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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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Something Good This Way Comes

Posted by Abrra on Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Oh Holy Night, Stroudsburg, PA

Sometimes plans work out, sometimes not.  More about that later.   At Foxwoods I met Dawn, SF, Bubbly, TOfan, refnaf, djxox, river, rapture, ninaf, knotliser and her daughter Nora and so many others I had not met till that day.  Lots of hugs and introductions all around.  Everyone who came within my reach was handed a CFTH Tour Live CD.  Sharing David’s music is a passion of mine.

The VIP was nice.  When it was time to go inside for sound check, I was able to get a 2nd row seat!  The big screens were on during sound check and  David kept glancing at them as he sang.  I think the reality of the importance of the Billboard Live stream was finally sinking in.  David sang Happy Birthday to a girl named Katie who was in a wheelchair and was near the stage.  He leaned down close to sing to her.   She was the happiest girl in the world for that moment in time.  It was very emotional for all of us.

I found my seat for the concert and it was in the first row!  Yes!  This was a hope I had cherished for so many concerts and here it was at last!  Dawn and I sat on the left end of center section.  I looked to my right and the next fifteen seats across the front were filled with all my online friends.  We could not have planned such a perfect experience, all of us sitting together on the first row like that.  Security told us no video or be removed from the theater.  Djxox is a hero!  She sat quietly with her camera in her lap and only looked into the lens occasionally as if taking still shots.  She captured many videos that were perfection.

The show began and every song was so full of energy pulled from the crowd’s love.  At one point David announced the Billboard Live streaming to the world.  He thanked all the fans in the theater and those  watching online and waved to all the international fans, saying he wished he could see them.  The Christmas set was so well done.  He hit every note and filled every heart and soul in that theater with his voice.  He owned the stage and I could see the respect in the eyes of his fellow musicians.  Steve, the guitarist, often gave David a thumbs up or a nod of approval.

After the show, I met with most of the ladies mentioned previously, at a dinner in the casino.  We talked nonstop about David.  Surprise!

The next morning, Dawn,  refnaf, TOfan and I, all headed in Dawn’s car to Stroudsburg.  Fun times listening to the live CD and refnaf’s ipod selections of party remixes of David’s songs.  We made it safely in about four hours and dropped the Snowangelz off at their hotel, then found a parking spot for the night.  The VIP was a LONG wait.  I met Burkey and her daughter, KT, archiesfan4life, Zoe and some men from FOD.  I love that men come to the shows to see David, rather than simply as drivers.  More CD’s given and hugs exchanged all around.

At this show we had seats on the right side 3rd row.  It was a small place so the sound was LOUD from the speakers ten feet from our seats.  Dawn and I bonded with an usher who told us she had never heard of David before, but liked his rehearsal very much.  A fan had given her his CFTH CD, so we told her to be sure and get it signed after the show if she could.  By the end of the first pop song she was toast!  She had a seat on the aisle in front of us.  She turned around and gushed, “He is GOOD!”  Fangirl in the making FTW!  She cried at Ave Maria.  We had warned her this was going to be a concert she would never forget.  By the end of “Oh Holy Night” the usher had her CFTH Cd in hand, anxious to bring it backstage for David Archuleta to autograph for posterity.

I am not the religious type, but something happened at the end of Oh Holy Night in Stroudsburg.  As we were leaving up the side aisle, folks were talking about how he looked at the end of it.  Many hands covered dropped jaws.  David sang the high notes and the beams of light surrounded him.  He literally disappeared into the light and emerged as an angel.  It was stunning.  Not at any show have I seen this phenomenon occur.  I wasn’t looking for it; it just happened.  Something heavenly and spiritual happened.  I know it.  I witnessed it.

With blizzard conditions predicted for the Northeast, I decided to go back home to Massachusetts the next morning by train, missing Boston and Westbury.  I was able to transfer my VIP’s to other fans with help from Kristen, so I’m glad someone got a chance to see David in my place.  So sadly, as I said,  my best-laid plans did not all come to pass. My concert experience ended here.  But as fate would have it,  my story does not.  To be continued….

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Happy Birthday, David!

Posted by djafan on Monday, December 28, 2009

Today is David’s nineteenth birthday!  David, have an absolutely scrumptious day with lots of good food to eat and good folks to share it with!   Here’s wishing many more dreams come true for you in the new year.  So keep dreaming big!  Hey, we got your back.  And that’s a promise and our gift to you.


