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.’”
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.
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
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It is not an easy feat for a young artist to come up with a sophomore album. Yet David has produced a total of seven albums in five years. To quote Simon Cowell, “When you’ve got it, you’ve got it.” Back from his mission with a plethora of songs in his repertoire, he will have a leviathan task on his hands making up his setlist for when he starts touring again.
So let’s help him out. I’ve compiled a list of songs from his albums, plus songs and covers he has done at concerts and appearances. Some songs he hasn’t even sung yet but we can dream, can’t we?
Here is your assignment, should you wish to accept it:
Use the ballot below to select 25 songs you would like to hear David sing on his next tour. You can make suggestions for other songs, too. We will tally the ballots and come up with the 25 songs that make it to the Ultimate Setlist for the Homecoming Tour! You never know who may wander over here to read our list and take note of our choices.
David fans are the best gifters ever. Most of the time they want to remain anonymous. We want to thank them all who have so selflessly gifted. Here are a couple of thank yous we’ve received; not all sent them, but as long as they are loving David Archuleta and his music, all is well.
Hey guys, it’s Georgette here! Haha, sounds familiar? Well seemed like a good way to start this email since that’s how David begins his video blogs every time he makes one, and I love how he does that.
I became an “Archie” or “Arch Angel” as I watched the episode of Hannah Montana on Disney Channel 2 years ago. I felt an incredible connection with David and his way of being caught my attention, so I searched for him in Google (as anyone who wants to know a little more about someone LOL) and what I liked the most is that David has Latin family! wow! That shocked me very much, so I quickly went to YouTube and looked for videos of David speaking in Spanish… I was shocked! Not only by his way of speaking, but by its simplicity, humility, passion and all the feelings I noticed when David speaks, sings or simply expresses himself.
I also noticed that David participated in American Idol and came in second place, so I looked for the songs that he sang and all performances on YouTube. What else did I do? Download all the songs obviously! I converted to an Archie at around September, a little before the release of The Other Side Of Down. I remember it very well.
On http://www.DavidArchuleta.com page there was a countdown marking the days until 5 October. After downloading his songs I looked up the lyrics and I learned them very quickly. The connection I felt with David was very deep… he was not only “David Archuleta” he had become everything and more than I thought. I remember feeling inspired with the lyrics of his songs from TOSOD.
For me David is one in a million. The simplicity and modesty that he shows are a great inspiration for many people. Not many artists are like this. I’m in love with the fact that David sings because he loves singing and music, not because he is interested in fame or anything else that comes with it; He only sings because the music is his life. David can’t imagine doing anything else that is not singing, and I can’t imagine listening to different music than that of David.
It’s as simple as this, if there is no David, there is no Georgette because David is part of me and I see him as a very important person in my life. The things that he taught me cannot be counted with a finger and I am really thankful for it all. I sometimes think, “how can there be people who don’t like David? Or, people who like David, but don’t feel as inspired as I am? Don’t they feel his music like other Archies? It is not easy to say, but I’m sure that if they stopped a moment to listen to any song, the words, it will be an inspiration because what you feel when David sings is contagious… you can see in his eyes, his way of expressing that he has a message behind each song and I am proud to say that I know that message. I now understand the message better.
When David announced that he would leave on a mission for the Latter Day Saints Church, my heart broke… but I couldn’t be happier! David would be serving his church for 2 years preaching the word of God, the person who has taught me many things I know and I give thanks to him for putting David in my path and now David will reach more people. Wow that is incredible!
To make a long story short. I give thanks to The Voice for all that you do for the fans. Thank you for sending me a copy of Forevermore and the amazing bracelet … David: You’ve become part of my soul.
Original in Spanish
Hey guys, it’s Georgette here! Haha, sounds familiar? Bueno me pareció una buena forma de empezar este email ya que así empieza David sus video blogs cada vez que hace uno, y amo la forma en que hace eso.
Yo me convertí en una “Archie” o “Arch Angel” mientras veía el episodio de Hannah Montana en Disney Channel, hace 2 años. Sentí una conexión increíble con David y su forma de ser me llamó mucho la atención, así que lo busqué en Google (como toda persona que quiere saber un poco más acerca de alguien LOL) y lo que más me gusto es que David tienen familia LATINA! wow! Eso me impactó mucho, así que fui rápidamente a YouTube y busqué vídeos de David hablando en español… Quedé impactada! No solo por su forma de hablar, sino por su sencillez, humildad, pasión y todos los sentimientos que noté en David al hablar, cantar o simplemente expresarse.
También noté que David participó en American Idol y que quedó de segundo lugar, así que busqué las canciones que cantó y todas sus presentaciones en YouTube. Qué más hice? Descargar todas sus canciones OBVIAMENTE!!! Me convertí una Archie al rededor de Septiembre por lo que faltaba poco para el lanzamiento de The Other Side Of Down, lo recuerdo muy bien.
