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The Mantle of Stardom ~ David Archuleta

Posted by MT on Saturday, August 16, 2014

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Humility and Fame walk hand in hand
In the body of a single man.
Confusion reigns in the back of his mind,
Balance is something he seeks to find.

I often think of David’s vlog “I’m Still Alive.” In it, he talked about having a hard time coming back to the entertainment world where “It’s all about you, and how important you are, and letting everybody know that, and how great you are, and everybody look at you.” (see 2:22 in the following video)

I can understand how a transition like that could be a bit overwhelming for him. It makes me wonder how he’s going to work it all out. It was probably difficult before his mission to do any type of self-promotion. But now? I can’t imagine how hard it is to go from two years of “doing for others” to it being “all about him” once again. How does he work that out in his mind?

Every product out there, even one that’s been on the market for years and is known for quality, is continually marketed to a target audience. Mercedes, for example. It’s a great car and everyone knows it. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have to keep advertising, reminding their target audience that their product is still out there and trying to convince them it’s still the best on the market. They’re giving the buying public a reason to buy Mercedes rather than a competing brand. It’s the same with music. You have to believe in the excellence of your product and be willing to let everyone know that. Give them a reason to buy YOUR product.

David has said that he’s writing POP songs (along with some Spanish). This is a strong indication that he wants to continue his career; putting out albums and touring. The problem is, how do you get your music out there and sell tickets to your tour without marketing yourself and your music?

While stardom may not be David’s main goal in making music, success brings with it lots of opportunities. We know enough about David to know that promoting worthy causes is something that’s close to his heart. A recognizable name in the music industry would bring with it the ability to get the public’s attention for those causes. The bigger the name, the more attention and support he could draw towards those causes.

But how does he reconcile, in his mind, the humble human being that he is with the part of him that wants to perform? How does the reluctant star gain attention for his causes without self-promotion? It’s a dilemma I believe he’s struggling with.

Perhaps one day he’ll realize that self-promotion is simply a tool that’s used as part of the job, a means of selling a product. HIS product, himself and his music. Done the right way, stardom and fame can be a mantle he wears like a warm winter coat. If he sees it that way, he could simply put it on when needed, when he’s performing or doing interviews. It wouldn’t be a fake persona, it would simply be a line drawn between the man and the star, allowing him to promote his product, himself, while remaining true to who he is as a person. At the end of the workday he could simply let the mantle fall away, allowing him to remain the same humble guy he has always been.

Can it be done? Is it possible to separate the man from the star?

MT is a Staff Writer for The Voice.

100 Responses to “The Mantle of Stardom ~ David Archuleta”

  1. bebereader said

    David tweets!
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    Saw this good man, @johnondrasik , in concert here in Park City, Utah. Always have loved Five For Fighting music 👍 http://t.co/cBZNgEJFMo—
    David Archuleta (@DavidArchie) August 17, 2014

    And one more..
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    Five For Fighting was absolutely incredible. ❤️❤️ http://t.co/4LpEdWnuEq—
    Jazzy Archuleta (@jazzypwns) August 17, 2014

  2. That was very interesting MT and I enjoyed the reading!

    Life is what you see it as and how you live it. Sounds simple maybe for some.

    You know wherever you are, whatever you do reflects upon yourself and not others. David never made entertaining about himself and it doesn’t need to be about himself that he performs. Actually being away on a mission is about yourself in its own way. It is how you interpret whatever you are doing.

    He once knew that his singing brought joy and comfort and healing to the listeners wherever they were such as in hospitals, nursing homes or simply any home. His music had a broad spectrum of listeners in many walks of life but he did reach people who were in need of his music to ease their lives or maybe to just go on living.

    It depends upon the glasses you are looking through David at any given moment. The world is full of generous people who are giving of themselves daily, thinking at the moment of doctors without borders, vets without borders. There are generous people who go away and build homes for needy people. Of course our North American service men and women who have full lives at home and abroad are thinking about others every day everywhere. The worldwide Red Cross workers are vital during the times of crisis. You can lead a full life at home but give daily in some way and truly make a difference.

    SB

  3. Abrra said

    More pictures from last night, onerichsong (far right) is the founder of Fans of David fansite.

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    onerichsong
    7 hours ago via Instagram
    I should probably post this so people don’t get mad… :) #itsbeenalongtime #friends #music #concert #family @davidarchie @karla_dawn @lexi_jo8 @agirldowntown

    photo/

    Abrra

  4. Abrra said

    When David was out of the country in far flung places in the middle east, people knew who he was. Not just the Americans but random nationals from all over the world. This is a sure sign that his brand is still marketable outside the glare of LA or NYC. It’s all on him to take what he learned since he came back and use it to further his music career. He has the talent and the name recognition. Once he has his songs ready to burn on a new CD, he will be back in the groove with touring!