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A Christmas Card to David

Posted by djafan on Monday, December 21, 2009

Dear  David,

The Christmas tour has come to an exultant close and you are off for a well-deserved holiday.  God rest you, merry gentleman.  You have given us a Christmas from your own heart.  You have asked us to consider why we are here on this bouncing ball, pleaded for the innocent, and opened a portal to the infinite for all within the sound of your voice.  You have borne your testimony through word and song of the divinity of the Savior.  This is your heart laid bare; this is your gift to us; and we are the better for having received it.

Regardless of one’s own belief system, the sweet sincerity of your faith is a palpable and unifying force.  Are we not all brothers and sisters?  Do we not all cherish our beliefs and depend upon our truths to give us strength?  Can any one of us look upon a child in distress and not want desperately to help?  Have we not all wondered why we are here and yearned to leave this world a better place, because we lived?

Someone recently tweeted that she tried to tell you at a VIP all that your music had done for her.  Your reply was, “Thanks, but it wasn’t me.”

So vaya con Dios.  Go with that God you give the credit for all that you are.  Take with you our love.  It is as real a force as the warmth of the sun and as unconditional.  I hope you will always feel it encircling you like a warm embrace.

In the interim, we will try to be a little more tolerant and kind, a little more thoughtful, a lot more like you.  We know you are not perfect.  You are a self-admitted, “quirky, little, geeky kind of kid….but hey, that’s me.”  Hey, we’ll take it.  Because within that quirkiness lies a radiance of soul that veils your imperfections and renders them irrelevant.  No, God love you, you are by no means perfect by the worlds’ standards.  You lack a certain type of ego-driven vanity which enables you to make statements like the above.  It also enables you to be totally “in the world,” but not “of the world,” in a way that is nothing short of noble.

So, goodbye, sweet Prince.  Have a wonderful time at home with your family and friends.  Merry Christmas, Happy Birthday, Happy New Year!  You have blessed with your voice and  sweet spirit, the lives of so many with so much joy.  May God return that same joy to you, and all you love, without measure, forever.

God be with you, till we meet again.


Your fans at The Voice

This video of Ave Maria says what I have tried to say here, so much better than I ever could.  (Go large)


A very heartfelt Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us here at The Voice, to all of you too!   This year make plans to…

“Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one is listening. Love like you’ve never been hurt and live like it’s heaven on Earth.”
Mark Twain

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How Do You Hold A Moonbeam In Your Hand? by bebereader and djafan

Posted by djafan on Saturday, December 12, 2009

Don’t even try to pin David down because it can’t be done. As soon as we find out where he is, he isn’t there anymore. Aside from his regular concert schedule, there are TV appearances, CD signings and phoners. We’ve seen promos for CFTH on network TV; selections from the CD are being cited as single of the week and The Voice is being referred to as “Character of the Month”.

Dear David, will we see you coming down to earth on a hot air balloon soon?

Christmas from the Heart USA channel commercial

USA Character of the Month

Entertainment Tonight

People: David Archuleta Previews His Christmas Album (Video)

12/17 Billboard Live from MGM Foxwoods

12/17 Nuestra Navidad on Univision 10:00 PM EST

Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 Interview

Iphone app

The Christophers Interview Part 1 and 2

The First Noel Holiday Sampler on iTunes

Interview with 101.9fm Cara’s Connection (scroll down a tad)

101.9 Lite fm Baltimore interview

12/20 Build-A-Bear Workshop Meet and Greet NYC 12-2 pm

12/21 The Today Show 7:00 am EST NBC

12/22 Live Regis and Kelly 2009 Holiday Special

12/23 Larry King Live 9:00 pm EST CNN

12/31 Sun Bowl CBS 12:00 pm CENT CBS

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Here’s A Riddle For Ya

Posted by bebereader on Monday, December 7, 2009

During American Idol, David Archuleta stated that he liked message songs, so it comes as no surprise that he covers Five For Fighting’s feel-good song, “The Riddle” in the pop portion of his Christmas tour.  When the set list for the Christmas tour leaked, I was overjoyed to see “The Riddle”, but wondered if it could be the same song that I’ve loved since 2006.  Does David know every song in the book?

“Five For Fighting” is the stage name of lead singer/songwriter, Grammy-nominated John Ondrasik.  He’s a hockey fan and took the expression used when a player gets five minutes in the penalty box.

David and John are both storytellers; they sing songs that connect to their audiences.  Their outlook on life and what music means to them is similar, too.  In addition, they both grew up in musical families, play piano, are self-taught on guitar and started writing music at a young age.

Pre-David Archuleta (was there actually life before David?), I was a fan of FFF’s music and particularly, “The Riddle”, the first single from the CD, “Two Lights”.  The Riddle’s haunting, yet whimsical melody and simple, yet surprising insightful lyrics, sung in falsetto by John Ondrasik captivated me on first listen and affected me the way some of David’s songs do in its profound message.  As David says when introducing the song, “Why are we here in this life and what is the meaning of all of this?”

