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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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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

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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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106 Responses to “David Archuleta ~ Exiting the Trance”

  1. Abrra said

    FG

    We have seen this trance so often. I agree it is as if some strange force takes him away. You can see another version of the trance when he stands at the mic to introduce a song, then looks down. When he looks up and starts to sing we are captive with him in the song.

    I have heard that comment by Jeff. I believe David came to this world ready-made to bring sunshine and hope to anyone who spends 1 second with him. You can see this in action when David poses for pictures with radio Dj’s or other singers. There is often an arm around his shoulder. As if they need to connect with him at that personal level.
    Thanks for the article and the reminder that he is so very special.

    On another note, Stephanie and Danielle Bagley from The “David Inspires Us” had a bumper sticker fundraiser to benefit Rising Star Outreach & the children of the leprosy colonies in India.The funds raised helped to buy books for their new school library!

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    More here http://tinyurl.com/4dmm5x6

    Abrra

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  2. SandyBeaches said

    Dear FG…Sarah MacLachlan, what a perfect instrument herself and to place David and Sarah together is a piece of perfection. She was born not far from here and I have been to her concerts and they are amazing. Awesome FG, this is beautiful and of course you have given me a continuous smile because of the concept, the precious pictures and the song. I am so pleased that I met you in person, I have to add that.

    We are sitting in limbo at the moment waiting for news from David that tells us about his next deliverance of music. So thank you, this is an awakening that seeps into my world of music.

    Magically, this is a combination of David, Sarah’s song and you bringing it all together. David has found a place with another internationally acclaimed singer who touches hearts with love and devotion. There are those few people and they are instrumental in giving so much happiness and hope. This is what happens when you bring two humanitarians of such magnitude together in one piece of writing. She writes about it, she sings about it showing us that David is in such a good place where beautiful worlds sometimes collide.

    Bravo FG, absolutely magical and important in itself…

    SB

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  3. MunkFOD said

    This post has brought me peace….. and I really needed it today! So thank you FG! Speaking of David being an instrument…. and being open…..in another place……something coming from somewhere else….

    David can bring such power, peace, joy, happiness, optimism….into my life…. So grateful!

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  4. betsy said

    Yes, FG! He oftentimes goes somewhere else, most notably during the CFTH tour. Certain songs more than others. Angels, Crazy, Heaven, Ave Maria, O Holy Night – just to name a few of my faves.
    It’s him connecting and we feel it. Sometimes I feel like I need to look away.

    And, oh yeah. The top picture. Seconds before it was snapped, I said “Hey David, do you think we could do peace signs in our picture?” David – “Heh Heh heh – sure!(cutest laugh ever)

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  5. Marylee said

    Beautifully written FG! I’ve seen David in that “trance” & just as he’s coming out of it. I think we all have. Not only does he go “somewhere else” but I feel like I’ve been taken there too which is even harder to explain so I don’t question it..I just thank God every day for bringing David to us…an instrument indeed! ❤

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  6. Lynnella said

    Amazing article funnygirl. I’ve often wondered where he goes when he closes his eyes. Maybe, because of his shyness, he’s pretending he’s still in the backyard singing to his cats. I’ll never forget when he was on American Idol during Rock and Roll Hall of Fame week. During the interview portion he said he chose to sing Stand By Me. He said he’d sung it in his room to himself or his dog, and laughed. I thought he looked about 12. Then he went onstage and sang it like a seasoned veteran of 30 or 40. I was amazed. I thought no way can that little kid who was just talking, sing and present himself like that. It was as though he had flipped a switch. But, instead of an off/on switch, it was an immature/mature switch. Then, for his second song, he chose Love Me Tender, and sang it with more feeling and, dare I say it, sexiness (with a touch of innocence) than Elvis. He’s just a mystery, but one I don’t care if I solve or not. I just want to see him and hear him sing. I don’t care if he’s 12 or 40. I just hope I’m around long enough to see him when he’s 40. That should really be something to see.

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  7. FG, boy,what a great article you have written for conversation! Love what you have written.
    this…priceless:
    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.’……..
    ah,can I have an AMEN?

    The quote from your mother is wonderful, (I love her already:)
    “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.”

    He is a musical chameleon, with the cunning ability to change color in an instant,to adapt to the color of his surroundings. We have seen him channeling his strong faith in his hymns and Christmas music, and channeling…hmmm I- don’t -know -what -but -I -like -it’ passion,when he sings “Don’t Let Go.”. Where does he go on that one?!
    His ability to “become the song”is mind boggling.How can he put so much of himself into every song in a set, without being carried off the stage in a stretcher when it’s over?

    5. Marylee says this
    “Not only does he go “somewhere else” but I feel like I’ve been taken there too which is even harder to explain so I don’t question it..I just thank God every day for bringing David to us…an instrument indeed! <3"

    Absolutely Marylee!

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  8. djafan said

    FG,

    That trance, I’ve always heard and read about it, but seeing it, feeling it, going with him is what blows my mind. Maybe that’s why we crave more David as soon as he is done because the ability he or whatever he is channeling to envelope us and take us right with him is an unbelievable experience.

    Love the visual of the pictures up top. Those two people exist in one body. Incredible.

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  9. MT said

    FG Awesome article. Lots to think about here.

    Yes, I think he knows. I think he consciously goes “somewhere else” when he sings. I’ve seen many videos and, if there is a close-up at the beginning, I do usually notice him closing his eyes, drawing from within, or wherever it comes from. He’s been doing it since AI, I think. I had the same thought as Lynella. When he nods his head and does that slow blink, it’s like he flips a switch.

    I’ve also noticed that, during a live performance, if the original song has several seconds where David doesn’t sing in the recording, often he will ad lib during that time. (Some of my favorite moments BTW. J ) He continues singing throughout the entire song. I think maybe it helps him to stay in that place if he doesn’t stop singing.

