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Ray’s Story ~ David Archuleta – A Ray of Hope

Posted by Angelica on Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Submitted by Ray

Photo credit Chris Hatcher

Photo credit Chris Hatcher

RAY

Not good at this but here goes. My history is that I am married 50 years with the same women with two children, a girl and a boy. In my teens my family owned a hotel in the Adirondacks in upstate New York. I was the bartender. We catered to the Hollywood celebs such as Dean, Frank,Van Johnson, etc. I  found out they are just people like everyone else, got drunk and fell down and threw up like normal people would do. Therefore I never had a need to follow any of them. Could not have cared less.

Fast forward to January 2008. I was diagnosed with cancer, the very aggressive type. I was given a choice of surgery or radiation. I decided to take the radiation treatment. I was sitting at home feeling sorry for myself. I was flicking through the channels, when I see this funny looking kid singing “Waiting On The World To Change”. (There I said it, funny looking LOL). This got my attention! What is this? Next he was singing “Heaven” OOOOHHH! What a voice! Then comes this real young-looking kid who is talking and said, What a feelin’!” Now I am thinking, who is this? I see him the next week when he comes out singing “Shop Around”. He looks into the camera with those eyes and I get this strange feeling in my stomach. I hear a voice say, “Follow me!”

WHAT!!!!

I rewind the show to see if that was what I really heard (can do that with my DVR). No, it wasn’t there. Watched the rest of the show, then I did go vote once. I couldn’t get him out of my head. The next morning I got up early to go get treatment. Amazingly, this kid and his songs were still in my head. It was a good distraction that made the embarrassing treatment go by very fast. WOW! I couldn’t wait for that night to see more. He brought tears to my eyes singing Imagine. The 30 days of treatment went by really fast. Each week, I was waiting to see what was next for this kid. I found iTunes and downloaded his songs to play on the way to treatment and back. Honestly, I wore out two phone’s redial buttons voting for him. The  rest is history. Why did this young man affect me in such a way? I am not gay. I felt like I loved him like a grandson. I do not have a grandson. He has brought me back to God and to music with a new meaning. Why? Because I feel I was chosen to support him. I really can’t explain it.

135 Responses to “Ray’s Story ~ David Archuleta – A Ray of Hope”

  1. Abrra said

    Loved your story since I heard it a few years ago, Ray! Thank you for sharing. Great pictures of you and your wife with David:)

    We are watching Nadito Ako, all are welcome :)

    http://www.livestream.com/saragirl

    Abrra 465 days

  2. sweetonDA said

    Ray, this is the first time I’ve heard your story. I’m so glad you found David. He’s one special young man. Thanks for sharing your story with us. We’ve all been bit by the DA bug and it feels so good!!!

  3. funfee said

    Loved your article, Ray! It is truly amazing how David affects us. A mystery that I am very happy to be a part of! I am glad that his music comforted & distracted you while you were going through such a hard time. We really are “the chosen ones” who “get” David & our lives are immeasurably blessed!

  4. Spirit said

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful story, Ray. I pray that you have continued good health. I started following David during a difficult time in my life, also. I was a caregiver for my mother during her extended illness. She lost her battle in December of 2008. David brought me such comfort during this time with his beautiful voice and spirit and he continues to do so to this day. Many of us seem to have a similar story of being drawn to David while we were going through struggles in our lives. He was given to us when we needed him. I wasn’t a regular American Idol watcher when I first tuned in in January of 2008 and saw David. He got my attention with Shop Around and stole my heart with Imagine. This heart connection will always be there for me, too.

  5. cq#DA2014 said

    God bless you Ray. I lost my husband to cancer 11yrs ago, so reading about a survivor warms my heart. I have similiar experience as you. I too never really followed any singer, I enjoyed many different artists music, but until David never felt the need to follow there careers.
    It really is amazing the strength of his voice to keep me interested. I really like rock and roll, upbeat fun dance music with a catchy tune, lol and I really am not behind what he is doing right now (his business.. and I can seperate it from his singing career), but man am I enjoying his singing career ride. I do believe that David will be a big success when he returns to his music because he will not have anything holding him back, hoping anyway that is the case.

  6. bluesky said

    Dear Ray

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. I had not heard it and I love getting to know you and your wife Ann better.

    The first time I heard DA sing it was on You Tube. There was the music, of course. But then there was “all-the-rest”. I have never ‘followed’ an artist before. I accepted the richness they added to my life through their work and that was enough. But with DA it was different.

    Sometimes I think God crafted his voice in such a way that hearing him sing, we would be reminded of a common music or voice – something we might recognize and be drawn to. I am grateful that a young man overcame his shyness and let his passion for music become a conduit for love.

    Thank you again, for sharing with us. Merry Christmas to you and Ann!

    bluesky

  7. frio said

    Thanks Ray for sharing your story! I loved reading it, made my day :)

  8. Ray- Thank you for sharing your story. It brought tears to my eyes. I am happy that David helped you in your recovery and wish you continued good health.
    I’ve never followed anyone like I have David and was also hooked from the first song. “Waiting on the World to Change” To hear him sing it again in his last USA concert was Mind Blowing and wonderful. So Many good memories of David’s journey, flying to concerts, meeting “strangers” who are also die hard fans, gifting his music etc etc. has been wonderful. I’m very proud of him and support him following his path. One year ago tommorrow, I was there when he made his announcement. Oh my what he has accomplished since :)) So grateful for the gifts he left and for those that streamed his Devotional and made You tubes. …and of course our wonderful reports from Gladys. I must say this last year has gone by pretty fast. Can’t wait to hear what David has in store for us. Glad we are on this Journey together. Thanks Angelica for the pictures and all at TheVoice who make the journey pleasant and meaningful. :)

  9. tawna21 said

    Thank you, Ray, for sharing your story. It’s great to get to know people and their ‘behind the scenes’. David has touched so many souls, including mine, with the desire to make our lives better and live each day to it’s fullest.

    Thank you for sharing your photo with David and your precious wife, Ann, of 50 years. Congratulations on a lasting marriage! :) I pray for your continued good health.