“..There are secrets that we still have left to find
There have been mysteries from the beginning of time
There are answers we’re not wise enough to see
He said… You looking for a clue I Love You free…

Here’s a riddle for ya
Find the Answer
There’s a reason for the world
You and I.”

In an interview, John Ondrasik revealed that of all his songs, “The Riddle” was the hardest to write.  It started out as a song on the meaning of life but after 100 drafts, evolved into a song about the love between father and son and was inspired by his relationship with his own son.   “…There are only a couple people who have the pretension to write about the riddle of life [Laughs]–me being one of them. Obviously, I’m not going to solve the riddle of life in 3 minutes and 40 seconds when we’ve had 10,000 years to try and figure it out.  In the beginning, I really wanted to write a riddle.  I couldn’t write a good enough riddle to have the song work.  Then it started morphing into this father-son kind of purpose song.  A guy goes through his life looking for a purpose, and his son, with the clarity of a 5-year-old, reveals to him what makes life worth living at least for him.  That really made sense for me because I have two little kids at home.  For me, my answer lays with them.  Lyrics to me are so hard.  I wrote “The Riddle” in about a year and a half….For me, it was a tough song to write…” ~John Ondrasik

Emotional Connection

When David performs, he is the consummate storyteller.  You are watching someone who is in the moment, making an emotional connection to his audience. Live in concert, you feel this connection down to your very soul.  David’s ability to convey meaning with his singing is remarkable and has become one of his trademarks.
John Ondrasik is also a storyteller, and has “spent the past decade writing deeply personal songs that include social messages, invoke the human spirit and make an emotional connection.”

Life Lessons

“…  sometimes even if it is a hard path to take, even if it has those big hills and climbs and all those scary trees and you can get scratches, and you can get hurt sometimes.  But I think that’s what makes us grow.  That’s what makes us learn in our lives.   So when we get to that end of the path we have all those bruises and cuts and you can see that we had a difficult time getting to where we were; but at the same time, you can say, you know what, this is proof that I went and I took that path, and this is proof that I did all I could and that I was willing to take that path even if it wasn’t the easiest path to take.” ~David Archuleta (Women’s Conference in Utah)

There’s a song on FFF’s newest CD “Slice”, called “Chances”, a song with a simple message:  “It’s all about taking the swing—there’s beauty in the scars.” ~John Ondrasik

Being an example

“As I get older as a songwriter, the circle of acceptability shrinks.  I become more critical of my songs…I know that there are children who are fans…So I can’t put songs on my album that would be unsuitable for children.” ~John Ondrasik

“It is amazing to see how much of an example you can be for other people.  People will pay attention to the example you set.  It always amazes me.  It’s very cool to see that.  That has been one of the coolest things of this whole experience.” ~David Archuleta

What music means to them

“…. just to see what people have said and how my singing has affected them.  It’s just really cool cause it’s like I’m actually doing that for people.  You know I’ve always looked to certain artists and thought you know I’m so glad they had this song that they sang because it helped me so much in my life and to hear that, you know, the same story with people because of me is just…I can’t believe…it’s just like wow, are you serious?  I did that?  You know I’m just so glad that I was able to do that for you because it’s like this is why I’m here.” ~David Archuleta

“…songs like “The Riddle” kind of affect people who are struggling at certain points of their lives.  If a song is a conduit for them to find some strength within themselves and maybe make their life a little bit better, that’s kind of why I got into music in the first place.  That’s what music does for me.”  “To make a difference in someone’s life through a song is a humbling experience and can provide inspiration and energy to continue the grind that is songwriting.”~John Ondrasik

Ondrasik claims that his devotion to his family and his desire to be at home is why his new album took longer than his prior albums.  “Took a couple years to write as I was busy coaching little league and driving car pool.”   (Can’t you just predict David Archuleta, The  Voice,  saying the same thing one day?)

John Ondrasik writes and co-writes music for other artists including Josh Groban and Brooks & Dunn.  He also writes for movie soundtracks.  I’d love to hear that David is collaborating with John Ondrasik on some new songs.  And don’t be surprised if David covers other hits by FFF including “100 Years” or “Superman”, both with inspiring messages.

Here’s a riddle for ya…what has Honduran roots, glows, and can make any song, even the amazingly talented John Ondrasik’s songs, his own?  I’ll give you one guess.

