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David Archuleta ~ The Man Behind the Music: #HaveFaithinDA

Posted by Kristin on Saturday, April 26, 2014

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It has been a month this week since David returned from his mission :) and as things seemed to settle down, the unfortunate questions and doubts have begun to rear their ugly head. Rumors flying around over various things involving his future in the industry or whether he’s even considering one.

Like some, I have been troubled, annoyed, and irritated by these comments. I know from personal experience that doubts can be very difficult no matter what it is. Doubts are always the one thing besides fear that seems to hinder our dreams and what we consider important to us. Now it seems fear is beginning to take over too, due to David’s silence on social media.

I know people will read this and say who am I to judge? Who am I to say they shouldn’t doubt or fear? Who am I to say these things if I don’t know the man personally? But most of all…

Who am I to even say or ask these questions if I haven’t met David in person like many have throughout the past six years?

I’ll tell you who I am. An almost 21 year old college student who because of this man…can now believe in herself…when no one else could try.

I tweeted a quote a few nights ago, one that is pinned on a bulletin board of inspirational quotes I had put together the summer before my senior year of high school. The quote was this:

“Faith is believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.” – Voltaire

Then this happened:

#HaveFaithinDA

I’m not sure where it came from. As a writer you sometimes think of these things out of the blue just to write them, but I’ve realized after thinking it over and talking with others…my heart was telling me something.

Faith is very difficult to have. You’re probably thinking I’m going the route of faith in God. Well, that’s one side of it. The other sides are faith in another person, faith in yourself…

Even when it’s beyond reason to believe, as quoted by Voltaire.

With David, he has come back to a world so different from the one he has left two years prior. Everyone has a right to their opinions and what they think he should or should not do with his career, and unfortunately we let what other people say or think influence how we should feel, something I’ve gone through firsthand with keeping this dream of meeting David for myself alive despite everything.

I have been told to give up, to get over it, you name it. I’m sure many others have been too. Yet…I’ve realized throughout our wants and needs and desires…someone has been left out…

That person is David.

What about him? I don’t mean David Archuleta the famous guy either…I mean David.

Has anyone taken a second to sit down and realize it’s not just US? It’s not just what WE want? It’s not just what WE want for HIS career?

David has been gone for TWO YEARS. TWO YEARS.

I honestly feel some have given up on him without even giving him a chance. I’ve heard certain comments this week…and I choose not to repeat them because that’s not what’s important.

David, is important.

Have we forgotten about the man behind the music? The man behind the fame, the glitz, the glamour, the famous guy from American Idol label?

Not everyone of course has forgotten, but I know some unfortunately have, letting own needs dictate how they should feel over how David must be feeling since coming back.

I know people will read this and criticize me for saying what I have, but you know what?

We love David, we care about him, we want what’s best for him. I probably would’ve left three years ago after what happened with Jive if I believed he was finished…

Yet I’m still here and somehow kept faith alive, even when I thought I couldn’t.

What does David have to prove to keep faith alive in some?

Here’s your answer: Nothing. All he has to do is sing…and be himself.

This hashtag isn’t just about having faith in David…it’s having faith in him for ourselves. Earlier this year I almost gave up myself wondering if David even could make a career again while staying true to himself.

The truth is he can.

To those who say I should give up and face so-called reality, I say no.

I’m not going anywhere, and neither are the fans who still love David not just for his music, but for exactly who he is.

This is more than just some celebrity and musician. This is a now 23 year old man who has done things that none of us ever expected; a man with a family, friends, people who love him dearly before we even knew him, a man who’s chasing a dream just like we all do every day, and a man trying to decide for himself…how to be the musician he knows he wants to be.

I’ll leave you all with this to ponder:

When you take away the labels, the fame, the money, the specific boxes David has been put in…

WHO remains?

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Kristin is a guest writer for The Voice.

 

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Happy Like You’ve Never Seen Him

Posted by Angelica on Friday, April 25, 2014

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A lively understandable spirit
Once entertained you.
It will come again.
Be still.
Wait.

Theodore Roethke

Hallo, hallo, hallo, hallo, hallo! What? Been taking a bit of a breather and reading P.G. Wodehouse’s humorous novels to relax and restore my sanity from a month of just. one. damn. thing. after. another. It began with a summons to jury duty for District Court for the entire month (never had to serve). Tornado ripped through my yard and uprooted several nearby trees (I slept like a baby through the entire thing). Husband left me (staying with his 91 year old mom who broke her hip and lives 80 miles away). Suspected of cancer (found not guilty by surgery). Uneventful recovery from surgery, excepting a one-way, rather spirited discussion with the commode that was so compelling it lasted well into the wee hours. I recall earlier that day hearing the nurse from recovery, as she wheeled my bed back to my waiting husband that she had given me Morphine, Dilaudid, Zophran, Valium, blah…blah…blah…” and she is STILL AWAKE AND TALKING TO ME!” She seemed to take it as an insult to her euthanasia skills. More nerve than a bad tooth, which incidentally, and you will laugh when I tell you, I developed the very next morning from an abscessed rear molar that had to be pulled after a week of excruciating pain. I don’t like to complain but really, that is a bit thick for one month to pile on. Well, April showers, bring May flowers and at long last, all is well at La Casa de Angelica. In fact, for the first time in a long time, I feel like this.