    #DA2014

  10. Lynnella said

    Ray, may God bless you with continued good health and a much longer life. My best friend is battling colon cancer, and we’re all praying for added years for her too. I know exactly how you feel about David. I was hooked at Waiting on the World to Change. I couln’t wait to see what he would sing each week. When he messed up on We Can Work It Out, the following week I was so nervous for him I thought I would throw up, and could barely watch. I just prayed for him the whole time he was singing. It’s funny how invested we all are in his well being, his career, and just his life in general. I have a grandson his age, so it’s purely platonic. I’m not some little teeny-bopper who wants to go out with him. I’ve never met him or seen him in concert, but he’s captured a part of my heart. Sounds crazy, but there’s nothing I can do about it. My husband doesn’t understand it, but he lets me listen to him, but he doesn’t want to. I will listen as long as I live. I’m a forever fan, and I know you are too, Ray.

    Lynne

  11. mspoohbear said

    Thanks Ray for sharing your story. I am glad you found David just like I did. He’s helped some of us go through some difficult times in our lives. Each and everyone of us has a story on how David affected our lives. It is hard to explain why we care so much for someone who is not a part of our family. He sure does feel like a part of my family! I laughed and I cried for him, but I can’t explain why. Maybe he was a part of my family in my past life. LOL!

    With all the wonderful jewels he left us, I can’t wait for what else would be in store for us upon his return.

  12. MT said

    Ray,
    Thanks for sharing your touching story. I’m glad David’s music comforted you while you were going through so much and I hope you stay healthy and strong.

    He has touched us all, each in our own way, and has made a positive difference in our lives. I think he’ll be around a very long time continuing to do that.

    Cq,
    Like you, i always loved upbeat fun dancy tunes too. But with David, it almost doesn’t matter what he sings. Althought upbeat, dancy would work :) Along with anything else he chooses to sing, of course.

  13. jans11 said

    Ray, I loved your story. And really glad that you are still around. It thrills me when I see an older couple that are still together and happy. I just celebrated my 47th anniversary when my husband passed from lung cancer in June, 2008. David was the one that helped me through and a whole new world opened up for me with youtube, itunes, etc. Just about wore out “Angels”. I also don’t know why I love David like I do, but I ain’t gonna knock it! haha I just add him to my list of 10 grandkids and 12 great grandkids! He even sent a birthday card to one of my granddaughters because her birthday is on the 28th of January. I told him that I have grandkids birthdays on 9-28, 10-28, 11-28, his is 12-28 and Angie’s is 1-28! So he sent her a card! ♥

    Heidijoy, yes it was 1 yr ago tomorrow when we were there in SLC with Dayzee and Carol and heard his announcement! We all were stunned! The next year will probably fly by too. The older I get, the faster they go! :) So glad that we are still together and enjoying all the goodies that he has left us. He is one in 100 million!!

    I had a cute encounter with a new resident today. When I went to her room to get her for a haircut and style, she was laying in bed listening to some music. She is blind so she can’t watch tv. I asked her about her music and told her that I had some good music in the shop too. When we got settled in the shop she was listening to one of my cds and asked if that was my music? I said “yes, but I have a song I bet that you’ll like” and put on David singing “Ave Maria”. She sat there and said “oh my, he is so good”! I told her that he was only 19 when he recorded that and she just couldn’t believe it. I told her that he sings in 6 different languages, he is just the best. She loved him!
    Earlier a little gal in a wheelchair was singing “O Holy Night” with David singing “Silent Night. I tried to tell her that, and she said “I know. :) So I just agreed and let it go. It was cute too.

  14. poof said

    Hi Ray,
    Thanks for writing and sharing. I am so glad you ( we) have found him. sniff

    Tonight I was watching last year’s MoTab Christmas concert with Nathan Gunn. He has such a beautiful voice and the choir was, of course, spectacular. After watching it and listening to him sing Silent Night and Angels in the Realm of Glory, I, of course, had to listen to David’s.
    The difference is so marked. David so radiates joy while he sings,even while he just stands there, you could just feel that joy reflected back in everyone there. You “hear” the meaning in every word he sings. Nathan sang beautifully. David shared his heart. That is the difference. My slowly coming around (not very slowly anymore ), husband stated it well. “That was nice, but I never want to hear it again. Let’s put on David’s.”

  15. Marlie7 said

    Ray,
    I had not heard your story before. Thank you for sharing it. It brought tears to my eyes, too. David somehow draws us in, gives us hope, comforts with his dulcet tones, and makes us smile and laugh when he does. Aren’t we lucky to have found him, to get him. Wishing you continued health!

  16. TOfan said

    Ray, thanks so much for sharing your story, I’m so glad David’s music was there to help you through your treatment and recovery.

    I had never heard your story and it brought tears to my eyes because even though we live different lives, homelands, generations even, we all seem to share the same magnetic moment when it comes to David … “I feel I was chosen to support him. I really can’t explain it” … exactly!

    Be well, Ray! <333

  17. tonette913 said

    I was smiling but at the same time had tears in my eyes as I read your story….thank you Ray for sharing it with us! God bless you always! (“,)

  18. goodkarmaseeker said

    Thanks for sharing your story Ray! It’s a powerful one.

    Dear Santa,
    All I want for Christmas is a big (or even moderate) David Archuleta concert in 2014.
    And I want all of us fans, who’ve sat and sometimes danced by the light of the waiting candle, to be there, singing,dancing and
    celebrating together.

    I believe in you,
    Jane (GKS)

  19. Dayzee said

    Ray, you brought tears to my eyes. I know it can be difficult to share experiences that are so important to ourselves. Things that change the very core of our being are precious to us. You have chosen the best audience for communicating your thoughts. Most of us here have felt David’s influence. It may begin as a quiet whisper, but soon smacks you upside the head.

    Loved Bluesky’s writing that David “let his passion for music become a conduit for love”. Well said.

    Watching Voice Unplugged this morning with the pics and videos from Bench. Hard to believe there are so many, and they are all so beautiful. It was not easy for me to hit the “close” button and leave for work. Especially like those pics in the green shirt with his arms extended. Makes those arms look spectacular.

  20. jeani/ut said

    Thank you Ray for sharing your story. It just gladened my heart!!!

