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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 April, 2010

Pushing Back

Posted by djafan on Thursday, April 29, 2010

Exhibiting more poise and confidence than we have ever seen and with a hint of shadow low-lighting a more angular jaw, David Archuleta talked with Ryan Seacrest recently about fame.  He may have been painfully shy for his own sake as a youth, but all that has given way to an overriding concern for others and a growing awareness that talent, demure charm and a winning smile are not sufficient gear to navigate safely the perilous music industry.  People’s careers, reputations, and a great deal of hard work and money are on the line and he is evidencing a steely determination to be up for the challenge.

In fact, David Archuleta appears to be up for almost any challenge as he moves into adulthood.  The confidence he has acquired on stage  is spilling over into other areas.   Anyone who has sat, (please) stood, in the amen section and witnessed a live performance of his in the past year can testify of this abundance of confidence:  his cup runneth over.

He is a fascinating mixture of so many things in one.  There is the joyful child, the passionate, romantic crooner, the sassy, sexy, flirt with the piercing gaze, the frugal, methodical, disciplined worker, the stubborn, loyal family man, the unashamedly devout man of God.

David Archuleta is all this and more.  Working nearly non-stop since completing several tours here and abroad, he has become a rather prolific writer too.  He has written a soon to be released book, “Chords of Strength-A Memoir of Soul, Song, and the Power of Perseverance” and has co-written almost every song on his upcoming album, both of which he hopes will reveal more of himself.

He is pushing through the barriers of innuendo and speculation and  allowing us to see who he really is.  When the layers are at last peeled away we may just see that who he is not, is anybody’s fool.

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An Attitude of Gratitude

Posted by emifriend on Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I don’t think I have ever heard an interview with David Archuleta that I was not able to glean some wisdom about the art of living.  David is so young, yet he gets so much of it so right.  One of his best attributes, and one of the things about David that I think is key to understanding him, is his sense of gratitude.  But I did not fully appreciate the impact of gratitude until I read a blog by John Fischer* about the POWER of gratitude.

“It’s hard to think of one vice that the virtue of thankfulness cannot render useless.  One does not need to steal when one is thankful.  A man does not covet his neighbor’s wife when he is thankful for his own.  No one craves more when he is grateful for what he has.  In the same way, a thankful heart cancels out pride and arrogance.  No need to judge other people when you are thankful for who you are. No need to measure yourself by and compare yourself to others when you are thankful for what God has done in your life.”

Humility not arrogance, inclusiveness not judgments, hope and thankfulness instead of a shred of bitterness… It all reminds me of David’s steadfast and sincere refusal to take a second place win on American Idol as anything less than the best thing that ever happened to him.  David lives his life grateful for every blessing that comes his way.  And for David, it’s all blessings.  So I am grateful to David for putting his words and actions to this theory of gratitude.  He might not ever know that I love seeing this beautiful truth at work in him almost as much as I love hearing him sing.

Some other quotes about gratitude:


Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.


Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.

G. K. Chesterton:

You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.


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I’m Not a Robot and I Don’t Have a Wooden Heart

Posted by djafan on Saturday, April 24, 2010

Don’t ask me why but for some reason, when I was a very little girl, I would perform this song, complete with the German lyrics for anyone who would listen.  Wherever three or more were gathered together, I would be in the midst of them hamming it up.  I was missing my four front teeth at the time, so I suspect the comedic lisping was at least in part the reason I got so many requests to perform it.  It could not have been my singing ability.

I don’t remember regaling the public with any other songs in my childhood, with the lone exception, on occasion, of Disney’s “We Are Siamese, if You Please,” performed, to thunderous applause, as a choreographed duet with my sister.

Family is so important.

I thought of that when I read David’s blog posted yesterday.

“So I was able to go home for a couple of days, and I got to spend time with my family!…. family is such a great thing to have, and to have them supporting you and just being there to lift each other up makes a big difference.  Having family or friends who are basically family there to do that for you is a huge blessing.

Song for the day: I Am Not A Robot – Marina and the Diamonds

This is probably my favorite song right now.”

