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Of David Archuleta, Brands, and Five Amazing “Piano Guys”

Posted by bluesky4home on Sunday, December 30, 2012

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When I see something wonderful that talented people are doing, I always get excited and I wonder, “How is this going to fit into what DA will need, or be doing, or have available, etc. when he comes home?”

Why? Because: I believe.

I believe that things that bless others will also bless him. I believe that because there are so many changes happening within the music industry and how “brands” are created, produced and marketed, that a new paradigm is emerging that will bless his life as well as the lives of others. I believe DA is young, savvy, focused and inspired. I do not say that it will all be roses, smooth sailing, or that everything will magically fall into place, but I do believe absolutely that new horizons of opportunity will be available to him. And when he is blessed, so are we.

My case in point for today: ThePianoGuys.

I had been hearing about Jon Schmidt, a creative composer/pianist, for a long time and have gone to two of his concerts. He is well known in our area and offers concerts each year. When I first saw him on You Tube, I saw this title above the vid: ThePianoGuys. I thought that was a little strange, since he was the only person in the videos. Later, I saw several vids where he was performing duets with Steven Sharp Nelson, a wonderful cellist. I loved the music but was still a bit confused by the title. Being that I am a bit slow, it was not until this last summer when I attended a concert close to home that I caught the full vision of what they, ThePianoGuys were all about.

From their Official Channel:

Five guys from different walks of life with different skill sets, from different places — each had built their own careers: a piano store owner/videographer (Paul Anderson), a music producer (Al van der Beek), a videographer/editor (Tel Stewart), a pianist (Jon Schmidt), and a cellist (Steven Sharp Nelson). But all with the same ambition: to inspire the world with the talents given them. Each met through seemingly-happenstance, but divinely-influenced circumstances. Combined, they had the tools, the passion, and the drive necessary to independently build one of the most successful music video production companies in the world. They are famous for taking their instruments (especially grand pianos) and video equipment to unbelievable places. But above all, ThePianoGuys love what they do — and it shows. At the end of the day, they are ordinary guys that love their families and that thank God for the opportunity they have to do what they love.

It was then that I finally realized that ThePianoGuys was a collaborative effort: when you go to their website, the three that seldom appear as performers on video are given top billing and space. All are equal to the importance of the creation of their “brand”. What is most exciting to me is that their very successful brand was chosen, produced and offered to the public on their own terms, not those of someone else. No record company told them what they could or could not be. No marketing body handed them a pre-fabricated identity, relegating them by color, size, or sound to fit neatly into one of the few molded shapes allowed in a modern music cafeteria tray. They became famous through YouTube, posting their first video in March of 2010.  Two years and 39 videos later, many produced a week apart, they now have a total of 205,419,123 views and 1,178,305 subscribers to their channel.

In December 2011, they released their first album and their second album, released in 2012 reached number one on the Billboard New Age Albums chart.

So… without further ado, here is an example of what can be accomplished when people follow their passion and remain true to themselves.

One of my favs, sure to make you smile:

One of my passions, sure to inspire:

One of their newest, sure to make you believe in dreams:

The other day I caught this comment on YouTube under one of their videos:

“wow that was awesome ps you guys should make a David Archuleta song”

Now, from time to time they do record their arrangements/videos with a singer. And I have a pretty good idea who I think would sound best. You might want to save some time on your calendar for a certain returned missionary in 2014 Piano Guys. Can you say “Broken”?

Post script: “The Piano Guys” last concert in SLC was produced and recorded for PBS and they just recently got signed by a label: Sony Masterworks. On first hearing this I worried. But then I saw the company they were in…

Placido Domingo, Jascha Heifetz, Vittorio Grigolo, Wynton Marsallis, Yo-Yo Ma, etc. …and I guess I am willing to believe that it is a “good place”.

Conclusion: Talented people are leading fulfilling lives sharing their passion and abilities on their own terms. Can David Archuleta be successful doing this? Things beyond our knowing are aligning for him and others like him.

Without question: Yes. I believe.

The following is a synopsis from PR Newswire introducing all Five Guys in a rare performance together on video:

Ironically, The Piano Guys, who got their name from a piano store in St. George, Utah, are a quintet featuring only two musicians – only one being a pianist. Store owner Paul Anderson devised a Facebook promotional page and a YouTube channel featuring well-established, self-described “New Age Classical” pianist Jon Schmidt , who teamed up musically with Steven Sharp Nelson , an innovative cellist. Together, Schmidt and Nelson form the musical core of The Piano Guys, with Anderson – who has since closed the store – joining forces with genius co-videographer Tel Stewart in creating The Piano Guys’ videos. Al van der Beek , the fifth “Guy,” heads up the group’s studio operations, and also assists in co-writing and arranging, as well as percussion and vocal texturing. As seen in their One Direction video, in performance, all five of The Piano Guys frequently appear together.

130 Responses to “Of David Archuleta, Brands, and Five Amazing “Piano Guys””

  1. jans11 said

    Bluesky, that would be so wonderful if they could collaborate together. They would make some sweet music! Each are talented in their own way and together…watch out! I also “believe”! David has already surpassed what a lot of people has ever thought he could do. And as one of his dedicated fans, I was so happy everytime something was announced that just blew us away. Kind of surprised at some things, but knowing that David can “pull” anything off, he is just that talented. He is so very exciting! I am so proud of this young man! Don’t think there will be any brakes on David once he returns and puts his all back into his career! #2014 ♥
    The name of the movie that they showed on the BYU channel between David and MOTAB was called “The Lamp”. It was a Genie Lamp that had “Just Believe” inscribed on it.
    Very inspirational!

  2. MUNK_MA said

    I llike! :D

  3. MUNK_MA said

    This one is fun too! Would be great to do a ‘David” song! :D

  4. Dayzee said

    What fun and talented fellows!! Thanks for bringing the videos here. Love them, especially the cello limbo. But where did they find identical quadruplets, each one so accomplished on identical instruments? Amazing!