  21. MT said

    18. Jane (GKS)
    I hope Santa grants your wish. :D

  22. kimak said

    Ray God Bless you and thank you so much for your story! You are a hoot, and I love your spunky spirit! Also your pic looks so familiar I am wondering if you made it to the VaBeach concert? First time for Zero Gravity and we were all in shock! http://youtu.be/epSoc3A9yDw

  23. MT said

    Bluesky,
    “I am grateful that a young man overcame his shyness and let his passion for music become a conduit for love.” << Beautiful.

    When David sings, something more than his voice reaches us. When he sings he reaches out. He's left handprints on our hearts that will always remain.

  24. angelofdja said

    Ray your story is one that I can relate to as Cancer has affected many close family members. I hadn’t heard your David story before so thank you so much for sharing it here at the VOICE. May you and your lovely wife enjoy many more memories together!
    There are so many things in my life that I am thankful for. Finding David(or was it David finding me?) has been one of the best experiences! I can’t imagine my life without this outstanding young man in it!
    Bless you all for keeping this wonderful site open while David follows his heart!
    #DA2014 I’ll be there!

  25. bluesky said

    23 MT

    That is so perfect: handprints

    I had a friend who told me that her mother refused to wash the grandkids handprints off of the refrigerator. That always made me smile.

    The “handprints on our hearts” you speak of are indelible. Partly, because our hearts, no matter how hard we may have thought them through grief, worry, pain, or the circumstances of life, were just soft enough for the touch of love to be felt. A love that heals and binds. I believe that because he seeks, experiences, and believes in that love, it comes to him. Bless him.

    lynnella: (((((((hugs)))))))

    poof: Amen!

  26. bebereader said

    Dear Ray,
    Glad your story was finally published! It produced so many comments. You’re an inspiration to us all. It’s truly amazing how the power of music affects lives for the better. Wishing you and your wife continued good health!

    Goodkarmaseeker.
    Love your letter to Santa. I wish your wish comes true, too!

    Poof,
    This bears repeating: “David so radiates joy while he sings, even while he just stands there, you could just feel that joy reflected back in everyone there.” <<< How true!

    Sorry about my non-appearance at Nandito chat last night. Was feeling under the weather and couldn't make it online. Did anyone miss me? haha j/k
    Thank you Abs, for filling in for me. :)

  27. Suzy-Q said

    Ray,
    Thank you for telling your story. It brought tears to my eyes too. I have been married 51 years with the same husband. So, I guess we are just about the same age. I have two grandsons if you don’t count David. I have a grandson that is on a LDS mission in Sweden and he is thriving. With David I feel like I have two grandsons on a mission and I am really enjoying knowing that they are doing well and are happy with their decision. Like you and so many of David’s fans I was and still am going through some difficult times. As the caregiver of my invalid husband, for the last seven years, I too was drawn into the power of David’s voice and sweet personality when he was on American Idol. I am still here and so proud of David and what he is doing and what he has accomplished in his life.

    Like Mspoohbear, I wonder if I had a special connecton to David in the pre-existence. Maybe all of David’s devout fans did. I feel as if I have always loved him.

    Poof, I listened to Nathan Gunn’s version of Silent Night and compared it with David’s. Nathan was very good but I couldn’t see a connection between him and the audience or with the words of the song. In the past I would have never given it another thought but now that I have listened and watched David perform I look for that in all artists. I look for passion. No other artist displays David’s kind of passion.

  28. MT said

    Bebe,
    Abrra did a great job filling in, but you were definitely missed. Hope you’re feeling better. :)

  29. stenocruiser said

    Ray, thank you so much for sharing your story. Wishing you and your Ann (I’m Anne) the blessing of continued good health. You are an inspiration, as is David. I lost both my husband (sudden heart failure) and son (pancreatic cancer) in the past five years — David came along at just the right time as though it was meant to be.

    Bebe, we missed you in chat but you were thought of — some mention of a soundtrack as I recall. Also, thanks to Abrra for a fine job.

  30. Lynnella said

    Bluesky: thanks for the hugs. We can all use hugs this Christmas.

    I know what everyone means about hearing others perform with the MoTab Christmas Program. I saw Alfie Boe sing with them on youtube. It’s just not the same. The difference definitely lies with the heart. David is like a child who just gives his love without holding back. He’s not trying to impress anyone with his magnificent voice, or get rave revues from critics. He just wants show God’s love through his voice, and he does an unbelievably good job of it. Even when he forgets his words, cute smile in his ooops moment on the Prayer, we love him even more because he is so precious to us and to God. He’s put God first in his life, and it just pours out of him. He does definitely glow.

    Lynne

  31. kaycee said

    Ray, your story warmed my heart…thanks for sharing.

    I saw the title of this article and hoped there would be a David mention…

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/hunterschwarz/reasons-why-2012-was-a-banner-year-for-mormons

  32. Dayzee said

    Bebe, hope you are feeling great today. We did miss you and watched the bus scene in your behalf.

  33. ray said

    thanks guys for all the kind wordes,,KIMAK yes we were there.,i was drinking with the band LOL. talk about meant to be , the frist pic came about this way,i had never won anything on the raido ever ,.i heard they were giveing tickets to see david ,and i applyed on the internet for them, then i heard he was comming to daytona at a resturent so i started to go have breakfast,lunch,and dinner to get to know them,after a couple days gave the waiter 20 dollars to put us on the list,and he did got home from breakfast and the phone was rinning it was the reido station saying we had won tickets to see david that is the frist pic. just meant to be more later on the daytona vist,love you all.

  34. Abrra said

    Ray
    Was it this day? If not, it’s still fun to see David in action!


    All videos credit ArchuletaAvenue

    Abrra 464 days

  35. ray said

    abrra ,yes that was the day,we were packed in like sardens,lol,and of course he was late ,he had stoped at the childerns hospetal, it was very noise until david came into the room you could fell the air change,and the quite,,as he passed by me he looked at me and said hi,,just can,t explain the feeling in that room that day

  36. ray said

    in the mish blogs they talk about feeling the sprit maybe that is it ???

  37. bluesky said

    Oh, Ray…. Yup. That’s it.