    Then there are the songs where he does stop singing. In those, he sometimes walks serenely across the stage then literally throws himself back into the performance. (ZG and TOSOD are two that come to mind.)

    It’s like he actively puts himself there. Going to “that place” is probably what makes that connection.

    I’ve yet to experience him in person but, from what I’ve heard, that connection is almost a tangible thing and is greatly missed once the connection is broken when he walks off stage.

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  10. MT said

    1. Abrra: When he looks up and starts to sing we are captive with him in the song.

    Beautifully said.

    I hope I get to see him soon.

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  11. djafan said

    @davidarchie tweets! I wonder what he sang???!!!!

    Headed back home for a bit. Ladies at the airport check-in desk asked me to sing, so that was my 1st time doing that lol.

    I asked him in a tweet but I didn’t get a response 🙂

    And speaking of trances. This from djbell13, hello djbell if you’re reading this.

    Can you spot the moment???

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  12. SandyBeaches said

    Something interesting about Sarah MacLaughlin and her multiple, award winning humanitarian work is that it is not religious based but has developed over the years upon her personal appeal to thank the universe for all that she has been given. This is the same light that I see David in. What it says to us is that humanitarian efforts made to releave the suffering of children, adults and animals come from the very heart and soul of the person.

    SB

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  13. djafan said

    Angelica,

    I just watched the slide show, beautiful.

    MT, tangible, it is, really is.

    SB, I agree with you. David’s humanitarian efforts are not all connected to a religious entity. He cares about everything and everyone.

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  14. Lynnella said

    I just watched the TBWY video #11 Djafan. I wonder if he sometimes closes his eyes to try and block out the pandemonium going on around him, with the girls all screaming they love him, or just screaming in general. Maybe, it’s a way of concentrating on what he’s singing. I can hardly imagine he can keep his place on the piano or singing with the fans screaming like that. I’ve seen a video or two where it looks like he has a little trouble thinking with all of the noise. It’s like he just puts it on autopilot and goes into his trance, so he can be shielded from all the chaos. Wherever that place is he goes to, I’m sure it’s a “Good Place”.

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  15. Jo said

    I believed what David father said, that David was born to have awesome personality. He is God gift to his family.
    It was really funny that airport check in desk ask him to sing, I’m pretty believed that they love David that they ask him to sing. I wonder what song he sang .

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  16. dakgal said

    FG– great thought provoking article.

    It’s hard to try to explain what you think about this -when you can’t even explain it to yourself.

    I think he goes to a place called “complete faith and trust” in a higher power. In a passage in his book he tells of the time he was in a talent contest and was a mess of nerves and frightened. He tells of going into a hallway and praying, and a calmness set in. IMO- That’s when he learned that there is this place to go to- you just have to go there and ask.

    This even had him mystified for a while and I think he learned during AI to call upon it more and more. ” There’s that tingly feeling again, it only happens when I sing”.

    He is blessed with the ability to have complete faith and trust and he prays for it–something we all strive for and feel we never achieve.

    When all the dust settles, we think we know David, but we
    don’t really have a clue. We love the way he makes us feel and we love it when we get to go along with him ( in a small way) to that place that makes him so happy.

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  17. bebereader said

    FunnyGirl,

    I love the way you write; you make us laugh, cry and think right along with you.

    David has an uncanny ability to connect with people when he sings, making him so captivating onstage. Yes, there are other singers out there but none as generous with their gift as David. Does he go somewhere else when he sings? I think he does. He goes to a place in his mind that allows him to be free of any inhibitions, to express himself in a way that people understand, even without words; to a peaceful and trusting place where he can be himself. You can practically pinpoint and capture the moment in any performance where he ‘goes there’ and transforms to his onstage persona.

    During certain spiritual songs like O Holy Night and Angels, one can absolutely sense the trance you referred to and the most beautiful sight is to watch him exit that trance. It’s a very private moment and I am in awe that he shares it with us.

    I really thought one day on this journey I would get a glimmer of understanding into the mystery that is David Archuleta; and why he has such a hold on us. But I’ve come to realize that the mystery remains and I believe it will always be there.

    Beautiful slide show!

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  18. #11 Djafan…OMG! that moment you speak of, I saw it.What was that?? Wow!

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  19. SandyBeaches said

    Perhaps all of the sites should be chanting together…”We want David, we want David, we want David!!!”

    Do you think if we all did it, all of David’s sites in North America, South America, Europe, Embe in Finland, Asia, fans in France, Hawaii, Japan, Singapore, everywhere even the White House, that someone would hear us and bring us David,
    the master of the stage, singer of all singers??

    It’s worth a try!

    SB

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  20. ok, this is making me crazy.I can’t stop watching this video of TBWY.What happens to him after his power note at 2:36 to 2:39??
    His head drops, his fingers hesitate, and then he “comes back” and smiles an all knowing smile. What happened to him there? What came over him?

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  21. dakgal said

    Bebe or Dja–I swear a couple of days ago–I saw “somewhere”
    some tweets Melinda was making to someone about booking two cities in Vietnam for a tour this summer. I don’t recall whether David’s name was mentioned or not– now I can’t find them. This is driving me crazy–ier. I’m not a tweet person –is there any way to look up her older tweets?

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  22. Abrra said

    Dak
    @johnny12style tweeted Melinda ASKING her if he can schedule David for a 2 city tour.
    http://twitter.com/johnny12style
    You can view his tweets in the above link.

    @MelindaWEG hello, I’m looking for booking info for David Archuleta. This is for a summer Vietnam tour in 2 cities. Thank you for your time

    Abrra

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  23. djafan said

    Lynnella, A good place indeed.

    Dakgal,

    “When all the dust settles, we think we know David, but we
    don’t really have a clue. We love the way he makes us feel and we love it when we get to go along with him ( in a small way) to that place that makes him so happy.”