    Jan, enjoyed your self-description as “one of his dedicated fans”, for that is exactly what we are. I have no desire to be his “greatest fan”. I want him to have a plethora of dedicated fans. I am happy to be one of many.

  5. emmegirl14 said

    These guys are amazing, thanks for the introduction!

    Wanted to post one of my favs so far, hope it works, been having issues with this. If not, it is Charley Brown Medley – ThePianoGuys:

  6. MT said

    I am finally back online, yayyyy!! Family got together and got me a new computer! :) But the first one had “issues” and had to be returned. The internet wouldn’t work on it. :( No David? Can’t have that!! Exchanged it and nowit’s all good and the chisel and stone keyboard is gone!! ;) (Just have to get used to the new one. And from XP to Windows8? This is gonna be fun. LOL) But at least I am back in business. Oh, and the sound (Beats Audio) is awesome!!! Now I just need a really good set of headphones. :)

    Bluesky,
    What a great article! The Piano Guys are so good. I love that last video with them plucking the piano strings. Such a unique idea! That is what David needs, a great group to work with that he can toss ideas around with to come up with something that works for him, and I know he’ll do it when he returns.

    PS I believe, too. :)

  7. djafan said

    Bluesky, these piano guys brought a smile to my face. I really needed that. I haven’t been around much going through some tough real life:( So thank you Bluesky :)

    I actually could say I loved the sound, arrangements, the fun! I really really want them to do a David song! I could so see a collaboration with David, they are unique as is our David. Somehow this must happen!

    I BELIEVE!!!!!

    It reminded me of this beauty, sigh.

  8. Thanks Bluesky! I love the Piano Guys. I’ve seen some of their Videos before, but never really took the time to research. Seeing musicians like this, does as you say show that real musicians, artists can make it while being authentic and true to themselves. I believe David has that kind of conviction, talent and determination. It is so refreshing in this day and age.

  9. Angelica said

    Hiyas,

    Bluesky, thanks for introducing me to ThePianoGuys. What a great coming together of the perfect fit of art, craft, and marketing savvy. What I love besides their remarkable talent, is the innovative way they have found to set themselves apart from all the rest. Like performing on a moving train, on top of a mountain, in the snow, on a city warehouse rooftop, etc.. One comment I read on YouTube was, “Do they have a helicopter?” It was only then that I realized these videos were even more amazing than I had first thought. I could go for David putting out a video like once or twice a month!

    The other innovative thing I love about them is that they are having great success doing it their way and bypassing radio altogether. Can we just agree that the best music being created and performed today is not found on radio? The success of an artist is no longer dependent on the old institutions and mechanisms. It’s a new age and David has come along right on the cusp of it. I am so hopeful the right team serendipitously comes together for him on his return.

    Here is another video from them, just released for Christmas 3 weeks ago and already close to 2 million views. One of my very favorite songs. O Come, Emmanuel which was originally to be placed in the article but there was only so much room, so Bluesky decided on putting a link or in comments instead.

  10. emmegirl14 said

    I believe too.

  11. bluesky said

    Angelica 9:

    Thanks! It always sounds so grounded when you say things! I love how you use words.

    Jans11: Yes, DA could ‘pull it off’! It would be amazing.

    MUNK_MA: That video about Pacabell – There is a Urban Legend that Mr. P had a girlfriend who was a cello player. They broke up and in revenge — he wrote the Cannon. Eight notes to infinity for the cello. Steven Sharp Nelson definitely has some fun here. And did you notice Jon Schmidt in the wig? What characters!

    Dayzee: Erm.. you are kidding me, right? But how the videographer was able to coordinate all four shots so perfectly.. that is some talent. In DA’s latest video we got 3. Can you imagine 4? In some of the vids there are 8 Stevens, all different shots. I think I could get used to that! DA… I have an idea. ^_^

    Emmegirl: Yes! I love to read the notes that are included with each video, where they tell about how and why they made it. On this one, they say something about how this is one of their favorite audiences. I got the impression that they have play for these folks more than once or twice. Good people!

    MT: That is what I wish for as well: talented people around him that are in sync with how to best present his uniqueness and help to build his own “brand”. How amazing that would be.

    Oh, Djafan! I am glad they brought a smile to your face. Try “Beethovens Secrets” on their channel, boy, I love that one. Honestly, I have listened to several collaborations they have done with various singers and… well… I like the instrumentals better. But if it were David Archuleta!!! Oh, my!!! I intend to put that intention out there. It has a year and a bit to simmer.

    And their expertise with the videos is to me, just as amazing as the music. One thing: you do not even notice how amazing the videos are! They do not intrude – just help to imagine and build on the interpretation of the music. Oh… how I would LOVE our DA to have that kind of talent helping him to showcase his sound.

    Heidijoy: Me, too. I have heard of Jon S. so often, that I just didn’t really appreciate what he and their group were creating until this last fall. I am so excited for them and for the whole idea of new ways to bring forth talent to the people who really want to hear Music! Like Angelica said: not radio!

    Angelica had to rein me in, cause I was getting loopy trying to decide which were my fav Piano Guys vids. I just wanted to give an example of several different genres that they do: Fun, Romantic and Inspirational. (Yeh, those are genres. I say so. ^_^)

    Music can be healing, inspiring, and fun – all at the same time. This SO sounds like DA! Please, world, get ready for 2014!!

  12. bluesky said

    Djafan – for you:

    “Don’t only practice your art. But force your way into its Secrets. For it and knowledge can raise men to the Divine.”
    Ludwig van Beethoven

  13. bluesky said

    That was the WRONG link!! Sorry!

    This one:

  14. Marlie7 said

    Bluesky: These guys are wonderful – thanks for all the background on them. I just recently saw a video of them for the first time and I was enthralled.

    MT: I’ve missed you! So glad you are back in the cloud!

    PS – to Bebereader who was complaining about 3 inches of snow on the last thread… We’ve had over 20 inches of snow here since Wednesday. ARGH!!!