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And apparently thoroughly enjoying being a chick magnet. Why, his first words when disembarking from the plane to meet his family were, “Wow, you’re the first women I’ve given a hug to in two years.” Where was his head? If P. G. Wodehouse’s Bertie Wooster had put that question to Jeeves, he would have replied, ‘Well Sir, “In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.” and I rather doubt the right honorable David Archuleta, RM, will prove the exception.’

 

 

 

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The Music Industry in the Digital Age

Posted by PandasMama on Sunday, April 20, 2014

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David Archuleta has returned after 2 years away from the music industry. I know all of the fandom is excited to see what’s next for David, but many are worried at the same time. Will David return to the music career he was working on prior to leaving? Will he be able to return to the same level of success he had obtained? Will he sign with another major label? Will he release a new CD? If so, how soon? There are a lot of questions to be answered and from what I have recently learned, David has a lot of new ideas to consider, because there are a lot of changes about to hit the music industry.

Last month I completed an online course from Berklee College of Music covering the history of the music industry and where it is headed in the future. The course was taught by the very knowledgeable John Kellogg, Assistant Chair of the Music Business/Management Department at BCM. In addition to his position at Berklee, Mr. Kellogg is an entertainment attorney and has authored several books about the music industry. This class was very enlightening as to what is involved in becoming a successful recording artist and dealing with the, for a better word, insanity known as the music industry.

The music industry has always been known for its entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology, but along with these characteristics has come a roller coaster of concerns that the next great technological innovation will cause its demise. This fear dates back as far as sheet music when piano rolls and later records were introduced. Later with advent of radio, publishers once again thought no one would buy their records if they could hear it for free. But radio actually saved the music industry during WWII, when records could not be produced, by having live transmissions of programs and performances. Radio was concerned when television came about. Each time something new has been introduced, the industry feared it would be no more, but each time it has recovered and found new ways to thrive.

In the 1990’s people replaced their vinyl and cassette collections with CDs. This was a major boon for the industry. Artists re-released all of their older music previously on vinyl and cassette tapes on the new “indestructible” CD’s. By the end of the 1990’s, MP3’s started to take over the market. With this technology, people no longer needed expensive and bulky players to enjoy their music. iPods could easily fit anywhere and held hours of consumer’s favorite tunes. Today we are in the middle of a shift from the physical world of CDs and DVDs to another digital world beyond MP3s, the world of steaming services. In this new realm, audio and video recording will still be important to the music industry, but these recordings will just be delivered in new ways. Mr. Kellogg and other industry leaders believe that as soon as 2017 the record business will enter a new era where super WiFi will be readily available and people will no longer need a computer hard drive or CDs for music storage. Everything will be available in “the cloud” using subscription services like Pandora and Spotify. If you’re not yet familiar with “the cloud”, you might want to do a little Google search and learn what it is all about. It is taking over everything very soon. The internet has a new way to service the world, and it is awesome.

With this new super-duper internet, the need for a huge amount of monetary backing to produce quality music recordings will end. Soon, all the artist will need to record music and release it to the public will be a laptop with the proper software, a service provider to post the music, and the internet. Artists will be able to produce their own music, possibly at their homes or small studios, and deliver it to their fans without the need of the major record labels.

In the past, signing with a record label was necessary to get your music out to the world. There were many choices depending on the genre of music the artist performed. Today, 3 large conglomerates and their subsidiaries own the majority of all record labels: Sony Music Entertainment, Japan; Universal Music Group, France; and Warner Music Group, Leonard Blavatnik, Russia. These three companies distribute 85% to 90% of all records sold today. But these big money labels aren’t raking in the dough like they used to. The public is now more likely to purchase singles from a digital source like iTunes or Amazon then purchase an actual hard copy CD. The labels have lost revenue and outlets for purchasing actual CD’s have all but vanished. The record companies are looking for new ways to survive this technological change. That is why you see major acts suddenly being sponsored on their tours by huge companies such as Target, Coke, Pepsi, Nike, LiveNation, and iHeartRadio which is owned by Clear Channel, the largest radio broadcasting company.