    He is an enigma, the ongoing discussion.

    Skydancer, I don’t know what happens, but it knocked me off my chair first time I saw it and now I watch and that smile upon realizing whatever happened is chill inducing…I love it 🙂

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  24. gladys said

    Sometimes I think of that place. Must be a very special place for David, because he goes there so often, and thank god will continue going. To our joy, he always comes back and does so with a smile, asking “are you still here?”

    This place, in which David loses track of time, is so intimate that his feelings emerge. The miracle is that we can see it. The moment David closes his eyes you can see the movement under his eyelids. Then he flutters his eyelashes and his eyebrows are raised continuously.

    Describing this very moment is a declaration of unconditional love for David. I love David. He changed my life; I can socialize; I can make people laugh, I have friends.

    GOD, NOW I REALIZE I CAN DO A MILLION THINGS.
    I love David (singer); I discovered a world of songs and singers new to me.
    I love David (the composer), I did not know you could write or interpret a line like this: “will turn the corner to see my future in a beautiful face, May be.”
    I love the person David is today, a loving man and the father he will some day be.

    I just hope that David will always have that place and when he wants to return there, we will be waiting.

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  25. Tawna21 said

    FG– 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?
    Most definitly, David is an instrument. Not only is his voice a very fine tuned instrument, but his spirit is an instrument that he can use to take us to the realm where he goes if we allow ourselves to go there. He is here to bring to the world another, much more beautiful, level of musical artistry. When he sings he is connecting with our Creator, the source of his talent and spirit. Yes, David knows where he goes. And, I love it when I let myself go there with him…so much peace there.

    Thank you for this thought provoking article.
    Tawna

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  26. djafan said

    SB, I’m for chanting. Maybe we could try to trend it?? It’s a thought.

    Gladys! Your words are beautiful! This hit me in my heart.

    “To our joy, he always comes back and does so with a smile, asking “are still here?
    This place, in which David lost track of time, a place so intimate feelings emerge, and the miracle is that we can see it.”

    This reminded me of what David says in his book Chords of Strength. I’ve read it four times and this last time around this stood out to me, very eye opening.

    “The bottom line is that while you’re performing it’s hard to hide who you really are.”

    See that? Who you really are.

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  27. dakgal said

    Thanks Abrra–now my mind is at rest! I’m not crazy after all.

    Why don’t I learn to copy and paste these things I see them. Where was it by the way?j

    johnny12style
    @DavidArchie I hope that International summer concert gig happens for ya 🙂

    Interesting!

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  28. Jo said

    Dakgal, Melinda tweet regarding booking in Vietnam, you can saw it at Archuleta Vietnam

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  29. dakgal said

    Thank you Jo—Funny the places you can wind up at if you just keep following one link to the next. to the next, to the next.

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  30. kaycee said

    Ah, I have missed my late night Voice therapy the past few nights…life gets crazy and things pile up, but it’s always nice to check in here and catch up–such a nice positive place.

    Emmegirl…belated congrats on the new little one! Sending sunbeams and rainbows your way! Hope she and her momma are doing well!

    And what about those Anaheim videos?! No matter how many times I hear David singing “live”, he always surprises and amazes me! It must have been an amazing night! (Crossing fingers for tour news)

    And FG, what a great post. I love coming here to such positive uplifting conversations, when lately there is so much debate and expressions of frustrations and worry on other sites regarding David’s future. I know we all worry and want the best for David, but I really appreciate the positive approach on this site. I always love to go back to Angelica’s beautiful quote about the higher frequency working in David…I wish I could remember it exactly…but it really sums up my feelings about where David is really coming from and what his future holds. It’s that same frequency he “dials into” when he sings–that “somewhere else” that we’ve all witnessed…and longed to follow. I think he is able to take us there for a few moments and we feel the peace and joy and beauty, and then it is over too quickly.

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  31. kaycee said

    With FG’s post and all the comments today, it brought back memories of the CFTH tour and what a powerful experience that was. I looked back at some of the thoughts I recorded that night:

    “David truly looked beautiful and sounded amazing–almost other worldly, but there was something more, something that even the highest quality videos weren’t able communicate. There was this incredible emotional energy coming from him that filled up the hall and just grabbed you and held you until you almost forgot to breathe. It was like he was so in the moment that you were pulled right into the moment with him…and for that moment, everything was perfect and beautiful and wonderful. It almost physically hurt when the moment ended–sort of like that expression on his face when he finishes a song that he is really feeling.”

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  32. Angelica said

    Betsy,

    I didn’t know that was your VIP picture at the top! FG sent it to me with the article. That’s so cool!

    I just had to take out the second pic and replace it because Abrra pointed out a line was there when I cropped it that I don’t know how I missed. Anyway, I replaced it with the uncropped one that shows his chest and now it’s really huge. Is it too big?

    I love that FG wrote about this topic because it is one dear to my heart. I told her that I had the perfect video to go with it which is the one I see Djafan posted in #11. What with the slide show she wanted and the audio, (and the huge pics 😛 ) there wasn’t really space for it. So I’m glad the other half of my brain, Djafan, posted it in the comments. I would have if she hadn’t.

    It’s a remarkable image that djbell captured, an actual record caught on film of an artist who has become completely one with the music. So much so that after that glory note drawn from the deepest recesses of his being, he leaves this temporal world for a couple of seconds. I am sure that for those few seconds he is not aware at all of time or his surroundings. He has literally gone into and become one with the music. That expression on his face when he returns is one of pure joy.

    “You are in an ecstatic state to such a point that you feel as though you almost don’t exist…My hand seems devoid of myself, and I have nothing to do with what is happening…And [the music] just flows out of itself.” ~ Composer

    Taken from an interview by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, who researched the subject of “flow” for over 40 years and was the first person to coin the concept of “flow state, similar to the concept of being “in the zone”.