  15. Marlie7 said

    PPS – Sorry for dropping out of chat last night – I am going to THROW my router or modem or something. I keep having problems staying connected. Sigh.

  16. bluesky said

    Marlie…

    Yep. I had to go back on the wire connection to get uninterrupted service. I think it has to do (in my area) with all the new toys for Christmas and so many more people using wi-fy. Each area has at least two channels for wi-fy, but not always much more than that. When the signals quarrel with each other – one must talk to ones neighbors… or, just go back on a wire. Since I use the computer for extended spaces of time in contact with others, I need uninterrupted linkage.

    Well… that was probs more than you wanted to know. But the upshot is: I empathize!!!

    MT – it is nice to see you again. ^_^

  17. ray said

    our guy is breacking records in chille ,no suprise

  18. Angelica said

    ((Ray)) My Photobucket is Photobucket

  19. ascphil said

    Oh, Bluesky. Look what you’ve done. I’ve become addicted to ThePianoGuys videos, watching them all night and when I woke up this morning. Incredible talents and passionate musicians! I was particularly touched to the core by the LOTR The Hobbit arrangement since I had just watched the 3D movie (right after our Outreach & Archuparty last Dec. 29th) with my family & Archufriends (Naree, JR4DA, Lorma & Carla). Beethoven’s Secrets also made me tearful. I am such a sap! Reading the work behind the videos made me admire them and their work so much more. Beautiful, just beautiful!

    There must be something about Utah which brings out so much love for music in these wonderful people. Their videos show how gorgeous their homestate is as they keep discovering great sites for shoots of their videos. My daughter also recently became a fan of a young Utahn violinist, Lindsay Stirling, who also works in tandem with a very talented videographer, and they have churned out so many videos in just a year or so with millions of views. I am excited for David to come come to these new breed of musicians who have an incredible following on the internet, have sold out concert tour performances, and aren’t even popular on radio, as Angelica invaluably pointed out. Collaborations with David in the future? Oh, I sincerely hope so!

    As Ray said, David is hard at work and reaping the fruits of his labour! JR4DA emailed me this link (perhaps Djafan can translate?): http://chilerancaguamission.org/iexclroacutempelo.html

    It’s will be New Year’s Eve on our side of the world in about twelve hours, so I’ll take this opportunity to give an advance greeting to all you wonderful folks (in case I get too busy to be online later on): Happy New Year!

  20. bebereader said

    Bluesky,
    Thank you for the most enjoyable evening, watching Piano Guys’ videos.
    They are innovative, charming guys who put a lot of effort into their work. I
    watched them all and the one by Coldplay “Viva La Vida” that you used in
    your article is my favorite.

    Pre-David, I used to follow singer/songwriter, Matthew Jordan. In terms of
    talent, he’s no David Archuleta by any means. He’s a musician in
    California who isn’t signed to a major label nor has his music ever been played
    on radio. But he has a universe of fans on youtube. Youtube is like a world of
    great musicians and it enables new artists to reach new fans in all corners of the
    globe. I’m still on his mailing list so I get mail from him once in a while. And
    he’s doing well, touring all over the US. His music has been used on MTV and
    in international ads for Nokia cell phones. He also just released an EP which is
    already doing well. Point is he’s doing it his way without radio. He’s just a few years older than David who I hope will go a similar route when he comes back.

    MT: Welcome home!

  21. ascphil said

    I meant ‘It will be…’ Sorry, my brain gets ahead of my typing. :P

    I am so proud of our Elder, yet miss him sooo….

  22. bluesky said

    Ascphil:

    I am glad you took the time to read the notes on why and how they do what they do. I could not put all of that in an article and it expresses better than I could WHY I get so excited for David when I see all of this. I truly believe there are opportunities coming for more and more people like this. And they help to pave the way for DA. Good things happening to good people do not cancel each other out. There is no competition. It all just expands and blesses everyones life. Lindsey Stirling has a good following and the word is that she and the PianoGuys have a collaboration coming out in Jan. Hope so.

    Then… please TPG… save some time for DA. Good as you are (and you are super!) you have not worked with a voice like his.

    But in a few…. I am going to start stalking your video comments with DA suggestions. TPG are known for taking ideas from their fans. They do listen.

    Happy New Year Ascphil!!

    (I cry when I listen as well. So count me in as a sap.)

  23. MT said

    Marlie, Bluesky, Bebe,
    Thanks! So good to be home. :) I have been lost in the YouTube vortex since I got the computer up and running this morning. Seeing David in HD has me mesmerized. lol He is even more beautiful than I thought.

    Oh! Marlie,
    I forgot to tell you something. During the Christmas sale days, I got an Amazon e-mail with suggestions for gifts and, in the book section, You Belong To Me was at the top of the list!! Hope it’s doing well!

    Sky,
    I see you are back online too! Welcome back to you, too! :)

  24. ascphil said

    Bluesky,

    TPG and Lindsey Stirling collaborating in January? Ooh, something to look forward to with my daughter. =D

    I like your idea of stalking TPG and leaving comments on their videos to work on DA’s music and with him when he gets back. It’s thrills me to imagine how they will take on ‘Broken’ if they ever do. Gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. :)

  25. tawna21 said

    Bluesky, thank you and I Believe!!

    TPG’s are amazing + David is amazing = out-of-this-world AMAZING

    #DA2014

  26. djafan said

    MT and Sky welcome back!

    Ray and Angelica, so stinking proud :)

    Bluesky, I didn’t know how to say earlier that the reason I was enjoying the piano guys so much aside from the fabulous instrumentals is that there are no vocals. If it’s not David’s voice then it won’t work. I know how it sounds but it is what it is. These guys can make their instruments emote and that is very difficult to do. Thank you for the link, it made me cry in a good way.

    Ascpil, I’m goosebumping with you on the thought of them covering Broken. I’m going be leaving subtle comments :)

  27. poluck8 said

    Hi everyone,WOW! Covering Broken, would not only be goosebumping but also stunning, wonderful, amazing. heartpounding and it would take our breath away!

