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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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Subtle Changes ~ David Archuleta at Myrtle Beach

Posted by djafan on Monday, May 30, 2011

Recap by SB, SF, and Hooked

We arrived in Myrtle Beach with excitement and anticipation which quickly turned into cultural shock when we encountered thousands of motorcycles which had overtaken the streets of Myrtle Beach. But, that is a story of its own.

Our anticipation turned to fear and anxiety when we saw David’s tweets from LA while we were in Myrtle Beach. Why isn’t he coming? We decided to be positive as we knew David would eventually be here. We braved the motorcycle traffic to scope out the venue which made our anticipation even greater. We couldn’t quite believe that we would finally be seeing David on this very stage.

We woke up the day of the concert by his tweet telling us he is here. Knowing David’s fans quite well we decided to go to the venue and mark our spot. David’s fans were already there eight hours before showtime. After watching The Band do their sound check without David we decided to leave our chairs and get out of the heat for a while. We heard that he was visiting a hospital during this time.

When we came back the other performers had ended their sets and people started chanting…David,  David, David. The Band came on first encouraging our chants until he finally ran up the steps and onto the stage.

He started with “Stomping the Roses” and from the first few notes we could soon hear he is slowly evolving with the most subtle of changes. His hair was blowing in the breeze. He remarked that it was the first time that he had performed so close to the ocean. It was so warm that after a few songs the humidity made his hair glisten with moisture and at one point he did a head whip that caused a spray of perspiration. He never stopped smiling from the moment he hit the stage until he suddenly left it.

It was brilliant the way he incorporated the band introduction into his performance of “Gotta Get Through This.” He allowed each band member to be in the spotlight. He looked as awed by their performances as the audience was of him. He also showed the audience just how proud he is to have a band of such caliber and talent.

It is the emotion and passion that highlights each of his own songs. The covers he did were nothing short of brilliant, totally leaving us in awe. His choice to sing “Rule the World” was he said, an appropriate song given the sign of the times and his rendition was fantastic. “Blackbird” showed us another dimension of his vocal genius. He raised the bar yet again.

His voice was clear and precisely where it needed to be and growly where he wanted it to be. His voice is deeper, stronger and richer than ever, even though he did not feel the need to drink from the familiar water bottle. It seemed all too soon that he was singing his last song. After he sang his encore “Crush” it was suddenly over.

As we were leaving we noticed the limo on the street behind the stage and a large group of fans waiting for him. David and his band were in a tent being treated to an array of food before he emerged smiling to sign autographs. While waiting for David, we spoke at length with the band members and showed our appreciation for the fabulous concert.

Like days of old, he went down the line, signed autographs and high-fived everyone as he ran back. Then David and The Band were whisked away in  a white stretch limo. It was very impressive and gratifying to see David treated like a star by the organizers and the Myrtle Beach fans as he stepped into his new musical era.

Last night his fans let him know that he does not have to ever worry about just being a memory or nothing at all because after last night, he will always be in that good place.  ♥

SB, SF and Hooked

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Band Series, Part 4 ~ Introducing David Archuleta’s Band

Posted by bebereader on Friday, May 27, 2011

Having no idea how important a bass player is to a band, my assumption was that the bass is the least important instrument because you can barely hear it, right?  Seems that I had it all wrong.  In any band, the bass player has a crucial role because he is depended upon to propel the music along. Establishing and keeping a steady rhythm by working with the drummer is another one of the bassist’s primary functions. The bassist is also responsible for linking the harmony or backing chords of a song with the rhythm. The link is so important to the song because it contributes to the style of the music, whether rock, jazz, pop, etc.

Enter Ben Shepherd, David’s new bassist.

Ben hails from Wellington, New Zealand and now resides in Valencia, California where he attends California Institute of the Arts and majors in Jazz Studies. He plays funk, fusion and jazz. At only 21 years old, he’s already worked with top New Zealand jazz musicians like Leigh Jackson and Kirsten McKenzie. In 2008 he recorded his first album “Double Play” featuring his own compositions.

Ben Shepherd has his own band called Mr. DanZ. It’s a  jazz/fusion/rock/funk/blues/gospel band and Steven Robinson, David’s percussionist is a member. He credits Herbie Hancock and Weather Report as the band’s biggest influences.