    I have experienced this flow state myself when writing, painting or drawing and it is very intense, there is no sense of time or place of even self. It is a euphoria like nothing else and can be achieved doing anything, as long as you are really loving what you are doing and it is a challenge. In other words, this state is something you have to reach for by pushing yourself to the very limits of your ability. That is what we see in David as he reaches for that note, achieves it, and in the process, becomes lost in the experience. It’s a beautiful thing.

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  33. Such a thought provoking post, FG. You’re so good at injecting a lil wit along with your feelings. Know I’ve been there when he ‘channels the music’, just thought I had stopped breathing and almost passed out at the Baltimore CFTH (OHN & SN). Although I missed my one opportunity to see his solo tour, the videos showed this happened. The ‘Don’t Let Go’ in Sayerville (thanks to DJBell) was the most obvious one for me. I replayed that one so often that it felt like I was there. WYSYLM during idol tours must have been another, as I got hooked on that, as well.

    David’s music alone fills all the voids in my life. Attending a concert where he is the featured artist gave my life more pleasure. Imagine MOTAB would have blown me away – the videos nearly did.

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  34. archangel48 said

    David tells the judges that he’s gonna make them understand it. I love him here. His 16 year old self knew exactly what he was doing. BRILLIANT, for sure!

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  35. Abrra said

    #33
    Here is the video you mentioned.


    djbell13

    In this video at 2:34 he “goes there” , then comes back with the signature smile ” I got ya now!” He knew he was going to insert a line that was not part of the original song. I bet he was giddy just thinking about it. 😉

    Abrra

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  36. Blueberry Ice said

    FG, you have described so perfectly this special “trance” that sets David apart from so many performers … how when he sings, he takes you to a place where time stands still, the world blurs around you … all you hear, feel and perceive is the emotional connection with David’s voice, what he is conveying from his heart and soul … he is a symphony of musical creativity where each journey is a brand new adventure and you feel such a yearning … wanting more with each experience …

    Skydancer1x, “He is a musical chameleon” is exactly what makes David such a versatile and dynamic artist … isn’t it exciting to know the unlimited potential that lies ahead for his career?

    Bebereader, yes, trying to understand the ”mystery” about David will keep us here a very long time … a very good thing indeed

    Angelica, “a euphoria like nothing else” sums it up so well … there will never be enough words to adequately describe how David is able to do that for us … i am just grateful

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  37. Angelica, and Djafan. Thank you both.
    Angelica for having the perfect video to go with the article,and Dja for posting it.:))
    Ok,I was freaking out a bit last night, seeing it for the first time. Don’t know how I missed that one. I thought I had seen every video out there of David.
    Dja,
    “Skydancer, I don’t know what happens, but it knocked me off my chair first time I saw it and now I watch and that smile upon realizing whatever happened is chill inducing…I love it :)”

    I was frozen to my chair.What a moment.

    32. Angelica,
    “It’s a remarkable image that djbell captured, an actual record caught on film of an artist who has become completely one with the music. So much so that after that glory note drawn from the deepest recesses of his being, he leaves this temporal world for a couple of seconds. I am sure that for those few seconds he is not aware at all of time or his surroundings. He has literally gone into and become one with the music. That expression on his face when he returns is one of pure joy.”

    Sheer poetry, Angelica.

    This video needs to be locked up in a safe somewhere.

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  38. awestruck said

    thefunnygirl – oh yes David ‘channels’ the music… extrodinary.

    btw, is there a YouTube that has that snippet of David answering that specific reporter’s question? I don’t think I have heard it before.

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  39. Abrra said

    #38 Awestruck

    Here is the video where he talks to reporters about getting into the music. Start at 12:15 mark ( turn up the volume, its hard to hear the reporter) and hear his explanation.

    Abrra

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  40. djafan said

    @davidarchie tweets a beautiful quote.

    # DavidArchie

    ‎”May you have enough happiness to make you sweet,enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human.. about 2 hours ago via web Retweeted by you and 100+ others

    # DavidArchie

    ..and enough hope to bring you Joy”. about 2 hours ago via web Retweeted by you and 100+ others

    Angelica,

    “That is what we see in David as he reaches for that note, achieves it, and in the process, becomes lost in the experience. It’s a beautiful thing.”

    It sure is and how he is able to take us with him is what I find most intriguing. The first concert I attended in Pomona got me hooked wanting to see him live over and over. Feeling his eye contact just for a few seconds while he’s in this zone, state of being was electrical. I know I sound crazy to most but it’s the truth.

    Skydancer, “This video needs to be locked up in a safe somewhere.”

    I think maybe a mash up video of these moments is very much over due. 🙂
    We never did get to hear that incredible performance of Crazy as stated by Simon. Hoping one day we will.

    Here is a crazy VIP performance of it.

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  41. FG said

    Thanks to everyone for your amazing comments. I love the love that we all share for David. I am humbled and honored to be his fan everyday. Maybe I’ll work up the nerve to tell him that one day.

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  42. FG said

    OMG djafan – when I first saw that video, I literally met Jesus. No blasphemy intended, I ACTUALLY met Him.

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  43. FG said

    OH NO not DLG, there are no words for how I shall miss that song.

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  44. djafan said

    DLG…that’s all 🙂

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  45. bebereader said

    Prior to Sayreville, “DLG” was not a favorite of mine but that soon changed when I saw David perform it live that night. That performance was the first time I was a witness to David going into the zone or trance with the head drop. The energy of the crowd had a lot to do with David’s performance. It was electrifying to be in an audience of fans from NY and NJ who were wild with excitement at the prospect of seeing David LIVE in concert for first time, (except for a small Jingle Ball performance) since the AI tour!

    The Starland Ballroom was packed to the gills with wall to wall people. Thinking back, it was a fire hazard because by the time the show started there wasn’t a bit of room to walk or change your spot. Security said they had more than was expected that night and it was clear that they weren’t going to take measures to make the place safe.