  38. peppertara said

    Ray, have to say I definitely ‘feel the spirit’ reading your story. So glad that David helped you through a difficult time. It seems that is the case with so many of David’s fans. I know it was for me. Was hooked from the first time I saw him sing his audition piece on Idol and have been hooked ever since. David seems to have a very pronounced ‘healing grace’, not only in his beautiful singing but also in his whole demeanor and the kind of energy he exudes. He is a rare breed indeed, especially in the music world today.
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful words Ray. Wishing you all the best, a peaceful and Merry Christmas to you and to everyone here on this lovely fan site.
    #usuallyalurker

  39. kimak said

    Ray ha.. got a pic of that too!!

  40. kimak said

    the spirit or whatever it is you all are talking about… always felt it right from the start. first time was outside at Charlotte when he came out to sign autographs and the world lit up. he sure was. he glowed!

  41. betsy said

    Ray, thanks for telling us your inspiring story. It gave me such a good feeling. ♥

    And another thing! You must be one hip grandpa to be able to download songs onto your ipod so early on! Heck, even having an ipod! Kudos. :)

    Lastly, I loved the Adirondacks story. I have always been insanely interested in that time period, that area of NY. What stories you must have.

    David fans never fail to amaze me with their interesting, different lives. People from everywhere. And everyTHING.

    I overheard some people talking at work the other day. Strangers standing in line, talking about Newtown.
    One of them said “Always be kind to everyone – you never know what someone has gone through.”
    I’ve heard that before, but it struck me so hard right then. It’s so true.

  42. SandyBeaches said

    Ray, you are another very fortunate person who found David and his music. Anyone who has taken David into their hearts has been blessed although it is sometimes difficult to understand or explain, we love what we have been given.

    All the best to you and your wife and have a happy holiday. I always appreciate your comments.

    Our youngest just became engaged so there has been a certain kind of excitement here for the last few days. I am delivering my copies of CFTH tomorrow to those who have also found the beauty in David’s music.

    Once again Ray, it was a surprise to find your story here tonight, so thanks I enjoyed reading it!

    SB

  43. momjulee said

    Ray, this is a beautiful story. Thank you so much for sharing!

  44. djafan said

    Ray, thank you for sharing your story. I’m so happy that for whatever reason you found David and that he and his music have been a comfort to you during tough times. I love the picture of the three of you.

    I’d been a faithful AI viewer since its first season but something happened season 7 that has changed my life. The sound of his voice in his audition stopped me dead on my tracks and David’s music has been a source of joy and love these past few years. I like you don’t have any idea why this has happened I just know it is what it is. I’m here for the long haul and feel privileged to be on this journey with you.

    I want to welcome all the new posters to The Voice and thank the regulars. Thank you for sharing your heartwarming David stories that so resonate with me, even the why of it all lol. Your love of David and the fact that you all are still here makes me so very happy.

  45. jans11 said

    I just watched the youtube video of David making his announcement one year ago tonight. And then the he goes and sings “O Holy Night” the most beautiful that I have ever heard it. I feel blessed that I was there to witness it and also that 1 yr later I am still here being able to share with his fans. My hearts is still beating so hard…he is so good! ♥

  46. djafan said

    It’s been a year since the announcement and I watched today and do so every now and then. Why? I’m not sure. I do tear up but at the end I feel so proud of him and energized in my support of him.

    A year ago.

    I was reading all the comments again and feel so lucky to be part of David’s fans. I appreciate the sincere, genuine love and respect from all of you, not only towards David but to one another and us, the admns. There are many things as fans we have no control over but supporting and respecting is one we do. Thank you

    Now.

  47. poof said

    To everyone that commented on my comment about MoTab, you all nailed it. David so connects with the lyrics in a way I have never known before. He isn’t “entertaining us” with his talent, he is sharing who he is with each song, with each line of lyrics. “Can you hear me, can you feel me?” David has stopped up a whole in my heart I didn’t even know I had.

    To those who are still avoiding the announcement video,,, skip the announcement part, but please don’t skip the Oh Holy Night. I think it is the best he has ever done. (and that is saying a lot, isn’t it.

    I’m going to go admire that hand print and nose print my 3 year old grandaughter left on the picture window yesterday. Hugs and all the happiness of the season to you all.

  48. fenfan said

    Ray – thank you for sharing your story. I read it with a lump in my throat and I loved it. Like you I can’t explain why I am so drawn to David. It’s not just his voice though that is a large part of it. I wish you and your wife continued good health and may there be many many more David concerts and meet and greets in you life.

  49. Ray, I just had a chance to read your touching story. You’re a great fan! Thanks so much for being willing to share with us.

  50. angelofdja said

    Way off subject but, I just had to vent…I’ve been praying that somehow our country would come together, what with all the evil around us. I just can’t understand people. All the schools in my area have been closed. They started sending kids home earlier today. They will all be closed tomorrow too. They have received threats of shootings and the comments they are reading on social media caused them to close them all. OMH! What the world?

  51. desertrat said

    Ray, thanks for sharing your story along with the photos of you meeting David. He’s fortunate to have you as a fan.

    Angelofdja, I don’t know where you live but it’s very upsetting to learn that all schools are closed due to threats. I’ll have to get on twitter and see what’s happening.

  52. SandyBeaches said

    Angelofdja…I watched Piers Morgan last night and although he is British, he is doing his best to move forward with making changes that will make it more safe for American school children and of course for everyone eventually in your country. He has great determination like David to make a difference. Piers will be continuing on again tonight. Not certain of the time for you but it is CNN. It is all bad enough now that there will be changes.

    Such a little time until the Christmas Holidays that perhaps it would be good for students now to stay away from places that are
    questionable.

    SB

  53. SandyBeaches said

    By saying that …although Piers is British…I mean that he is working very hard to help people from outside his own country.

    SB

  54. emmegirl14 said

    Ray, loved reading your heartfelt story.

    “I was chosen to support him. I really can’t explain it.”….me too, and me neither. ♥

  55. djafan said

    Angelofdja, I work for the school system and there are a lot of frazzled nerves and many from all avenues trying to put plans in place to prevent these horrific tragedies. These are sad times but we need to highlight the good, perfection doesn’t exist but good does and it just doesn’t get the same type of attention.