En su página www.DavidArchuleta.com había un conteo regresivo por los días que faltaban para el 5 de Octubre. Luego de descargar sus canciones busqué las letras y me las aprendí muy rápido, es que la conexión que sentí con David era muy profunda… no solo era “David Archuleta”, él se había convertido en todo lo que pensaba. Recuerdo haber sentido una inspiración muy fuerte con las letras de sus canciones desde su primer CD hasta TOSOD. Para mí David es uno en un millón, su sencillez y modestia que expresa son de gran inspiración para demasiadas personas y eso no lo tienen muchos artistas. Estoy enamorada del hecho de que David solo canta porque ama cantar y la música, no porque le interesa la fama o cualquier otra cosa que venga con ella; él solo canta porque la música es su vida, no me imagino a David haciendo otra cosa que no sea cantar y no me imagino escuchando otra música que no sea la de David.
De una manera más sencilla: No hay David, no hay Georgette; porque David ya es parte de mí y lo considero como una persona muy importante en mi vida. Las cosas que él me ha enseñado no se pueden contar con un dedo y estoy realmente agradecida con todo. A veces pienso, ¿Cómo existe gente a la que no le gusta David? O, a la gente que le gusta David, ¿se sentirán tan inspirados como yo? ¿Sentirán su música al igual que otros Archies? No es fácil decirlo, pero estoy segura de que si se detienen un momento a escuchar cualquier canción de él y entender las letras, lo sentirán porque la inspiración es contagiosa al igual que los sentimientos que siente David cuando canta… se puede ver en sus ojos y en su forma de expresarse que él tiene un mensaje detrás de cada canción, y estoy orgullosa de decir que sé cuál es ese mensaje. Y ahora mucho más conozco el mensaje.
Cuando David anunció que partiría en una misión para la Iglesia de los Santos de los Últimos Días, mi corazón se partió… no podía estar más feliz!! David estaría sirviendo para una Iglesia por 2 años predicando la palabra de Dios, la persona que nos ha enseñado muchas de las cosas que sabemos y le doy gracias a Él por poner a David en nuestro camino; y saber que ahora David llegará a mucha más gente?? Wow eso es increíble!!
Para no hacer esta historia más larga me despido agradeciendo a The Voice por todo lo que hacen por los fans, gracias por enviarme una copia de Forevermore y el increíble brazalete… David: Te has convertido en parte de mi alma.
Hello, first of all I want to thank you TheVoiceDavidArchuleta and Blueberry Ice from CA, thanks to you I have this wonderful FOREVERMORE Cd and also to SandyBeaches from Canada for the beautiful bracelet she gave me. INFINITE THANKS!
DAVID JAMES ARCHULETA MAYORGA… MORE THAN AN IDOL
For me DAVID is more than an Idol, why? Because he is simple and humble despite being a famous artist, he has never changed and remains as who he is. I love his personality, so humble and generous to all, it is really admirable.
David is the best singer for me because he has an ANGELIC voice that not many have, his songs are very beautiful and meaningful. He inspires me so much.
For me he is a winner. He worked hard to get to where he is and he remains the same: the same sweet guy. Nice, humble, simple, charismatic, lovable and cute. I watched him on ‘American Idol’ in 2008 and I became a fan of David.
David Archuleta is without a doubt a complete artist! In addition to a great human being < 3!
- ALWAYS smiles.
- ALWAYS delivers the best in every interpretation.
- ALWAYS supports his friends.
- ALWAYS is proud of his Latin roots. <3
- ALWAYS cares for those around him.
- ALWAYS attends to his fans and talks with them.
- ALWAYS is attentive to everyone.
Thanks to his efforts. He has endured adversities but has been able to overcome :’)
The truth for me, and I dare say that for many of his fans he is an example to follow and a being that inspires us a lot. :’ (D)
Waiting for David Archuleta…
Original in Spanish
Hola, primero que nada muchas GRACIAS a TheVoiceDavidArchuleta y a Blueberry Ice de CA, ya que gracias a ustedes tengo este maravilloso Cd FOREVERMORE y también a SandyBeaches de Canadá por la hermosa pulsera que me obsequiaron. J ¡INFINITAS GRACIAS!
DAVID JAMES ARCHULETA MAYORGA… MAS QUE UN ÍDOLO
Para mí DAVID es más que un ídolo, ¿porque? porque es humilde y sencillo a pesar de ser un famoso /artista nunca cambio y sigue siendo tal como es, amo su personalidad tan humilde y generoso con todos, es realmente admirable.
