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David Archuleta ~ On Another Topic by Bluesky

Posted by djafan on Tuesday, November 17, 2015


When I started seeing the #PrayForParis tweets I wondered what had happened, why the hashtag?  I googled it and found out that a horrific act against France had taken place.  It brought back memories of the terror we experienced here and that other countries face every day.  I then got a notification of David’s Instagram post and it comforted me.

peace david pic

I’m always impressed with David’s words, his genuine compassion and care for others as I am with Bluesky’s thoughtful comment that had to be shared.

On another topic—

When I think of the happenings in the world, the huge sadness, the grief, the chaos, the anger, and for some – the despair, I am tempted to think, “What difference does a song make? What difference does one person make? What difference can kindness make? Are we to be overwhelmed by darkness, pain, misery, discouragement? Is goodness too simple an answer?”

When I feel those temptations crawling towards my heart, I do my best to remind my self that light is always stronger than darkness, and that the action of one kind deed can be more meaningful than many contending voices. One by one, united by a strength greater than our own and faith in the only things that outlast time: truth and love, we become more than we know. We do more than we could ever do alone.

DA is one who shares, searches for, and testifies of that kind of light and hope. Sometimes it takes courage to be a person of faith. But when that faith (whatever it may be) is grounded in and reaches for the best in all of us, then – believe in it. Believe. Hold hands. Join hearts. 

Like DA – we can have the courage to “sing”.



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David Archuleta in Concert November 6 & 7, Tuacahn Amphitheatre Saint George, Utah!

Posted by djafan on Tuesday, November 3, 2015



credit St George Spectrum


credit Taucahn website

Sounds like a gorgeous theater!

Tuacahn Amphitheater

The Tuacahn Amphitheater is a 1920-seat open-air amphitheater. It consists of three sections of sdownload (1)eating (Left, Right,
Center) with 32 rows A (front) – FF (rear). All seats have backs and arms, but are not cushioned. Entrance to the amphitheater is from the rear, requiring all patrons to descend the stairs toward their seats. Patrons with limited mobility are encouraged to sit near the top (rear) of the amphitheater. There is extra leg room on row O which is sometimes used during the productions when actors walk through the audience. Wheelchair accessible seating is available on the back row (FF) only. The stage has a concrete subfloor with a concrete pass-under tunnel to get from stage left to stage right out of view of the audience. The rear of the stage is open to expose the desertscape and red rock cliffs behind the stage which contains lighting, sound, pyrotechnical, and water effects installations. The area behind the stage is a mixture of natural stone and naturally colored concrete. This concrete riverbed was installed during initial construction to facilitate a massive 55,000 gallon flood of water that comes from the back of the canyon and across the stage toward the audience. Though conceptualized and custom-built for the “Utah!” production, this special effect and other water effects have been featured in numerous productions at Tuacahn.

I’ll be heading out Friday morning to Saint George.  I’m not a natural video taker lol but I’ll scope things out and see what’s doable :)))  I’m sudownloadper excited and this week is taking for ever!!!  Through the kindness of others I will be taking several grandkids who had wanted to attend and now are.  David fans are incredible.  Thank you.

Gladys is also on her way to the states to see David Archuleta in concert for the first time!  I can’t wait to meet her and others, and those I haven’t seen in some time.  It’s going to be great!




The Fan Luncheon information, thanks to Kalei!  Wear your favorite David attire!

Date:  Saturday, November 7, 2015Screen-Shot-2015-10-02-at-2.15.47-AM-1024x675
Time: 12:00am – 3:00pm *Updated Time!
Place: Best Western Abbey Inn – Victoria Room – 1129 S. Bluff Street
Menu: Soup & Salad Bar
Cost:   $15 (Cash only please – payment collected at registration table)


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Bluesky’s Luz De Las Naciones Adventure ~ David Archuleta

Posted by bebereader on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Mormon NewsroomCredit: Mormon Newsroom

I have been working pretty steadily with few breaks. Last Friday afternoon I raised my head from in front of my computer, looked around the room and said to myself: I could be at the conference center tonight listening to Spanish music and DA! This could happen!