    So you can imagine how David fed off the mood of the crowd that night. That’s what you see in the Sayreville videos. I even heard that when David heard our screams before he came out, he was shocked. I’m sure he’s used to all that by now. LOL

    I found another “Heaven” Hollywood Week video with some footage at the beginning that I hadn’t seen before.

    credit zzcali

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  46. Bright Light said

    Coming out of lurkdom to share a bit, although I’m a regular reader of this uplifting and respectful site (among others.)

    FG Great article!“It’s like it comes from somewhere else…it’s kind of like being an Instrument..” Yep.

    Angelica #32 “You are in an ecstatic state to such a point that you feel as though you almost don’t exist…My hand seems devoid of myself, and I have nothing to do with what is happening…And [the music] just flows out of itself.” ~ Composer.

    These remind me of the character in the movie “Billy Elliot” when asked, “What does it feel like when you’re dancing?” Billy replies, “Don’t know. Sorta feels good. Sorta stiff and that, but once I get going… then I like, forget everything. And… sorta disappear. Sorta disappear. Like I feel a change in my whole body. And I’ve got this fire in my body. I’m just there. Flyin’ like a bird. Like electricity. Yeah, like electricity.”

    It must be the time for child prodigies. There is a YouTube video making the rounds. Not sure if it’s been shared here before. If you want to see a 3-year old boy filled with the joy of music just watch . . . to the end. I can’t help but smile through the whole thing.

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  47. Abrra said

    Bright Light
    Thank you for the amazing conductor!

    OH! Please sit down and stay awhile. I have something special I do for those who de-lurk 😉

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    Kinda makes it hard to go back to de-lurking, huh? 🙂 Fans who come by to comment are the reason this site stays fresh and interesting. Writers can only start the discussion. We are blessed here with such a great artist to write about. Everyone who leaves a comment adds to the enjoyment of so many. Thank you!!

    Abrra

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  48. Bright Light said

    🙂

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  49. Angelica said

    Bright Light,

    Thank you for that video. I can just see him as a grown man conducting with that same energy. He anticipated the music and expressed with his body the softness or the power he was hearing. Bravo!

    I have a rule for this site. There can be no mention of Sayreville or posting of videos from Sayreville without also including the magnificent Zero Gravity from Sayreville. um k? Alright then.

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  50. bebereader said

    Angelica,

    I see your Zero Gravity and I’ll raise you one…

    How I miss this song!

    (PS He didn’t forget the words at :58. He was so overwhelmed at all the fanfare!)

    credit djbell, who is sorely missed!

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  51. 46. Bright Light.
    That is the without a doubt the cutest conductor I have ever seen. That was amazing!:))

    49.Angelica, early 09… was Sayreville our first head whip?
    I love the progression of Davids performance skills on that first tour of his. ZG from VA Beach,to the end of tour…what a difference!

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  52. haha Bebe! He got so tickled.
    I miss Barriers too.Heck, I miss em all!

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  53. River said

    Ah Sayreville. My first smaller venue full set David experience in about the 3rd row. I was ecstatic. I met all the wonderful Snowangelzz and my soul-concertgoer-friend for life, DJB and it was magical. 2 days later it was the epic snow storm and the Northampton show. I’ve never been the same. Djb and I said to each other, it will never be like this again… but we were thankfully wrong. The magic did and does continue.

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  54. MunkFOD said

    HI Everyone! I came back here tonight to “lurk” for awhile and what a treat! I love all the videos and comments! This is a wonderful happy place! Thanks so much! 🙂

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  55. xaris said

    Ah, I see everyone is frisky tonight. I’ll bet DLG Malaysia against DLG Sayreville-LOL!

    I love the comments on this video:

    oh my – I want to be that mic

    I’ll have what he’s having……….

    note to self: it’s all about the voice…it’s all about the voice..it’s….not working…

    And from the same performance, different angle video:

    I’m thinkin’ he “let go” on this one! WOW! 
    Still wondering where he does go…

    Heh, heh, heh…

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  56. Angelica said

    Xaris,

    I fold. Photobucket

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  57. emmegirl said

    aaaaahh Sayerville. 🙂

    FG, great piece, love the quote from your Mom!

    Missing tour, any tour.

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  58. Suzy-Q said

    Watching that adorable 3 year old “conductor” made me think of David when he was a little kid playing the drums. I’ll be he beat the heck out of them. I used to play “conductor” when I was a kid. It’s like dancing to music. You express your passion through your body. I also took years of dancing because I loved moving with the music. David, in his own way, dances to the music when he performs. He can’t help it. His whole body sings the songs. David is “incredible”, as Simon said.

    I have let myself go to that place/zone with David many times. I wish more people could know of David and share that same wonderful experience. David’s passion for music is why I love to see him perform.

    Great article and such inspiring comments.

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  59. Heidijoy said

    Great trip down memory lane. Great topic FG! Enjoy the Hollywood performance and all the concert memories. I’ll never forget our reaction to that first DLG,especially those of you that were there. (Oh Boy when his head flops etc.) That first Zero Gravity when he moves away from the mic and starts dancing and jumping. …Thank you all for the positive site and the memories. Now if we could only have some more. David is just so talented and has accomplished so much. Memories to last a life time.

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  60. 55.Xaris,

    “I’ll have what he’s having……”
    OMG,I made that comment a year ago?! hahaha!

    I love the comment,
    “note to self: it’s all about the voice…it’s all about the voice..it’s….not working…”
    haha!

    Someone once suggested to watch this video, with the sound muted.Did I really want to do that??**giggle**
    So I tried it..like..I don’t know..10,15,maybe..ok,50 times.
    (just wanted to make sure I got the full effect)

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  61. bebereader said

    River,

    You were at Sayreville too? I missed meeting everyone because I couldn’t get there early enough for the get together before the show. Glad someone else here witnessed the madness in that place while waiting for David to take the stage and thereafter. The night was just incredible!