    Today’s Sunday puzzle shows an award winning smile!

    http://www.jigsawplanet.com/?rc=play&pid=17eee6270645

    Abrra

  5. djafan said

    Mt.

    “But how does he reconcile, in his mind, the humble human being that he is with the part of him that wants to perform? How does the reluctant star gain attention for his causes without self-promotion? It’s a dilemma I believe he’s struggling with.”

    After watching Face to Face and Cara a Cara, I won’t say how many times, I observed David making the same points in both languages. In sharing and opening himself to us he was consistent in his views, thoughts and beliefs.

    One that that came to mind as I was reading your well thought out article when asked what he would do different before his mission knowing what he knows now he said he would be brave, have courage and not let his lack of confidence stop him from doing things. But that was one if the reasons he believes God guided him to go on a mission. That he needed to learn to trust himself, to not be afraid, and that is what I’m seeing, not so much a struggle at this point, but a calculated approach without fear of failure or making mistakes. David is building and getting prepared. I still see humble but i also see maturity and confidence. It excites me to no end but also scares the heck out of me haha I don’t know if it makes sense lol but those are my thoughts right now.

  6. Abrra said

    David sends a message to family of a soldier.

    itzarivera
    3 hours ago
    😊☺️Daddy being amazing☺️😊 #davidarchuleta #militarylife

    Abrra

  7. TOfan said

    Thought-provoking post, MT… “But how does he reconcile, in his mind, the humble human being that he is with the part of him that wants to perform? How does the reluctant star gain attention for his causes without self-promotion? It’s a dilemma I believe he’s struggling with.” … I agree, can’t be easy, but he’ll navigate his way through it… maybe not in a way some fans will be happy with, but he needs to do what he needs to do, if that makes sense.

  8. jans11 said

    Nice article, MT. Love the lead off photo and the little verse under it, describing him to a T! It’s hard to make a comment on a person and what he wants when he is so complex. I know because of his hard work and the things he has done before and after Idol and because he has the best VOICE in the world, I think he will someday make his mark on exactly what he wants. Maybe he already has. Whether it is being a super star or just singing “low key”, that’s up to him. With him loving to sing, but not wanting to be associated with the “Hollywood Elite”, he will have to take a route that pleases him and hopefully his fans. To me, he has already made his mark and has never been “low key”, having the best voice and just being David. I don’t care what he sings, how often he sings or where he sings, I just want him to be happy. I do hope that he wants to sing live in concert again and I get to see him again. Which I’m sure it is in the works….right around the corner!!! :)

    Hope this comment isn’t confusing, as I was writing it! :) Still trying to figure out this enigma guy! :)

    Abrra, enjoyed the puzzle! Look forward to it every week!

  9. bebereader said

    MT:

    Bravo! You wrote a most thought-provoking piece! And one that is difficult put into words but you did it well! Thank you!

    I can’t imagine how it feels to be away doing service for two years and then come back home to the pressure of hungry fans who want new music and at the same time being under scrutiny for everything you do. Because of this it’s very hard for me to assume what’s going on in his head.

    I do know that with each new vlog, there is a more mature young man, someone who is comfortable in his own skin, ready to take charge of his career in his own way. And he’s growing fast; there’s a marked difference between the three vlogs he’s done.

    “The problem is, how do you get your music out there and sell tickets to your tour without marketing yourself and your music?”

    So true. Self-promotion is vital to a successful career. I hope that when the time comes, David will know exactly what he needs to do to promote his music.

    I don’t envy him the task but I do think it’s possible to separate the man from the star. I have faith that he will figure out how to do it in his own time in his own way.

    Thanks for another great article!

  10. MT said

    Sandybeaches,
    You talked about the joy and comfort and healing to the listeners wherever they were. I agree. Hopefully it won’t be too much longer before he’s doing that again. :)

    Abrra,
    You’re right. I think I phrased that sentence wrong about recognition and it reads as if I don’t think he has a recognizable name right now but yes, he does.

    Dja,
    “when asked what he would do different before his mission knowing what he knows now he said he would be brave, have courage and not let his lack of confidence stop him from doing things.”

    TOfan,
    “I agree, can’t be easy, but he’ll navigate his way through it… ”

    Bebe,
    “I don’t envy him the task but I do think it’s possible to separate the man from the star. I have faith that he will figure out how to do it in his own time in his own way.” I agree.

    Jan,
    “Still trying to figure out this enigma guy! :)
    Truer words were never spoken. He is definitely an enigma.