Of course I had no tickets. I have not been on the receiving end of tickets for events at the conference center for quite a while. There are so many offered and so many apply, that the odds are just not really good. But I have always (so far!) been able to attend if I was willing to go standby. I was. Of course!

So I dressed warmly, got a bottle of water, climbed in the car and headed out to begin the 30 minute drive to SLC. It was just after 5 pm. I hoped to get there by 5.30 or so and be at the head of the standby line which begins to form (officially) at 6.00 pm. For Christmas concerts, I have seen the line 50 – 80 people long by 6.10 and I wanted to avoid being at the back. I had heard that there was a big turnout for the Thursday dress rehearsal.

I made good time and arrived at Temple Square, by the Tabernacle, where the line usually begins. There was no one there. I realized I had not eaten. Small item overlooked. It was cold. I had at least a 2-hour wait.  None of my sons could come with me – too short notice.  I did end up eating— I wandered across the street to the big mall and got (ha, ha!) a frozen yogurt with bananas and blueberries. And a spoon. I don’t think I need to tell you how cold I got eating frozen yogurt while standing in front of the Tabernacle waiting for the line to begin.

Dayzee would have been proud. I was at the front of the line.

It turned out that the attendance was less on Friday than it had been on Thursday and although the wait was long, there was no trouble getting in. I met some very lovely people while waiting and we ended up sitting right in the center balcony three rows back. Great seats!

I had heard from the ushers that the attendance on Thursday was upwards of 40,000 people. The conference center holds about 21,000 seats. They put the rest of the people into the Tabernacle which they had fixed up with large screens and everything. It looked like every effort was taken to support whoever wanted to come, but I wanted to be in the same building. Of course.

There was a bit of drama because the ushers did not want us waiting in the cold. So they sat us in the Tabernacle in the order we came. One lady kept saying how this was bad and how this had happened to her more than once and that she had missed out on concerts because of this.  Nope. Not. Going. To. Happen.  I felt certain that I was there to hear DA and all the music and that was how it was going to be.

The concert was more than I had ever imagined. They have held these Spanish language concerts before, but I had never gone because of the way they were advertised so I did not know what to expect. I felt somehow that I would be taking the place of someone else who was “officially” Latin. But this time the advertising said that all were welcome. That was good enough for me.

Oh my! The music was amazing! The bands, the musicians, were wonderful. I loved the little older man who played what looked like a harp but sounded more like a xylophone. Everyone was clapping, moving, joining in however they could. I lost track of how many countries were represented, each with their own music, dance, traditions, etc.

I loved watching the people around me. Almost all the people there seemed to be families sitting together, grandparents on down to young children.  The Dad’s, kids, and all would inch forward until they were on the edge of their seats, bouncing, swaying, and leaning towards one another like they were all trees enjoying the same spot of sun.

I had a good view of the family right in front of me. The Dad got so excited that he spent almost the entire program on the edge of his seat. The times he sat back? When DA sang. I thought at first – maybe he doesn’t know or like DA? But then I saw how he clapped. For DA it was solid, firm, appreciative in admiration. It was just that DA’s songs were more laid back than almost all the rest of the program.

When the different countries were represented, you would hear calls and whistles from different parts of the audience, like they were cheering for their home team or for some participants that they knew. The people I sat by were there to support friends who were playing in the orchestra. I don’t think they knew much about DA.

But by the end of the program, they did.  Every time he came on stage he filled the center. It is not him, himself. It is like this globe of love, kindness, energy, anticipation, a conduit from another place, that slowly invites all around to join in “his” space. We are gently gathered, released, enlivened, restored, comforted and…. sang to!

It was an absolutely lovely evening. I am so thankful for all the hard work, love, and talent that went into the whole program. Where can one get that sort of experience for free?

DA, thank you so much for just being you. For being willing to be more than you are. For being willing to share, learn, serve, and….. sing your blessed little heart out.

After listening to him sing “His Hands” in Spanish, I could not ask for a better ending for my long week.