    Ditto>
    “I was chosen to support him. I really can’t explain it.”….me too, and me neither. ♥

  56. djafan said

    A present…go share.

    Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    Merry Christmas! We have a special gift for you from us and David Archuleta. Share this post with your friends and once we’ve hit 600 shares we will tell you how to open this present!

    http://www.facebook.com/MormonTabernacleChoir?ref=stream

    A Rolling Stone mention…the painfully cute but hey it’s buzz :)

    David Archuleta, Christmas From The Heart – The elfin Season 7 “Idol” runner-up’s 2009 album of mostly traditional tunes features a duet with Charice, and it’s about as painfully cute as Rudolph’s claymation girlfriend, Clarice. Buy it on iTunes

    http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/a-very-reality-rocks-xmas-holiday-music-from-idol-the-voice-more-20121217#ixzz2FdoVGZIN

    Big Birthday coming up!

    Dec. 28: Comic book creator Stan Lee (“Spider-Man,” “The Incredible Hulk”) is 90. Actor Martin Milner (“Adam 12,” “Route 66″) is 81. Actress Nichelle Nichols (“Star Trek”) is 80. Actress Maggie Smith (“Harry Potter”) is 78. Saxophonist Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers is 74. Singer-keyboardist Edgar Winter is 66. Actor Denzel Washington is 58. Country singer Joe Diffie is 54. Drummer Mike McGuire of Shenandoah is 54. Country singer-guitarist Marty Roe of Diamond Rio is 52. Actor Malcolm Gets (“Caroline in the City”) is 48. Comedian Seth Meyers (“Saturday Night Live”) is 39. Actor Brendan Hines (“Lie To Me”) is 36. Singer John Legend is 34. Actress Sienna Miller is 31. Actress Mackenzie Rosman (“7th Heaven”) is 23. “American Idol” runner-up David Archuleta is 22.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20121220/us-celeb-birthdays/?utm_hp_ref=homepage&ir=homepage

  57. Gayle122890 said

    Ray, I loved your story. Isn’t amazing how much there is in David’s beautiful expressive eyes? How it made me feel in my encounter with them will stay with me for ever.

    Wishing you continued good health and peace for you and your loved ones.

    I’m hoping your sharing with us will encourage more guy fans of David to come and also share here at The Voice. :)

  58. refnaf said

    How blessed we are to be able to share our stories and see the familiar thread that has brought us together!! Thanks Ray for this post, it reminds me again of how incredible hearing David’s healing voice was the first time I heard it on AI. So thankful to be a part of this fan family!! ((((hugs)))) to all!!!

  59. Abrra said

    A treat-tweet from @ramielemalubay David and Kristi Lee Cook while on American Idols Live Tour 2008

    proxya

    Photo: FishEye Filming’ #tbt #tourlife @kristyleecook DavidArchie http://tmblr.co/Zn8gYyZFm0k6
    http://ramielemalubay.tumblr.com/post/37845207942/fisheye-filming-tbt-tourlife-kristyleecook

    Abrra 463 days

  60. silverfox said

    Hi Ray,

    Great & inspiring story of how you came to be one of David’s most ardent fans. I recall Abrra encouraging you several times to share your story. Glad you finally did. Thank you for sharing.

    Heartwarming also is the fact that as one of David’s fiercely loyal fans, you are a man of few words when you feel the need to make a point like most men. I mean that in the most respectful way. You tell it like it is, short & sweet, and always with David’s best interest in mind. And always making me smile thinking, “you tell ‘em Ray”! You are “that Ray”, right? There can only be one Ray!

    Wishing The Voice Admins & everyone here a very safe & Happy Holiday Season!

  61. muldur said

    abrra, are you here?

  62. Abrra said

    Muldur
    What can I do for you ? :)

    Abrra

  63. muldur said

    hi abrra, could you tweet me on twitter? @muldur

  64. Abrra said

    Muldur
    Sorry I wasn’t able to help more with the tech question.

    Abrra

  65. cq#DA2014 said

    Can’t wait until the rest of the world gets to know David like we do and not just a “painfully cute” singer.

  66. bebereader said

    MT, Steno and Dayzee: {{{{Thank you}}}}}

    A big welcome to all new posters! It’s always a pleasure to see new faces at The Voice.

    For the record, I still can’t watch the SLC announcement video, not because I’m not proud of David. I’m very proud of him. It’s because it pains me to watch him cry.

    Kaycee,
    Nice David mention in that article (#31) about 2012 being a banner year! Thanks for sharing with us! :)

    Pepperata#38,
    Please come out of lurkdom more often! I loved what you said and I concur:

    “David seems to have a very pronounced ‘healing grace’, not only in his beautiful singing but also in his whole demeanor and the kind of energy he exudes.”

    A healing grace. I like that. He makes you feel good just by being in his presence.

    SandyBeaches#42,
    Congratulations on your youngest child’s engagement! Wishing the couple a lifetime of good health and happiness.

    Silverfox,
    Grrrreat to see you! You’re missed around these parts! Your comment about Ray is so spot-on! He always tells it like it is and has David’s best interests in mind. Always.
    Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!

  67. betsy said

    I forgot to mention how much I love that picture up top. D’s listening face. :)

  68. colleen said

    Ray, hope you are doing well, and thank you for sharing your story. It is always nice to know there are kindred souls who appreciate David’s music!

  69. bluesky said

    56 Djafan: On being seen as “painfully cute”.

    The “pain” they are feeling? Same thing most of us go through when our hearts are “two sizes too small”. They are just unfamiliar with the amazing “heart expansion” effect of DA’s voice. *sigh* Get used to it. You will come to love it. ^_^ Merry Christmas, Rolling Stone!

  70. kaycee said

    Raising my hand proudly as well…“I was chosen to support him. I really can’t explain it.”….me too, and me neither.

    You nailed it, Bluesky…”The ‘pain’ they are feeling? Same thing most of us go through when our hearts are “two sizes too small”. They are just unfamiliar with the amazing “heart expansion” effect of DA’s voice. *sigh* Get used to it. You will come to love it. ^_^ Merry Christmas, Rolling Stone!”