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Last Night

Posted by djafan on Thursday, December 3, 2009

Last night was unbelievable.  The day started off great, met several David fans for lunch from various fan sites.  Let see, JH who arranged the luncheon from FOD and fellow fodders, Kalei, not sure of the spelling, from Hawaii.  Maggie and her friend from the Golden Archies who kept breaking into song, by the way Angelica, Maggie says to say hi to you.  She had been wondering what had happened to you, I filled her in about The Voice…lol I met sweet Sweet-on-da, had a great time chatting with her and her nice sister,  desertrat and her friend.  It is definitely true what they say about David fans, they are the nicest warmest people around.

Very nice venue and VIP area, chatted with Mikesd, robertla, Monica, shared David perfume with Ann Margaret, shared tears with Marylu and so many others.  It’s like a huge extended family.

We were taken to the venue for our acoustic set, in comes David all glowy and smiley.   He has such a sense of humor, he said he wasn’t going to ask us what we wanted him to sing because no one can agree.   He needs to record Mary Did You Know, it was the most soul piercing, tear inducing rendition I have ever heard and a very soulful Chestnut song (what he calls it).  They asked the questions and the one that stood out for me was, “What brought about the writing of the song Don’t Tell Me and if he will ever sing it?”  He didn’t think he’ll ever sing it but who knows.  The reason that song came about because he was being told he needed to change himself, do things a certain way, do this, don’t do that to make it in the business and he disagreed.  He was and is so wise.  Then picture time.

Hi David hand outstretched, I’m Patty from El Monte, he says hi as he takes my hand.  You have been such an inspiration to me and I appreciate who you are and all you do.  I had this made for you. I handed him a silver chain with hook and a small plaque engraved with, May God’s Angels Always Protect You, “The Voice”.  I place it in his hand, he put it close to his face and read it, looks at me and says”awww thank you”  I told him he is “The Voice” so much so that several of us created a new fan site called “The Voice” as I pointed to the button pinned on me.  His green crystal emerald eyes open wide and says “Really, that’s nice, wow”

I then started speaking to him in Spanish, I said,” La mujer mas importante de nuestras vidas, (The most important woman in our lives) my tweet, he said” mi madre, I remember that, I tweeted you”.  I was ecstatic!  I told him that was the second time he responded to me in Spanish, if he wanted to make it a third, to tell me something in Spanish, he went hmmmmmmm “Hola” and started laughing, I told him that he was being funneee, that that wasn’t fair as I held his forearm he just laughed harder.  Then Kristen cut in told us to get ready for the picture, we put our arms around each other still giggling, I’m afraid to look at that picture.  I turned we hugged,  he said thank you so much again, I said he owed me one, he laughed, I walked away still in archuheaven.  At least a couple dozen people wanted to know what I said to him to make him laugh like that.  We stood and just watched him until picture time was over…sigh.

I was lucky enough to get a front row center seat, my family got there, I said my hellos and went back to my seat.  Benton did a short set, sorry not short enough for me.  David came out to a thunderous noise, I looked back, everyone was standing and screaming.   The loudest I have heard so far at a David concert, it was like that all night.   He’s letting go of those dance moves a little more, ok a need to fan girl, he was gorgeous!  Ok..every song, every note was perfection, ALTNOY beyond words, everyone sang along to Crush, The Riddle and Fields of Gold, my new favorite crying songs.   I love Melodies of Christmas, especially with David rocking out to it, the ending to Pat a Pan and Riu Riu Chiu are to die for, The First Noel, Ave Maria, and Oh Holy Night were journeys to heaven via David, just an amazing night.  At one point we were so loud, he looked at Steve and Steve smiled and gave him a thumbs up.  The band never sounded better, the backup vocals and music are tight.  It had to come to an end.  On my way out hugging was going on everywhere, until next time from everyone, what a feel of community.

My family, we finally found each other, my daughter said he was great, that his stage presence and his manner is so honest.  My granddaughter couldn’t believe how loud it was and how much older he looks.  This is their fourth time.  My sister said she could feel his energy from where she was sitting, that it glows from him and what a voice, she said he almost sings as good as our father teasingly…lol  She said he is really good.  My mom wanted to know his age again because he sings so good, she said “His voice is so mature and his Ave Maria is like an angel singing.”  Then she went into protective mode.  “How many more concerts does he have?  Is he going to sing these songs at all of them?  He needs to take care of that voice, he’s young.   When is he going to do the Spanish album?  I hope soon.” “Oh and he sure is good-looking”, and something else I better not say…lol

Do you like water?

It was like having three concerts rolled into one, the pop, the organic, and the Christmas.  It was a wonderful experience that we plan to repeat, hopefully sooner than later.

Oh BTW…I have a two-thirds drank water bottle…guess who’s?

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