    One thing I love is that in all your comments I can clearly see the confidence in David; that he is strong, determined, and will find his way. :)

  11. tawna21 said

    MT, David is strong and determined. And, yes, he will find his way. I believe that. And just like everyone else here, I’m waiting for it. He is at the helm, and if someone doesn’t like the speed he’s traveling at, well, jump off and start rowing your own boat. I’m staying on. :)

  12. skydancer1x said

    Interesting thoughts MT,great article and so well stated ♥
    Reading what you wrote… I can’t think of anyone else on the music scene that has this type of dilemma going on! haha
    ohh David♥:D
    But, we do know he is one of a kind, isn’t he? Never have and never will I suspect, meet anyone else like him, and definitely know that however he handles his career going forward, THAT VOICE and that heart of his that’s bigger than all outdoors will pave the way.
    Other than that,I don’t know ‘nuthin’ lol

    Tawna, you tickle me..so true.He is at the helm.
    p.s. (I haven’t had both oars in the water for some time now):D

  13. Angelica said

    MT, thanks for writing about a topic on the minds of many fans right now. How will David reconcile his ever-expanding humility with at least enough hubris to promote himself as a performer going forward? Every artist must possess something of an ego. David has been doing this a long time, getting up on stages over and over and over to thunderous applause. However aware he may be of what he deems as imperfections, he KNOWS that in the end he is very, very good at what he does.

    I’ve noticed incremental changes. As TOfan said, “he will navigate his way.” He will be guided by his own star or concept of stardom and it will be right. I think in the end, we will wonder how it could have ever happened any other way and will thank our lucky stars he followed his.

    As for separating the artist from the man, I don’t know if he can but I always will. I can dislike the actions, philosophies, or morals of an artist and still appreciate their work. It is the art that matters to me. If the work is good, I will praise it. If it’s not, no amount of goodness on the artist’s part will persuade me to do so.

  14. bebereader said

    Apparently, Jim Cantiello (@jambajim) sent David an #ALSIceBucketChallenge on Twitter.
    ALS is Lou Gehrig’s disease and the #IceBucketChallenge is a phenomenon that is spreading awareness about the disease on social media.
    ​http://www.alsa.org/

    jim cantiello @jambajim · 2h

    #ALSIceBucketChallenge accepted & donated, @KrisAllen and my sister. [tags @jessegiddings @utopiatvusa @DavidArchie] http://instagram.com/p/r155KCGVOn/

    Click on the instagram link for an example.
    Will David accept?

  15. MT said

    ALS is a horribly debilitating disease. I didn’t really know anything about ALS until my uncle was diagnosed and I saw what he went through. I’m so glad the #ALSIceBucketChallenge is spreading. It deserves attention.

    I’ve seen a few of the videos. It’s really funny and very sweet to watch celebs getting drenched for a good cause. :)

  16. Abrra said

    Jeff LeBlanc took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

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    jeffleblancmusicThis just happened! Challenge and donation complete! #ALSIceBucketChallange

    Abrra

  17. jans11 said

    My kids and grandkids was doing this icewater challenge a few weeks ago. Funny to watch them get doused on FB. Hope David will take the challenge. He’s a good sport and it is for charity!

  18. djafan said

    Jan, I hope David takes the challenge.

  19. OK today is the day I show my son all of your on site messages, texts and emails from a few weeks ago. It is his birthday and he will be knowing about all of the support that you sent his way that made such a difference. When the doctor said ‘miraculous’ recovery, I had much to think about.

    Now on to the ‘ice bucket challenge’…

    Thank you fans of David,

    SB

  20. Suzy-Q said

    I think that I was planning on attending a concert, when David got back from his mission, of his old songs. It isn’t happening. So, now I am wondering if he will put out a new album before he tours that is going to be entirely unlike any others. Maybe he wants to make his entrance back into the music scene, not depending on his old albums, but on a new side of David that he wants to show us.

  21. betsy said

    MT, I really liked your article. Asking the hard questions that some of us think, but don’t say.
    I don’t think David should ever be in charge of his own PR, he isn’t good at it and to be honest,
    I don’t think he’ll ever be good at it.
    Just as long as there is SOMEONE doing it. :)
    Sorry this comment is late, I am just so exhausted all the time. It’s hard to concentrate.

    SB, I am so happy for you and your family that your son is on the road to recovery. ♥

  22. MT said

    Tawna,
    I’m with you. Still on the boat!

    Sky,
    ROFL I know some who think I don’t have both oars in the water either but I’m still paddling away. ;)

    Angelica,
    Love your whole comment! ♥

    SB
    Happy Birthday to your son! I’m so glad for both you and him that he’s getting better!

    Suzy-Q
    “Maybe he wants to make his entrance back into the music scene, not depending on his old albums, but on a new side of David that he wants to show us.”