I. Am. Grateful.

All video credits: Pattycake04

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David Archuleta in Concert ~ Luz De Las Naciones October 22, 23, & 24

Posted by djafan on Friday, October 23, 2015


credit @lisamelm

Luz De Las Naciones event rehearsal was a success from all accounts on social media. For the next two nights there will be thousands of participants and an audience of thousands taking part in this huge Spanish event, it’s like a Spanish version of Motab! Hoping for video and a DVD of the event would be great for the fans, I’ll buy :)

And David is doing promo!

VideosInUtah also posted a great picture.

Kari treated us to a live broadcast of an interview in Spanish via periscope.  And the great Suttygal uploaded to youtube for our viewing pleasure.

I love that David is David in any language.

Translation by Jessica Boman:
Announcer: “It’s a song from the church, right?” David: “Yes, from Meet the Mormons, that’s the name of the movie. They asked me to record it while I was in Chile, in fact. So when I recorded it I still had on my missionary plaque, and I had my companion there, he was with me. In fact, we are going to sing this song, because I recently recorded it in Spanish. And, well, I’m going to sing…” Announcer: “What do you remember of Chile, David? What do you remember about your mission companions?” David: “Well, I learned a lot from them. Like I told you before, I’m someone who finds my privacy very important. But when you’re in the mission, you’re always with a companion, all of the time. And I had to learn how to function with someone there with me all the time, and how to work together and to be a team and be one in purpose together with God. I learned a lot. And it was difficult, because in order to be one with someone and to work and always be with someone you have to show who you really are, with all of your weaknesses along with your abilities. There are times when you don’t get along very well, 100%. But at the same time, I loved how we learned how to ask for forgiveness and all of those things. I believe it’s a good training for marriage! ”

David then took to social media to invite anyone who could attend this epic event.  I love that he doesn’t write exactly the same thing in all.




David has a few performances at the Luz De Las Naciones events.

Color Esperanza by Coti Sorokin

Si Vas Para Chile by Chito Faro

Nunca Pense by David Archuleta & Alejandro Melicio

Recordare by Abraham Ramirez Ramirez & Israel Gonzalez (Lupe Mayorga joins David for this song)

LLevaremos Su Verdad Al Mundo by Janice Kapp Perry (Lupe Mayorga joins David for this song)

Fuerza Juventud by Ross Boothe

I don’t see Glorious in the program but saw that David sang the Spanish version of it. There wasn’t much video so hoping for more for the next two nights!


This beauty by Mary Dee!


Don’t forget to buy your Christmas concert tickets for Idaho!  They go on Sale today!

And David tweets!

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David Archuleta @ The BYU Spectacular October 8th & 9th!

Posted by djafan on Monday, October 5, 2015


The BYU Spectacular is this Thursday and Friday.  It looks like it’s going to be an epic event!  Please let there be videos!  A Periscope event would be nice :)  I’ll be following twitter for any news.  Let us know if you’ll be going in the comments and if you’ll be tweeting post your twitter handle so I can make sure I’m following you.

The Digital Universe

David Archuleta appearance may bring record crowd to BYU Spectacular

By on October 5, 2015.

Some of BYU’s most popular performing groups will share center stage with David Archuleta at this year’s BYU Spectacular.

BYU Spectacular producer Michael Handley said there has never been such a high demand for tickets to the show.

“There’s a particular interest in David Archuleta,” Handley said. “That’s triggered the terrific box office response.”

Tickets went on sale in July, but the demand was so high that the BYU Alumni Association added 1,800 seats to each show — 3,600 extra seats total. This is the first time that a performance of BYU Spectacular has ever sold out, according to Handley.

The Marriott Center

The Marriott Center “empty”

Handley said BYU students and alumni are not the only ones excited about Archuleta’s performance in the BYU Spectacular.

“All of the performing groups have expressed interest in performing with David,” Handley said. “I think the audience will really enjoy seeing our groups interact with him.”

Most of the music in the show, including Archuleta’s music, will be accompanied by the BYU jazz band Synthesis. Archuleta will also sing with Women’s Chorus and Vocal Point. The Contemporary Dance Theatre will also perform alongside him.

The Cougarettes will dance while Archuleta sings “Glorious,” the song he debuted in the movie “Meet the Mormons.”

“This will be extremely memorable for the Cougarettes,” Overman said. “It’s a unique experience to work with someone as well known as David Archuleta.”