You’ve been acting awful tough lately
Smoking a lot of cigarettes lately
But inside, you’re just a little baby

It’s okay to say you’ve got a weak spot
You don’t always have to be on top
Better to be hated than love, love, loved for what you’re not

You’re vulnerable, you’re vulnerable
You are not a robot
You’re lovable, so lovable
But you’re just troubled

Guess what? I’m not a robot, a robot
Guess what? I’m not a robot, a robot

You’ve been hanging with the unloved kids
Who you never really liked and you never trusted
But you are so magnetic, you pick up all the pins
Never committing to anything
You don’t pick up the phone when it ring, ring, rings

Don’t be so pathetic, just open up and sing

I’m vulnerable, I’m vulnerable
I am not a robot
You’re lovable, so lovable

But you’re just troubled

Guess what? I’m not a robot, a robot

Guess what? I’m not a robot, a robot

Can you teach me how to feel real?
Can you turn my power on?
Well, let the drum beat drop

Guess what? I’m not a robot

Is this Davidspeak for what he has been through this week?  I don’t know.  I don’t presume to know David or what he’s thinking but I suspect this has been a difficult week for him.  He does not have a wooden heart, nor is he a robot. There is a price for fame and he is learning that goodness, virtue and truth are meaningless attributes to the jaded, hardened hearts of some in the media.  If anything, these very attributes are the problem many have with him.

Bebe posted this late last night on the previous thread.

“David brings us so much joy each and every day with his voice, his smile, his humility and his good nature.”

With great blessings come great responsibilities.  We who are blessed with the joy of this magnificent obsession, have often asked ourselves, why?  Why me?

Ponder for a moment how much David has already done for so many within the sound of his voice.  How many have felt their souls renewed, comforted, and uplifted.  Barring any obstacles to his continued success, how many more he will affect in the same manner in the years to come, whether with his voice, his spirit, or his numerous charities.  I am not speaking messianically, I am simply stating fact.  Some people may think they’re God’s gift to this world but David is in reality, just that.  If this is true, what implications does this hold for his fans?  In his own words, posted as the featured quote on the left sidebar, “Sometimes I feel like I don’t have the knowledge to be in this position.  I don’t know if I deserve this.  But God has different plans for me, and I trust Him.”

In many ways, every day I live with this ODD, I feel the same.

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Theme Night at The Voice Unplugged!!!!

Posted by djafan on Thursday, April 22, 2010

Are you ready for a little
Christmas in April?

Bebereader has been at it again, gathering videos for The Voice Unplugged Theme Night.  To whit…

It’s Friday Night at the Movies again!
Our theme is: Jingle Balls/Jingle Jams,Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and all that jazz!

THIS Friday, April 23 at 10 pm EST

The last two theme nights, the snacks of choice have been chocolate and popcorn.   This time, in honor of Kizzi’s lovely visual from the last thread,  reposted below, we are indulging in some of David’s favorite foods.

“It’s always so good to see the “home fires” burning here at The Voice and all the welcoming & comfy, cozy sofas, chairs, and fluffy pillows  strewn about and especially the tea, coffee,fruit smoothies,  protein shakes, occasional wheat shots  & the hummus/pita chips,  pad Thai,  cookies, sandwiches, chocolates…and more…that are here for us guests to sample at will.  Good stuff!”

Good stuff indeed!  Thanks for the suggestion, Kizzi!  We will enjoy.

Djafan, FG and to whom it may concern__this is for you.  😉


Click on that Friday^^^

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A Personal Legend in His Own Time

Posted by Abrra on Monday, April 19, 2010

“The way the character in the book thinks about things, it gets your mind going.  It makes you think about yourself and your life.”  ~David Archuleta

This is what David had to say about the popular book “The Alchemist”, by Paulo Cohelo.  It’s the story of a shepherd boy on a journey in search of a treasure that leads him to the Pyramids of Egypt.  It is a quest that came to him in a dream.  Along the way he meets several people who participate in ways that eventually help him find his real treasure, true love.  One of the central themes in the story is “When you want something, the whole universe conspires to help you achieve it”.

I downloaded the book and listened to it while I was working.  Hearing that theme made my mind jump right to David’s journey.  His dream is being revealed on a daily basis.  Along the way, everyone who shared in his journey helped him realize his destiny.  Beginning with his parents, to Victor Hugo’s, “Les Miserables,” to his voice coach, Dean Kaelin, and from Star Search to American Idol and then to Jive Records, all have played a part to get him where he is today.  We fans play a huge part in the journey as well, by supporting him unconditionally in his career.  When you think of all the places he has traveled to perform, all the amazing experiences he has had, it is clear that the universe is truly working on his behalf.

At one pivotal point in the book, the boy meets a man who says he is a king and his name is Melchizedek.  He asks the boy for a tenth of his sheep and gives him two stones called Urim and Thummim to guide him in his travels.

“Why would a king be talking to a shepherd?” the boy asked, awed and embarrassed.

“For several reasons.  But let’s say that the most important is that you have succeeded in discovering you Personal Legend.”

