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    David James Archuleta (born December 28, 1990) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. At ten years old, he won the children's division of the Utah Talent Competition leading to other television singing appearances.[6] When he was twelve years old, Archuleta became the Junior Vocal Champion on Star Search 2.[6] In 2007, at sixteen years old, he became one of the youngest contestants on the seventh season of American Idol.[7] In May 2008 he finished as the runner-up, receiving 44 percent of over 97 million votes.

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Archive for November, 2009

The Latino Connection

Posted by djafan on Saturday, November 28, 2009

David Archuleta recently replied to a tweet from me in Spanish.  *insert fan girl scream here*

David’s tweet – Finished an hour and a half of interviews this morning.  Now on the phone with mi madre.

My reply – @David Archie  awwww…mi madre…la mujer mas importante de nuestras vidas.  Que alegria me da de ver como aprecias a tu madre.  (Translation:  aww…my mother…the most important woman in our lives.  What joy I feel to see how much you appreciate your mother.)

David’s reply – @djafans  aw lol gracias!

On December 2, 2009, four generations of Latinas will be attending David’s Christmas concert.  My mother and sister, my daughter, my granddaughter and I.  My father is a musician and loves to sing, so there was always music in our home.  I grew up listening to Latino music:  Mariachi and Ranchera,  sung by great vocalists like Javier Solis, Pedro Infante, and Vicente Fernandez.  These wonderful singers all had a big influence on me, but none became a part of my very DNA until David Archuleta.

2009 ALMA Awards

After I saw him on AI 7, my seven years of watching American Idol came to an end, and my concert going days began.  My mom became worried about my sudden habit of attending concerts to see the same guy sing the same songs.  I tried to explain it to her, and played his videos, but she just didn’t get it.  Then he surprised us with the tease of Como La Flor from his solo concert.  She liked it; she said he was good, but she still didn’t get it.  Then I played it for my husband.

He got it.  He surprised me by declaring that if David were to put out a Spanish album, he would definitely win the hearts of the Latin community.

Enter the ALMA Awards.  I submitted my name at least five hundred times in the drawing to win a spot on the red carpet and won!  He was impeccably dressed and gorgeous!   As he signed my CD, I spoke to him in Spanish.  “Estamos muy orgullosos de ti.”  (Translation: “We’re very proud of you.”)  He replied, “Gracias.”  Then I told him to look up.

Little did we know what was in store for us that night.  David reached deep into his Latin roots and pulled off a performance that will go down in history as one of his best ever, especially for one so young.  Contigo en la Distancia.

I sent that YouTube video to everyone I know who loves Spanish music.  A coworker asked where she could get the CD of that.  I told her nowhere.  She said she needed it.  I made her one with some songs in English too, and put it on her desk.  I asked her the next day if she liked it and she said she had been listening to it non-stop.  Just Contigo though.  She said there was just something different in the way she felt when listening to David sing in Spanish.  Before our conversation was over, she had me in tears.  After hearing it, my brother, who sings in a choir, said that David is a vocal genius and at eighteen has more talent than Groban, Bocelli, Vincente, or Pepe.  He said too, that David stole that song from Luis Miguel.

My father told me that he had not heard anyone sing like that…ever.  He wanted to know if David has any plans to do a Spanish album and I told him he does.  We both agreed that now is a good time.  David has the youth factor on his side and mega talent.  There is Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias, and Marc Anthony that have crossed cultures and been very successful.  Alejandro Fernandez and Pepe Aguilar all have huge followings and sell out arenas.  But, we concluded, none of these are in David’s league.

With the release of Christmas From the Heart, a sea change occurred in the rest of my Latino family.  My mom remembered Riu Riu Chiu as a song she sang as a child growing up in a little town in Mexico.

My mom also said she couldn’t believe it, that he was singing Ave Maria the way it was meant to be sung, the way it was sung in church when she was a little girl.  The Latin words came back to her as she sang along.  It was a surreal moment.

She then asked if David would be singing these songs in his Christmas concert.  I said probably and asked if she wanted to go.   To my surprise, she said yes!

And that’s how it happened, that on the 2nd of December four generations of Familia Latina will be experiencing the magic that is David Archuleta.

My father believes the connection to the Latino community and the inevitable passion it will ignite, will be something not seen since Selena.  I believe it has already begun.

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Two Tales of a City

Posted by Abrra on Friday, November 20, 2009

Like many of you, I have felt like an island in a huge sea when it comes to being a fan of David Archuleta.  That was until recently, when I encountered two people who I knew on a casual basis and discovered they were fans.  I have been to each of their businesses many times over the past two years.  It proved to me that there are many “hidden” fans all around us.  We just have to discover them.  They go about their daily lives too busy to take their fandom to the next level of actually following David’s activities via fan sites.  They remember him from Idol as the singer with the great voice and sweet personality.   It made me happy to bring them a bit closer to the Voice.


