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David Archuleta Going Overseas! “An Evening Of Music, Comedy, and Motivational Theater”

Posted by djafan on Wednesday, July 2, 2014

VLOG!!!

 

Idk why I couldn’t get the video up, but my little sister helped me. I know it’s not the most convenient place to do a video, but oh well.

Thanks to all of those who tuned into the Face2Face Chat last week! if you missed it go here:

English: youth.lds.org
Español: jovenes.lds.org

Going to Costa Rica this weekend for a project that you’ll hear more about later, and then off to the Middle East and Africa to go see the Airforce Troops and do some singing for them. :)

Pardon the razor burns if you notice them. I had a bad shave this morning and wasn’t able to get the job done properly.

Utahns To Entertain Troops Overseas in “An Evening of Music, Comedy and Motivational Theater”

Dan Clark speaks to the troops all over the world and has performed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and Africa.
This time he was invited by Armed Forces Entertainment to put together a 90 minute show. So he invited David Archuleta and Jason Hewlett to join him in “An Evening of Music, Comedy and Motivational Theater.”

The format is a variety show where Dan shares one of his world famous stories from the Chicken Soup For The Soul book series, that sets up a song performed by David Archuleta, followed by comic relief in a five minute bit by Jason Hewlett.

There are messages throughout, dealing with suicide prevention, divorce prevention and resiliency issues.

David’s song list includes “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, “Take Me Home” and John Lennon’s “Imagine”, mixed with his own pop hit “Crush” and more!

Jason Hewlett pulls the funniest faces and impersonates Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Adell, among others.

They leave on July 8 and perform for our combat troops 18 times on bases throughout Afghanistan, and in Kuwait, Bahrain, Ethiopia and Djbouti.

You can watch video on Good4Utah.com

Posted in @DavidArchie, Imagine, music, The Voice, TROOPS, vlog | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , | 58 Comments »

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

Posted by sandybeaches9 on Friday, April 4, 2014

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

 

Mountaintop achievement

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

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

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

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

called to serve

 

Video credit djbell

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Sandybeaches is a staff writer for The Voice.

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Behind Broken ~ David Archuleta

Posted by Angelica on Tuesday, May 28, 2013

bro18

Hey everyone

it’s David here

I’m here

right now

currently

I mean

I guess I won’t be

here

once you see this

actually.

(self-effacing laughter)

With that very David-like intro comes the story and motivation behind the original song “Broken,” written by David Archuleta with Jon Hunt for the album BEGIN. In an age of narcissism comes a rejection of all that: an outward-focused man of humility. “I wanted to make a goal to do some original stuff and write music that was real to me and just my own voice, my own sound.”

This is who he is and how he sounds when he feels the song and why we are still here.  Actually.

Posted in @DavidArchie, @kariontour, Art, Balance, career longevity, ChildFund, David Archuleta, Invisible Children, Jon Hunt, Rising Star Outreach | Tagged: , , , , | 55 Comments »

Nashville, A Good Place ~David Archuleta vlog

Posted by bebereader on Friday, June 10, 2011

screencaps by djafan

“I’m back in Nashville and it’s been good”, David says in his latest vlog. I believe it’s mutual; David likes Nashville and Nashville likes David. He has said that in Nashville he had the best writing experience he’s had so far and that he always looks forward to going back. Whether he’s there to interview songwriters for future collaborations, to have meetings, to attend the Country Music Awards and Festival this week, or to go to Trader Joe’s for some goat cheese pizza, Nashville agrees with David.

It’s apparent that he’s in a good place. I’ve never seen him look happier, more focused, well-rested, content and confident, the master of his universe. He wants the songwriters to understand where he’s coming from so that he can write more meaningful songs. Not too concerned with what’s popular, he’s respectful of the way his music influences people and wants to write songs with this in mind. Most important, he wants his music to come from his heart.

I hope David takes his time and enjoys his newfound freedom, away from the restraints of a controlling label. I hope he doesn’t worry about getting songs together in a hurry as he did with previous albums. However long it takes will be so worth the wait!

Posted in artistic freedom, career longevity, David Archuleta, Nashville, Personal freedom, song writing | Tagged: , , , , , | 95 Comments »

David Archuleta ~ the Man, the Music, the Mission

Posted by bluesky4home on Monday, March 7, 2011

Sundance Film Festival ~ January 2009

The Man (Or: DA ((aka: Christopher Robin)) visits my Hundred Acre Woods.)