    I think many of us were hoping for a comeback tour after he got back, but it looks like he probably is waiting until he has new music/new album for a tour. As for what kind? As Sky said, we “don’t know nuthin’ LOL.” But I’m eager to hear what it sounds like. For now, I’m just going on the assumption that if it’s David, I’ll probably like it. Just cuz’ :D

    Betsy,
    I really do wonder how he’ll work it all out. I kind of feel like maybe he just plain doesn’t like having to promote himself or his music. (At least right now) You hit the nail on the head when you said “Just as long as there is SOMEONE doing it.”

  23. MT said

    Betsy,
    I’ve been thinking about you lately and wondering how you’re feeling. I hope you continue to improve and get back to normal soon.

  24. Angelica said

    @DavidArchie
    “The past is to be learned from but not lived in.” – Jeffrey R. Holland

    Looks like someone wants to move on.

  25. jans11 said

    SB, so happy that your son is on the mend and hoping that he has a fantastic birthday! ♥

    Betsy, it is so good that you are doing a little better. :)

    Tawna, you always say the right thing! :)

    SusiQ, you may have a point there….who knows what he’s thinking! I just have to trust the Archuleta! :)

    Angelica, I love “@DavidArchie
    “The past is to be learned from but not lived in.” – Jeffrey R. Holland” That is so true!

    Well, I finally got my twitter straightened out so I can join in the trending party Fri. night! I’m so excited!!! :)

  26. djafan said

    SB, Great to hear your son is on the mend!

    Betsy, So sad to hear you’re still not feeling 100%.

    Praying for both!

  27. djafan said

    David, I’m moving on with you!

  28. tawna21 said

    SB – Happy Birthday to your son and continued best wishes for his recovery. Miracles are such a miracle!

    Betsy – take care of yourself… don’t push too fast or too hard…. Ike & Tina Turner used to say “…. sloooow anndd eee-zzzee” :)

    Angelica – that quote does leave one wondering, doesn’t it?

    Suzy-Q – I think you were just one in a million that was planning on attending a concert…. patience is being tested… haven’t passed yet I guess.

  29. skydancer1x said

    aww SB,Happy Birthday to your son♥So happy to hear he is recovering well.

    Betsy Sue!!!!
    (((hugs))) love you, and take really good care good care of yourself♥

  30. angelofdja said

    Betsy, I am glad to hear you are doing better. Take care.

  31. Ah Betsy, it seems to take a good length of time to feel better!! Just lots of rest and sleep even though it is uncomfortable. Get plenty of nourishment for healing! Let’s see what else! Oh yes…Hope there are lots of David stories to brighten your days ! (We wouldn’t mind either)…

    SB

  32. Thank you everyone for our son’s Birthday Wishes! A long road ahead but it was a good day. He was amazed by your thoughtful words and prayers! Hoping to see you all again! Just a hint for David! Remember SLC when we reserved restaurants for special occasions? At least one day, every meal was planned somewhere! That was a powerful time, whatever that truly means! :)

    SB

  33. betsy said

    Thanks everyone for your kind thoughts. I needed a nap earlier. :)
    May I share something?
    Ok, you twisted my arm lol, I will.
    I was speaking with a nurse earlier today, we were talking about my accident. I don’t even know her, but she looked at me
    and said “There is no explanation for surviving that accident other than you have more to do on this earth. You weren’t
    driving that car, someone else was in there helping you.”
    This was kind of scary and kind of beautiful. Because it’s been in my head anyway since this happened. (I really wasn’t
    driving, I was not conscious)
    ” My mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives.”

    So yes, I stole that line from Blazing Saddles but still, it’s my mind right now lol. ,:)

    Angelica, NURSES ARE THE BEST. ♥

  34. Betsy, what you just wrote is something like what I saw on a Monday morning when the doctor said his improvement was miraculous after a terrible night. I felt the strength coming from somewhere and only I knew it seemed. So now he talks about it all and of course he wondered after he saw his grandfather if he was supposed to go and be with him. I was stunned by that comment but I said to him that he was just there watching over him not wanting him to go with him.

    It was incredible how you came out of that accident. There are powerful happenings but we seem not to be totally surprised.

    It has been a strange summer! Most nurses are doing the work of angels perhaps! Sometimes I would get the feeling that some were not just people.

    SB

  35. djafan said

    I believe in miracles. Your son SB and Betsy’s miraculous experiences are proof imo.

    David’s facebook posted Bandsintown again. I think it shouldn’t be to long before we hear some news. Go to the liks on my tweet and like and track!

    @djafanTheVoice: @DavidArchie’s Like BandsInTown on D’s FB https://t.co/vBtIMRLKfO & track him here http://t.co/3RnqJGhnRi

    And don’t forget the WWTT Party!