“With the tight explosive pocket of Steven J. Robinson on drums, the thunderous low end from Ben Shepherd on Bass to the mind blowing technique of Bulgarian Pianist/Keyboardist Milen Kirov combined with the fiery fingers of Neil Kogan on Guitar, Mr. DanZ’s sound and style will keep you on the edge of your seat with their high energy and freight train-like groove like no other.” ~from Mr. DanZ’s facebook page.

There is a more mature, complex, raw vibe showing in David’s recent performances. It’s no stretch of the imagination to believe his new band has played a role in that growth, and will continue to be a seminal influence in the months to come. This is not the track Jive had in mind for him, but this “explosive..thunderous..high energy freight train” has left the station and there’s no turning back.


Click here to go to Mr DanZ’s FB page.

Click here to visit Ben’s YouTube Channel

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Djafan’s Recap ~ At the Idol Viewing Party With David Archuleta

Posted by djafan on Thursday, May 26, 2011

Photo by Frazer Harrison

Loving the whipped hair. ^^^

Our inveterate field reporter for the west coast and all things LA, scored last minute tix to the Kiisfm Idol Viewing Partaaay last night!!!!! The following are some communications relayed from the scene along with some totally unnecessary and senseless commentary by me.

For clarity, as far as that is possible, Djafan’s words are in red, my .02 cents are in blue.

Texts from the field:

I’m here.

Standing with archiefandoc from fanscene and her hubby.

Free food and drinks.

My view.

%^*$&h#$%*($#@@W&g 😯   #y7*y%!!!*aiy$!!

Jojo from KIIS FM giving out prizes.

David is here!!!!!!!!!!

Crowd.

I enjoy the abstract quality of this.  🙂

Went to bathroom and saw him in the lobby!

*censored*

lol.

Photo Matt Sayles

Nice pants and leather jacket.  I approve.  Thumbs ^ backatcha.

Tried to converse with Patty on the phone after the show but she was so excited over his performance she forgot Bebe and I were there.  😆

We could hear the squeeing in the background with fans. 

She got the ENTIRE performance on video.  Like 40 minutes.  spazzzzzzzz>>>   😛

Her recap to follow below which (when I finally got her to come back to the phone) she informs me she will write,  upload, and publish in comments when she gets home and calms down. Or not. heh. Angelica signing off. Ciao for now.  

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I Had a Dream Last Night

Posted by amb4da on Sunday, May 22, 2011

“I had a dream last night…I didn’t know just what it all might mean….heyyyeyy”…

Sunday Morning, May 15… David shows up in a dream. A rare occurrence, only the 2nd time in my three-year obsession with all things Archuleta and feeling so real, like a parallel life taking place on another plane, I decide to jot it down to reflect on what perhaps my subconscious is telling me today…

I’m at a house party in the midst of people meandering about. The two Davids show up and start rehearsing at a piano. Both are sick with colds and seem a bit road-worn.…still they struggle to practice a mutual project. They seem so “normal,” not the famous public personas…just two guys working on music, even uncharacteristically grumbling in their effort to sound good while feeling sick. They pound out a tune on the piano…it’s ” Crush”…it sounds edgier, slower, more forceful and dramatic (Cook’s influence, I think to myself). In theory, the arrangement should be all wrong for the sweet song about young infatuation but in fact, it sounds so good. I’m across the room. There’s a moment Cook leaves and David’s sitting alone, frustrated with not feeling up to par. It feels natural to go talk to him, not as a fan, just two people at the same party on common ground. So I walk over to him, wanting to lift his spirits and let him know, “That sounded great, what you did on the piano.” He looks up and smiles, is his usual polite, receptive self, easily connecting over the music. I go on, trying to make sense. “Those stronger…what were they? Chord progressions? Sounded great!” He laughs as I quickly disclaim, “I don’t mean to sound like a musical expert. Anyway, it just sounded so good.” He thanks me and we chat more…at which point Cook returns and they turn to leave. I reach out to David, to get his attention before he goes, suddenly urgent, and more as a “fan,” I randomly say, “David, we’re always going to want more, more, more from you…we never get enough….but please know we just want you to be OK, first and foremost.” It’s understood, and we wave goodbye with some words about seeing him at an upcoming show…

It’s a simple dream. I like the easy exchange in a natural setting. I think to myself, Cook was there because of an interview I’d seen online the day before where David is asked if he and Cook ever plan to collaborate.