I was in a local shop to buy some supplies for my cleaning business.  The owner, Tom, asked me, “What’s new?”  I told him about going to see David at two of the last three concerts.  I told him  about the VIP experience and the chance to meet friends I knew from online.   His eyes grew large.  “He was in town?”  he asked.

Me:  Yes, you’re a fan then ?
Tom:   Oh yeah!  My wife and I went to see David on the Idol tour.  He was great!
Me:  You’re in luck!  He’s coming to Foxwoods and Boston House of Blues next month.  I bet there are tickets left.
Tom:  We’d really love seeing him in concert.
Me:  He has a new Christmas CD out too.  You can buy it at Target.
Tom:  I’ll get one!
Me:  I made a CD of the live Summer tour.  Can I gift you two copies, one for each of you?  And I have a poster from VIP I’d be happy to give to your wife.
Tom:  Thank you so much. That would be great!

I dropped off the two CD’s I had burned for them and the poster the next day.  He was really happy to reconnect with the voice he remembered from Idol so long ago.

SandyBeaches bracelet

SandyBeaches bracelet

The second story has a short, but lovely back story. When in Manchester last month, I had lunch with online friends.  SandyBeaches had given out a gift of a small mirrored box with  a braided rawhide bracelet inside.  The inscription read ” David’s Angels”.  I wear it constantly.

Yesterday I stopped at my local diner for  take out.  As I was paying for my food, the owner, George noticed my bracelet.

George:  Is that in memory of someone close to you?
Me:  No, it’s a gift from a friend.  David is David Archuleta, the singer.
George:  Yeah,  I know him well!  He has the smooth velvety voice.   He was on Idol.
Me:  You’re a fan, eh?
George:  Yes!  My wife is too.  We followed him on Idol.  He has a new CD  coming out soon.  I have to get it.
Me:  It’s out now.   Can I gift you one?
George:  Oh my  goodness,  you don’t have to do that, ( as I head for the car.)
Me:  Yes, I do.

I handed him the package and asked him if he will play it in the diner.  George told me he sure would, that his  player is  broken, but now would be a good time to get it fixed.  I said I’d be back another time and hoped to hear David singing over the system.   As I left, I said, “I have some more David goodies to share, but it has to wait till tomorrow. ”  He thanked me as he slipped  a “gift brownie” into my take out bag.   It was his way of saying thank you.

George's Diner

This morning I dropped off a gift bag with two Summer Tour CD’s and an autographed 8×10 picture of David from VIP.   George was excited to hear the songs and loved the picture.   He promised to put it in a very prominent place across from the cash register for all to see on a bulletin board.

The message I got from these encounters is that there are fans who are not as vocal as we, but follow David in their hearts all the same.   I will continue to carry David’s music to share.

You can just call me the unofficial president of the David Archuleta Fan Club of Rehoboth, MA.

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“The Voice”

Posted by silverfox on Monday, November 16, 2009

The first time I called David “The Voice” was last year on September 4, 2008 to be exact, and it was about his singing voice.  To me, there simply was no other singer at that point in time who deserved to be called “The Voice”.  That Voice… so sublime, so exquisite, so spine-tingling.  The Voice who captured my heart and soul.   David, The Voice, who can cover any song and make it new and so much better.  Who can make the live renditions better than the recorded versions of his own songs as well as other singer’s songs.  David is the only Voice I MUST listen to on a daily basis to make my day complete.  That is a fact of my life now and forever.  The Voice makes me happy.

At the time I coined “The Voice” for David, there were so many questions swirling in my head, like.. Why?  What was it about this 17-year-old that changed me and the direction of my life?  I was changed from existing to living. How did this happen?  I knew something wonderful was occurring and that my life would be forever changed from the beginning of AI.  I was also confused about my feelings so I kept it to myself for a long time.  Like so many other “older” fans, it was a confusing time trying to figure out this hold David had on our hearts.  There was this feeling of “What Just Happened?” week after week watching David on AI,  when The Voice would generate feelings of joy or tears.  Then after AI, during the AI tour, we saw David on the big stage in person and I had a feeling of pure rapture.