  28. Bluesky Thanks for sharing ThePianoGuys♥ I too was lost in the vortex last night watching all their videos, they are amazing! I can’t even imagine what they would do with Broken, and its hauntingly beautiful melody.

    Dja, “These guys can make their instruments emote and that is very difficult to do”.
    I agree. I was mesmerized, listening to them.
    Makes me so excited to see that clearly TPG’s have been successful taking this path with their artistry. Would love to see David, as Bebe said, take a similar path.It’s so exciting to think of the prospects and avenues that are opening up for high caliber artists, like D.
    wonder if David has ever met, heard of, or seen them perform?

    MT glad you are back on line, and me too! can’t live without the computer, it was awful! haha
    Angelica, remember the days when we could not ever be without our ‘transistor radios’?? :)))

  29. bluesky said

    Bebereader –

    The “Love Story meets Viva la Vida” video was the first one I saw of TPG on You Tube. I think I played it several times a day for 5 months. It is no longer included on their official You Tube site because in over a year and a half, they have not been able to get full permission from the original musicians for them to present it. Silly musicians!!!! So I wanted to be especially sure you got to see that one. I am glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the info on Matthew Jordan, I will check him out! Wow, we just never know what new ways and things will come. Fun times!

    Poluck8 – I concur. ^_^

    Djafan – Yes. I know. No argument here! I appreciate the few videos they have put out with vocalists. But with the one exception of “Peponi”, I like the instrumentals much better. (And maybe I like Peponi because it is in Swahili? And I can’t understand the words?) They are able to make their instruments sing and emote. I can put any emotion I am feeling into the music and it sings to me alone. In my own language. I would love to hear them do a song like “Broken” even without DA. AND… I really think DA would be a match to their art IF he ever got a chance to sing with them.

    They might not even NEED the helicopter then.

    Just sayin

    (PS I can never say “IF” without thinking of the stepmother in “The Slipper and the Rose”. So: for every “IF”, there is somewhere, a Good Fairy able to make it happen.)

  30. bluesky said

    Skydancer – “Makes me so excited to see that clearly TPG’s have been successful taking this path with their artistry. Would love to see David, as Bebe said, take a similar path.It’s so exciting to think of the prospects and avenues that are opening up for high caliber artists, like D.” Yes!

  31. bluesky said

    19 Ray – Oh my gosh! Thanks for that! As you say – No surprise.

    And double thanks for sharing your story earlier. <3<3 To you and your sweetheart.

  32. MUNK_MA said

    #11 Bluesky My son is a cellist and loves that video! LOL! Thanks for the great post!

  33. fenfan said

    Thank you Bluesky for introducing The Piano Guys. They are fantastic. I love that One Direction piece where all 5 of them play the piano. And O come, Emmanuel is hauntingly beautiful. I hope they cover Broken one day. David singing with them? – WOW!
    Happy New Year everyone! May 2013 bring us more things David while we wait for 2014.

  34. bebereader said

    Bluesky,
    My husband has been teaching music for the past 30-something years. Sometimes when I’m playing music that impresses him but is not familiar to him he’ll ask me about it. It’s happened twice so far, the first time in January 2008, when David auditioned for American Idol. It happened again last night when I was in ThePianoGuys vortex.

  35. betsy said

    Bluesky, I am madly in love with the piano, so this is perfect. I’ve seen many people talk about TPG (on Twitter) but have never watched/listened. ( I don’t know why) Till now.
    I am very glad to be reminded of them.
    I like. :)

  36. betsy said

    Also, Happy New Year to everyone!

  37. Abrra said

    Photobucket

    DavidArchie David Archuleta
    A big THANK YOU from David for all the Holiday/Birthday greetings & gifts he received in the packages I sent. (KS) pic.twitter.com/fDvGXISe

  38. bluesky said

    THOSE EYES!!!!!!!!!!

    The epitome of gratitude, joy, and love.

    You know, you can shear the guy… but that hair has a language all its own. It is like it is saying “Ha!! Just wait!! I will Not Be Denied Expression!!” Kinda like the guy Under all that hair. ^_^

    Happy New Year – To you DA, and all those you love.
    To all the lovely peeps here at the Voice.
    May all you love be fine, healthy, and close this coming year.

    bluesky

  39. Angelica said

    Yes! Those eyes! That smile! Whose mouth hurts like mine from smiling too big for too long? haha! I was thinking the same thing too, Bluesky. So much sincere gratitude in those eyes! Gosh I love the heck out of him! ♥

  40. Bluesky, I will spend time with your article tomorrow when I can take the time to enjoy the videos and from seeing the pictures, I am looking forward to it!

    Yes, the eyes, a little more shiny than usual?

    Happy New Year to everyone! The outdoor Christmas performances were a present and the surprise picture is so appreciated…

    The universal cards are very important as a reminder of how much he is appreciated! Etc…..

    “Happy New Year David!”

    SB

  41. Gayle122890 said

    Hello to everyone. Apologies for a late Christmas greeting and late Happy Birthday dear David. Happy Birthday to you.

    Life has been happening. “Something bout love that breaks your heart. You still believe”. I’m hanging in there. :)

    So actually, in our Catholic faith, the Christmas season is still very much present – 12 Days of Christmas after Christmas day. So, Merry Christmas to everyone at The Voice and to everyone in the David fandom.

    Well The Piano Guys have one more fan right here! Thank you Bluesky. Yep, I believe it’s only a matter of time till we see a David/TPG collaboration. It will be amazing. So much to look forward to when David returns.

    Aw, look at him at #37! Eyes still so full of light. And the hair-It’s what made me smile like I hadn’t smiled in a while!

  42. MT said

    Angelica,
    I am smiling so big my eyes are tearing, and yes my cheeks hurt, too. LOL Ok, I admit it. I am spazzing … just a little. haha

    Those sparkly eyes, that smile! It’s so nice to have a picture that HE had taken, just for us, to show his appreciation. That thought makes me smile even more. :D

    Bluesky,
    “You know, you can shear the guy… but that hair has a language all its own. It is like it is saying “Ha!! Just wait!! I will Not Be Denied Expression!!” Kinda like the guy Under all that hair. ^_^” …… << Ditto!!