Truthfully? My natural thought processes tend to be more like Eeyore than Winnie the Pooh. I have also been known to share a weekly cup of anxiety with Piglet. (Just sayin’: There are probably going to be thorns on that there rose. But, no stomping please. Good roses are hard to find!) Some people tell me that the words pragmatic and paranoid are just a little too close in my dictionary.  *sigh*

So when DA began his career following Idol with the outlook: “I could get hit by a car…”, part of me nodded in melancholy approval of his “seize the day” attitude. And I totally understood his occasional forays into: “If this doesn’t work out I might…” From my viewpoint this was no ‘starry-eyed puppy’. Although he may have been inexperienced, he was still a man who had done his homework and knew something about the odds.

So my own Pooh Bear (in search of ever more DA music), has always been accompanied by a very faithful Eeyore (ready to predict the inevitable lack). However DA, (with his inimitable way of upsetting my “Is it half full, or half empty?” apple cart), has come to the rescue once again, and like Christopher Robin who cures all ills, he has set right the affairs in my Hundred Acre Woods. He has answered the question of the ages: “Will there be enough music from you, DA?” He has penned ‘Happily Ever After’ into my story.

How? By answering the simple question: “Who would you like to sing with this year?” And DA, (who seems to always speak while offering a restful, mental branch on which any migrant thought may land) said: Tony Bennett.  “I think it would be so cool! He’s just… he’s been doing it for so long and he still sounds amazing.” (DA, you just kinda make my heart go pitter-patter when you say things like that.)

Thereupon my inner “Eeyore” sat down in shocked wonder and blissfully forgot that he had ever lost his tail. You could say, he “closed his eyes and saw the view”.

The Music (Or: Is there a ((classical)) genre that does NOT wait anxiously for DA to rebirth it?)

Cannons! Fireworks! Stadiums of cheers! Cue the 1812 Overture and Beethoven’s’ Ode to Joy! While DA can often confuse, entertain and delight us with seeming non-sequiturs, he is never random when it comes to music. (Exhibit “A”: Eva Cassidy.) So I knew he was perfectly serious. And. I. Rejoiced.

Tony Bennett. (Bless his unsuspecting heart!) This genre of music has not been on the top of my listening choices. But I do appreciate it. And I love what Michael Buble has done and is doing to bring that genius forward to a new audience.

My lack however, did not stop me from recognizing DAs’ own brilliance, appreciation, embodiment, and slam-dunk delivery of said genre whenever he got the chance.

So you can get the idea, here is Tony Bennett (generation jumping) with Michael Buble in 2010.

I can totally see how DA would look on stage with either of these lovely people. (Or both?! Yes, please?) And I would start saving my money….. now.

The Mission (Or: Even though the offer may self-destruct in 10 seconds, I believe DA has accepted his own Mission Impossible and will succeed.)

The historical perspective: Tony Bennetts’ first number one hit was in 1951. He was 25 years old. After several hits his run came to an end in the mid 60s and he seemed to disappear. He had a 15 year span when he was off the musical radar. In the 90s he came back stronger than ever, again putting out gold records. He has kept his musical style intact and “remains a popular and critically praised recording artist and concert performer.” Two things are credited with his comeback success:  1) a good manager (his brother) and 2) being true to his own music.

The New York Times said, “Tony Bennett has not just bridged the generation gap, he has demolished it. He has solidly connected with a younger crowd weaned on rock. And there have been no compromises.” At age 68 he had made it all the way back. He was 84 this last August and is still giving performances and concerts. (Added note: He was taught the “Bel canto” singing discipline, which was said to “keep his voice in good shape for his entire career.”)

Mr. Bennett also knows he has unique fans, especially the ones in the UK. He says how they “really take you in and treat you like family” (Sound like any fans you know?)

DA is a planner, a worker, a dreamer, an avid learner and constantly searches the heavens (both within and without) for guidance. He makes goals. He has vision. He has experience with challenges and how they can ultimately work in surprising ways for ones benefit. He also recognizes and appreciates these attributes when he finds them in others.

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE that he said he would like to sing with Tony Bennett. This year. Ahem. (Please take notice, Mr. Bennett!) I ABSOLUTELY LOVE that he dreams of singing until he is 84. Think of all the songs!!!! It. blows. my. mind. (Cause, (( love ya Mr. B.)) DA has more than one genre he can sing – actually.) (And, actually, he already copped the whole “demolishing generation gaps” thing when he was 17: “Shop Around”, “Imagine”, Christmas tour, anyone?)

DA, I love how you think and I trust you. Thank you so much for just being who you are. And for wanting to sing with Tony Bennett.

