With budding maturity, David Archuleta captures two years’ worth of introspection and reflection, dozens of songwriting sessions, long days spent in the studio and nights in the air, all leading to The Other Side of Down, his highly anticipated second album.
Not only the follow up to David’s 2008 self-titled debut, it’s a reintroduction to the American Idol runner-up with the angelic voice who 30 million television viewers fell in love with during season 7—now older, wiser, with faith still on his side and an eternally optimistic wide-eyed outlook. Hence, the album’s title. “For me, it’s about moving forward and making progress,” David explains. “I’m heading towards ‘the other side of down,’ which is ‘up.’”
With Christmas fast approaching (and David’s return getting closer!) many are out shopping after Thanksgiving when sales are at their best. I’m more of the online shopper and usually not until the week before lol. But while on twitter this tweet got my attention.
I thought maybe other stores have David’s stuff on sale. So I checked several out and I was happy to see many stores do have various David merchandise on sale! This makes it perfect for us to stock up with David’s music for gifting and spreading his voice.
I’ve compiled a list with a couple of lowest priced items from each though there are more. Click on the store names and happy shopping!
David is only a hop, skip and a jump away from his return!!!
December 28th, 2013
Shelley has created this group birthday card to
send to David for his 23rd birthday!
Last year she also created one that had over 1000 signatures.
She thought David would like it and did he!
Elder Archuleta sent us this!
Shelley has been busy working on the details of
the card to be printed into a birthday book.
The great staff at Staples remembered last years birthday project and let her know they’re ready to help!
Great customer service
So please, if you haven’t already signed the card click HEREto go, no RUN to sign David’s 23rd birthday card. There are about 600 birthday wishes as of now and we need at least 600 more to get it above last years count. It would be awesome to receive a picture of his joy upon receiving it. The deadline to sign is October 4th. This will give enough time to get it printed and bound into a beautiful card from all of his fans.
And we might just get another picture showing us that great smile.
And a huge shout out to Shelley and her labor of love! ♥
I love green. It has always been my favorite color. It represents hope and the promise of renewal. The Emerald City after the journey. The goal obtained. The clean gleam of grass after a rain. For many months the photo below, found on twitter, was my desktop. It’s from the window of the house of David’s hairdresser from Nandito Ako, the house he filmed the video for “I’ll Never Go.” I find it restful and since I love the color green, very satisfying.
THE GREENS OF THESE TREES THESE LEAVES
The greens of these trees these leaves The many shades of green- Olive green and deep dark green and yellow green And greens I see but have no name for- So many shades of light and beauty in green And I with my eyes loving them all And delighted and made happy by them all-
Wondering why and how God’s world Has so so much Beauty Just in green alone - And being deep in happiness At being alive And loving them more In regretting why and how I will not one day soon be able to see them again.
I miss David. On this Monday in September, I remember the greener days of summer and of being a fan. It may not be one day soon, or as soon as we’d like, but we will see those days again. After the looming winter, the emerald cities of tour dates will beckon once again.
Till then, here’s a lovely green video to feast your eyes and ears on.
On Saturday April 6, 2013 a group of devoted fans got together in honor of David Archuleta and his music with the goal of benefiting Child Fund International and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, two children’s’ charities that David supports.
Pamela Pike did a terrific job arranging this event which I had the pleasure of attending! We had a delicious buffet lunch consisting of grilled chicken and steak, together with greens and wonderful desserts.
I had a great time with Winnie, she’s lovely. It was also great fun meeting up with known fans and meeting new ones. I hope we can continue to have fan get-togethers.
Here are the highlights:
Mariners Elementary School Choir of Newport Beach sang for us. It was a great surprise to hear them sing Nandito Ako, they were so cute.
Newport Platinum Dance Academy danced to Zero Gravity and My Kind of Perfect, some more cuteness.