    Happy New Year, David!
    Happy New Year to The Voice peeps!
    May your new year be better and brighter than ever!

  43. MT said

    Saw someone post this in comments on SD. Found it VERRRRRYYY interesting. :) We assumed it anyway. LOL But nice to have some verification.

    Daniela ‏@Danielammz
    @kariontour @DavidArchie Please, tell me that David will do a Tour when he returns.

    Kari Sellards ‏@kariontour
    @Danielammz I would say 99.999999% you will see that!
    :D :) :D :)

    (Can I buy a ticket now?)

  44. MT said

    Oops, the smilies are mine but they came out at the bottom of the tweet. lol

    And yes, I’ll stop now. hahahaha

  45. Blueberry Ice said

    Bluesky; Loved your thoughts as I too believe that David will be a name ‘brand’ which will stand the test of time. I can’t help but be excited for what lies ahead! My youngest enjoyed the Stars Wars parody by The Piano Guys & thought it was cool. How innovative & creative to not only showcase their talent but also make it fun & appealing to an universal audience … just like David! ;) Music can be uplifting … I hope my kids will understand that and appreciate it rather than thinking it was something they had to do. I am reminded of a quote by Bono: “Music can change the world because it can change people.” I think of how David has done just that. I’ve always enjoyed classical instrumental music but with David, I’ve gained a greater appreciation of the voice as a musical instrument & well, there is no Voice that induces the chill factor quite like his does. Even though David has set an unreachable standard of musical excellence, somehow he has widened my appreciation of other musicians & it’s been enriching to rediscover the beauty of music through it all.

    Looking back on this year, it’s been so much fun to share with all of you the joy of supporting David that I just want to say a huge Thank You! to the creative & hardworking admins: Abrra, Angelica, Bebe, Dja, and all the wonderful writers, Betsy, Bluesky, Dakgal, Emmegirl, Funnygirl, Gladys, MT, PaulaFOD, Pocoelsy, Ray, SandyBeaches, Silverfox, & Sky for your humor, thought provoking, & insightful contributions. You all make my day! Here’s wishing everyone a wonderful, healthy, safe & happy 2013!

    #37 What a glorious and wonderful sight! You are absolutely beautiful and what a gift to see that captivating smile & extra sparkly eyes! Happy New Year & Thank You dear Elder Archuleta! ♥

    #43 MT; Why don’t we just buy the whole front row of tickets, lol! :)

  46. MT said

    LOL Blueberry Ice,
    Haha Whole front row sounds great! I want to be sittin’ with you guys when I go, anyway!! :)

  47. Those eyes! That smile! My heart! What a great way to end 2012.
    Bluesky you are so right, “The epitome of gratitude, joy, and love.”
    All those emotions are just radiating from him,from those eyes… that picture is just so beautiful!!
    Happy New Year David!!
    Happy New Year guys!♥♥♥

  48. Angelica said

    Gayle, Sorry things have been tough lately. Hang in there, ♫ “Things are gonna get better. Life is gonna get better. Yeah, you’re gonna be fine!” ♪

    Blueberry Ice, ” MT; Why don’t we just buy the whole front row of tickets, lol! :)

    Sounds like a plan! Photobucket

  49. …Ah yes, those eyes sparkle even more than before. He is so happy to hear from Fans.

    Happy New Year to all. Grateful for TheVoice administrators, writers and commentors. So nice to have a place to share our love for David and each other. God Bless You All :)

  50. MT said

    Off topic, but too cute not to share. :) It’s a “must see.”

  51. funfee said

    Happy New Year! Thanks so much to The Voice admins and writers! LOVE this site and very grateful for all the hard work.
    We are not having a very good Christmas and New Year because although my mom and dad are finally visiting us again from South Africa, my mom has developed a really severe back problem and we are so worried about her. Please send prayers our way!

  52. jans11 said

    #37…Oh what a picture of happiness!!!! ♥ Love it! That makes me happy too! How can 2013 get any better that what he has done for us this year?? :)

    I want a front row seat too! In VIP we get to sit in the first 10 rows, but I don’t think there will be enough seating for the 2014 VIP!! haha

  53. Gayle122890 said

    HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYBODY!! :)

  54. jans11 said

    Whoops, missed the singing snowman! That is just so cute!

    Happy New Year everyone! One more year for the countdown! :)

  55. stenocruiser said

    Midnight in Chile — Happy New Year, dear David! Thank you for that beautiful photo — you look so full of joy! Love it.

    Also midnight in Argentina — Happy New Year, Gladys!

  56. Angelica said

    Happy-New-Year-2013_zpsb96e36935Photobucket

    Love you guys! Thank you all, posters and lurkers for supporting David and helping us all stay strong through this past year. We’ve had some great times, a lot of laughs and a few tears but the best is yet to come!

  57. sweetonda said

    I’m so in love with that pic in #37. Oh how he makes my heart sing, and it’s so great to see a picture that he took for us. He is such a gem!

    Bluesky, love your article on TPG’s. I have been a fan of there’s for a while now. They are simply amazing and I’m with all of you on that collaboration of “Broken”. How wonderful that would be.

    Blueberry, “Why don’t we just buy the whole front row of tickets, lol! Wouldn’t that be exciting to all be together on the front row of the DA Homecoming Concert Tour 2014! Nothing would be better than listening, and looking at our guy with our Voice family!

    I want to add my appreciation to all the admins, writers and commenters here at The Voice. You have made this year fly by with all your wonderful pictures, articles and posts. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you do for us. May 2014 go as fast as this year has gone…well, it went by fast for me!

    May all of you be blessed with health and happiness this coming new year. Happy New Year to you all!

    Happy New Year Dear Elder Archuleta. Your smile, twinkling eyes and Thank You has made my year end a special one!