    Poof, loved this: “David so radiates joy while he sings,even while he just stands there, you could just feel that joy reflected back in everyone there. You “hear” the meaning in every word he sings.”

    PS: Just love this site. You all put into words what I just can’t explain, and help me feel like I’m not totally losing it!

  71. Abrra said

    Djafan sent this along. She lives on twitter,ya know?

    tumblr_mfd2l7R78w1qhfziko1_1280a
    http://rhiminee.tumblr.com/image/38437769984

    Rock star at work!

    tumblr_mfb53iShQQ1s0l3bjo1_500a

    tumblr_mfd02krSGJ1s0l3bjo1_400a
    http://oceanofdr3ams.tumblr.com/post/38431576316
    Her archive page is nice too! http://oceanofdr3ams.tumblr.com/archive

    Abrra 462 days

  72. Dayzee said

    Bebe, I think of those tears as happy tears. After working so hard to get things in place so that he could go on this mission he had finally reached the point that he could share the message with his fans. And tears of joy that his fans were so obviously supportive as he spoke. If David weren’t so emotionally connected, he would not be David and we would not be followers. This thinking is the only way I can get through the watching.

    So nice to see so many posting here a year after that announcement. I remember wondering if we would even have a place for us. Thanks to all who tend to this garden

    Betsy, I also love D’s listening face.

  73. betsy said

    So the other night, I was at work really late. (we extended our hours for Christmas) There were just 2 of us in the store, no customers. Donny Hathaway’s version of This Christmas was playing. My coworker told me that it was her favorite Christmas song of all time. I whipped out my phone and went to YT and played her my favorite video of it. Halfway through, “OOOH, LOOK AT HIM GET INTO IT”
    When it finished, she just stood there clapping, whooping and hollering. It was great. :) :)
    This is the one:

    credit to YouCanCallMeTina
    p.s. I know a lot of you have a different favorite, but this one is mine. And now I think it’s jakeeah’s, the coworker. :)

  74. Abrra said

    Betsy
    Nice video but I’ll see yours and raise you this :) Lethal !


    8throwcenter

    Abrra

  75. bebereader said

    Dayzee,
    I knew something was up (I guess we all did) when he started talking to the audience before the announcement. His voice was already breaking as he spoke about how grateful he was for the opportunities in his life. And then the announcement, the applause and the tears. Then more tears. It’s all so emotional. Intellectually I know you’re right but my heart still hurts to see him in any kind of pain.

  76. betsy said

    Lol Abs, I knew that was coming. I just knew it. :)

  77. bluesky said

    “Hang all the mistletoe. I’m gonna get to know – you better —- This Christmas.”

    Really? Gosh, Elder A. Good thing that mistletoe is packed up for two years. Chile is hot enough as it is.

  78. bluesky said

    Speaking of mistletoe:

  79. djafan said

    No I don’t live on twitter, twitter lives in my phone hahahaha

    Love those pictures..

    Bluesky, love your logic ♥

  80. One year ago today David sang “Waiting On The World To Change” with Jeff at his last USA concert for awhile. That night was a Celebration and we sang “We’ll Be Here” to the tune of I’ll Be There, Donned birthday hats to sing Happy Birthday , shook Maracas and gave him a Standing O for every song. We bid farewell at the Bus and watched as the Bus took off on that Snowy Night. The MKOC was complete and little did we know how many gifts we would receive this year. It’s been quite a year. Thanks to TheVoice and all the Fans here that are making this lifelong journey so memorable.

    Not sure how to post the link but will try:

    marknilanjr

  81. Wow Ray that was an awesome story. I started following him in April 08 and here we are almost 5 years later and the feelings he stirs up in his fans is just as strong if not stronger, because of the amazing and beautiful spirit David has. When I started to follow him I had the same feelings about him as you and most of his fans do. 90% of Davids fans have such wonderful ways to promote and love this special man.

    Last December my brother died of lymphoma after a year long battle with it. I went through a lot of the painful emotions that accompany dealing with a family member with such a devastating illness.

    I know that David has a healing way about him, and I think that is the way God meant it, with David, because of his ability to bring people together and in total admiration of him, become friends and stay together as friends forever.

    Someone mentioned that even at a young age Davids parents knew that he was not an ordinary kid, that there was something just different about him.

    We as fans know what that is. We have been so blessed to be in the wake of this angel. We have been so blessed to KNOW what it is about David that is so magic.

    We have been given so much by him and we will probably get so much more while he is still on his mission. One day a journalist had written an article about David and one of the things he had done before he left on his mission. The author is Jason Wright who writes for several news papers back east, and writes for Utah Deseret News.

    The story was about David taking the time to give some encouragement and pictures to a young lady in Georgia. I am including the link to the article because it is so inspiring, the pictured he had given to this girl were ones that I had drawn a year before and had been able to get him to autograph them. here is the link: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865554131/The-story-you-havent-heard-about-David-Archuletas-mission.html?pg=all
    If you want to see a closer view of the pictures go to my web page.

    David is so much more special than anyone of us begin to understand.
    Ray like David said “follow me” He is so close to the man who he want’s you to follow. David is the last to want to be put on a pedestal
    . But don’t ever stop being amazed by him. He is wonderful

  82. Angelica said

    Ray, thanks for sharing your story. I love that you were so concerned about David’s welfare, it took your mind off what you were going through at the time. His music not only made the healing process go by more pleasantly, but probably enhanced it as well. May you be blessed with many more happy years with your dear wife and your “adopted grandson.”

    Betsy, I love both videos but you know I gotta go with “This Christmas” SLC, filmed by Muldur. I never tire of watching that performance, one of his best to date, in my opinion. In it, he releases the kraken of his considerable charisma. The slow strutting, flirty finger pointing, diva hand waving, ear bud whipping, rock star singer of romantic songs is in the house! The hand over his heart at 3.02 and the dazzling smile at 3.10 are simply and yet powerfully done. It bodes well for future performances that this is clearly one element he enjoys being in.