Singer/Songwriter, Sunny Hilden emceed the event. She has so much energy and spunk. Sunny handled the auction duties had us in stitches. While auctioning off a large David poster she encouraged us by saying it could serve as a wrinkle remover lol. I can see why she is David’s friend. It was a privilege to have some words with her. She is a genuine person. She loves and admires David. Sunny spoke of David throughout the event, sharing how she met him at the AI finale when Randy Jackson told a bunch of kids wanting to sing for him to go sing to Sunny, she’s a singer and songwriter, so they all went to her and sang. David waited to the end. She knew then he had something special and kept in touch with him. Sunny also shared with us a story about The My Kind Of Christmas poem David read to the kids on the Christmas tour. They are actually part of the lyrics of a song by the same name she had never completed. It has since been completed and Sunny read it to us. She shared that the melodies in this song are beautiful. She’s hoping and praying that David record’s it when he returns (I added to my list of prayers).
I was so excited to meet Michael Orland, Musical Director of American Idol. He and I have some tweet history and I’ll never forget him saying “David came to us a genius and left a genius”.
Dorian Holley, AI vocal coach, spoke so highly of David and his time on American Idol. Noting how David in his quiet way stood his ground on things going on behind the scenes. Dorian mentioned how everyone liked David and that his work ethic was something else.
Special video appearances by:
Rosanne Simunovic better known as Masterclass Lady who is a voice instructor also spoke highly of David and has a huge admiration for not only his voice but person. She told the story of meeting David during AI tour in Canada. That upon meeting and introducing herself to David he quickly asked her for help in regards to his singing, always trying to improve.
Dean Kaelin David’s voice instructor sent a video in which he spoke about his singing and the decision of going on a mission. Dean got teary at one point talking about David’s decision.
I understand this will be on the DVD of the day. I hope it has Kari’s parting words at the end, had us in tears.
I was able to speak to Kari for a bit and meet Jon “The Broken Man” I named him. I introduced Winnie to her as a new fan. Kari asked Winnie how she became a fan and Winnie told her because of Nandito Ako. Kari’s face lit up and said “Wasn’t he good?” lol We said, “YES! Still hoping for that DVD!”
Kari thanked us for our support of David through tears. Told us she and David are so appreciative of all we do for him and that David WILL START WHERE HE LEFT OFF UPON HIS RETURN AND THAT THINGS WILL BE BIGGER AND BETTER!
I have chills every time I repeat this. So let the countdown continue.
They played I’ll Be Waiting by Aaron Paul in closing.
Let me start by admitting that I know as close to nothing as you can get about the technical terms in music. I just know what I like and this song falls into the category of, David songs I really love. It makes me want to take a course in music just so I could talk about it in the proper terms. But since there’s no time for that, I’ll say it as simply as I can and hope you get what I mean because as far as I’m concerned, this song deserves special mention. It is beautiful and sweet and light and airy. It gives me chills and makes me want to dance.
From the first notes, “Heart Falls Out” makes me smile. It begins with a fuller sound rather than with the simpler, acoustic type beginnings in some of David’s songs. I love the way they used synthesized sounds, adding techno effects and drums that almost feel like a heart beat. Somehow, that drum beat forms a connection to my own heartbeat and makes the music feel like it moves through me.
The first notes he sings are just ‘ohhhhhh, ohhhh noooo.” Oh, boy! When he’s just making sounds, with no words, it feels like it’s pure emotion. Right there, he has me hooked and the rest of the song just keep pulling me along. As he begins singing the lyrics, you hear his beautiful, pure, clear voice, then the auto tuned part kicks in and seems to duet with him.
I was actually a little surprised at first by the auto-tuning effects on his voice. Some may not like it but I personally love it. I think the mix of auto-tune with his normal voice gives a wonderful mix of textures to the vocals. I think it actually makes his natural, organic voice stand out more and I seem to react stronger to his voice in those places where it appears in the song, like at 2:03 and 2:15-2:25. (Would you just listen to the rich velvety tone of his voice! Gahhh, gorgeous!)
The rhythm: Maybe it’s because I’m a dancer at heart that the rhythm appeals to me so much. This song has such a beautifully smooth, silky sound, a slightly faster tempo, and an almost sensuous dance rhythm to it. Even when I’m sitting in a chair or sitting in the car listening, I can imagine how I would move to it on the dance floor. The feeling is heady, almost intoxicating. I want to just breath in the music. *sigh*
One more thing I need to make note of is the background vocal track. I’ve always been a fan of his background vocals because they seem less “rehearsed,” more raw and emotional, and I think this is where David truly shines. I am a big fan of the riffs and runs David adds to live performances and the background vocals sound like the same thing. They feel spontaneous and real. If I could change one thing on this song, it would be during the last 1:30 of song. The volume on the background vocal is too low for me and I find myself straining to hear it. I would love to hear what it would sound like if the volume on that part was turned up enough to sound like a duet because those vocals are what capture my attention and reach out to me.
