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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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The Other Side Of Down Gifting Campaign ~ David Archuleta

Posted by djafan on Monday, February 28, 2011

A Giving Heart

In a time when things are changing fast
And we need a light to shine
A young man comes upon the scene
And holds a steady line

With a heart that’s pure and a smile of gold
He sings of love and hope
Tells all who’ll listen to not give up
Though the future’s uncertain, he knows

Our trials and tribulations, he says
are a way to grow and learn
And the pain of today can be joy tomorrow
as our lives continue to turn

Don’t give up, It’ll be okay
We all have days we cry
But the world is full of wonderful things
If we have the courage to try

In a world where we may feel alone
a young man flips the coin
and shows us those less fortunate
in help we need to join

He says to look outside ourselves
to find those most in need
And give to them with open hand
for this our souls will feed

Poem by MT

Hello Voice Team!

We want to make sure you’re aware  of  the latest Angels For A Cause campaign to promote The Other Side of Down by bringing uplifting and hopeful music to those kids and their families dealing with medical heartache.  We had discussed doing something like this in chat one night but hadn’t figured out the logistics and then this campaign appears, it’s a perfect fit!

See below for all the details from AFAC.   There is also a link to Angels For A Cause on the right sidebar under Charities David Supports.

Music for Smiles~Touching the Hearts of Children with David’s Music ~

Angels For A Cause is proud to announce our brand new project!! We all love David’s new CD “The Other Side of Down” and it truly lifts our spirits on a daily basis when we are feeling a little down. Well, its time to share David’s music with children who need a smile and positive messages through song.  We started by contacting all the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and got a HUGE response from lots of hospitals that are SO EXCITED to receive David’s music! We have over 75 hospitals participating in this project and probably one close to where you live! They are going to use the CD’s for various things such as prizes for games, a present for a child’s birthday, a gift for a child going through a tough procedure, music therapy for anxious kids, discharge gifts and more! “Things are Gonna Get Better”  would be the perfect song for a worried child, dont you think?

So, we are all here to support David, right? Now, you can support his music while at the same time giving a sick child hope and inspiration! This project is very easy! All you have to do is purchase David’s TOSOD CD’s and have it shipped to a CMN Hospital of your choice! You can purchase 1, you can purchase 10! Its up to you! You can send to one hospital or many hospitals! This is a great way to share David’s CD as well and create new fans! We did some research and David’s CD’s are available right now for a low price online through:(prices and availability may vary)

1) Amazon $11.97 (free shipping over $25)

2) Target $12.99 (free shipping over $50)

3) Walmart $10 (WOW!)

4) Barnes and Noble $10.97 (free shipping over $25)

Or, you can purchase one at a store near you and have it shipped from your house. Or maybe you picked one up in the last week to support David and you can share those!!

Once you ship a CD to one of the hospitals below, please email your name, state, and hospital you shipped to as well as how many CD’s went there to We are going to compile a list and present to David at a later date!!! We will also update you throughout the project to let you know which hospitals are getting the CDs so far, what hospital is in the lead, and what hospitals we don’t want to forget!


Be sure to tweet what hospital you have sent your CD to and spread the word!! And leave a comment below!

In the 2nd post on the home page is a list of all the hospitals and full addresses. Be sure to include the contact person and/or department if there is one in the address when shipping so the Cd goes to the right place!!

Let’s make a difference in these children’s lives and share David’s beautiful uplifting music!

I want to give a BIG thank you hug to the 3 women who helped me make this project possible! Thank you to Jana, Stephanie, and Sharon!!

–Wendy AFAC

Angels For A Cause

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Hospital Addresses and Contacts

Please be sure to include the

Attn: line in the shipping address so the Cd goes to the right place!


Spanish Chat!

On a side note I want to thank all who participated in the Spanish Chat.  There were many chatting and many viewers.  Many countries were represented, Honduras, Brazil, Argentina, Columbia, and Mexico.  Forgive me if I missed your country but the chat was fast and fun, giving me some practice with my own Spanish.