    @djafanTheVoice: @DavidArchie’s from all over the world join in the WWTT Party!!! http://t.co/eShcGMWIzE

  36. angelofdja said

    So sorry SandyBeaches, I missed sending my best to your son for his special day and for his recovery! My thoughts are with you and with Betsy and your families. Also for anyone else who may be experiencing pain or heartache.
    I, too am trying to be patient regarding David. I agree with those that believe “all good things take time”. Keeping busy. Gardening, canning and spending time in the great outdoors of Michigan.

  37. Abrra said

    David at BYU today.

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    oh_stef
    34 minutes ago
    The perks of being mormon, David Archuleta 😊😍

    Abrra

  38. Angelica said

    The book in David’s hand says, Campus Education Week. It is only one week and it is a blast! I attended Education Week when I was living in Utah for a while and have such fond memories of it. There are many classes in religion but there is also, finance, art, music, motivational classes, literature…I filled up my schedule every day and listened to lectures till the last class in the evening which made for a 12 hour day. Most folks didn’t do that many classes. You can run around campus to as many or as few classes as you like. I learned so much my head was about to pop. A lot of adults attend and come from out of town. I was living just off campus at the time. I am happy for him but  photo jealous.gif

    http://ce.byu.edu/edweek/

  39. Angelica said

    I would like to add, you don’t have to be registered as a student at BYU or even LDS to attend Education Week.

  40. Angelica said

    But..I think it would be wonderful if David went to college. I want him to learn and grow and be able to stand toe to toe with anyone he encounters in the music/financial/PR/journalism industry. It can only increase his confidence and potential. He can still put out music and tour. Better music. I held down a full-time job the whole time I attended college.

    Stopping before Abrra gets out her wand. LOL

  41. Abrra said

    Angelica

    My wand and I agree with your comments regarding David and education! It’s very possible for him to continue his career and participate in college classes. A lot of the “class room” work is accomplished via computer in these modern times :) I recently took a course at Berklee College of Music which was exclusively online. I was given course work that I could review and then a test that had to be completed by a certain date each week.

    Betsy and SB

    I KNOW there were angels present for both of you at a time when you needed them the most.

    Abrra

  42. Angelica said

    SB and Betsy, so glad your son and self are making progress toward a full recovery.

  43. fenfan said

    I went through that Education Week booklet (yes I did!) There is one class I would have taken if I were in Provo – Appreciating Jane Austen! Its inclusion did seem kind of random though, among all the spiritual and self-improvement classes offered. I hope David has a good time on campus.

    Abrra – I have been taking some online classes too. I watched all the vids from that Berklee course on the music business. I just finished one on the fundamentals of music theory given by Edinburgh University and sometime ago I went halfway through a course on the history of rock and roll.

    MT – enjoyed reading your thought-provoking post. To me, David will always be a star no matter what he does.

  44. Abrra said

  45. Angelica said

    davidarchie
    49 minutes ago
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    Just sent off these 2 sisters to start their first day of this year of school (crying emoji). One attending high school for her first year and the other for her last year. So glad I got to spend the Summer with them after 2 years. This is the most time I have gotten to spend with them in 7 years. Got asked last night if I enjoyed hanging with young adults getting back from my mission, and my mom interrupted “Young adults? You’re always with your sisters!” But really they are maturing as young adults and I am learning a ton from them. Kind of had to be the dad in a lot of ways in recent years, but thanks to that we’ve become so close and they are my best friends. Good luck this year! #firstdayofschool #myfamily #noregrets

  46. tawna21 said

    Abrra #44…. do you think he gets tired of corny stuff? Being the obliging person that he is, he just goes along with it to make others happy? Maybe.

    Angelica #45… pretty sisters…. sad/happy/sad description…. he shoulders a lot I think.

  47. Abrra said

    Tawna, I posted a picture I saw on twitter. I am not sure of the context of why he is with those young people.

    Abrra

  48. tawna21 said

    Oh, I totally understand about the photo, Abbra (#44). It just looks to me like it’s another one of those “look, there’s David Archuleta…. let’s get him to be in a picture with us” situations. I could be wrong, and it’s a group that he was meeting with. #ican’tknow

  49. bebereader said

    Grandkids are great but they can surely wear you out!
    I adore them but am still recoopng from the last few days!

    SB,
    Sorry I missed your son’s birthday. May the year ahead bring him back to good health. I believe in miracles too.

    Betsy,
    You’re amazing! Best wishes for your continued recovery!

    Just the sight of David on the BYU campus in those pictures got me enthusiastic about him going to school. I remember being thirsty for knowledge after I finished high school and so ready for college. I know this is just a week of classes but I can see David wanting to enroll after he gets a taste of college life. I’m happy for him if he does. His high school years were cut short because of AI and this could be the opportunity to learn more about music history and theory and any other subjects he wants to explore. He would also get to be around young people if he takes classes on campus. And like others have said here, I’m confident that he can manage school plus a career.