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    Xaris,

    That DLG is a classic!

    Resident Nightowl, now going niters….
    *Yawn*

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  62. SandyBeaches said

    Hey resident Nightowl Bebe…I cane here to see you when I couldn ‘t sleep but even Nightows sleep sometimes.

    The pictures are lovely. Some I have never seen before and the last one Is a show stopper!

    Good night,

    SB

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  63. SandyBeaches said

    Please excuse the sp mistakes it is this little lphone not me, hafa. I could spam and there is no scary wand to get me! Yeah!

    Good night to David!

    SB

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  64. Abrra said

    (the WAND never sleeps)

    Abrra

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  65. Jo said

    Bebe #61 – The pictures are so lovely. I like the pic David reaching hands to the fans and the last pic David awesome smile.

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  66. betsy said

    Here is close-up video of the “trance”. He may look at the camera a lot, but he is really looking through it. This has always been a favorite of mine – even with the hoots, screams, and yelling. It just doesn’t faze him one bit. I ♥ this.

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  67. stenocruiser said

    Sailing back from my two-week cruise — it was all so very wonderful. I have been checking the site to keep up with any news — great articles and comments by all of you. Here’s an interesting tidbit or two: yesterday our port was Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos Islands — my daughter was in one of the shops and “Elevator” was playing! Back on the ship, she and my sister were in the casino and they heard “Something ‘Bout Love”! So I guess we just don’t know where David’s voice is being heard. Well, must go and pack for home. Love to all.

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  68. betsy said

    Angelica, (#32)
    Did you really ask if the picture was too big? lol
    Or was that a rhetorical question?
    haha
    p.s. I am pretty sure that our friend Terrytampa took that second one.
    What a good memory I have of those two amazing days. David has given us such beautiful memories. Music, new friends, laughter, tears.

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  69. Jo said

    Steno- Nice to hear that even in Turks and Caicos, David songs was playing.

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  70. kaycee said

    Lately, as I check in here at The Voice, I keep hoping to see “Tour News”!…alas, not yet! Fortunately, there have been so many wonderful videos and interesting discussions to keep us all going. I loved River’s comment “The magic did and does continue.” Thank heavens!!

    I was driving with my daughters a few nights ago, and we were listening to TOSOD. We ended up discussing our favorite tracks and the results were quite interesting. My college-age daughter prefers Elevator, and PandA. My teenage daughter likes TOSOD and STR. And my younger daughter’s favorites are Who I Am and Look Around. However, they all love MKOP the most. My favorites seem to change every week, but Good Place and PandA always stay close to the top…but MKOP has always been at the top of my list as well.

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  71. kaycee said

    Haha! Did you catch “David’s” latest tweet?…

    “Hello. My name is David, and I like to leave out my twitter so my loveliest sister in the world named Jazzy can write tweets like this.”

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  72. Angelica said

    Hello. My name is David, and I like to leave out my twitter so my loveliest sister in the world named Jazzy can write tweets like this. 21 minutes ago

    Roll on the floor laugh my arse off!!! I have to spell it out! Woke me up from a dead sleep to see who was texting and why on a Saturday morning. It was Jazzy playing with David’s twitter account! Twitter is a-twitter too!

    OMGOSH what a way to start the day!

    I’m up now! Good Morning Voicelets! Have a great day!

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  73. Abrra said

    Kaycee

    Methinks Miss Jazzy has struck again! David left his laptop open again I suppose. 😉

    Oh I agree with all the songs LOL If I had to pick one ~~ MKOP is my favorite.

    Abrra

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  74. Angelica said

    Welcome back Stenocruiser from your cruise!

    Betsy, somewhat but not entirely rhetorical. I wondered if folks might be having a hard time getting the page to load with his big face. Haven’t gotten any complaints yet. 😉

    I’m off to do some shopping. Since we are posting pics from the divine Sayreville show, have a few screencaps I made last night while watching Sayreville/Altnoy. Something about the lighting and djbell’s ability to capture it is so beautiful. All the pinks and blues.

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  75. emmegirl said

    Voicelets, what a wonderful term of endearment!

    Spunky Jazzy!

    Kaycee, loved hearing the favs of you and your three daughters. I love Good Place too, makes me think of family and how blessed I am. Complain I really like, especially his backup vocals and love the guitar in it. TOSOD, Look Around and the live STR and Elevator favs too. MKOP is just special.

    Betsy, “he may look at the camera a lot, but he is really looking through it”, thanks for that video.
    (and David, please note, your mouth is too beautiful to hide behind that mic.)

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  76. emmegirl said

    SB, welcome back! Love hearing his music is getting out there, even if that doesn’t include American radio! It seems many of his youtube vid counts are steadily rising.

    There is a world famous physical therapy rehab center near where I live, great place to gift TOSOD and CFTH CDs. 🙂

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  77. Archugeezer said

    FG, thank you for a most interesing post. I have enjoyed “researching” examples of David’s exits. I have to admit that I have not consciously noticed/identified them before because David tends to put me into my own trance about two seconds after he begins to sing.

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  78. djafan said

    Good Morning!

    Bebe and SB I don’t know how you guys do it…lol

    I love the pictures! Jazzy’s aka David tweet made a top trending tweet!

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  79. Gayle122890 said

    Hello Voicelets ( like that)! FG: “He is a different entity altogether when he is singing”. I often wonder if David has split personality. The stark difference between the “regular” David and stage or singin David is so striking. His entire appearance changes. The “trance” not only seems to take him away somewhere but it also seems to change him physically. This became obvious to me, after wondering about it before, when I saw him sing Contigo en la Distancia when he transformed into a towering, hansome self-assured, mature entity.