David love is alive and well in the Latin world.  They love and comment  on all things David just like we do. ♥  And our English speakers did a great job in jumping into the conversation.  It does give an appreciation on how to use Google translator on the fly, not easy. 🙂

David’s Latina fans asked if we could do this again and I said sure!  So we will be having Spanish Chat on Fridays starting at about 6pm Pacific Time.  I let them know that I won’t always be there by that time but that they can get started if they want, it was a unanimous yes!  The regular Saturday Chats will continue as usual.

The Voice Unplugged

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The Vlog That Rocked My World

Posted by djafan on Friday, February 25, 2011

Collage by Djafan

Bebe’s reaction to the above vlog

Don’t let the mention of Monster Jam trucks, platanos, garbage bag umbrellas and
roller coasters fool you. David’s latest vlog shows the maturity of a young man who
is at a crossroads in his life, and happily accepting the responsibilities that it
entails. He feels good about taking control of his life and making decisions based
on where he wants to go as an artist and person.

Parting ways with his label was one of those decisions and he acknowledges that
although there were other offers, it didn’t feel like the right thing since the label is
undergoing changes and he is also changing directions as an artist.

Showing the maturity of someone who embraces life and the opportunities afforded
him, in true David style he is trusting his instincts, taking what he has learned for
the last three years and using some time to write music on his own. His excitement
for writing is palpable and he’s even more excited to share it with us. He looks
forward to the future and ‘a couple of things coming up.

My reaction to the same vlog…

I trust the Archulator. I do. This is not about that. This is about me. I was just fine until the moment I watched his vlog. The moment that so many others who’d been going through mini melt downs suddenly experienced relief. Not I. Watching that vlog, the reality of the situation zoomed toward me like one of those special effects in a movie.  Like Ralph Fiennes in Quiz Show.  Like this…

My moment of truth. That’s when it hit me with the force of an oncoming wave. This is real. He is really going out there on his own. For some reason hearing him say it with his own lips scared me so bad I crept onto the ledge and lay there in a fetal position till the following afternoon. I waited that long to comment on the vlog and the words I said were true but not ALL the truth. The whole truth was that I was scared for him and not a little concerned for myself. Like I said, I trust the Archulator. Deep down, I  knew he would be OK but I wasn’t too sure about mySELF.  I miss him already. I know he needs the rest and time to live and work and create and play by his own rules. I know he’s made the right decision and is much better positioned to control his own destiny. But I asked myself, how long before a tour now?  How long the journey?  How distant the goal? How selfish can I be?  Pretty selfish it seems. But I have an excuse; I suffer from an incurable condition. I have a touch of ODD and sometimes it flares up on me.  Anyway, these remarks by Robert Anton,

and a late night conference call from my beloved fellow admins talked me down from the ledge.   I’m OK now.  Still selfish and needy about a certain half Honduran with a voice like smooth rich chocolate wrapped in emotional velvet but that will never change.  Some things you just have to learn to live with.  😛




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Everything has its Time

Posted by MT on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.

Ecclesiastes 3:1

We’ve all been missing David, waiting impatiently for news.  But, we’re not the only ones who have been waiting.  Valentine’s Day just passed and I couldn’t help but think of David.  His schedule has been so hectic for the last few years that he really hasn’t had much time for a personal life, or finding “his kind of perfect.”  He’s sacrificed a lot for the sake of his career.

Most young men David’s age have been building their lives in different ways; socializing, finding love, going on missions, getting jobs, going to college.  David has been looking ahead and building the road to a career in music.  He has a goal and has been diligently working toward that end, even though it meant giving up the normal teenage life.

David was only 16 years old when he auditioned for American Idol.  In the three and a half years since then it’s been a whirlwind of tours and recording. His last live performance was on New Year’s Eve, just a few short weeks ago (even though it seems like long ago.)