But it was David’s well-being and the sense of urgency in my last words to him that stayed with me as I woke. Funny timing, when just days later it took on more meaning after seeing two videos that also left an impression with me, and apparently many other fans too. His soul-bearing, candid ASCAP interview, where we witness, not surprisingly, the effect the past few years in the post-idol grind have had on him, leading him to wisely step back, take a breather, live life and chart new courses for himself. Then the short video message, taped after a promo for Utah’s Entertainment and Choice Awards, where David speaks to his fans a heartfelt thanks for sticking by him as he sorts out life.  (ohhh, *pang*, David…of course!)


How weird it must be to start out on a journey, “just David,” a kid who loves to sing, and now have all these fans he appreciates but also feels he has to manage and maintain, while just living his life! Suddenly, just like in the dream, I want to reach out and let him know__please don’t feel any pressure out here David, to be anything other than yourself and who you need to be, for you. While musically we might always “want more, more, more and never get enough, first and foremost we just want you to be OK, whatever you decide to do, or not do. It’s your authenticity as a human being your fans respect as much as your wonderful talent and music. I think many understand and support your need to have a life as well as a career on your terms…ones that satisfy you and bring you the most joy. In fact, that makes the best sense to me, to maintain balance and sanity in a crazy business, while using your talent in ways that matter most to you…and consequently to others. You are right, once again. Shoot from the heart, always.

So while I have lots of anticipation about what might be next for you, I have no set expectations, timelines or demands of you, David. Feel free and follow your heart…and for whenever we may get to share the music and follow along…thank you.

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Band Series, Part 3 ~ Introducing David Archuleta’s Band

Posted by bebereader on Thursday, May 19, 2011

Guitarist, Brian Green

We’ve already learned about two of David’s new band members; keyboardist Mark Nilan Jr and percussionist Steven Robinson. Each, with his unique abilities and background brings something special to the mix to complement David’s voice.

Next up is Brian Green, an accomplished guitarist/composer with an impressive resume. I contacted Brian on facebook (he’s not on Twitter) and asked him for updated biographical information for this article. He immediately and good-naturedly responded with a link to his website. His music stretches to many genres including jazz, pop, ambient, Brazilian and groove music.


What is groove music? According to Wikipedia:

“Groove is the sense of propulsive rhythmic “feel” or sense of “swing” created by the interaction of the music played by a band’s rhythm section (drums, electric bass or double bass, guitar, and keyboards). Groove is a consideration in genres such as salsa, funk, rock, fusion, and soul. The word is often used to describe the aspect of certain music that makes one want to move, dance, or “groove”.

Hailing from and residing in Los Angeles, California, Brian first picked up a guitar when he was just eight years old, to impress a girl he liked in grade school.  He credits rocker Eddie Van Halen as his earliest influence but later became interested in jazz when he was in high school. In 2000 he was a Spotlight Award finalist, giving him the opportunity to perform at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with renowned pianist Gerald Clayton.  In 2001 he was honored as a Clifford Brown/Stan Getz Fellow and selected to participate in the 2001 Grammy Band.

Brian was accepted to the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California in 2002, where he studied jazz and classical music and began a degree in Studio Jazz Guitar. In 2004 he worked with and recorded for producer David Foster as a featured soloist on Michael Buble’s hit single “Home”.  Then Warner Brothers approached him to play with Michael Buble on a tour around the world for a year and a half. After the Buble tour, he concentrated on completing his degree at USC and on being a composer and artist. He graduated with honors in 2007, the same year he recorded his debut album of all original jazz music, “Scenic Route”.