The combination of all these things, along with so many others that I don’t have the expertise to even try to describe, makes this an outstanding song for me. If I have time to listen to anything these days when I’ve been so busy, it’s this song. It’s been on repeat since it downloaded from iTunes.
I love this song. And when I say I love this song, I really mean it. Love, Love Love. It’s a keeper and will probably remain at the top of my playlist for a very long time. Kudos to David, LadyV, and the producers for doing an amazing job on this song.
By the way, if anyone reading this has any control over the contents of the vault this came out of and find more like it, please feel free to share.
Mckenzie did an awesome job highlighting David’s accomplishments during his first year away on his mission. She does a great job of promoting David. I saw this tweet and was blown away by this amazing labor of love.
Uploading my 30 min vid of career highlights of @DavidArchie March 2012-March 2013 tonight, “Popstar on A Mission”. Check it out @kariontour
On March 28, 2012, American Idol star and Platinum recording artist David Archuleta left on a 2 year Mormon mission.
In his absence, David’s team has successfully managed to keep his music career thriving by regularly releasing projects prepared before he left and by effectively harnessing the power of modern technology and social media to fully engage with fans around the work and to enlist their aid in keeping his name prominently in the public eye.
What David Archuleta and his team have accomplished this past year is something even fans doubted could be done. To an outsider looking in, David seems busier than ever before and certainly more busy than some artists actively pursuing their music careers. This is a testament to his incredible preparation before leaving, a marketing strategy effectively tailored to promote an artist not available to promote his work, and the undying support of one of the most committed fanbases in the world.
This video is a record of the remarkable and unprecedented year in David Archuleta’s career AFTER he left on his mission. Here are the highlights of what David and his team accomplished:
Released 4 CDs
Earned 1 Gold CD
Earned a #28 Debut on Billboard 200 (His 4th Top 30 CD)
Released 4 Music Videos
Earned multiple chart topping singles
Starred in an Ad campaign for Bench clothing
Released 14 new videos on his YouTube Channel
Added 320,000 Twitter Followers
Inspired 37 World Wide Twitter Trends
Added over a Million Facebook Friends
Preparing to release DVD of Nandito Ako – the miniseries he filmed just before leaving.
Pick up David Archuleta’s New CD, “No Matter How Far” out March 26, 2013 and released by E1Music. Available on ITunes, Amazon, Walmart etc.
Request his debut single “Don’t Run Away” at your radio stations.
The songs in the video are:
Forevermore and Tell Me from David Archuleta’s CDs “No Matter How Far” and “Forevermore” released by Ivory Music and Video.
Nothing Else Better to Do from David Archuleta’s CD “No Matter How Far” released by E1Music.
Somewhere Only We Know from David Archuleta’s CD “Begin.” released by Highway Records.
Rainbow (Remix) from David Archuleta’s CD Forevermore, Expanded Edition released by Ivory Music and Video
Follow David Archuleta on Twitter @DavidArchie
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Follow David’s manager Kari Sellards on Twitter @kariontour
Follow me on Twitter @mckenzieharr
Please retweet this video to support David Archuleta
Dear friends at The Voice
We are starting our 2013 campaign for The David Archuleta Music Scholarship and would greatly appreciate if you would post this on Monday, March 11. There is a video at the end to embed as well.
As you all know I’m a voting, commenting, viewing, anything to get David’s name out there junkie lol. I put up the occasional link for you all to see and join in if possible. Some do some don’t, either is fine, doesn’t make any fan better than another. I try to touch everything put out relating to David but even in his absence it’s hard to do. So I pick and choose what are the best promo opportunities IMO and go at it
This leads me to the Ryan Seacrest poll. Will Seacrest debut or play David’s single or any other of his songs? Not likely but not impossible. Seacrest is viewed and followed by not only fans of almost every artist but also the media, music and news alike. So I put this poll as the #1 priority. And after seeing these tweets I feel this is more than a mindless poll. I believe this will show the interest in David is still strong and that his fans are here waiting for him.