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Pattirae’s Recap of Rising Star Outreach Event with David Archuleta

Posted by bebereader on Saturday, October 25, 2014

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Pattirae was lucky enough to attend Friday night’s charity event in Utah for Rising Star Outreach in which David performed six songs. And we are the lucky recipients of her recap below.

 

Hello everyone,

I can’t even believe what I am about to tell you today but I was there last night to hear our “glorious” David and precious Lexi perform at the Rising Star Outreach event. When David opened his set with “The Riddle” I started to cry. I was not expecting that and it was amazing to me to experience how much I had missed him and how absolutely beautiful his voice was to hear in person again.

My husband’s cousin Ron (on the board of directors for RSO) called us last week to invite us to this wonderful event. He knows of my love for all things David and I will forever be grateful for his generosity and love. It was so good to be with Ron, his wife Kay, and their daughter Lauren and husband.

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We were sitting close to the front and by a warm fire pit outside by a swimming pool. David was getting cold after his set so they pulled up some chairs for him and Lexi to sit by the fire AND right in front of us. I have a picture of his back and him reaching his hand back to feel some heat by the fire. I could have touched him—but refrained myself. Haha

Lexi’s set was incredible and they sang a few songs together. I have some videos but don’t know how to transfer them here from my phone. HELP!! He told of his experience in India when the children sang “Somebody Out There” to him, the song he had written for THEM. When he then sang it you could hear a pin drop. Unbelievable!! (yes, I shed a few tears then also.)

When he said he was going to sing “Glorious” everyone cheered. It was so exciting! It was also fun to hear him sing “Stand By Me” again. After a short video and some speaking about RSO he and Lexi got up from where they were sitting by us to sing their last song together, “Prayer of the Children.”

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They took some professional pictures at the end with David and Lexi and guess what? My husband Delos and I were the first ones to have our picture taken with him. He saw us with Ron and remembered us from other events we have shared with him and Ron (and maybe the million times I have had my picture taken with him at Meet and Greets!!)

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Anyway, I just have to say that his voice is better than ever, and he is so handsome that I had a very difficult time looking at him and talking to him. :)

I loved meeting Gwen, who was sitting beside me.  She flew in from Dallas for the event and we soon learned of our groupie status with each other. She was so much fun taking videos and pictures the whole time (we were almost the only ones being so bold.) I was so glad to hear from Kari that some video will show up from the event.

Can I just say also how fun it was to see Kendra again. She is so beautiful and so talented. The whole evening was a dream come true and one I will remember forever.

My deepest love for each of you,

Pattirae

VIDEOS!!!

Somebody Out There and Stand By Me!

A Whole New World and GLORIOUS!

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Gwen’s All in one video of David’s RSO event!

 

 

Thank you for sharing your fabulous recap, Pattirae, and your beautiful pictures!

 

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I was listening to @leximaewalker at sound check for last night’s event for #RisingStarOutreach. Here she was singing the Disney song ‘God Bless the Outcasts’ from the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Wow! This 12 year-old little gal fills your heart and soul with her voice. It was great getting to perform with her last night and with the beautiful backdrop of the mountains.

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For information about Rising Star Outreach visit their Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/RisingStarOutreach

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David Archuleta ~ Heeeeeyyyyyy, whachadoing??

Posted by Angelica on Saturday, July 5, 2014

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There was this going on too if you care about that sort of thing, which I don’t, but apparently he totally does now. Somebody get this guy a man cave!

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But back to the important stuff. The really intense stuff that all of us fans can get pumped about and cheer about. What do YOU think his little project is? I spy with my little eye video/recording equipment and one of those little snappy things they use when the director yells “cut!” GO DAVID!!!!

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David Archuleta ~ Grinning in His Face

Posted by Angelica on Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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Why am I grinning? Because David just followed ZZ Ward on twitter. I was unfamiliar with her work but it is so deliciously Adele-ish. Bluesly, soulful, and with just a touch of sedge. I just made that word up to denote a combination of sexy and edgy, but it’s also an actual word that means a plant that grows in wet ground. And this here is wet ground for dem dry bones to do some serious growth. As much as I like his uncovered work on the red CD and TOSOD, pop music is less adapted for him than the rich environment of this earthy medium. I think his voice was created, breathy vocal paralysis be praised, for this type of music. How many of our greatest singers have roots deeply planted in the soulful, spiritually rich soil of hymns? He is growing. He is a growing force that, I predict if he goes this direction, will be unstoppable.