“The disc is fantastic for relaxing at home but the music is at its best live, where, in the tradition of jazz, Green and his band create plenty of improvised solos and experimental melodies. His is a modern jazz, often eschewing the piano but making use of other tools such as looping pedals to lay down melodies live and solo over them.” ~from Brian Green’s myspace page

“I always prefer playing live shows. Something can be lost in jazz that is too studied. Sometimes it’s better to create a vibe for the audience, an aesthetic. That’s what I try to do with my music…
I want to make a fun environment for everyone so that they can relate to me, the performer, without needing extensive knowledge of the history of jazz.” ~Brian Green

Brian and Steven accompanied David to the Invisible Children event  in Nashvile last month. We were treated to a new acoustic guitar-driven “Crush” that gave the song new depth.

credit JR

Since October 2010, Brian has been singing vocals and playing lead guitar for his own jazz/pop/indie band, Montë Mar. He credits The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Johnny Marr, Milton Nascimento and Radiohead as the band’s major influences. With music that grooves, improvised solos and experimental melodies, Brian’s skills and experience make him perfectly suited for David’s band.

The versatility of David’s new band is exciting and I can’t wait to hear them meld their sounds together and get their “groove” on!


Click on pic above to go to Brian’s Facebook page.

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Milwaukee Brewers vs LA Dodgers ~ David Archuleta Wins!!!

Posted by djafan on Wednesday, May 18, 2011

@DavidArchie: Getting ready to sing for tonight’s @Dodgers game. Cool being on the field.

@idolsnow: DAVID ARCHULETA sings National Anthem at L.A. Dodgers home game tonight and “God Bless America” at 7th inning stretch.

@abc123Jime89xyz: “Giving David Archuleta a song to sing is like giving Picasso paint and a brush. The outcome is a masterpiece.” *sigh*

@Dodgers: Nailed it. Great job! RT @DavidArchie: Getting ready to sing for tonight’s @Dodgers game. Cool being on the field.

@clairbearattack: Thank god for the national anthem otherwise I never would have heard David Archuleta live.

@PriscillaE4: @DavidArchie just gave me the chills while singing at @dodgers stadium 🙂

Take us out to the ball game, David!

We’ll buy you some and

We don’t care if we NEVER get back!  LOL!  Ah, the simple joys of being a David fan. Like knowing for good and dang sure no one else can sing patriotic songs better than him. He opens his mouth and suddenly we feel all and 

and as cheesy as this post. We also feel a renewal of hope in humanity and so much pride in him!  It is impossible to listen to him sing the National Anthem or God Bless America without getting chills. You don’t even have to be American to feel it. You just have to be. He sings it to us and makes us understand:

We are a united state of fans, one world, one love, one Voice.

Click here> for  National Anthem

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Supporting Eternal Excellence

Posted by SandyBeaches on Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Helping Hand

We all need a helping hand sometimes, as we travel through life.
So take the hand I willingly extend and I’ll guide you.
Because when I look at you I see myself, living one of my many lives.
People say the older we get the wiser we become, this is not necessarily so.
We all need a helping hand sometimes.
So with a little help I’ll guide you away from the path which I took, that lead
me away from the truth.
Don’t ever feel that I am lost to you.
I only await your call, when together we will find a clearer path to follow,
through the twists and turns of life.
Because we all need a helping hand sometimes as we travel through life.
So take the hand I willingly extend and I’ll guide you.

~Loretta Worthington

Photo credit peacelovedavid

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In the midst of decision making and while wondering about anyone’s future, it is hard to stand by and do absolutely nothing to help alleviate a difficult situation.  I have stopped traffic for a mother pheasant and her young as they tried to cross a busy highway, and I have jumped out of my car to help a confused and lost dog cross over four lanes of road to safety and on to a new home. I have even done the same for a slow-moving but awesome turtle who only wanted to make it to the river.  But it is not always easy to give a friend the helping hand that is needed.
The most well-known, accomplished and successful artists can identify people in their lives who acted as mentors.  The term “mentor” has its origin in Homer’s Odyssey when a man named Mentor was entrusted with the education of the son of Odysseus.  It is a fact that mentoring balances your heart, mind and spirit. Success comes from persistence. Persistence often comes from the support and encouragement of a mentor.

David Archuleta with Olivia Newton-John, David Foster and Katherine McPhee

I have the following interesting partial list of mentor pairs as compiled by Rey Carr:

Jerry Wexler (music journalist, record producer, chairman of Atlantic Records) mentor to Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Solomon Burke, Dusty Springfield, Linda Ronstadt, and Willie Nelson.