El mejor cantante para mí porque tiene una voz ANGELICAL que no muchos poseen. Sus canciones son muy hermosas y significan tanto, me inspiran mucho
El para mí es UN TRIUNFADOR, lucho MUCHÍSIMO para llegar a donde el esta , y sigue siendo el mismo: el mismo chico dulce, simpático, humilde, sencillo, carismático, adorable, lindo que veía en el programa ‘American Idol’ aquel 2008 que es desde allí donde me hice fan de David. :)
David Archuleta es sin duda un artista completo! Además de un gran ser humano<3!
- SIEMPRE está sonriendo.
- SIEMPRE entrega lo mejor de sí en cada interpretación.
- SIEMPRE apoya a sus amigos y cercanos.
- SIEMPRE se muestra orgulloso de sus raíces latinas. <3
- SIEMPRE se preocupa por los que están a su alrededor.
- SIEMPRE atiende a sus fans y conversa con ellos/as.
- Es atento con todos.
Y todo lo que ha logrado ha sido gracias a su esfuerzo, al igual que cualquier persona ha tenido debilidades y adversidades pero las ha sabido superar :’)
La verdad para mí, y me atrevo a decir que para varias de sus fans, es un ejemplo a seguir y un ser que nos inspira muchísimo. :’D
The six month mark of David Archuleta’s departure has just passed and we have eighteen months to go. I’m measuring time by holidays and it seems to be working. Labor Day was just last month, Halloween is almost here and Thanksgiving soon after. Christmas is going to be tough this year without David but I’m so looking forward to it because it’s also close to the beginning of the twelve month countdown. There are days I miss David so much it hurts and although it was a tough road getting to this place, I’m ok with him being gone now; I truly believe he had to go.
In the meantime I have his music to get me through every day and his voice on interviews on my ipod to get me through the night. You may have seen my name, djafan, on comments on articles relating to David found on the web. You may also have seen me voting on polls and mentioning David’s name as much as possible, tweeting and trending, etc. You get it. LOL This is what I do.
We all have a comfort zone on how we support David and this is my way of keeping his name relevant. By letting the world know he has passionate fans that are not going anywhere, the media stays interested in him. It works; it really does. For example, recently Cook and Kris Allen were dropped from their labels just months apart and it was barely a blip in the social media. David, however, made mainstream media with the so-called “dropped” news that he was let go from his label when it was really the opposite. David chose not to renew his contract. As soon as his passionate fans started correcting the news the media then picked it up too, and many made an attempt to correct it.
The mission news made headlines also; not only on the internet but television also carried the news, showing clips of the video. I attribute this continued interest by the media to David’s go-getter fans. Most reality show alums have just fallen off the radar, but David Archuleta has not and our intention is to keep his name relevant and out there.
With this in mind and after much prodding from my fellow Adms, I encourage you to vote, to comment, to view David’s videos, to like his Facebook posts, to comment on his OS, heck even his MySpace page has been updated and it‘s beautiful.
I like to follow some charts on David’s social media status, yes the information is out there, you just need to look for it. Here is a two month comparison. You can see that there have been some drops that can easily be reversed.
It’s really simple to get and keep these numbers up. Watching his videos on Vevo and on his official you tube channel are all you have to do to raise the numbers. Typing David’s name into any search field and in any comment counts as a mention. Why worry about mentions? With every mention, his name is being counted on the internet, which raises his social status.
These are examples of things to do to increase David’s social status or popularity.
Wikipedia — Counted when a visitor loads an artist’s page.
Google – Google David Archuleta daily.
Twitter Mentions — Counted each time an artist’s Twitter handle (@davidarchie) is mentioned by another Twitter user.
Comment – Comment whenever David’s name appears in an article. It doesn’t need to be anything fancy. Just writing David Archuleta will suffice in getting the internet bots* to count him.
*(An Internet Bot is a software application that does repetitive and automated tasks in the Internet that would otherwise take humans a long time to do. The most common Internet bots are the spider bots which are used for web server analyses and file data gathering.)
Here are some David related links you can visit to increase his status. You can use these to listen, view and/or comment.
Lastly, please don’t stop sending David mail. I read on several missionary blogs that it’s common for the mail to slow way down after the sixth month. They say family and friends start to get used to them being gone and not part of their daily routine. David doesn’t just have family and friends but a whole lot of fans he wants to hear from. Why else set up an address for us?
David Archuleta P. O. Box 4297 Apopka, FL 32704 USA
I hope you all can join me in my campaign to keep David’s name relevant during his absence.
As I was watching “Spirit, Stallion of the Cimarron” on a lazy Saturday afternoon in July with my daughter, this song came on!!! Man, it shook my world a little bit …ok…a lot!!! I realized how much I miss David!!! I can relate almost everything to him!!! I’m nuts!! I know! haha. He’s only been gone a few months, but somehow he’s just like a close family/friend to me and I believe to many of us as well.