    In a previous comment I shared my Archugaze experience. I never took that experience lightly. I often think about the way he made me feel. It was as if he saw whatever good is in me and aknowledged it. All in that one instant. FG, your Mom’s answer to your question described it for me so perfectly.

    What a way to start off the day! I was laughing at “David’s” tweet. I love that Jazzy. 🙂

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  80. poof said

    Hi Gayle.
    I too loved FG’s mom’s answer, but I felt I wanted to add a bit more to it. It’s his ability to connect soul to soul with another person, able to find the good and acknowledge it in an instance. You finished my thought,,, thanks!! The goodness that is David sees the goodness in us. No wonder we love him.

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  81. Abrra said

    Muldur uploaded an old video again of WYSYLM

    ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh soo good!

    Abrra

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  82. Abrra said

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    http://www.livestream.com/thevoiceunplugged

    Abrra

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  83. bebereader said

    SandyBeaches, Sorry I missed you last night….umm this morning! 😀

    Jo, The pics you chose are my favorites, too!

    Betsy#66 Remembering all the replays of that particular TBWY in chat and how we never ever got tired of it. That smile at the end…priceless!

    Steno, It was great to hear from you on your cruise and delighted to hear that David’s music is being played in far off places!

    Kaycee#70 Seems each song on TOSOD is a favorite of someone in your family. That’s all the proof I need that it’s a winner. It’s so hard to pick a favorite!

    Abrra#81 WOWSA! If I had to pick one song, one performance..well….yep, that’s the one. Thank you! 😀

    Have lots to do, then see you all in chat!

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  84. Suzy-Q said

    Poof, “I too loved FG’s mom’s answer, but I felt I wanted to add a bit more to it. It’s his ability to connect soul to soul with another person, able to find the good and acknowledge it in an instance. You finished my thought,,, thanks!! The goodness that is David sees the goodness in us. No wonder we love him”.

    I have always felt this way about our relationship with David. We at the “Voice” find that same connection with each other. When I was at the luncheon at Thaifoon in Utah, I felt so comfortable in that crowd of people. My first impression was, “They’re just like me”.

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  85. awestruck said

    ABBRA #39 thank you!

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  86. Bebe#50 – Barriers is & always will be one of my favorites. Feel fortunate that I did see that one performed live at David/Demi tour. However, nothing will top that one at Sayreville – his reaction/emotions are so genuine. You can’t duplicate that. Plus he did seem more at ease on his solo tour. More willing to let his emotions fly and boy did they soar.

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  87. Abbra#35 – thanks for posting the video. Pure pleasure and I wasn’t even there.

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  88. kaycee said

    Suzy-Q, I loved your comment: “The goodness that is David sees the goodness in us.” When someone carries such light inside them, they not only illuminate everyone they come in contact with, they are able to see the light in others.

    Speaking of light…#81, awesome video!

    It was such a beautiful, sunny day. I couldn’t resist–I drove to a nearby canyon and took my daughter on a short hike. It was the first real exercise she has had in months…and she did so well! The fresh air and sun did wonders for her! It was great to see the color back in her cheeks again.

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  89. Kaycee – sounds like the perfect therapy for your daughter. Must have been a treat for her senses – warm, bright, serene and the fresh air….. My husband enjoyed short nature walks during his breaks from treatment. And southern Utah is beauty beyond words.

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  90. bookaholic2 said

    The way I put it is as follows: David doesn’t sing a song. He LIVES the song–vocally.

    When he sings, I swear he’s on another planet or in a different dimension. He’s just GONE. You can really see him transform from his typical sweet, light-hearted self to serious musician, a magician of soul, when he begins to sing a song, particularly the ‘deep’, serious ones.

    I think he’s able to do this because he’s pursued the ability to channel emotion vocally for many years now, ever since he heard Tamyra Gray sing ‘And I’m Telling You’ on Idol when he was 11 y/o. He talks about the chills it gave him, that he had never heard anything like that before. He said he couldn’t stop listening to Tamyra and Kelly, that he sang their songs over and over. Personally, I think he’s got it DOWN. Perfection.

    Jim Cantiello mentions David’s incredible ability to emotionally connect with a song at 8:00 on the following video interview with Josh Skinner. I’m posting the link in case someone missed it. (There’s also a really cute discussion between them about David’s tweets.) I like the way Jim says that David is on a whole different level, like he seriously means it.

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  91. bluesky said

    Abrra 81, thanks for posting that.

    Wow. Haven’t been able to come for a while. It is wonderful to “see” you all and read your lovely and uplifting words. Thanks FG for the inspiring article. That video in “81” says it all. Reaching upwards while heaven reaches down. Then he thanks us all for our part in his glorious joy. He may never know.

    But I am thankful for him.

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  92. Abrra said

    Fandaforeverti48,Bookaholic2,Bluesky

    So nice to see you all back here at The Voice. 🙂 I know that real life can sweep you up and keep you busy. You were missed!

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    Kaycee
    Hiking is a great activity! It must have been a lovey view of nature. You daughter’s determination is amazing!

    I want to thank everyone who came to Unplugged last night. We watched tour videos and relived our VIP experiences. I want to apologize 😉 for falling asleep in my chair (again). I came back this morning to clear the chat screen and got to catch up on what I missed. Let me say this, “Gladys you are a riot!” Please come to chat earlier, you make me smile.

    #84 Suzy-Q
    I know what you mean. It happens in chat all the time,too. We are all so comfy and get along as if we were long time friends. When a “new” person comes in chat we get all excited and welcome them heartily!

    Abrra

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  93. betsy said

    Missed chat last night and it was the first time in ages I had a Saturday off, and could’ve come. But hubby and I were celebrating our anniversary 2 days early. (you gotta take advantage of having an empty house – it’s a rare thing!)
    He made cheeseburgers and brought out a coconut Pepperidge farm cake with candles lit.
    Plain food. It never tasted better. ♥

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  94. betsy said

    Newly uploaded Heaven from Zoo-a-palooza

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  95. betsy said

    I mean Crazy and now I’m pretty sure it’s the exact same video we’ve seen before.