  50. lynnella said

    I understand his thirst for knowledge too. I had to drop out after my freshman year, due to my father’s death, but when I was 40, I went back to school full time at University of Louisville, close to my home. My kids were in school till mid afternoon, so I had the time without leaving them alone. Also, they were 6th grade and up. I felt it was important to finish, and I did, and walked the stage at Graduation. David missed the graduation, the prom, and I’m sure a lot of fun things for kids in high school. This could be a time for him to finish his schooling and feel like a regular young person again, before all the madness started. I was going to say finish his education, but we’re all still being educated for the rest of our lives. I hope he gets to go. Scotty McCreery goes to college and he still tours in the summer and every now and then does a show on the weekend. I’m sure David could handle it.

    Lynne

  51. Abrra said

    For some reason I find this fascinating. It’s a relatively new account. Not sure if that has any bearing on things, but someone went to the trouble of making it just to say this?

    Abrra

  52. Abrra said

    Jermaine Sullivan, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Atlanta, recently taught singer-songwriter David Archuleta a new skill: step-dancing.

    In video posted to Instagram Aug. 21, Sullivan, who is one of the six Latter-day Saints featured in an upcoming documentary called “Meet the Mormons,” leads Archuleta in a step routine, involving rhythmic footwork and hand claps, at a screening of the film.
    Read more here: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865609305/LDS-bishop-featured-in-Meet-the-Mormons-teaches-David-Archuleta-how-to-step-dance.html

    meetthemormons
    7 hours ago
    @davidarchie shows his dance moves at a #meetthemormons screening.

    Click the link http://instagram.com/p/r9rzrdCN33/?modal=true

    Abrra

  53. tawna21 said

    Abrra, my heart loves that video, and I can guarantee that I’ll be sitting in the theater in Oct. for the movie. :) ♥♥

  54. MT said

    52. Abrra,
    That video …….
    :D :D :D

  55. Abrra said

    Tawna
    David isn’t In the movie, if you were under that impression. He attended the showing of it. The bishop was one of the 6 people featured.

    I have captured the video for Unplugged viewing ;) Hope to have more folks stopping by on Saturday nights!

    Abrra

  56. MT said

    One more thing, did you notice in that article it said:

    “David Archuleta also played in role in the documentary. He performs a song titled “Glorious,” by Stephanie Mabey, in the film.”

    I had heard he recorded that song for it but it says he “performs” the song. So maybe it’s not just the track but him in it?

  57. bebereader said

    Did you see this? Apparently David is in the documentary!

    “David Archuleta also played in role in the documentary. He performs a song titled “Glorious,” by Stephanie Mabey, in the film.”

  58. bebereader said

    Hey MT,

    Get out of my head! hahaha

  59. MT said

    Bebe,
    LOL three comments while I was typing. (haha I am slow.) Yep, you and I focused on the same thing. :D

  60. bebereader said

    MT,
    :D

  61. Abrra said

    Yes I had heard about the song way back in what? June? Oh good then I stand corrected. I can’t say if he is actually “there” as he sings, maybe just background music. If the producers don’t release the song, it’s a big loss on a few levels. Wouldn’t he have mentioned being a part of this project at some point?

    I think she filmed him with the bishop. Her tag was on the video.
    rosiecard
    5 months ago · Joseph Smith Memorial Building
    I don’t always double gram, but when I do it’s with David Archuleta. Today was the sneak peek for a new film #meetthemormons. I got to film David, the Apostles, and the Candy Bomber. I can die happy.
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    Abrra

  62. bebereader said

    David did it!!

    David Archuleta @DavidArchie · 3m

    My sister @jazzypwns got me… Your turn @thedavidcook @jennettemccurdy & @PianoGuys #ALSIceBucketChallenge http://instagram.com/p/r-nrQEly7_/

  63. Abrra said

    AHHHH!!

    My sister @jazzypwns got me… Your turn @thedavidcook @jennettemccurdy & @PianoGuys #ALSIceBucketChallenge http://instagram.com/p/r-nrQEly7_/

    davidarchieGot nominated by my sister @jahzey . Not sure who has already been nominated, but I nominate David Cook, @JennetteMcCurdy and @thePianoGuysofficial ! ALSA.org for more info. #ALSicebucketchallenge #strikeoutALS

    Abrra

  64. MT said

    There is a longer video on his facebook. Not much longer but he gets up after and runs off. Poor guy must be freezing!!!! Looks like they used a whole bag of ice plus water!

    https://www.facebook.com/davidarchuleta?fref=nf

    Taking the ice bucket challenge … Way to go David!! *two thumbs up*

  65. bebereader said

    MT,

    Thanks for posting the longer clip. Seems like there was mostly ice in that bucket! Yikes!
    I would have screamed and ran too! haha

  66. Abrra said

    I screen capped The Moment :)

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    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    (Even when he is doing something totally crazy, he coordinates his clothes color and shoes.) Some things never change :)
    Abrra

  67. skydancer1x said

    ROFL!!
    loved the calm way he was speaking followed by “oh Nooooooooooo!!! hahahaha
    Way to go David!! Brrrrrrr!
    Saw on the evening news tonight, that they have already raised about 47 million dollars for ALS and numbers are still climbing.what a genius idea for a great cause this was.♥

    Thanks for the screencap Abs.
    And MT, for your few seconds longer ‘find’.