David on AI tour

The Voice was glorious, filling arenas with the most amazing sounds I’ve ever heard.  There was something almost spiritual happening at the concerts during David’s set, like something I’d never seen or experienced.  It was happening over and over to thousands of David’s fans as we discovered one concert was not enough.   So many of us began to schedule our work and lives around the concerts we could attend.  This was to become a normal occurrence for the Jingle concerts, his first solo tour, the summer tour and now with his Christmas tour.  If at all possible, we make plans to see David more than once. As I said, we schedule our lives around David.  Some of us do this while keeping that fact from our loved ones who don’t quite understand our so-called obsession.  “Obsession” has negative connotations, but it’s not just a typical obsession we feel.   It’s something more.   And only those who feel as I do know what I mean.  We feel protective of David.  He makes us happy and The Voice gives us what we need in our lives.  Not all of us have the same need, but by some miracle, David fulfills whatever it is we need from him.  I stopped trying to comprehend what or why it happened to me…this miracle of David, or why I was one of the chosen to “get” David from the beginning.  Then so many others came forward in the weeks and months that followed, and we discovered there were thousands of others who were experiencing the same thing.  This phenomenon, the love affair we had with The Voice, who could bring us to our knees or make us raise our hands to the heavens in pure joy and rapture.  Since then, David has proven over and over to be deserving of being called The Voice.  His ability to sing a capella so well at the drop of a hat, or his version of  “Contigo en la Distancia”, and now with his  “Christmas From The Heart”.  The Voice is like no other.  There are other singers, male and female, who have great voices, but none touch me or leave me breathless, or give me warm chills, or leave me wanting more.  None  have made me hunger to see them again and again in concert.   None.  Only David, The Voice, has done this.  It is mind-blowing that he is only 18 years old, but so gratifying and exciting to think of what he may have in store for us in the future.

Especially since somewhere along the way, something strange, wonderful and unexpected happened.  David became not only The Voice” for his superb singing ability, but The Voice we can’t wait to hear from.  We want to ” hear” what The Voice has to say through interviews, mobile messages, written blogs, Twitter, and especially his vlogs.  He has become a “Teacher” of sorts, and when he speaks, we listen.


David speaking at the Utah Women's Conference

We want what he has…inner peace and strength of character, so we listen and we learn.  How many of us try to follow David’s example?  Try to live and do as David does?  The Voice resides in our hearts and in our minds.  I believe as David matures and evolves more and more into an International Star, he will be known as The Voice throughout the world, not only for his singing, but for his speaking as well.  He has just begun, and he has so much more to say.

David truly is The Voice, and it is only fitting that this newest fan site be lovingly named “The Voice” in his honor.

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Remembering Our First Crush

Posted by bebereader on Wednesday, November 11, 2009

In the blink of an eye, one year flew by!  Today marks one year to the day, November 11, 2008, that David’s self-titled CD was released.  Were you one of the lucky ones in New York City that bitter cold day, who waited shivering in long lines to witness this event in person?  Or, like me, did you sit snugly at home hovered over your monitor waiting for You Tube clips, heartily wishing you were among those fortunate frozen fans?

How proud I felt as David came down the escalator at the Virgin Records Megastore to a mass of enthralled fans, waiting for a glimpse of him!  Then he stood for what seemed like eons while press and fans took his picture, and I thought…this is the dawning  of a new era of music!

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Within seconds, a crowd of people formed  a line to meet David and to have him sign their newly purchased CD. I watched as he said a few words to each person and put his autograph on their CD, while singing along with himself to his own songs.

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Throughout the rest of that day, David performed at TRL , miTRL and MTV.

Mass hysteria outside TRL studios as David left the premises, into a limo, headed for his next stop.

Join us in celebrating this event by gathering your memories of that day.

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Celebrating the Art and Awesomeage of David Archuleta

Posted by djafan on Sunday, November 8, 2009

Well I must say, it’s a bit of embarrassing having a post with nothing under it.    Inveterate fans that you all are, it didn’t stop you from commenting on it anyway though.  LOL.   Thanks!  Actually,  when I first got the idea to create this site, I was playing around with a subtitle and came up with this.   It was mistakenly posted as the title to an article.  An article that did not exist.   This is an effort to rectify that error.

There is David the artist.  The Voice.  That terrible, wonderful,  glorious, soul embracing, knee buckling, sigh inducing, tear producing Voice.  Then there is David the song writer, who we are just getting to know and anticipate the fruits of his labors there.  *insert squee*  There is David the dancer/performer, also a work in progress, and the work is going very well, I might add.    (See my YT videos, Spicy Nacho and Locomotion for more on that.)  heheh.    Name of strangerphilosophy.

But over and above all this, the crown jewel, the cherry on top of all that delightful, delectable,  deliciousness is the man himself.  The David we have come to know off stage.  A man of  quiet strength, compassion, courage, humility and character.  A man after our own hearts, when all we meant to do was love his art.

So we are here to celebrate his art, which is awesome, and his humanity, which is awesomer.    We are here to celebrate the totality of his awesomeage.  And that, though linguistically incorrect, is the charuth.

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