Understandably, some of David’s fans are concerned about recent events and whether he will tour to promote The Other Side Of Down.  I think he will.  I hope he will.  But if he doesn’t, could there be an upside for David?  Time to regroup with a new team could benefit him (and the fans) in the long run.

It’s hard, as fans, to sit patiently and wait for news of tour while we don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes.  We watch, we wait, we listen, and we search for any bits of news we can find, hoping for something that will help us understand what’s going on.  Even though we see no rhyme or reason for it, maybe it’s working out the way it is meant to.

The Voice Is Here To Stay

A little birdie called to me
Just the other day
His tweeting held a message
Has life now gone astray?

Although it seems disheartening
It is not what it seems
Sometimes all those little clues
Aren’t clear in what they mean

A brand new day is dawning
This light shall never fade
Don’t worry about the darkness
For soon it goes away

A rainbow will be coming
Though it’s raining on this day
In tweets that little birdie said
Good things are on the way

A new path he is forging
Though the road is not yet clear
He’ll look to the horizon
To find the answers there

We will not need to wait for long
It’s just a short delay
He’ll soon be here to sing for us
The Voice is here to stay

I have faith in David and firmly believe that good things are going to happen for him.  In the meantime, maybe David will have the opportunity to enjoy life for a little while, maybe even have time to fall in love.  He deserves that.

It’s so easy for us to sit at home with our husbands and wives, boyfriends and girlfriends, saying I want tour NOW!  I think sometimes we forget that we’re not the only ones waiting.  David is waiting, too.  For tour … and for love …

Everything has its time.  So I think I’ll just sit back, take a deep breath, and think pleasant thoughts of tour.  I’ll try to be patient while the pieces of David’s life fall into place as they were meant to.

And who knows?  When David returns to touring, there could be a new richness and depth of emotion to his performances.  There could be an upside for all of us.

Credit Jake Chessum


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Trust the Archulator

Posted by djafan on Saturday, February 19, 2011

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

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

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

Stephen Covey ~  7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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

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

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

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

He knows a good thing when he sees one.

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David Archuleta ~ We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Box

Posted by MT on Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Guessing Game…

Fit David into a box?  Which box?

Is it a curse to be so talented?  It shouldn’t be, but it must make for some agonizing decisions on David’s part.  What direction should he go?   What direction will he go?  There are many differing opinions on this and I’m sure David has heard them all.  David is in the rare position of having devoted, loyal fans whose musical tastes vary widely.

We’ve all watched a multitude of videos with David performing various types of music and most of us have listened to almost every song he’s ever sung, at least those posted anywhere on the web.  David enjoys singing anything and everything but he appears to really love belting out a song.  It seems (to me) to be what he both enjoys most and does best.  Watch the Z100 performance of Elevator.  He really let loose on that one, taking it to a whole other level while performing it in their studio, and he looked like he had a ball doing it.

Most of us have seen videos of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert (though we weren’t really supposed to, insert embarrassed face here).  David was so in his element.  These performances gave his voice the opportunity to soar, to do what David does best.  It was brilliant, and the joy on his face was beyond anything I have seen on him to date.   Part of it was the type of music he was singing, but I believe another part of that joy came from having the opportunity to set his voice free.  I have to say again:  the joy on his face was just stunning. (See: Los Pastores a Belen & Silent Night – David Archuleta w/the MOTAB, it’s a MUST SEE, just gorgeous).   In that respect, one would think that David would want to sing ballads, yet they are noticeably absent on his latest album.

We have heard David imply, during an interview, that he knows what direction he intends to take, that he just didn’t want to shock people by jumping straight from his previous style into one so different.

Credit Jake Chessum

What style?   Does he actually have a definite direction in mind?   Does he know what road he will eventually take?

David’s versatility is greatly discussed among the various sites.  His talent seems to be endless.   He is a musical sponge.   I believe he can sing, and sing well, almost any style he has ever listened to.  So, what is this musical genius to do?

