your heart just getting bigger and bigger?)
Also, it couldn’t have been an accident that D was paired up with nothing less than a concert pianist.
Bravo, Elder Coello. Bravo. He is truly amazing.
Flailing over the beauty this morning. What a good day.
That’s the word I’m assigning to these videos from Chile.
Thanks for posting, GrammyJ.
I thought O Holy Night in English was magnificent.
I was not prepared for David;s version en Espanol, It broke the stratosphere, especially the note at 2:04!!!
Did you hear his voice reverberating at 2:29?
Who is this guy???
I was able to catch the three videos before I left for church this morning — I must confess my mind wandered during mass thinking about them (forgive me Lord) and I was so anxious to get home to see them again and again (which I have done of course). What a blessing they were caught on video and uploaded — thank you. Has David (Elder Archuleta) ever sounded better? Breathtaking, stunning, out-of-this-world perfect. And now, to hear The Prayer duet — just glorious.
Apparently this is the girl who sang the duet with him. She is very talented.
Merry Christmas to us all!! We must have been very, very good to get these very beautiful songs from David! ♥ My heart is so full of pride for this young man, I’ve got the goosies and the tears! Oh, Man!! Never did I ever think that we would be blessed with his wonderful voice this Christmas! Thank you, thank you everyone that had their hands in bringing this gift to us! ♥♥
These videos have me almost at a loss for words. Only David’s magnificent voice can change an otherwise dreary day into one of immense joy & comfort. He is simply magical. One of a kind magical.
After having attended David’s Christmas concerts for the last three years, including four CFTH concerts in 2009, all four MOTAB concerts in 2010 and four MKOC concerts in 2011, this Christmas was starting to feel not like Christmas at all. So if these videos are all we can get this year, I’m going to be humble & thankful. This is a gift I didn’t expect and those are the best kinds of gifts.
His Oh Holy Night in Spanish is stunningly beautiful. The Prayer…can’t say enough. I’m truly astonished! Totally & completely phenomenol. I only wish Noche de Paz (not Luz), Silent Night had been a solo because he let her overpower him at times. He’s generous that way.
Jans & Silverfox, I believe that this may be the very best Christmas present and what a surprise. Truly beuatiful and unexpected…There may be more to follow! The hook will be out for me so I had better go…
O Holy Night. More like O Holy Right. Is there anything this man can’t sing? Any language he can’t learn in two hours? Any genre he can’t champion? Any heart he can’t melt? Sheesh.
David goes — and takes you with him — to places where notes have no names and joy is the only true emotion. I think his Spanish rendition in Chile is the best version of O Holy Night I have ever heard. By him or by anybody else.
And, I agree with Blisskasden. David “cannot escape his greatness, no matter how humble he is.”
Oh, and to answer the questions in the first paragraph…NO.