While the big acts are out working to keep themselves and the big 3 in business, lesser known artists are getting tired of working to produce a product that they are barely compensated for. Recording contracts with these labels are very complex things, involving insane percentages of asset values, royalties and advances. Most artists signed to major labels make less than $1 per CD sold at full price, and this is only after the label takes out the advance money for producing the CD in the first place. Many times an artist doesn’t even break even on a first CD and the advance money recovery is carried over to the next CD they put out. That is why labels sign artists to multiple CD deals, hoping that they will make money off of the artist in the long run. Smaller, independent labels have better deals for artists, sometimes even splitting the royalties 50/50. But now, new artists are discovering they don’t have to play with the big guys to actually have a career in music.
With technological advancements, many artists are starting to create their own record labels. This way they are assured of making more money off of their projects. All of the money that previously went into the hands of the records executives, can now go back to the artist and their team. It’s like a DIY (Do It Yourself) project, except John Kellogg calls it DIO (Do It Ourselves) because he still believes the artist will need a team to make the project (the artist’s career) work. The artist cannot do it all themselves. They will need the lawyer for proper contracts (even contracts with themselves). They will need agents to help with bookings, promotions, social media, etc. It will be a team effort, but the artist will benefit greatly in the long run, as long as they cover all of their bases.

Let’s take a step back to the idea of the distribution of music to the public through “the cloud.” This technology will be very important because it will be the way artists promote themselves. It might not seem logical for an artist to put their music out on the internet for free or almost free, but without the big money of record labels backing them, artists will need a way to reach new audiences. Internet streaming of music will be necessary to lead new fans to an artist and their music. With the demise of the CD album, many artists will be releasing singles and social media will be very necessary for the promotion of the artists. Most that succeed will make money touring, not recording, unless they own all the rights to the music they produce and the music is used in other formats like movies, television, and subscription services, all of which the artist will receive royalties for. Several artists have already become very popular with the younger audiences just by using YouTube. Once the artist has a following they can tour and make money. Royalties for writing music and having it played on the streaming services and the radio will help the artist financially, but the majority of income will come from live performances and they will need to have a dynamic, engaging live performance to keep their fans happy and wanting more.

Another way artists will be reaching their fans is through live streamed performances. I know many of David’s fans have taken part in at least one of the poor quality cell phone “concerts” over the past few years. Actually, most of us probably heard David announce his decision to go on a full-time mission while watching his Christmas concert from Salt Lake City broadcast over Ustream from someone’s cell phone. Well, those types of concerts have suddenly grown up and are now being used by artists to reach their fans through streaming services like ConcertWindow and StageIt, where the audience pays to watch an actual high quality performance over the internet. For a nominal fee, you can see your favorite artist, or maybe one you are just interested in checking out for the first time, without having to travel many miles from your home or pay the exorbitant ticket prices asked these days. Just last month I watched concerts by Imagine Dragons, Keith Urban, and Willie Nelson performed live at a venue right here in Austin, TX, and broadcast at no cost by iTunes as part of their promotion of acts during the SXSW Music Festival. Five evenings of performances were broadcast around the world for free. With the advances in streaming technology, anyone will soon be able to watch their favorite artist perform live without ever leaving the comfort of home. Pay-for-view streamed concerts will soon be the norm for many artists.

Streaming services, DYI recording labels, social media, Cloud technology, and the demise of the CD and major record companies; these are just some of the new changes coming to the music industry in the next few years. Artists must get on the bandwagon with all of the technology or they will be left behind. I guess the same applies to the music fans of the world, too. We don’t want to be left behind, clinging to old technology that probably won’t work 5 to 10 years down the road.

So now that I have bombarded you with information, just think how David must feel at this very moment. Returning from two years in a much more technologically challenged culture and having to dive in head first into the insanity of the music industry. It has to be overwhelming. He has to take his time and decide what will and won’t work for him and his career. He has to learn and plan and pray and listen to his heart before he can dive back in with both feet, if he wants to succeed in the digital age of music.

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PandasMama is a guest writer for The Voice and maintains her own blog, Cacophony vs Harmony.

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To David Archuleta And Fans!

Posted by djafan on Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Spring from The Voice

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David Archuleta’s To Do List?

Posted by fenfan123 on Sunday, April 13, 2014

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Hand Selfie by David Archuleta

 

Mission accomplished. David’s home, spending time with family and friends. Or is he? Several people in Salt Lake City have spotted him around town, waving hello, smiling and causing knees to shake. We know because these excited folk have tweeted about it. What do these David sightings mean? Some say he has something up his sleeve. It could be a To-Do List. It’s top secret. Could this be David Archuleta’s To-Do List?
Only he knows what’s on it. And he is ticking off each item as he goes about completing the tasks he has set for himself. Those nameless people tell me they may or may not have read the list which fell out said sleeve one time when he was trying on some shirts in an SLC mall.
So with the help of these people who think they know, I present to you David Archuleta’s To-Do List. (Not necessarily in order of importance) I decided to break each item down and make some suggestions of my own.