Will he decide to do what he believes he sings best?  Will he choose the most popular?  Will he go with what he likes best, his own personal taste in music?  I would like to think that he shouldn’t have to choose.   He has the talent to do it all but has there ever been a singer who has done it all and succeeded?  There has been talk about the music industry trying something new, releasing digital singles rather than full albums.  Would this type of format help make it possible?

Only time will tell what David will decide to do so, for now it’s just a guessing game during a slow month in DavidLand.

With rumors of David returning to the recording studio let’s play, shall we?   And we can get to know each other a little more in the process.

Just for fun, let’s pick a box!

What kind of music did you listen to before David?  What is your personal preference in “non-David” music now?   What would YOU like to see David do next?

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Happy Valentine’s Day, David Archuleta!

Posted by djafan on Monday, February 14, 2011

Collage by Djafan

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow


Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you this lovely day of love! If you don’t see your name in the Wordle or the Slide Show that’s because…we don’t know it!  Baahaaaa!!!  Love to all you lurkers too.

Video by Abrra, Wordle by Abrra and Bebe.

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David Archuleta ~ Exiting the Trance

Posted by thefunnygirl on Thursday, February 10, 2011

The first picture is a VIP picture of David at the DTE Energy Theater in Clarkston, Michigan, looking like he might need his momma at Costco.  The second picture is from his performance at DTE a few hours later, in some sort of trance on-stage, looking like he don’t need nobody’s help with nothin.’  It’s as if he goes somewhere else when he’s singing.  Or something else is in control.  Or maybe both.

From the early idol days I have felt that he doesn’t perform, but that he channels music.  Some awesome reporter at the MoTab press conference asked him about how he can sing through an emotional song; how he pushes through getting caught up in the moment.  His reply had me screaming YES YES! at my computer. “It’s like it comes from somewhere else…it’s kind of like being an instrument…..”  Thank you David.

The pictures in the slide show capture the moment right after the last note he sings, and right before he awakens.  He usually opens his eyes and smiles right after he exits the trance.  You can see him “coming to” sometimes with a look of  ‘oh my, there are people here’.  I wonder if he can feel that moment, because we can see it.

Song by Sarah MacLachlan, Prayer of St. Francis

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

His body language and moves while singing are not planned or deliberate, although I think he finds a comfort zone in some songs like Zero Gravity, where you will see the same moves at the same times in the song.  He is a different entity altogether when he is singing.  Some say he is channeling a divine power, or rather that he is an instrument of God.  Others would call it pure emotive talent.  My mom put it so eloquently a long time ago, when I asked her why she thinks we love him so much.  “What he has is an ability to connect with another person soul-to-soul, in an instant, a gift so rare and that goes beyond his vocal talent.”

When I first met David’s dad, Jeff, I asked him what they did to raise such a kind and sweet son.  His answer surprised me and still gets me thinking to this day.  “We didn’t do anything, he came to us this way.”  I thought it a strange thing for a parent to say.  It was as if he was left at their doorstep, a fully mature spirit in a baby’s body.

Do you think that David goes somewhere else when he sings?  Where is it?  Do you think he knows?  Do you think he is an instrument?

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The Ripple Effect

Posted by Abrra on Sunday, February 6, 2011

I have spent the last week pondering what my next topic for an article would be.  I never try to force it from my brain, it just shows up.  We all have been extremely moved by his trip to India this January.  How can you not be impressed by his desire to help the sick?  It’s not something that most people his age set as a priority.  He goes to the extreme this time by flying half way around the earth to acknowledge Rising Star Outreach, a charity he supports.

The whole experience reminded me of the term “ripple effect”. When you drop a stone into a lake you see the water ripple in concentric circles, outward.  Like the stone, David has made ripples that  expanded. Spreading much more help to those in the leprosy colony than he will ever know.

Drop a Pebble in the Water

Drop a pebble in the water:
just a splash, and it is gone;
But there’s half-a-hundred ripples
Circling on and on and on,
Spreading, spreading from the center,
flowing on out to the sea.
And there is no way of telling
where the end is going to be.