Mitch Miller (1911-2010) was a mentor to Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Marty Robbins, Jerry Vale, and Mahalia Jackson

Don Henley mentors Sheryl Crow, Amy Sky is mentor to Olivia Newton-John

George Burns was mentor to Bobby Darin, Bobby Darin has been mentor to Wayne Newton

Gloria Estefan mentored by her grandmother, Consuela Garcia

Duke Ellington mentor to Tony Bennett, Abdullah Ibrahim (jazz pianist) and Lena Horne

Tina Turner mentor to Mick Jagger, Hank Snow mentor to Elvis Presley

Woody Guthrie, Dave Van Ronk and Joan Baez mentors to Bob Dylan

Huey Lewis mentor to Bruce Hornsby, Stevie Wonder mentored Ray Charles

More recently I have read that Shania Twain has met with Gladys Knight, Lionel Ritchie and David Foster who have been providing guidance and inspiration to her as she attempts to reclaim her voice.

The following is a quote from the Master Class Lady whose critiques on David and his music are highly respected and thoroughly enjoyed.

Excellence is eternal and David Archuleta certainly embodies all the qualities I look for in an artist. His enthusiasm and passion for the music is so apparent in this video but the bottom line is this: David is one of the finest young singers to come along in a very, very long time.
My hope and my dream is that he finds someone truly great and sublimely gifted in the music industry who will move his career to an international level.  How did Jive ever let this young man go?  How?
Hang in there, David. It took David Foster a long time to achieve success with Michael Buble and look at him now.  Michael was ready to give up his musical dreams in his early twenties but he was fortunate to have a wise manager who kept him focused on the prize.
Time for the two Davids (Foster and Archuleta) to meet and begin the magical process of transforming David into a superstar”.

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Band Series, Part 2 ~ Introducing David Archuleta’s Band

Posted by bebereader on Saturday, May 7, 2011

Photo credit PaulaFOD

Percussionist: Steven J. Robinson

When I began to research percussionist/actor/singer/songwriter and producer, Steven J. Robinson, I found very little on the web. But I noticed that he’s active on Twitter where he’s very popular with the fans. I took a leap and decided to tweet him for some help. It soon became apparent why he’s so popular; he’s a delightful guy, very easy to talk to and really friendly. Bursting with excitement, he graciously answered all my questions and then some, without hesitation. 😀

Born in 1989 in Los Angeles, California, Steven Robinson comes from a family of performers. His Mom and Dad were singers and ministers in the Pentecostal church. It was only a matter of time before Steven set his sights on a similar career.

How did you become interested in music and particularly percussion?

“Drums was the very first thing that intrigued me. I was very small-around the age of 2-in church. I didn’t know anything about drumming, or what it’s main purpose was in a musical setting. All I remember is that the sound and physical nature of the instrument grabbed my attention, and never let go! The more I got into drums as time went on, the more I got into music.

Funny story-because I was so deeply rooted in church, and gospel music, my first time hearing secular music was in 3rd grade. The kids at school would bring their CD’s. Around that time, Britney Spears, NSync, Christina Aguilera, 98 Degrees, and Spice Girls were HUGE. I knew the sound wasn’t gospel, but I liked it! It was simpler, and most of the time, less dramatic. ha ha It was a nice change. But now I incorporate my gospel roots into my pop/r&b gigs, and people love it. :)”

According to his bio, Steven started playing drums professionally as early as junior high school!

When did you start playing professionally and getting gigs?

“In my sophomore year of high school, I was asked to play behind Marie Wise-Hawkins, a local country singer. I played with her for a year or so, doing local gigs and demo recordings. From her, I went on to playing in a rock band called NuLvL.“

After high school, he won a music scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston. While in Boston, he auditioned at a local theater and began to get interested in every aspect of the entertainment industry including acting. He also worked in the studio with Japanese artist Sylvia Lynn and singer/songwriter Tori Salisbury. He has graced the stage musically and theatrically, in various productions from one coast to the other.  His artistry grows from writing, recording and performing his own material.

Were you in a band in college?