In the article “David Archuleta and the Blues,” I mentioned the bare bones, soulful artistry of Son House.

“Most blues artists play the guitar but not all. Whether on guitar, or like Ray Charles on piano, the blues is limited only by the soul that can hold it, like Son House, in just his hands.”

Here is Son House singing, “Grinning in Your Face.”

After watching a few of ZZ’s videos I spied this gem. Her cover of Son House’s “Grinning in Your Face.” I hollered so loud at so many places in this, I’m surprised all of cyberspace didn’t hear me.

If the fledgling, sedgling David Archuleta nutures growth in this direction, y’all ain’t even begun to hear me holla.

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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 and the Word for the Day

Posted by Angelica on Saturday, March 22, 2014

WELCOME HOME ELDER DAVID ARCHULETA!!!

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I wish I had more words too but there just aren’t enough. I’ll let you guys come up with some of your own.

Speaking of patience, I need patience to wait for this haaaiiirrr to grow back.

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Looks like the lesson in patience was filmed the same day the rainy day collage was shot.

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So…there is sunshine always after the rain.  All we have to do is patiently wait just a wee bit longer.

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NOT!

We’ll be here all week.  Y’all have a great one.

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David Archuleta ~ Ain’t No Sunshine When He’s Gone

Posted by Angelica on Monday, March 10, 2014

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Just had my annual check up (preparation for David’s return) and my lab results were in every way perfect, except that apparently, I have absolutely no vitamin D in my body.  The normal levels range up in the 90’s and my level was so low as to not even rate a number.  I was not surprised by the news; the only light I have received for months is from the weak glow of my laptop.  It has been far too cold to venture outside for long and since sunlight is essential for acquiring this vital vitamin, I was instead prescribed massive doses of vitamin D.  That, along with the welcome promise of warm weather will soon put me right.  Yet the whole thing got me thinking about another deficiency in D that I have been suffering from for the past two years.  By that I mean vitamin David.  The symptoms for both are remarkably similar:  a general feeling of being tired and a tendency toward depression.  hmmm.  Coincidence?  I think not.  It appears I am in good company as a cursory scan of twitter revealed several others who feel that David is sunshine incarnate.

cheska @SnowyOli  2h

David archuleta is my sunshine <33

McKenzie Harris @McKenzieHarr  Feb 22

Don’t know how he does it but David Archuleta naturally exudes positivity. @DavidArchie’s Chinese name is sunshine. pic.twitter.com/phtHFMPqto

Francesca @FangirlFrance  Mar 3

The only motivation i have in life right now is David’s return. My sunshine will be back soon and that keeps me going. :) #DA2014

Barb W ‏@EL_FOD  Feb 28

David Archuleta Is Coming Home and that means winter will be over! Hello Sunshine!

Archugeezer ‏@Archugeezer  Feb 28

David Archuleta Is Coming Home at the right time ’cause we can sure use a little more sunshine right now.

Mary Dee ‏@GoodPlaceDA2014  Feb 28

Welcome back Mr. Sunshine!! David Archuleta Is Coming Home.

Pattie #DA2014 ‏@Attwittsend  Feb 28

I am freezing. David Archuleta Is Coming Home soon and I’m sure he’s bringing some sunshine with him :)

pattilou733 ‏@pattilou733  Feb 28

David Archuleta Is Coming Home.The sunshine is retuningto our lives.

Pattie #DA2014 ‏@Attwittsend  Feb 28

David Archuleta Is Coming Home … ♫ You are my sunshine ♫

Debbie #DA2014 ‏@DebVaFOD  Feb 28

@Attwittsend Awww. He IS sunshine. David Archuleta Is Coming Home :)

So it appears that many of us suffer from the same want:   A severe deficiency in vitamin D caused by a lack of David Archuleta, i.e., Mr. Sunshine.  There is no cure for ODD, but we know its cause and ODDly enough, it can only be managed with adequate exposure to it, uh, him.  In short, we need our sunshine.

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Songs – “You are my Sunshine” by Liliana Rose, “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles.”