  83. Dayzee said

    Angelica, seems you have seen that SLC video more than once. And plan to view it again. The strange thing is, no matter how many times you watch, every time you find something extra.

  84. bebereader said

    Guess whose Birthday it is today??!!??!!

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    to Abrra!!!

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    Wishing you good health, happiness and love on your birthday and always!

  85. Happy Birthday Abrra :) Thanks for all you do and attaching “Waiting on the World To Change” for me.

  86. bluesky said

    ABRRA, the magical!!!

    Thank you so much for all that you do. I really hope to meet you someday!
    Have a wonderful birthday – and many, many more!

    bluesky

  87. stenocruiser said

    Abrra! All the very best to you today and in years to come. Thank you for all the things you do for us and for David.

  88. Angelica said

    k212

  89. emmegirl14 said

    First HAPPY BIRTHDAY Abrra – our all knowing, all seeing Carnac, who can answer questions even before seeing them!

    Aaaaahhhh, This Christmas. Sassy, jazzy, completely mesmerizing This Christmas. SLC is tough to beat, Anaheim a bit subtler, but highly effective. Angelica, that entire closeup 3:06-:12 during that solo kills me. I must throw this last performance into the mix, if only for the 2 seconds of humming at the beginning.

    And I loved the sound of this jazzy band!!

  90. Angelica said

    I fix Emmegirl. Thanks for another This Christmas performance. Gonna watch now. You can’t have too much of a good thing. ;)

  91. Angelica said

    Found this in my email, Janel’s video pic of the day. This Christmas, Santa Rosa. Nice close ups and behold the flirty eyebrows at 1.18 and subsequent screams. haha. He’s killing them.

  92. bluesky said

    I like how the guitar player does a diff bit each time. It is like he is trying to see if DA will crack up in response.

    I love how DA LOVES music. It is almost like instead of using the medium, he IS the medium. Mr. Manilow sang: “I am music, and I write the songs”. Mr. Manilow did have some great melodies. So what is different with DA? (Besides being a whole lot cuter?!!!)

    Just that: with Mr. M: a craft. (and a good one)

    With Mr. A: his breath, heart, blood, and soul.

  93. emmegirl14 said

    #91 worthy. Added to my favorites.

    “With Mr. A: his breath, heart, blood, and soul.” ….
    indeed.

    (thanks abs!)

  94. emmegirl14 said

    #91, he loves an enthusiastic audience. :)

    bluesky, thanks for that mistletoe video, too cute!

    (ok, gotta quit and go get something done)

  95. MT said

    Abrra!! Happy Birthday!!! Hope it’s filled with lots of love ♥ and laughter.

    ♫ Happy Birthday to you … ♫
    ♫ Happy Birthday to you … ♫
    ♫ Happy Birthday Dear Abraaaaa … ♫
    ♫ Happy Birthday to youuuu … ♫

    ♫ And many more …♫

    Have a great day!!

  96. MT said

    Loving all the videos!

    Bluesky,
    “With Mr. A: his breath, heart, blood, and soul.”

    That is so true. I was re-readign Chords of Strength (love that book) again today where he talks about that very thing, how much singing means to him and how he feels it’s part of his identitly.

    He loves music & singing like no one I’ve ever seen. If anyone could actually have musical notes in their DNA, I think it would be David.

  97. annie said

    Ray~I enjoyed reading about your connection to David. It is mysterious but so wonderful to feel this connection to and with David .I wish continued good health to you and your wife Ann.

    Abrra!
    Happy Birthday to you and may all your dreams come true. Thank you so much for all you do for us here. It is so appreciated!

    Betsy~the video of This Christmas in Anaheim is my possible all time favorite song and performance by David. I play it all year round. It is just so sassy, happy, joyful. I do watch the other vids too but at the end when he turns around and kind of stomps while clenching his fist singing “yeah yeah yea yea yea yeah, bada bap bap bap bad dap bap bada ba”. Well, it just about does me in.

  98. Abrra said

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ok I got that out of my system! I have had computer problems today. It turned out that I had to replace my surge protectors. Who’d a thunk? ;)

    Thank you all for the birthday wishes. I had a nice start to the day by walking in the local park with my BFF (with our dogs). The streets are lined with trees decorated by families in memory of loved ones passed. There are some very creative trees.

    Photobucket

    I got the Steve Jobs biography as a gift from my BFF. I consider it a history book and can’t wait to dive in. Earlier this week I got a package from BlueberryIce. She sent a lovely blue shawl, but my favorite thing she sent was the card she made .It made me smile so much. If only it were true. :)

    Photobucket

    Don’t forget tonight!

    david-archuleta-a

    http://www.livestream.com/thevoiceunplugged

    Abrra 461 days

  99. TOfan said

    Happy Happy Birthday, Abrra!!! ((((((big hugs))))

  100. betsy said

    Happy Birthday big sis. :) I love the cute decorated trees in your town. I read a book that had that in it.
    Having our Christmas with our kids and their kids tonight. Hubby invited everyone to spend the night. The extravaganza to end all extravaganza’s. Yikes lol..
    (I just worked 10 hrs and want a few minutes of peace. I really am excited about it)

  101. tawna21 said

    Happy Birthday, Abrra!!!! :D

  102. MT said

    Abrra, Blueberry Ice,
    LOVE the Birthday Card!

    ALL DAY/ALL NIGHT TOUR

    Oh, man . …

    Yep… if only it were true. haha Fans would be ODing on their ODD.

  103. gladys1961 said

    abrra.

    My sis, I hope you like my gift, happy birthday song with a salsa beat, I love my sis.

  104. Abrra said

    Gladys, I loved it! Such a happy video :) Thanks!

    Thanks for the love today from everyone!
    Abrra

  105. refnaf said

    Happy Happy Birthday Abrra!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((hugs))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

  106. Abbra happy birthday, and happy Holidays. I am glad you talked Ray into sharing that story it was great

  107. fenfan said

    Happy birthday Abrra. May there be many many David concerts and VIPs in your life!!

  108. jans11 said

    Happy Birthday, Abrra! ♫♪and many more!♫♪

  109. kaycee said

    I’m a bit late to the party…but, Happy Birthday, Abrra! Hope it was a great one!