“During college, I played in an R&B band called “Aftershock”. We were a 20-piece band! This was my first experience playing r&b in a huge setting. I learned so much! From this opportunity, I was given my first semi high profile gig, with Universal Motown’s Devin Johnson. Devin sang and played keyboards in Aftershock. During these playing experiences, a good buddy of mine named Andre Brown shaped and molded the raw talent inside of me. Andre taught me how to play to a click track (much different than practicing to cd’s!), and showed me different ways to approach r&b drumming. I thank God for having Andre placed in my life.”

Have you had prior band experience?

“While in LA, I’ve been on the hustle as a drummer and an actor, looking for the next great opportunity. I played for a number of up and coming acts before landing the gig with David. At the end of the day, it’s all about networking, and building relationships with fellow entertainers. That’s how I got the recommendation for David’s new band. :)”

Which brings us to this week’s Twitter parties. Enthusiastic fans asked Steven all kinds of cool questions to which he so generously obliged. 😉 Names of tweeters have been removed to protect our innocence. LOL.  Steven’s replies are in italics.

How did U come about joining @DavidArchie’s band? Did U know about him before joining his band?
His last drummer was an acquaintance of mine…he called me in to audition.

How’s the music coming along?
The music is great! Cant wait to get back to work!

Luv new vibe- David Archuleta’s band with your bongos adds new flavor & vibe.
Awesome! That was the plan!

Who are some of your favorite gospel artists?
GREAT question-Hezekiah Walker, Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, John P. Kee, Doobie Powell, Tye Tribbett, Skillet, the list goes on!

What’s David doing today?
Not sure….lol check his tweets

You are so sweet. ‘family’ .. you have such a positive, sunny attitude..I love that. no wonder David chose you.
Thank you so very much! 🙂

Are we getting any closer to Tour news???
Everyday that passes gets closer to news. 🙂

Any more ‘sexy acoustic sets’ in the works? Loved the last one!!
Oh yeah! Much more sexy acousticness in the works!

“Much more sexy acousticness in the works!” Lord have Mercy on us all. Imma start prayin now.
Talk to the Lord!! Lol

How do you transport those big drums?
A car, and lots of patience lol

*cough* going to Asia soon? *cough*COUGH*
ha ha ha dont know yet…hopefully!

Morning! Do u guys rehearse in a set studio or do u pack up ur drums each day & travel around?
We’re in a set studio.

Any particular reason for choosing drums as your instrument? Do you have a favorite drummer?
I was chosen by God to play drums. 🙂 For whatever reason! Fav drummers-brook alexander, teddy campbell, aaron spears

Will david’s tour start in June!?
June? Who said that?

Have u ever heard @davidarchie sing some Prince?
We’re trying to convince him actually! #iloveprince

I have all the tamales you need. just need tour dates and you can have them all 😛
ha ha ha ha you little sneak!! Lol

ooh rehearsals tonight eh? i raise my bribe by 10 tamales if you agree to cellcast the rehearsals tonight 😉
ha ha ha ha!!!!!! I really cant wait to meet you! Ha ha what show are you coming to?

You skipped over my tweet about “full set at Myrtle Beach”??? but I’ll forgive you this time! LOL
Oh Im sorry!!! Yes full set!!

or we can meet in INDONESIA in JULY 😛
ha ha ha!

oh yeah! My man, Steven, is a clever dude! Not gonna get one over on him! But good try! haha ♥ you guys 🙂

Good Place Good Place Good Place (trying subliminal mind control) Good Place Good Place Good Place
ha ha ha!

Hi! Question, don’t know if it’s been answered… Whose brilliant idea was it to mash up Gotta Get Thru This & Msg in a Bottle?!
All collaborative my friend 🙂

Thanks 4the twitter party & info about the Cajon, my music shop closed in the neighborhood 😦 Boo hope we didn’t overwhelm U 🙂
Not at all! I throw the twitter parties cause yall are awesome!

We do know for sure that there is a summer tour, right?
Not confirmed yet.

Hmmm….boss man just called me. Indonesia. 🙂

Call me ignorant but do you mean David by “boss man”? Don’t want to assume!
Yep. That’s David!

Tell @DavidArchie that we love when he adds lots of na na na’s, yeah yeahs and humming in his songs! 🙂
He knows, that’s why he does it! Ha ha

Yeah, that @DavidArchie acts so innocent, but he KNOWS what he’s doin’! haha
Agreed!!!