  58. Abrra said

    Photobucket
    kariontour Kari Sellards
    Vegas New Year’s Eve 2010 @DavidArchie @benantelis @germanhans @altberry @alfredoherz @MelindaWEG @douglemke pic.twitter.com/uxh71CS9

  59. bluesky said

    51 Funfee

    I am sorry to hear you are having problems with your moms health. I hope things get better! Sending good thoughts your way. <3<3

  60. bluesky said

    34 Bebereader

    I am not surprised they got his attention. I keep reading on the You Tube comments how Music Teachers and even teachers of non-music topics are playing the videos in class to inspire their students. The beginning of a revolution? Rebellion against the spoon-fed “labels” of “this is music”? I really hope so. People seem to love MUSIC. And to recognize it when they really hear it. This can only be good for DA. And for the (I hope) many young people who can rise up to more than they thought they could be.

    About TPG – It seems such a blessing to me: That they all have such different talents and how together they just compliment and expand on each others abilities. I am looking forward to looking forward. If that makes sense.

    Happy, Happy New Year!

  61. 51 Funfee Sending prayers your way !

  62. Fi,Prayers for your Mom,Fi.♥ and Gayle, for you too.

  63. skydancer1x said

    I hear music in the distance.a thumping headache kind of beat. Glad my little apt is not right next door to them, or I would have to unleash the Archuleta in a counter attack.
    all in all , it’s pretty tame around here for New Years Eve.

  64. jackryan4da said

    Dropping by just to greet TheVoice peeps a happy happy new year. To a more peaceful, healthier and productive 2013 ahead.

    Hugs,
    JR

  65. tawna21 said

    Bebereader #34 ‘I am not surprised they got his attention. I keep reading on the You Tube comments how Music Teachers and even teachers of non-music topics are playing the videos in class to inspire their students. The beginning of a revolution? Rebellion against the spoon-fed “labels” of “this is music”? I really hope so. People seem to love MUSIC. And to recognize it when they really hear it. This can only be good for DA. And for the (I hope) many young people who can rise up to more than they thought they could be.’

    I hope so too.

    Happy New Year and hopefully a prosperous one for all!!

    2013 means that David will be back ‘next’ year!

    #DA2014

  66. betsy said

    I just saw the best tweet.

    “David Archuleta is my therapist.”

    (this is one of the things I do when sleep issued. Find good tweets)

  67. djafan said

    I want to wish everyone a very very Happy New Year!!!

  68. ascphil said

    A Very Happy New Year to all!!! Love everyone here!!! (((((hugs)))))

  69. betsy said

    Our Piano Guy <3
    Let's start out 2013 with a new (old) acoustic performance that is delightfully long. This is great guys, and it may be my new favorite MKOP. :) It's so good.

    credit to davidrbecken

  70. Dayzee said

    It’s his birthday, so he gives US a present! Thank you, David.

    Happy New Year to all my David family. Appreciate each one of you. It is great to see so many thinking of David. Thanks to Angelica for the fireworks.

    I sometimes wondered how David could reach out and captivate people from other parts of the world. It seemed strange that people from so far away could so deeply feel his spirit, often in a language unknown to them. But now here he is away from my part of the world, singing and speaking a language I do not understand and still he touches my life every day. There are just no boundaries.

    Betsy, he certainly is an excellent therapist for us all.

  71. bebereader said

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    Hope everyone had a safe and happy New Year’s Eve. Sending blessings for good health and happiness in the coming year. The first thing I thought of at the New Year is that David comes home next year!!

    Marlie,
    How’s that snow, all 20 inches? Hope it’s gone by now. It’s so pretty when it comes down but when it lingers on the ground, it becomes a big mess. Ugh.

    Bluesky#29
    I wasn’t really plugging Matt Jordan in my comment. I was just using him as an example of how young aspiring singer/songwriters are bypassing radio and making a successful career for themselves using youtube. There’s no comparison between Matt Jordan and David Archuleta. David’s talent is legions above that of all singers, IMHO.

    That picture!!!
    I was touched that he took a picture just for us. Maybe he will start blogging to us in the coming year. His glistening eyes show how much he appreciates that we remembered his birthday and Christmas. I can just imagine how he felt when he opened the cards and packages Kari sent over.

    Fi, Prayers that your Mom gets some relief from her back pain.

  72. gladys1961 said

    That smile!!!!
    That smile is what I see every time I go to Chile.
    Happy New Year to all my sis and bro

  73. betsy said

    Also, don’t miss that last song, The First Noel. Acoustic guitar and his beautiful voice. Wow.

  74. bluebar said

    Many of us first “met” David at the American Idol audition,
    and here it is approaching five years later.
    We’re fans — who became friends and family!

    I wish everyone at The Voice all the best for 2013.
    David’s music continues to make the good times even better
    and helps us all through those times when things are tough.

    Looking forward to a bright New Year!

  75. bebereader said

    I really enjoyed watching the video in #69. Thanks, Betsy!
    Glad you pointed out “The First Noel” at the end. After the song, a little boy gets introduced to him and then the moderators ask him about his new album (TOSOD) etc. I almost teared up watching, remembering David’s gentle manner with people. He’s just so special. The sound isn’t the best at the end and the camera angle is awkward but it’s worth watching the whole video. His glorious voice would really be enough for us but in addition he is one of the most genuine humble people on the face of the earth. I miss him so much!

  76. emmegirl14 said

    “Those sparkly eyes, that smile! It’s so nice to have a picture that HE had taken, just for us, to show his appreciation. That thought makes me smile even more.”…..you said it MT, a gift from the heart.

    Betsy, thanks for that MKOP, yeah, soooooo good! The First Noel, one of my favs of his (this was even an early a.m. performance to boot!)….. and I am a twit who does not tweet, so your tweet mining is gold to me :)

    Stumbled onto this:

    and it reminded me of this:

    Hope we hear this one again from him someday – it leaves me screaming for more!