  110. SandyBeaches said

    Belated Birthday Wishes Abrra…

    I was away at a family gathering and just checked in. I saw over 100 comments and thought, oh oh, what’s been goin on? Luckily something nice like a birthday!

    Now a new David picture would make the comments jump another 100 notches! But in his weather he wouldn’t be in his usual warm jacket and big wrap around scarf!! Gotta miss that!!?

    SB

  111. poluck8 said

    Happy belated Birthday Abraa, also wishing you a blessed Christmas and New Year.

  112. poluck8 said

    If I don’t get a chance during this crunch time, I would like to wish everyone here a peaceful, blessed and beautiful Christmas.

  113. LOuLOU said

    Happy Birthday Abraa ! Happy Holidays to every one !!!!

  114. Suzy-Q said

    Happy Belated Birthday, Abraa. Thanks so much for keeping us up to date with David’s doings and keeping the fans together.

  115. Abrra, Hope your day was great :) Love the Memory Trees. Must say BlueberryIce’s gift and Gladys Spanish birthday video put a smile on my face too :)
    Blessings to all :)

  116. Dayzee said

    Gotta get me a ticket for that All Day All Night tour. Blueberry has a winner there. Next best thing is Abrra’s Voice Unplugged 24/7, 365 days per year.

    Chatting last night it was obvious we all enjoy David’s speaking voice as much as his singing. It occurs to me that when David returns to star in MOTAB’s Christmas program again, he could be both the singer and the narrator. No need to search for another celeb. How great would that be? I can see the promos: “David Archuleta, singer with the MOTAB featuring David Archuleta, narrator.”

  117. marlie7 said

    Aww, Abrra, I missed your Birthday! Happy belated Birthday!

  118. MT said

    Marlie,
    Missed you in chat last night but a little birdie said that today was your birthday! Is that right?

    If so … ♫ Happy Birthday to youuuu…. ♫
    Happy Birthday, Marlie! :) Have a wonderful wonderful day!

    My family is doing our Christmas dinner today, so it’s finally feeling like Christmas!

    Merry Christmas everyone!

  119. sweetonda said

    Abrra, sorry I missed your birthday yesterday, but I’m sending a Happy Belated Birthday wish your way today.

    Loving all the “This Christmas” videos. I’m addicted to this song. I’ve been listening to David on all my walks with my pups and enjoying his beautiful voice and praying his Christmas will be a great one. Also, wishing for some new music this next year! :)

    I want to wish everyone here at The Voice a Very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Wonderful New Year! Wonder what it will have in store for all of us!!!

  120. bluesky said

    Okay… I know lots of you like the “This Christmas” and… it IS good! My pick, however, is this one:

    And with it, comes to you all (lurkers and posters and everyone of you nutty people) my wish for a very, Merry Christmas!!

    bluesky

  121. bluesky said

    (Hey… what’s Christmas without a few nuts?!)

  122. Marlie7 said

    MT – yes, today is my Birthday. I have to tell you what my son’s girlfriend, Magdalena (from Santiago, Chile) did for me. She had a travel mug made that says on it “I (heart) Archuleta”. and a notebook with Arch Angels and the logo on it. OMG, I was so surprised! I said, where did you get this stuff and she said she did research on the web, found the Arch Angels and sent the logo to the notebook place to have the custom cover made. I adore her LOL

  123. Angelica said

    Photobucket

    Your son’s girlfriend sounds like a keeper. :D

  124. Abrra said

    Thanks to all for the B’day wishes! They will last me the whole year through!

    Marlie
    We missed you in chat last night but it seems you had a good reason. Family first!
    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    Thanks for the video. I need to load that back into the chat line up. We have quite a few December birthdays yet to come haha.

    Abrra 460 days

  125. emmegirl14 said

    Marlie, Happy Birthday!

    Bluesky, had not seen that, wow, one of his very best! HYAMLC, I really don’t care for any other version anymore, bar none, just his.

  126. Happy Birthday Marlie . What a sweeties your son’s girlfriend is and from Chile. Hope your day has been great!!

  127. OOPs Sweetie :)

  128. Winniepoohbear said

    Abrra! Sorry I missed your birthday. Between work and Christmas preparation, I was not able to read posts for almost a week. Well, it’s better late than never! So, Belated Happy Birthday my dear! I hope you had a very cheerful one!

    To all of you Archies out there, I wish you all Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!

  129. bebereader said

    Marlie,

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  130. djafan said

    Happy Birthday Abrra and Marlie!!!!!!

    Twas fun in chat last night and every chat I make it to…twas twas twas lol.

  131. MT said

    Marlie,
    Awwww … What a sweet surprise from your son’s girlfriend! A lot of thought and effort went into that gift. Yep, she’s a keeper.

  132. Marlie7 said

    Angelica – Gah! Thank you!
    Abrra – we share that Capricorn thing (you know the one – the one born on Dec 28th hahaha)
    Emmiegirl, thank you!
    Heidijoy – thanks so much!
    Bebe – what a lovely cake! :-)
    Thank you Djafan – sorry I missed chat!
    MT – she is a sweetie!

  133. poluck8 said

    HAPPY Birthday Marlie!

  134. jans11 said

    Happy Birthday, Marlie! I know it was a good one with Magdelina getting those goodies for you! Her heart sure is in the right place! ♥

  135. angelofdja said

    So super late to the parties! Abrra you are the glue that keeps it together around here! Love all you do so selflessly to support David! Just by stopping by at the Voice my ODD stays in check! Thank you!
    Happy, happy belated to you Abrra! May you enjoy many, many more years of David bliss ;-)

    December birthdays are rampart around these parts I see! It seems that Capricorns have had some impact in my life. My hubby, (David, of 34 years!) shares not only his name but his astrological sign with that other favorite David we all know and love!

    I love that story Marlie! What a great and thoughtful gift Magdelina created for you! It seems your son has found a smart and special lady! I hope the rest of your birthday was filled with joy!

    I want to wish everyone at The Voice a very wonderful Christmas and a joyous Holiday Season.
    May Santa bring us all a little somethin’, somethin’ from our favorite guy this New Years! ;-)

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