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March Madness Sparks Plans as David Archuleta Draws Closer to Fans

Posted by MT on Sunday, March 2, 2014

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Well, here we are! Over two years ago we sat in shock after hearing David’s announcement telling us that he would be gone from the music world, from our world, for two years. Even when we eventually reached the acceptance stage and understood his reasons for going, we still felt an uneasiness. “What would we do? What would happen without him for that long?” That was the reality that was sinking in for so many of us.

Each of us had our own reason for feeling the way we did. For some, David’s uplifting music was a balm for their souls that would be sorely missed. For others, he was a source of joy in a sometimes otherwise difficult life. Others would miss the friendships, the camaraderie, this fandom he created. Others would miss the live concert experiences. And for some, his vlogs made them happy in a way they still can’t explain. For each of those reasons and many more, we felt there would be a void that couldn’t be filled without him here. As great as videos are, and as grateful as we are that we had all those videos, they is just no substitute for the real thing. Yet, here we are.  Somehow we managed to make it to 2014.

Perhaps David understood how we felt. His working so hard before he left to leave us with a mini-series to watch, and new music to explore and savor, helped tremendously. The vlogs and photos shared by his team while he was gone helped too. And even though he was so many miles away, we were given the privilege of seeing him sing at Christmas both years, through the generosity of his church in making those events open to the public and posting videos online for all to enjoy.

It’s been a long two years and perhaps the hardest part is yet to come. These last days seem to be eerily quiet. We’ve spent the past two years looking back at all the amazing performance videos, those wonderful gifts from fans, remembering what a phenomenal talent he has always been. But it’s now so close that we’ve stopped looking back because the future is just over the horizon, almost within our grasp.

The videos we saw at Christmas show a David who is still the same and yet so very different at the same time. While we are no longer looking back, we have no idea what that future will bring. The excitement we feel about his return has us sitting on the fence between the past and the future, a future we know in our hearts will be bright and wonderful for David. How could it not be?

While we wait out the last days before his return, I’d like to take the opportunity to thank the admins here at The Voice, and all of David’s fan sites, for their hard work in keeping us together for all these months and for making it so much fun!  Thank you for sharing the smiles, the laughter, and the tears these past two years.  And to all the fans who are still here, kudos for hanging in there! It will be worth the wait! It won’t be long now. We’re in the home stretch and it’s time to look ahead! Who’s ready for David?  Vlogs and videos and concerts, OH MY! What will YOU be doing to get ready for David’s homecoming?

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Here are a few of the things I’ve jotted down on my own “to do” list.

1. Check the piggy bank.

2. Tune up my engine. Include the car engine as well.  Road trip!!!

3. Shop for tour clothes.

4. Pull out all my David Archuleta shirts, jackets, pins, bracelets, etc. Put them all on and dance like nobody is watching. Make sure.

5. Sign up for ILAA which is now VIP Nation cuz you know I want that VIP ticket.

6. Review all the lyrics of David’s songs by playing all of his CDs and singing with him at the top of my lungs like nobody is listening.  Make sure.

7. Buy a new computer/IPad to watch David videos.

8. Buy a new camera to TAKE David videos.

9. Practice my chair-scooting!

10. Practice my salsa dancing!

11. Practice jumping in the event of zero gravity.

12. Practice breathing in the event of no air in my lungs from screaming and jumping and dancing and scooting.

13. Scrap #12 and invest in a portable O2 tank.  See if you can bundle a portable lifepak with it at a discount.

14. Get back on that diet!!

So.  What’s on your list?

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MT is a staff writer for The Voice.

 

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Anticipation ~ David Archuleta

Posted by Abrra on Monday, February 10, 2014

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Sitting here staring at a blank page.

I wonder how many writers have typed those exact words.

My own thoughts lately have been about reflecting on where the last six years have taken me as I follow the career of David Archuleta. From being completely off my radar, to being the most talented singer I have heard in decades. Here I am so many years later, still a big fan as well as helping to run a fan site. He is so worth it. I surely did not know that watching a TV show would change my life in so many ways. It’s all due to the joy that I discovered in a young man’s voice.