“You find it! You know it! Don’t make it wait! These are words I wanna say every hour of every day.” Wherever he is, DA makes it a “good place”. And my heart is comforted. My Hundred Acre Woods is lit with the eternal sunlight of contentment. And me? *sigh* I have been given the map to the honey tree.

“Silly old bear”.



Posted in David Archuleta, genres, Michael Buble, music, music genres, Musical icon, role models, Sundance Film Festival, The Voice, Tony Bennett, Winnie the Poo | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , | 188 Comments »

Trust the Archulator

Posted by Angelica on Saturday, February 19, 2011

Does this look like the face of a man who is unsure of who he is and where he wants to go?

“There are three constants in life… change, choice and principles.”

“If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster.”

Stephen Covey ~  7 Habits of Highly Effective People

David Archuleta is going to be just fine.  He is one of the most highly effective persons I’ve encountered and no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.*

Be still your souls.  We all knew this road would not be endlessly smooth with no rocks or thorns.  We all know or should know by now that he is a renegade who will not allow himself to be molded into a product that is sure to sell at the expense of who he is.  In March of 2009, in an article titled “A Growing Force,” I wrote:

“For the true artist, the journey is never easy.  It is as complicated as the one who travels it.  He must labor for years perfecting his craft, which to his own impossible standards, is never fully realized.  The execution of his art is always outdistanced by his vision.  This paradox causes any artist worthy of the name to be plagued at times with self doubt and angst.  He must, moreover engage in constant battle with forces who would diminish his art, and so diminish him.  He must find the courage to be supremely indifferent to the opinions of others.  If the existing state of affairs in his chosen field is anathema to who he is as a person, he must reject it and risk being considered uncool.  Rather than conform to the status quo, he must, like David Archuleta, be a renegade.”

There is no easy path to greatness and there is no one who has ever achieved it without suffering setbacks and heartache along the way.  These are things that must be.  What has occurred with the changes in his management and label are things that are necessary steps along that path.  This is not a detour, but the same road he started on long ago.   His steps have not deviated from the course he set for himself.  His goal is to be taken seriously as an artist and to create a body of work that has depth and meaning.  He knows where he is going and how to adjust his course to get there.  He is gaining a reputation as someone who will not compromise his principles or his artistic freedom.  Now he has that.  Now he can see clearly the path that lies before him.

He knows a good thing when he sees one.


Posted in artistic freedom, David Archuleta, music | Tagged: , , , | 158 Comments »

Considering David Archuleta ~ Food for Thought…

Posted by Angelica on Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Written by MT

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about David’s last video blog.  It was done so casually, in his back yard.  He was alone.  No one was there to bother him.  No reporters, no fans, just David, alone with his thoughts, and his cat.

I know that when I think of David, one overriding thought occupies my mind.  I want success for David. Great Success!  I want the whole world to know how great he really is.  I want him to have the kind of success and longevity that Michael Jackson had, and Paul McCartney has.  I want his success to make Bieber’s look like chicken feed.  But, am I being a bit over ambitious for him?

Does David really want that kind of success?  I don’t know.  David is superb in front of an audience of 21,000, yet I believe he wants to be able to go home without having reporters on his front lawn, or fans in his yard, or a security fence surrounding his home.  If he has too much success, he would lose that.  I think David himself is trying to figure out how to sing in front of large crowds and still be just David during his time off.

I want David to have all the success his life can handle.  Can he actually have enough success to assure longevity in the music business so that he can continue to sing and tour without getting all the craziness that can go along with it?  Can he do what he wants to do, sing, and be successful enough to continue in the business without losing his freedom?  Can he find a middle ground, somewhere between great fame and obscurity?  Can he do world tours and not have to buy a mansion with a concrete wall surrounding it?

I don’t know what the future will bring for David.  I only know that I want him to be happy.  To this day, I don’t fully understand why I care about that.  I’ve never met him.  I’ve never even seen him perform live (although that is most certainly on my “Bucket List.)  But for some reason, I really, really do care about his happiness.

I know that David will never read this, but I wish he could know that there are so many people out there that care:  people who have met him, people who have never met him, people who probably never will meet him, yet they still care about him as a person, not just an entertainer.  We want success for him.  But more importantly, we want him to be happy.

My hope for David is that he is able to find that middle ground, a place that allows him the artistic freedom to record and sing while he retains some measure of normalcy in his life.  I want him to always be able to do a video blog in his back yard, right after singing to thousands and thousands of fans.

Is it possible?  I sure hope so.

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