  68. bluesky4home said

    Dear MT

    I have been away from the site for a bit. Thank you so much for your article!

    “Perhaps one day he’ll realize that self-promotion is simply a tool that’s used as part of the job, a means of selling a product. HIS product, himself and his music. Done the right way, stardom and fame can be a mantle he wears like a warm winter coat.”

    I like your analogy and the way you have presented the different ideas. ^_^

    I have wondered some of the same things. Now, reading not only your article – but also his comments under the pic of his sisters, I think I see the “line” as it were. DA puts it this way: #noregrets

    Seems to me that that is the measuring stick he is using to make his decisions. He has had seven years worth of experience to help him formulate his priorities. Where he might have listened to “everyone” before (as he himself has stated) now he listens to his heart, especially where it is concerned with the relationships he values most. This makes me very happy.

    When he steps on the stage, there will be no second guessing as to whether or not he should be there. He will probably be present in ways he could only dream of before. This makes me very happy, two.

    And… he is showing whoever may come into his life in the future, and wonder if they and the kids would come first, that they would indeed. This makes me very happy, three.

    Dear DA: you jettisoned us into the sky with just your dreams and tender heart (erm, attached to a silky web of sound, of course!). Now? I have the feeling that you will willingly climb the stars with us.

    Because you are grounded.

    ^_^

  69. Angelica said

    LOLOL!!! I can only stop playing the step dance vid long enough to play the ice bucket challenge vid on repeat. Man, sisters can be brutal! haaah Did they put all ice and a jigger of water? Way to go David! (on both vids. :) )

  70. Abrra said

    What to do. What.to.do.

    Should I upload the 2 clips to the Candy Jar? Anyone interested?

    Abrra

  71. bebereader said

    Si, Abs, por favor.

    Angelica, you’re relentless!

  72. Abrra said

    I put them in one folder. https://www.mediafire.com/folder/wmu3aidx6h6sh/Fun_Clips_from_Instagram

    Enjoy :)

    Abrra

  73. Angelica said

    I’m relentless?

  74. bebereader said

    Well I guess I am. too.
    Can’t stop playing both videos either. LOL

  75. Angelica said

    I’m not relentless. I’m just patient. haha

  76. MT said

    Bluesky! *waves*

    I just love the way you put things. You have such a beautiful way with words. :) I believe that David is one of the celebs who could draw that line and would always remember it’s there.

    I think some celebrities (I won’t mention names) begin to believe that the “star” is who they are, that it’s what defines them. When they buy into the hype, I think that’s when they start having problems. But David is smarter than that. I think he realizes that “stardom” is just part of what he does. It’s not “who he is.” I remember being both shocked and pleased when I heard him say in an interview that music was his “job.” I think looking at it that way helps keep a person grounded.

  77. dancer952 said

    Correction to #76. I should have said “draw that line AGAIN” because I think it was clearly there pre-mission, and will be drawn again when he is ready to release new music and start touring.

  78. MT said

    Dang it. I did it again.

  79. skydancer1x said

    hahaha MT!
    Hi to Bluesky!♥

  80. skydancer1x said

    oops! haha also meant to say thanks abrra!♥

  81. tawna21 said

    The Candy Jar!!! Yumm!!! Thank you :) !!

    MT, I like that ‘draw the line again’ part, I think you are so right!!

  82. Once again he or they did it by unspoken perfection. He had ‘ice’…he did it perfectly and would you expect any less?

    SB

  83. So is David going to attend BYU full time?

  84. tawna21 said

    SB #83, Who knows. At this point all we know is that he was on the campus this week for Education Week, not actually ‘school’. We’ll just have to wait and see what pops up when college classes actually start. And, like has been stated before, he may take online courses. #ohtoknow #whatisinthefuture

  85. Abrra said

    Sam G @SamLouiseG · 7m
    Just in case you guys want to relive @DavidArchie’s #ALSIceBucketChallenge #thosehugeicecubes

    Ha! I have added this fun .gif to the top right of the page. WARNING! It’s highly addictive :)

    Abrra

  86. ray said

    yes he is highly addictive

  87. djafan said

    Hey all! I’m still here! Dad in hospital doing ok though.