At times it has been exciting as well as confusing to follow the career of a celebrity from his first big break on “American Idol.” We want the best for him, yet it gets frustrating when the forward career movement seems to go so slowly. Every singer has to start out someplace. Having the opportunity for national exposure is about the best jump start a young singer can have. Yes, it takes talent to get noticed, but it take more than that to succeed in a very hard business. I do miss the excitement of appearances, radio station interviews, red carpet events. I learned that no one can sing patriotic songs better than David. How I loved to bash (on fan sites) the DJ’s who try to trap David into some crazy responses. I always felt that he would have a successful career and that it would most likely be a slow progression for him as he found his way with developing a style, as well as find his inner voice.

After Idol it was a frenzied existence trying to record a freshman album in the midst of a hectic tour. I often wondered where he found the energy to fit in so much work in so few hours in a day. I just had to be present for all the shows, in spirit. Fond memories of late night crappy cell casts from a fan’s cell phone over a web cam are now a thing of the past. Video has improved so much and cell phone audio is very good now. So, things do get better! It’s truly the fans who have brought David’s performances to us more than any other means. Many thanks to those who watch a concert with one eye on the lens!

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What I wasn’t prepared for was a two-year break for a mission for his church. There are now less than sixty days until Elder Archuleta’s mission is complete. I began to think about the possibilities that await him. I wonder about what he put on hold back in 2012 and what he will be doing once he has readjusted to his new life back home. He may face a few social changes such as remembering to speak in English or realizing that he no longer has a companion to shadow his every move. It has to be a culture shock to return to his old life, just as it was when he first arrived in Chile. I try not to project my wants and wishes for the career direction he may take, but one thing I do know is that he is ready to sing on stage again. I saw this with my own eyes. He can hardly contain the desire to move and perform. The search for a sound is something he has expressed in video blogs. Where does one find their sound? Maybe it is something you discover by trial and error. David has shown his ability to interpret a song and deliver a refreshing new twist. From watching videos released by the LDS Church, we have seen only Spanish versions of some classic songs. What I noticed as well is the diverse style that David brought to the songs he sang, even though they were classics that I have heard sung in a certain way. As an example, he sang “Little Drummer Boy” in a whole new way from how he performed it in his own My Kind Of Christmas Tour. Jaws dropped as he raised the drum mallets and declared his ownership of the song. Equally effective was the recent version of “Little Drummer Boy” starting with snare drums and his voice front and center, then adding in flute and violin as the song builds to a crescendo. That’s what I like, always a surprise or twist to a song.

It was a pleasant surprise recently to see some activity on David’s official site. A simple thing such as a contest to win a scrap of his MKOC stage backdrop has given fans a spark of excitement that we needed. It is a confirmation that they are gearing up for his return in the spring. Most anticipated is the music. Spanish artist Enrique Iglesias has expressed a desire to work with David. This would be an opportunity for introducing David to international audiences that may not be as familiar with his music. I have seen tweets from Victoria Horn, who has been a collaborator, mentioning that she will see David soon. Knowing it will take time, maybe a year or more to have some original songs, I am fine with that.

Singing aside, if he has some contracts that were set in motion before he left, so be it. David has proven his ability to step outside of the music. He has what it takes to be an actor or a model, as well as a great singer. One has to balance the artistic with the practical when it comes to a professional career. Nothing worth waiting for can be rushed, especially something that has to flow from within your heart and soul.

Take your time David Archuleta. I will be here, there and everywhere as your fan.

Abrra,
Very sorry to intrude but you know I-had-to-do-this after that last sentence of yours.  Especially with the celebration of their 50th anniversary this week.   
Angelica.

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Is David Archuleta Coming Home Today?

Posted by Angelica on Monday, February 10, 2014

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Rumor has it he just might be.

For it seems that missionaries who left for their missions on the day he did are scheduled to return on 2/10/14 or 3/24/14.

And then there is this tweet from Lady V a few days ago.

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This is all speculation of course.  I have no idea where in the world David Archuleta is right now.  But I hope he’s in the air somewhere flying home at this very moment.

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Because that thought makes me smile a very happy smile.

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Merry Christmas from The Voice ~ David Archuleta

Posted by Angelica on Tuesday, December 24, 2013

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I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

I thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair I bowed my head:
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men.”

Till, ringing singing, on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,
Of peace on earth, good will to men!

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ~
 
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From we at The Voice to all of you,
Not one Smilebox this year but two-
For every year he’s been away,
Ring out the bells,
Ring in DA.

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