The boy didn’t know what a person’s “Personal Legend” was.

“It’s what you have always wanted to accomplish.  Everyone, when they are young, knows what their Personal Legend is.  At that point in their lives, everything is clear and everything is possible.  They are not afraid to dream and to yearn for everything they would like to see happen to them in their lives.  But, as time passes, a mysterious force begins to convince them that it will be impossible for them to realize their Personal Legend….”

“It’s a force that appears to be negative, but actually shows you how to realize your destiny.  It prepares your spirit and your will, because there is one great truth on this planet: whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it’s because that desire originated in the soul of the universe.  It’s your mission on earth.”  ~ The Alchemist

When David was thirteen years of age his voice became weak.  He could not finish more than a song.  He was examined and learned he had vocal chord paralysis.  One vocal chord was not functioning when he sang, causing the remaining healthy one to tire more easily.  I believe this was his “negative force.”  Through rest and eventually with the help of his voice coach, Dean Kaelin, David regained his singing skills.  His desire and dedication to sing became all-consuming.

“Listen to your heart.  It knows all things, because it came from the Soul of the World, and it will one day return there.  By immersing yourself, it will lead to the treasure.” ~ The Alchemist

David read this book at just the right time, when his soul was searching for answers.  It is evident that he took the theme of this story to heart.  When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.  When we, like David, have the courage to believe in ourselves and passionately pursue and truly live our dreams, we unleash forces that help us in ways we never imagined possible.

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The Motherlode of Fandoms

Posted by bebereader on Thursday, April 15, 2010

It’s been over two years since David Archuleta made his debut on American Idol and still…we can not get him off of our minds.  His fans often take the heat and have been accused of being rabid and fanatical but it’s a testament to him, in fact, that we are this way.  A music lover my entire life, I’ve been a fan of many artists.  I know how to do the fan thing.  I buy the cds and singles, keep up with radio and TV appearances, participate on their message boards, chat with other fans, clamor for tickets, attend their concerts, and purchase merch at their shows.  Yet never have I felt this kind of intensity, the high, the true joy, the range of emotion, the passion, the loyalty, the respect and the outpouring of love and admiration for an artist that David Archuleta’s fans have for him.

We don’t just buy his CDs; we buy multiple copies and gift them to whoever we can, strangers included.  We Tivo his minutest appearances, blog until we drop, drag into work after late nights indulging in too many videos at The Voice Unplugged.  Oh just one more for the road, I can’t leave NOW! The next day, exhausted but still craving more, we compulsively search for  new videos, new pictures, and any news of David.  We VIP repeatedly, attend multiple concerts hours away, and throw twitter parties to get David’s name trended.

We wear our ODD whenever we can; on t-shirts and pins, on bumper stickers and key chains, and most importantly, with the smile on our faces and the light in our eyes. This is not a typical fan base.  But David is not a typical artist.

In the J-14 interview last week, David said “I want to show people that I’m in a new phase right now. It’s a new time for me!”  In that regard, he’s been  bouncing all over the country, writing songs for his sophomore CD, with an abundance of well-renowned songwriters at his disposal, some of whom have songs ready and waiting for him to appear in their studios to record. In addition, his memoir, “Chords of Strength” and a new single are on the horizon.  If we take a moment to reflect upon David’s generosity and all that he’s done for us, both personally and musically, the figures are staggering. 90+ combination of blogs and vlogs, 2,400 tweets, 2 full albums and non-stop back-to-back touring since the American Idol finale.

During the drought, when other, less uh, rabid fans would have taken a break and disappeared for a while to follow the music of other artists, we are still here.  In fact, we’re stuck like glue. Like moths to a flame, we are unable to resist the light that shines in his voice, his smile, his eyes, his heart.

There is something undeniably captivating about The Voice that draws us in and makes us take up permanent residence in his proximity. Is it just his talent?  Is there more, is there more?  All I know is, this crush ain’t going away and we, his proudly fanatical Archeologists are methodically mining only the tip of a very deep iceberg.

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Because We Believe

Posted by SandyBeaches on Monday, April 12, 2010

Once in every life
There comes a time
We walk out all alone
And into the night

The moment won’t last but then
We remember it again
When we close our eyes

Like stars across the sky
We were born to shine
All of us here because we believe.