1.  Grow The Hair

This is a no-brainer. And he doesn’t even have to lift a hand. All he needs is to stay far, far away from all the barbers and hair salons in SLC, Murray and everywhere else in Utah and the entire US of A. Let nature take its course and that hair will be back in fine form. Please no beanie this time! We need proof it’s actually growing, don’t we now? Apparently the average person’s hair grows half an inch in a month, someone told me. Google confirmed it. It must be true. If he doesn’t cut it, his hair will be a whole half-inch longer by the end April – just about enough to look awesome with the help of some styling product.

2.  Go Shopping

After wearing the same old suits for two years, it’s time to throw them out and get some new clothes. He’d be well dressed after buying some designer jeans, fitted shirts, shoes, boots, a vest, perhaps. (Ermenigildo Zegna has one on his website that goes for a mere $395. LOL) Casual clothes are fine for everyday wear. But every sharp-dressed man needs a smart suit, made-to-measure. No one does it better than Signor Zegna. His website says,
“This season innovative ZegnaSilk fabrics, created from the most precious silk fibers, add lightweight elegance to summer suiting, making it the perfect choice for jackets and suits. Enter the world of Made to Measure and discover the art of personal elegance with Zegna’s seasonal fabrics.”
To make an appointment, all David has to do is just click here:

http://sumisura.zegna.com/en/

3.  Meet With a Stylist

Sometimes even with the most fashionable clothes in one’s wardrobe, it can be daunting putting together different looks for going on tour, hosting Saturday Night Live, interviewing with Oprah or receiving a Grammy for Album of the Year. Time spent pulling together a wardrobe is well worth the investment.

4.  Take Guitar Lessons

We are pretty sure he knows how to play the guitar. Some lessons from an instructor can help him get a basic feel for the same music he already knows how to play so well on the piano. And while he is at it, buy a new guitar! Having the chance to do an acoustic solo during a tour would be refreshing!

5.  Learn Some Choreographed Moves

He learned some Salsa and Bachata tips from Lupe and then showed us how to Dougie in the Philippines. David has shown that he is a quick study when it comes to dancing. It’s time to take it to the next level with the help of a choreographer so that he can bust a move on tour. Moving on stage in a meaningful way shows command of the performance.

6.  Original Music/Songwriting Collaboration

David has written some songs such as Broken or Falling. His writing is inspired just not prolific. Working with a Spanish songwriter might be just the thing to get him going on a Spanish language album. Write some Spanish songs, lay down some tracks, produce that album.

7.  Put a Band Together

David knows we need a tour. And a tour means a band. It takes time to assemble a group of musicians who can play well with his strong vocals. Once a band is formed, they can practice. He can make a set list. His team can set dates, book venues, sell tickets and we can buy them!

8.  Re-connect with the Fans

He has vlogged twice and tweeted several times since his return. Now that he has presumably gotten some tips on how to make the best use of YouTube from Shay Carl maybe we’ll soon see a singing vlog.

9.  Look for a Label

No, not clothes. That’s under “Go Shopping”. This is about music, finding a label that believes in him and will do everything possible to help him make the music he wants to make.

10.  Your turn

I am sure there is a number 10 on his To-Do List. But I missed it after the excitement of number 9. So if you have some idea what it could be, let me know in Comments?

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Fenfan is a staff writer for The Voice.

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Mountain Top ~ David Archuleta ~ The Man. The Mission. The Passion.

Posted by sandybeaches9 on Friday, April 4, 2014

“It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves” ~ Nathan S. Collier

 

Mountaintop achievement

There are two major roles that David Archuleta plays in his life that we have become familiar with. He is a musician and a spiritual being. In one role he is in pursuit of musical achievement with good balance and respected  manner. In the other role, he seeks enlightenment and spiritual growth.  David performs both of these roles with great passion and accomplishment with spiritual growth as his life long mission.

He seeks to achieve greatly because he profoundly believes in setting and accomplishing tasks while pursuing ambitious goals that motivate himself and the people around him. It is amazing that by watching David perform and by listening to him speak, we see the strengths that are not only in him but strengths that have sometimes been hidden within ourselves.  So it is not the mountains that we are able to conquer, but ourselves. I believe that is one reason why David endears himself to so many people worldwide.

Over the two years that he has been away, I have had mixed emotions and understandings in regards to his leaving,  but finally just before his time to return,  his time away became so easy to understand and appreciate.  I am sorry that it took me so long but excited by his return.

The man and all of his life’s passions continue on in the amazing journey.

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Sandybeaches is a staff writer for The Voice.

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David Archuleta Vlogs ~ “I’m Back”

Posted by Angelica on Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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DAVID TWEETS….HOLA!!!!!!!!

Posted by djafan on Tuesday, April 1, 2014

DAVID'S FIRST TWEET

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