  77. emmegirl14 said

    ok, that bottom video is suppose to be this, Joyful, Joyful…. try again… (however, the one that posted isn’t bad either :) )

  78. Marlie7 said

    Betsey – just spent 38 lovely minutes watching that video. I cant wait for him to get home! Gah!

    Bebe: all 20 inches is still piled up all over the place. And it has snowed about a half inch today. More snow than we’ve had all at once for a long time.

    Happy New Year!

  79. Marlie7 said

    Well, I have no idea why, but that video of the “rare pictures” of David brought me to tears. He’s so sweet and young and fresh-faced in those pictures. Did I see Quincy Jones and Mickey Rooney in those?

  80. bluesky said

    70 – Dayzee

    “I sometimes wondered how David could reach out and captivate people from other parts of the world. It seemed strange that people from so far away could so deeply feel his spirit, often in a language unknown to them. But now here he is away from my part of the world, singing and speaking a language I do not understand and still he touches my life every day. There are just no boundaries.”

    Ditto.

  81. MT said

    Emmegirl,
    Yep, a gift from the heart. ♥ He didn’t have to do it. It’s not like he thought we “expected” it. He just wanted to do if for us.

    It was so good to get that picture and see those bright lively eyes and same sweet smile. And why do those rolled up sleeves make me smile? IDK … but they do. :D

    Thanks for all the videos. Oh, and the snowman one, just wanted to say … watch the end, those big notes? Whoever did it must have seen him sing it because it closes it’s eyes on the big notes LOL just like David.

    Happy 2013 Everyone! May it be a beautiful year for all of us!

    And David comes back NEXT YEAR!!!

  82. bluesky said

    71 – Bebereader

    Loving to watch good artists succeed and noticing how they do it, is reason enough on its own. And we are all watching the “weather” for DA. Why? Because we spend our time here at the Voice. Where we are dedicated to supporting and cheering on, a certain singer/person/voice-master/wunderkind/soul-chaser-extraordinaire called David Archuleta.

    I don’t think there is e.v.e.r. any confusion on that point!!! <3<3<3<3

  83. bebereader said

    Join us for Nandito Ako chat.

    Photobucket
    Tonight.
    10PM
    Eastern
    http://www.livestream.com/saragirl

  84. bebereader said

    Bluesky #71
    Point well taken. :)

  85. I found this at FOD from Ali:

    OFFICIAL WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!

    http://www.theentertainmentlifestyle.com/2013/01/winners-entertainment-lifestyles-2nd_1.html
    “WINNERS: The Entertainment Lifestyle’s 2nd Readers Choice TV Awards (2012 Golden TeeVee & Mask Awards) MANILA, Philippines – After 60 days and 4,864,561 Hit Votes, here are now the Official Winners of The Entertainment Lifestyle’s 2nd Readers Choice Television or the 2012 Golden TeeVee & Golden Mask Awards.”

    Favorite Television Drama – TV MINISERYE: NANDITO AKO (TV 5)
    Favorite Breakthrough TV Performance by an Actor – DAVID ARCHULETA, Nandito Ako (TV 5)
    Favorite Breakthrough TV Performance by an Actress – JASMINE CURTIS, Nandito Ako (TV 5)

    There’s a nice big pic from Nandito Ako right at the top of the winners photos, woo!
    Way to vote, Archies!

  86. jans11 said

    I have never seen so much goodness in one spot! He nailed it when he wrote “Good Place”! Wherever David is, it’s a “good place”! :)

  87. jans11 said

    85…what a way to start the new year! Congrats to David, Jasmine and TV 5! Yea, NA!

  88. ohhh ohhh♫♪ Nandiiiiito Akoooo♪♫♥

    oops
    <<<<<<kinda kinda distracted now
    <————-.man in black♥

  89. emmegirl14 said

    Nandito Ako! Congratulations David and Jasmine too!
    Woooot!!!!!! Hope he gets the news!

  90. Abrra said

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    Matt Clayton

    Abrra 451 days

  91. poof said

    Happy New Year to all! I’m an so excited to be able to know he is coming back next year! The thank you picture made me immediately tear up. Seeing that happy beautiful face sure made me smile and cry at the same time. I am torn. Is David my therapy or the reason I need some :)

  92. bluesky said

    Abrra – you sneaky thing, you. More pics on the side. I think you have a “side-line”.

    (Sorry…. late nights always make me pun.)

    Poof – Yep. He is his own re-cylable Big Gulp. On steroids. More addictive than caffeine: He wakes us up, Gets us going, Calms us down, Comes in super-mocha, willing to be served in a plain paper cup or a decorative mug.

    Oh, my…… “decorative mug”.

    I think – with the pic above and all of Abrras side-lines – I had better just call it a day and say: Goodnight Ladies (and any Gents).

    Here’s to next year in the front rows.

    bluesky

  93. Angelica said

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  94. Hello again! There’s a new poll wherein David and Nandito Ako are finalists here’s the link:

    http://www.theentertainmentlifestyle.com/2012/12/vote-now-your-newsmaker-at.html

    David is a finalist in the category: Foreign Act Newsmaker Of The Year (David is leading but he will need your votes since the other finalists are Lady Gaga, J Lo, Katy Perry, Zac Efron, Maroon 5, Jonas brothers, etc.)

    Nandito Ako is in the category: Pinoy TV Series Newsmaker Of The Year (we are a far no.2 here)

    VOTING PERIOD will be held from January 1 to February 13 and all the WINNERS will be announced on February 14, 2013 Valentine’s Day @ 6:00PM (Philippine Time).

    Winning in these polls is a good way to keep David’s name out there and to show the strength of his fanbase (“,)

  95. jans11 said

    93… ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

  96. betsy said

    WHAT UNIVERSE DID HE COME FROM?
    Matt Clayton, thank you.

  97. Abrra said

    After viewing the picture in #93, I had this exchange on text.

    Me: Ohhh Elvis!!!

    Friend: He’s got it. And us.

    Friend: And he knows it.

    Word!