Song by ~Bocelli/Gillies/Foster

When David first sang “Imagine”, my musical senses were awakened from a deep sleep that may have been going on since the end of The Beatles era.  The lines of the song go over and over in my mind as they relate to my thoughts about David’s most recent performance on American Idol.  David singing “Imagine” once again on American Idol, was a new beginning for David and for us.  We have waited somewhat patiently during this time to see him on a stage that seems comfortably like home to him and to ourselves.  Watching David perform at the piano, tapped into our souls and took us to places that only David can take us.  No one song generally can be trusted to move us every time, but David’s singing moves me every time.  The excitement felt by fans the world over was euphoric and for the next several hours, thousands of people sent their messages of excitement and approval of what they had seen and heard.

When David performs he lets go and allows his music to come through him rather than trying to control the performance, then absolute magic happens.  His music evokes excitement in us that urges us to move our feet and get up and dance.  The song that bests showcases this excitement is Zero Gravity as performed in Westbury.  The band, his stage crew and all of the fans broke out into an amazing group dance.  David’s music wakes us up to know the truth about ourselves as it has a way of stirring our senses, of tapping into parts of ourselves unlike anything else.  Songs like ‘Zero Gravity’, can be an energy boost lasting for hours to get the listener through any day or night.

There is a power of sound that is called chanting.  In chanting, there is a repetition of a single phrase, slogan, etc. rhythmically and insistently.  Repetitiveness has the goal of deepening our spiritual lives, whatever they may be, or at the very least, helping to bring peaceful feelings into our beings.  I use as my example the song that we have called “The Howl” but I like it as “The Call”.  I have little explanation of why I have feelings about this video other then it seems to be a call through to nature.  Thank you Abrra for taking these few bars of music and repeating them, giving us a chant.  Listen closely and feel yourself connected to the voice celebrating the human spirit, as it soothes the nerves and induces peace and calm.

“He knows he’s killing us with that soulful, heartfelt, wailing…his expression says it all. So hauntingly beautiful & somehow sad. I could listen to him do this all day.”~ By Silverfox.

With the presentation of the song of Somos El Mundo, we have been given the collective voices of Latino singers.  There is an intense joy at the heart of Latin America’s vivacious music, and Latin artists are increasingly becoming major players on the world stage.  What we have heard of David singing in Spanish has already melted our hearts and moved our souls.  “Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul” ~ Plato

It can be difficult to actually explain to someone who doesn’t need music in their lives what it’s like to be without music for great lengths of time.  It is more difficult to explain how David’s music fills the infinite between him and us.  We are the ones who have been moved to laughter and to tears.  We have grown; we have acquired a patience that we did not have.  Through David, we have learned how to be more in tune with the music and musicians of the world.  Finally, with great excitement, we are ready for David’s next phase in his new era of music.  In David’s own words, “I want to show people that I’m in a new phase right now.  It’s a new time for me!”.

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A Time for Reflection and….

Posted by djafan on Sunday, April 4, 2010

No matter what faith you hold, Spring is a time of renewal and hope.  It is the joy of the resurrected Lord for Christians, the blessed remembrance of the Passover for Jews.  For all of us, it is a miraculous event as the earth awakens and puts on her beautiful garments strewn with jewels.  Color of pink azaleas, yellow daffodils, purple wisteria, color of  emerald grass below sparkling cerulean skies.  Soft breezes are redolent with fragrance and the air is heavy with bird song and the whirring of winged insects.

Be still and listen carefully.   Be still and look closely.   Be still and know that God is in the details.

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The Voice, David and the Rule of Five F’s

Posted by djafan on Saturday, April 3, 2010

It is the mission of The Voice to provide a safe, welcoming community for those who love and admire the music and person of David Archuleta.   It is also our goal to be a place where David and his loved ones could visit and feel comfortable.

To that end, The Voice will not tolerate disrespect toward David or any of the 5 F’s:  his family, faith, friends, fans, or future holdings.*

*It is both disrespectful to an artist and against the law to illegally download their music. Therefore, The Voice will not accept links to David’s older, current or new music. Links to iTunes downloads are of course, allowed. Please respect that music has value for the artist and for everyone who works in the industry. See link to RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for more on music piracy.



Comments or links that violate these basic rules of respect toward the person this site is dedicated to, will be deleted and the poster will be directed to review the above mission statement and guidelines.


Alright then.

We have not felt these rules to be necessary in the past.  Everyone has been extremely respectful here at The Voice and we appreciate that so much!  But things are going to start heating up very soon with appearances, the new single, the book, the CD and tour announcements.  We simply want to be prepared for the surge of discussion/speculation that will inevitably ensue.  This will in future be a permanent sticky on the top tab bar for easy reference.  Thank you for your continued support, friendship and cooperation in making The Voice the best it can be.  We look forward to an amazing year ahead and the best part is having great people like all of you to share it with.

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