    I love David’s love of family and his use of hashtags #noregrets :)

    The ALS challenge done!!! Love that he put the ALS link in his tweet.

    And the man has rhythm!!! But we’ve known that. David has moves!

    BBL!!!

  88. djafan said

    @Zoo9guy: My Daughter came home from a writing session with @DavidArchie and I asked “how’d it go?”..”Great!” Arghhh! I can’t wait to hear the songs!

    Had to come back and post this!!!!!!!!!!

  89. Abrra said

    lamberougeI nominated @ashlie_rinrin13 but then she got nominated cause I uploaded too late I just cut the beginning part. I nominate @tourdejord @vcisepik and @brysongarrett25. #ALSicebucketchallenge

  90. bebereader said

    Some more Twitter convo to add to comment #88

    Zoo9guy
    My Daughter came home from a writing session with @DavidArchie and I asked “how’d it go?”..”Great!” Arghhh! I can’t wait to hear the songs!

    Gwen Porea ‏@GwenPo 4h
    @Zoo9guy @DavidArchie Please thank your daughter for helping us get closer to some new music. Can’t wait!!!

    Zoo9guy ‏@Zoo9guy 4h
    @GwenPo @DavidArchie She’s so excited to help, her songwriting skills have been sharpened for twenty years for just such a project.#ProudDad

    Here’s the big question!:

    Janel Woodbury ‏@Nellie1983 4h
    @Zoo9guy @DavidArchie Sounds exciting! Thank you for the update. Are their songs of a pop nature, or spiritual or hymns? English? Spanish?

    Zoo9guy ‏@Zoo9guy 4h
    @Nellie1983 @DavidArchie Wish I could tell you, there’s a wall of silence…for now… :) #Patience #Impatient

    Gwen Porea ‏@GwenPo 3h
    @Zoo9guy @DavidArchie So excited for her. She couldn’t have found a better person to work with. David is the best.Waiting patiently❤️

    Dang! haha Proud Dad wouldn’t give it away.

    Happy to hear about writing sessions.

  91. bebereader said

    Trending Party going on right now on Twitter. 10PM Eastern

    We are trying to trend:

    We Love David Archuleta Music

  92. jans11 said

    Watching David get dunked with ice water is mesmerizing! :)

    Got to help David trend tonight and it was so much fun! Glad to finally get my twitter straightened out.

    Going to Branson tomorrow so won’t be in chat. Be back next week. So….if anything important comes up, it will while I’m gone! :) I’m taking my laptop so I hope to be able to keep up some.

    David’s writing sounds promising….. ♥

    Dja, hope your dad stays ok.

  93. That was a bit sad. I dropped into Sniwangelz.

    I think we need a new light to keep on burning. How about a lighthouse with a haunting beam shining out into the dark waves of the ocean…

    I want to be creative! Give me some music please!!

    SB

  94. That was disrespectful spelling…SnowAngelz!!

  95. Abrra said

    Success!

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    pocoelsy

    Abrra

  96. MT said

    90. Bebe
    Interesting tweets. I wonder why there is a “wall of silence”? I can only imagine what kind of “projects” need that kind of secrecy. I hate to mention what’s in my mind because I don’t want to start rumors on just a guess. But if it all works out for him and I’m right, it could be really great for him and the fans. *hoping* :)

    I saw the post on SnowAngelz. It’s so sad to see it not continuing. TOfan is so funny and I’ve really enjoyed all of the hilarious things she’s done. But, I can understand how she feels. Right now, with no music, no projected/estimated timeframe for new music, and no music news, well … That wall of silence is making things tough these days.

    I have a feeling though that something really good is going to be popping up (career related) with David. I just have NO idea when. This year? Next year?

    Will I still be here? LOL Pretty sure that’s a “yes” as long as you guys are still here. :D
    I have a hard time staying away from David and all of you. ♥

  97. Abrra said

    MT
    I ponder that David wants to keep his works in progress under wraps. When he was with Jive there were leaks ( that’s how some record labels test the waters) and he wasn’t thrilled. Leaks often are songs not “finished” production wise or songs that are not being considered for release. Going by what he has said in the video in your article, he will take it slow and release his music when he knows its “right”. Anyone who is working with David will respect his wish to keep silent about what they are working on. I like to be surprised when it comes to his music.

    This new slower pace is growing on me. Just knowing he has concerts and albums planned in the future is enough for me. It’s nice to see him finally have a chance to live his life at a more normal pace, No one deserves it more than David!

    Abrra

  98. Abrra said

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    http://www.livestream.com/thevoiceunplugged

    See you there !

    Abrra

  99. MT said

    Abrra,
    *sigh* You are a sweetie. I wish I had your patience. Can you spare a little? I could use a bit more. ;)

  100. Abrra said

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