“Spirit” the stallion has similar characteristic as David, though not exactly the same. As the song progresses, the lyrics are really in sync with our situation, both on David’s part and ours. I’m pretty sure that while he’s so super busy with his mission, a part of him misses our excitement-smile-scream-fan-boying and girling on our parts while he’s performing on his stage !! It’s so evident how we all miss him and want the clock to run faster. Our love and thoughts are all over the fansites and YouTube.
The guy has captured our hearts and we have captured his. To wait for him and support him are just about normal and natural things for us to do. He’s generously invited us into his life, so we’ll definitely be here as long as he needs us. That’s what friends are for, right !?
The support and yearning words from the fans, David’s love and trust in us, and a wishful thinking on my part inspired me to make this vid for both David and us. Hope you like it.
I encourage you all to watch this fantastic animation “Spirit Stallion of the Cimarron.” It’s fun and inspiring and the songs by Bryan Adams are outstanding!!!
“I would love a bracelet! Or should I say a “link” of the chain of support for an amazing young man, one that ties us together, until we meet again and forevermore.” ~ djbell13
An online letter to Kari…
I have sent to you, Jasmine and Eula, our two bracelets that have recently been distributed by our site, The Voice. We have mailed out bracelets from Hawaii all the way east to Newfoundland in Canada and on to Manila, Singapore and Australia. We are gifting the bracelets north from Toronto and some south to Argentina, Chile, Columbia and Peru. Some have been requested and some have been gifted. The two bracelets each convey their own message to David.
Perhaps the history of the bracelets is interesting in the fact that the idea was created to give to David our support as he journeys along his career path. Upon notification that David would be a guest singer at the Constitution Fair in Arizona last September, several of us at the fansite, The Voice, brainstormed about ways to send the message to him that his fans are here and anxious to see and hear him sing. We arranged special seating for fans approved by David and his team, which created a fund-raising opportunity for the event. We compiled for him letters and cards from around the world from people who wanted to tell David how very much they enjoyed and appreciated his music. We filled a large travel bag to capacity with gifts from fans for that night and it was then that we passed out the first bracelets to the fans ~ David Archuleta ~ “Nobody Sings It Better.” The response to the bracelets was inspiring.
Four years have passed since many of us first met David. During this time you could see fans of all ages waiting in lines for concerts, sitting together in the hot sun, dancing to Zero Gravity in the mosh pits and listening reverently at the Conference Hall in Salt Lake City on a special Sunday morning in December. Age has had no barriers.
As David has worked diligently on his career path, his fans have also put forth their talents and means of communications to come together as a strong unit. Gatherings of fans from several of the sites in the United States began to take place as far back in time as his Christmas From the Heart tour. The site, Fans of David held the first large gathering that took place in Salt Lake City, by hosting a Christmas brunch. Richard Parkinson played the piano and sang, much to the delight of everyone there that day.
From that time on, fan sites organized gatherings to be held during the tours both on the east coast, the west coast and everywhere in between. Long before the incredible four days of the Tabernacle Choir Christmas concerts, fan sites began to set new plans into motion. The SnowAngelz was the first site to host, reserving a restaurant for an early brunch. The Voice filled a Thai restaurant for lunch. This event was followed by a number of fan sites taking their turn and filling restaurants to their capacities. During all of these times, the administrators, the writers and the fans of the sites began to come together creating as a result, a strong fan base throughout North America.
But I would not want to forget to mention the important work of the fundraisers and the fans who have contributed to several of the charities that David supports. Among the many charities, we have helped to create a sidewalk in India and some have now become supporters of Child Fund International.
Now for the second bracelet that is written in Spanish. The quote on the bracelets was taken from the song “Contigo En La Distancia”, sung by David at the Alma Awards, 2009, and says, “Te Has Convertido En Parte De Mi Alma”___You Have Become A Part Of My Soul.
So this is just a chapter from a story to be continued. As fans in North America reach out to each other and the world, we look forward to the time when David returns home.
“I am sharing a photo that shows several of us wearing bracelets at the LA Nokia VIP MKOC (which was a poorly lit room so the photo didn’t turn out so well) & it was taken just as Djafan had passed them out to the rest of the eager VIP’ers. Gosh, the memories of MKOC were so wonderful weren’t they? It was my first VIP and I will certainly look forward to the next one wearing my lovely ‘bling’!” ~ Blueberry Ice
A beautiful tribute to David from us, his fans, this video truly speaks for itself. If he has any doubt that we’ll be here when he returns from his mission, he can watch this video and those doubts will quell away. Fans are represented from all over the world. I watched it through tears of happiness.
A special thank you to @starrynites01, @pastelpastel and @zerogravity1 for putting this together and to all the fans who participated.