Drop a word of cheer and kindness:
just a flash and it is gone;
But there’s half-a-hundred ripples
circling on and on and on,
Bearing hope and joy and comfort
on each splashing, dashing wave
Till you wouldn’t believe the volume
of the one kind word you gave.

James  W. Foley

This journey began when  Dr. Scott McGavin told David about Rising Star Outreach back in fall of 2008.  During his solo tour David mentioned RSO in a blog in March 2009.  The fans responded overwhelmingly to the cause.  Dr. McGavin gave his thanks in June before leaving on a trip to help children with dental needs in India.

As you can hear from the video, they received so much money that they put it to use with more projects.  Can you see the ripples?  Over the last several months, David gave his time to signing items to auction for the RSO.  Some fans formed a group called Hearts and Hands.  They created a patchwork quilt and pillow with pictures of David mixed in with some of his quotes.

From Hearts and Hands facebook page

More recently he got the chance to travel to India to perform at a benefit where the children did interpretive dance to Somebody Out There as David sang on stage.  David also spent time visiting the leprosy colony with a medical team.  He volunteered along side doctors cleaning wounds-a profound and life changing experience.  Stacey Tookey, a choreographer along on the trip to India said, “What an amazing experience.  Went there to teach the kids and instead they taught me so much.”  She may have caught another ripple?

Collage by Djafan

While David was giving his time in India to the sick, back home the fan sites were donating money for bricks for the Pathway of Hope.  “The Pathway of Hope winds between two very important buildings on the property of Rising Star Outreach.  One ends starts with a plaque that gives thanks to all volunteers, supporters and those who have given in memoriam.  The other end has a plaque that reads Pathway of Hope, Lovingly donated by fans of David Archuleta, Angels for a Cause.  This plaque gives thanks to all fans of David Archuleta, fans from all over the world who worked for months to bring this project together.  What started out as a small brick area, with a lovely bench has turned into a real piece of art!”

The best thing about this ripple effect of charity has been the coming together of people who share his desire to be of service to others.  We have read here, on this site, about those who are collecting loose change at work and around the house for Rising Star Outreach.  Every time you hold out the RSO jar and ask for change, you increase awareness of leprosy and the devastation is has wrought on these families.  Another ripple moves outward, ever expanding the help that is so needed.

We have so much, I am so proud to know that we share so freely.

Update on donations from The Voice group on AFAC since January 28, 2011

Total for bricks  $1,000.00   (20 bricks)

Total accrued for bricks that need inscription $165.00  (3.3 bricks)

For child sponsor $360.00 for year

Total dollars    $1,525.00

Thank you all so much!


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David Archuleta ~ To India with Love

Posted by djafan on Friday, February 4, 2011


Original photo by Ron Gunnell.

“Had an amazing time in India at Rising Star Outreach! Very humbling to go there and even though it was a short trip it was a life changing experience. Just makes you appreciate things more and gives you a different perspective of things. Sorry for the rambling babbling and still not really getting to everything I wanted to explain, but hopefully we can get a Q&A sometime soon!”

David Archuleta YouTube 02/03/11

“A special, a VERY special young man. So sweet, so loving, so compassionate. He is simply a one of a kind human being.

Obviously he will never forget the people he encountered, the people whose feet he washed, whose hands he held. The children he sang to & talked to & laughed & played with. AND he must know, THEY will also NEVER forget the young man named David with the voice of an angel, the beautiful, gentle eyes, the hair blacker than night, the beautiful bright smile, the large hands with a soft & gentle healing touch. They will never forget David. Of that I am sure.

But I don’t mind admitting I am glad he’s home. “

Silverfox The Voice 02/03/11

Keep giving your pennies, nickles, dimes, quarters and dollars to Rising Star Outreach.  We have started on the Pathway of Hope he began and we have..

“promises to keep,
And miles to go before we sleep,
And miles to go before we sleep.”

Robert Frost New Hampshire 1923


For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Matthew 6:21

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