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  96. VJ said

    Umm, you guys have all seen Melinda’s tweets today, right?

    bradwavra: New Kids/Backstreet Boys….every concert on sale…except last 4 cities. Who should we take out as the opening act? UK…coming next!

    MelindaWEG: @bradwavra david archuleta would be a good opener 😉 his fans are fanatics! Congrats on the sucess of the tour, so happy for you my friend

    Wonder how @DavidArchie Fans will answer HA! RT @bradwavra: New Kids/Backstreet Boys….every concert on (cont) http://tl.gd/8q6h07

    Not sure if Melinda was just talking, or hinting that we should tweet this guy. But if anyone thinks that it’d be a good idea for David to open for NKOTB/BSB, I say go for it. It can’t hurt anything.

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  97. bebereader said

    Fanda#86 Ahhh Mutual fans of “Barriers”! Hoping David sings it on the next (fingers crossed) tour. It’s been a while! And it was voted as a huge fan favorite. Let’s hope!

    Kaycee#88 Here’s to more invigorating hikes for you and your daughter.

    Bookaholic#90 (Love your name, BTW!) 😉 Jim Cantiello is a fanboy and sings David’s praises whenever he gets the chance. Thank you for that video!

    Betsy, Missed you in chat last night. Happy Anniversary!
    That “Crazy” video was heavenly! 😉

    Regarding the tweets about David opening for NKOTB/Backstreet Boys. Melinda said she was merely making a suggestion to a colleague who asked for names of tour openers. Personally, I’m all for it! I just mentioned it to my 19 year old daughter, who was a huge fan of BSB when she was a tween and she’s already excited. Looking around Twitter, I see reactions are mixed. Some think this will do nothing for David’s career. Others feel that it would bring out the 20 year olds who were tweens when the BSB were popular. I have a feeling the BSB will draw a huge crowd! I just want David out there, touring. Who he tours with at this point doesn’t matter to me. VJ, Thank you for bringing the tweets here.

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  98. emmegirl said

    Kaycee, so nice that you and your daughter got to go on a hike – nature, sunshine, fresh air..good day.

    I agree bebe, I think he just needs to be out there performing, and those would be older crowds (unlike demi tour), think it would be great!

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  99. MT said

    88 Kaycee: Nice to hear that you were able to go on a hike with your daughter! A walk in the fresh air and sunshine, good for both body and spirit.

    BeBe: I agree about the tour. I think David needs to tour, for several reasons. I’m good with whomever it may be. I just want him out there in front of people singing again.

    As for the pics and vids,all I can say is: Isn’t he just beautiful, in voice and in appearance. He makes me smile. 🙂

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  100. djafan said

    Hello all,

    Kaycee, that’s great I used to love to go hiking, need to get out some more.

    As for melinda’s tweet I figure it can’t hurt to let this tour promoter know that we, his fans, want David on tour period and this sounds much better than the Demi one.

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  101. emmegirl said

    I hope they had a storm of tweets.

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  102. just stopping in…. was watching some videos for a while this evening and burned the pasta I was boiling. Dang it! Pot is still soaking.Dangerous to watch David when preparing food!haha

    Grammys are on now. Not interested much.Watched the tribute to Aretha,Saw TRAIN get a grammy for Hey Soul Sister, after seeing Lady Gaga come onstage inside an egg and perform with an army of dancers, I just didn’t want to watch the Beav perform so I turned it off.

    Kaycee, I am glad you and your daughter got out in the sun and fresh air for a hike.that is so great!:)

    92. Abrra,
    Have I told you how much I luuuurve coming to unplugged? thank you for being there,for welcoming us in,and for all the great videos and fun, even when you are getting sleeeeepy, in your chair.:)))
    you said:
    “Gladys you are a riot!” Please come to chat earlier, you make me smile.
    (did you mean Gladys, or Gladys mic? haha)

    To Gladys,
    you make me smile too. You are a hoot!

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  103. gladys said

    uhhhhhhhhhhhhhh THANK YOU ALL

    I did not think I make you girls smile. You always bring the best out of me.

    From copying what you say or write in English to copy it to the translator and then read, in this small way I can think of many ideas. I’ve never been funny but you made me laugh all the time, and I had so much fun Saturday.

    gladys mic
    gladys jeans
    glad s (I dropped a tooth, remember?)
    gladiola
    gladys y david (Eventually, in my dreams)

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  104. Abrra said

    Sky

    We do have a blast don’t we?

    Gladys that tooth! I forgot about that. You have a “dry wit” just like David. I don’t know how the translator would explain it, but your humor is priceless. My fondest wish is for your to see David perform live. Until then, we have Unplugged to keep us happy.

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    Abrra

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  105. Jo said

    Abra#104 Ahh! David smile is so cute, it make my day.
    Bebe- I love Barrier too, but on our local radio station here in our country, sadly ,it never been played. I love Stomping the roses too, and this song never been play also in our radio station. The usual David song played here is Elevator and Something about love.

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  106. bebereader said

    Skydancer,
    Saturday nights in The Voice Unplugged are a hoot. If you’ll notice, there’s no clock so the time speeds by. Our conversations are as stimulating as the videos we watch. Okay, ALMOST as stimulating! LOL

    Gladys,
    I give you so much credit for coming to an English speaking chatroom and participating in the conversation. I don’t think I’d be able to do as good a job as you if I was in a Spanish-speaking room. Maybe I will find that out one day. 😉 In any case, thank you for all the time you share there with us. Your presence contributes greatly to the enjoyable experience.

    Jo,
    I always thought Barriers would have done well on radio…that and Zero Gravity. I’m glad your radio stations play some of David’s songs. Wish I would hear more of them here in NY.

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