    Abrra 450 days

  98. emmegirl14 said

    93 – oh.

    Poof, “Is David my therapy or the reason I need some ” – the yin and the yang.

    bluesky, “Yep. He is his own re-cylable Big Gulp. On steroids. More addictive than caffeine: He wakes us up, Gets us going, Calms us down, Comes in super-mocha, willing to be served in a plain paper cup or a decorative mug.”….all that and then some!

  99. poof said

    #37 and #90. What universe? The universe of yin and yang. That’s why it is always sooo interesting.

  100. poof said

    Bluesky, those videos and pictures Caused me to forget to thank you for ThePianoGuy videos. They are so good and full of creativity. Thanks for sharing. (Now I am done.)

  101. gladys1961 said

    I can say something about the last picture of david?
    When I see his smile in a picture, it illuminates everything around. There are no words to describe this beauty.
    But when he’s serious, I can not think of words, I just froze.
    This makes me think seriously if I’m ready for 2014.

  102. 93, I am fighting the urge to send Matt Clayton an ‘I Love You’ card.( though somehow, I think he would understand)

    bluesky,please continue! lovin’ your late night descriptive thoughts:))) haha!

    Poof “Is David my therapy or the reason I need some” LOL

  103. skydancer1x said

    Poof,”#37 and #90. What universe? The universe of yin and yang. That’s why it is always sooo interesting.”
    He is a multifaceted gem.

  104. lani said

    Wishing everyone here a Prosperous & Peaceful 2013!!!

    Pic 90 & 93…Goodness gracious!!! David, have mercy on us!

  105. bebereader said

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    The reason for ODD and the cure.

  106. Angelica said

    I was the friend Abrra texted. How can someone go from shiny, wide-eyed, “Hey Mrs. Cleaver, is Wally here?” to Who’s your Daddy? as easy as changing his position in a chair. I’m so through with him.

  107. MT said

    rofl Is that picture sending us all over the edge? It is posted three times. Every admin has posted it but DJA and once she gets here she will probably post it too.

    Not that I’m complaining!!! You guys can post it as often as you like. One just can NOT have too much David gorgeousness. :D

    And weighing in on the reason or the cure? I’m with Bebe, the reason AND the cure.

    (Although technically, I think there is no cure. I haven’t heard of one anyway … of course, it might be because I’m not looking for one. LOL)

  108. MT said

    Angelica,
    “I’m so through with him.”

    hahahaha I don’t believe that for one minute!

  109. bluesky said

    Angelica: Are you saying he can “take his ‘decorative mug’ and go home?”

    ^_^

  110. bebereader said

    MT#107
    “And weighing in on the reason or the cure? I’m with Bebe, the reason AND the cure.”

    It’s a vicious cycle. The cure brings on the disease again. It’s hopeless. His charm is irresistible.

  111. gladys1961 said

    106- angelica.

    hahahahahahahahahahaha Who is your daddy??

    (I was having coffee and spit coffee all over the desk)

  112. SandyBeaches said

    Is it my imagination, or is there more of David especially when we ultimately least expect it? When we are not looking for anything at all like videos or pictures, there are beautiful videos and a special picture from. Matt…

    Always the element of surprise …

    SB

  113. gladys1961 said

    SandyBeaches

    is your imagination.

  114. gladys1961 said

    I, on the full use of my reason, I declare that photo, world heritage.

  115. marlie7 said

    Angelica 106 – you had me almost falling out of my chair laughing. “Who’s your Daddy” hahahahahha.

    All of you admins who posted that pic over and over….are just tempting us, aren’t you? And we love it!

  116. gladys1961 said

    when the picture is bigger, there are more details that deserve extensive research for my future thesis.
    !!!!!! Lord have mercy.!!!!

  117. SandyBeaches said

    Gladys, it is just that! David works so well with Matt who has him truly being David…

    It can be repeated over and over if anyone wants to. Saves scrolling back!!

    SB

  118. Dayzee said

    Perhaps we could get a larger pic if it were posted in sections. :)

  119. MT said

    Can we handle one more? ;) with a slight edit. Love the caption too. (I’m trying to save SB from scrolling back. lol)

    Photobucket

    http://archieandy.tumblr.com/post/39445895634/i-hate-you-why-you-did-this-to-me-youre-so
    credit: archieandy

    Maybe one of our lovely admins can help me with this one? :)

  120. Angelica said

    Dayzee, lol!

    3870_10200154763654869_897286564_nm-1335

    Oh dear, we have to stop. Matt Clayton has removed the photo from his facebook banner but that’s like locking the barn door after the horse gets out. I will change the thread tonight.

  121. Abrra said

    Photobucket
    Matt Clayton original photo with edit

    Gladys be good!

    Abrra

  122. Angelica said

    BTW, that’s a photobucket prefab collage. I don’t get to choose which sections are isolated. Just want to make that perfectly clear. O:)

  123. djafan said

    Why did he remove it??????

    Hmmmmmmm…………….

    Photobucket

  124. Dayzee said

    I notice a lot of substance for Gladys’s thesis here. I don’t know why I find that pic so delightful, I can hardly find his neck.

  125. Angelica said

    Dja, it might have been because it was meant to be a surprise for later or he just felt like changing his banner. I am sure there is more to that photo shoot in the vault. :)

  126. djafan said

    He’s looking at us……

  127. Angelica, omg, you had me doubled over laughing with your comment ! hahahaha it is so true!
    all of you are cracking me up.LOL

    ♥I chose 123. for my screensaver, used a chocolate brown… for the background color.nice. ~sigh~

    .

  128. skydancer1x said

    Dayzee, bwaaaahaha!!

  129. MT said

    hahaha DJA has posted. Our collection is complete!!

    Bebe,
    I think this disease needs frequent vaccinations (music, videos, tweets, photos) to keep us feeling good. ;)

    Sky,
    Ohhhh! You could use ALL of them and have them rotate as a screen saver. :D

    Angelica,
    LOLOL

  130. Angelica said

    New post>>>>>>

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