Handley said Archuleta seems enthusiastic about performing with BYU groups as well.


“He was extremely interested and excited at our request to pair him off with our ensembles,” Handley said. “This is an opportunity that I don’t think he normally gets.”

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The Marriot Center “full”

BYU Spectacular is one of many school-sponsored events during Homecoming week. Some of the other popular events include True Blue Foam and the homecoming dances, all leading up to Saturday’s football game against the East Carolina Pirates.

The 2015 BYU Homecoming week officially begins Tuesday, Oct. 6, and ends Saturday, Oct. 10.


See more at: The Digital Universe

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David Archuleta’s OS~A Fresh New Look!!!

Posted by djafan on Wednesday, September 16, 2015


I’m really liking the new look of the official site.  Every link has a unique header and it’s easy to navigate, clean and sharp.  The new logo is simple but elegant and very recognizable.  Click on the logo and go explore and comment!



The header pictures are beautifully done.



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Plenty to see and friendly layout for all.  Hopefully we’ll see more traffic as the new BEGIN.ning starts up.

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David Archuleta ~ Salutations from the Shire. You know, just a visit to my friend Bilbo Baggins. 😉

Posted by djafan on Friday, August 14, 2015

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David tweets from New Zealand!  RETWEETS 315, FAVORITES 1,038

And from his instagram! 9,450 likes!

The Shire with the Party Tree and all. Where are my Lord of the Rings fans at? #MiddleEarth #NewZealand #Hobbiton

A photo posted by David Archuleta (@davidarchie) on

And from his facebook! 24,991 others like this!

David seems to be having a great time. It’s great that these opportunities are allowing him to see the world.  And we’re on this journey with him as he shares with us!

Is it September yet?

Adding the playlists here for easy access :)

Without talking.

With talking.

#Glorious #BridgeOverTroubledWater #Angel #Beautiful #TrueColors

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David Archuleta ~ Shout Out for Luis Layseca #TheVoiceChile

Posted by djafan on Tuesday, August 4, 2015



David gives a shout out and show of support to Luis Layseca, a former missionary. They served together in Rancagua, Chile. #almostavlog

David Archuleta envia su apoyo a Luis Layseca


Hola, I’m David Archuleta.  I’m supporting my friend the chileno, el capo Luis Layseca.  I invite you to follow him on The Voice Chile.  And to support him on social media and in his musical career.  Sending a hug to all my people and to all who are with Luis Layseca.

Published on Aug 4, 2015

David Archuleta cantante pop internacional, finalista en programa American Idol, séptima temporada envía un saludo de apoyo a Luis Layseca, cantante de nacionalidad chilena, que actualmente se encuentra participando en THE VOICE CHILE primera temporada


David Archuleta international pop singer, finalist on American Idol season 7 sends a shout out in support of Luis Layseca, Chilean singer who is participating in the first season of THE VOICE CHILE.

They performed while Elders a couple of times during their service in Chile.

 Luis Layseca message on his facebook:

A greeting sent by my friend “David Archuleta” American Pop singer and a finalist on American Idol, the seventh season. He is a great artist and a great person. All supporting me on this Thursday 6 th of August in my first live performance! Will have to vote on the public through the app The Voice Chile. You can download it to your phone and by text message  at just the start of the program. Your support is important to keep turning and my dream…
A big hug familion!!

luis layseca


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David Archuleta “There is beauty all around.” #nature #whatawonderfulworld #bikerides

Posted by djafan on Thursday, July 16, 2015

"There is beauty all around." #nature #whatawonderfulworld #bikerides

A photo posted by David Archuleta (@davidarchie) on

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Memorial Day ~ David Archuleta Patriotic Medley

Posted by djafan on Monday, May 25, 2015

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Memorial Day has come to mean the beginning of summer, a time for picnics and barbecues, and a holiday to gather around the family. That happiness and freedom, however, is a product of the real cause for the holiday: the sacrifice made by men and women who have fought and died for the freedoms and liberties Americans hold dear. Memorial Day is a time to remember that the American way of life is not cheap but rather has been purchased by the lives and blood of so many who have sacrificed for us to live free and happily now.

credit Pete Hegseth

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