Uh oh. With that last reply, I think we’re headed for Trouble with a capital T.

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A Study in Performance

Posted by MT on Tuesday, May 3, 2011

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On Saturday, April 23, 2011, we got a tweet from David that he was at the Prince concert at the Forum. Now, we all know that David has a very broad range of musical interests, from Gospel, to Jazz, to R&B, and more. We all know that Michael Jackson is one of David’s favorite performers. But somehow I didn’t expect this one. I’ve never really been a Prince fan and couldn’t have named one song that he sang. So I watched a video of his encore from the concert David attended and did a little research. To my surprise, I was actually familiar with some of his songs. I remember hearing them on the radio. I just never bothered to find out who was singing them. I never really worried about who sang what, until David.

But I digress. What I want to discuss is Prince’s showmanship and David’s presence at this concert. Although I may never actually attend one of Prince’s concerts, I was impressed with his stage presence and certain elements of his performance. When playing the encore for this particular concert, he stood at the piano, he moved around while he sang, and encouraged audience participation, getting the audience to sing along. I was particularly impressed with his grace of movement and the expressiveness of his hands.

The David connection: In watching this, I couldn’t help but think about David’s evolving stage presence. It brought to mind songs like “Crush” or “My Hands,” where he too gets the audience involved by encouraging them to sing along or “Your Eyes Don’t Lie,” where he gets the audience to whistle. (That last one is a favorite of mine.) Even on some of the songs on The Other Side of Down, he’s been choosing places where fans can sing. There are also some more subtle moves he’s been making. I am of course, referring to the jump in TOSOD that he did during the NYE performance and the MJ move in the performance of TOSOD in Dallas. I also find that his movements are becoming more subdued and fluid, including his more relaxed and confident strides across the stage during a break in a song.

This made me wonder, was David at this concert just to enjoy it? Or could he have been there to study the performance elements of yet another established, successful singer, just as an artist would go to Paris to study with the masters of their craft? Perhaps it’s a little of both. But it follows that if you want to be the best, you need to learn from the best. I think perhaps this may be what David has been doing all along.

While we all realize that David is experimenting with his own sound in order to decide who he really is as an artist, let us not underestimate his desire to do well in his chosen field. No matter how naturally gifted he is vocally, he must surely realize that the performance aspect is a critical part of what makes or breaks an artist.

Most of us have watched David since the beginning of American Idol, Season 7. We have watched David grow as an artist, have been here as his voice deepened and became richer as he grew older. We have also seen his performances evolve. We’ve watched as he went from standing at a microphone during his first solo show, to walking away from the mic stand, and then moving around on stage during that first tour. We watched as David began to slowly incorporate a bit of rhythm and movement into his performances and we’ve seen him surprise fans by going down into the audience to sing.

Bit by bit, this young man who was once so shy that he didn’t know if he’d ever be able to move on stage has been overcoming his extreme shyness and developing his performance skills. With each year that passes and each new tour, David continues to surprise and amaze us with his growth as an artist and performer.  And it’s only the beginning.

Recently, David Archuleta gave an oral report on some of what he has learned thus far to Truth About Music’s Harris Decker at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Expo.

So while he may not be enrolled at Julliard, I do believe David is attending school, just not in the established manner. He’s learning what works for him and what doesn’t and how to adjust his course. He’s learning that sometimes you have to cut your engines and let the wind fill your sails. To trust himself.

If you think back to the concerts he has attended over the last few years, he has gotten quite a broad education in what makes for a successful concert and I think he’s been trying to slowly incorporate what he has learned into his shows. If you want to know how to put on a show that will bring in thousands, what better education than to watch in real-time a pro in action, observing the audience’s reaction to each element of performance?

Below is a list of some of the performers whose concerts David has attended, many of whom he has met and spoken with. Quite an impressive group of instructors! What could be better than learning from performers with successful careers, some that have spanned decades?

Although David may not be in college, I think he’s still studying (whether consciously or unconsciously) and his education never stops. David knows that there are artists who have been in the business and been a success for many, many years without being vulgar or pulling crazy stunts to keep their fans interested. They are still here today by being good at what they do and by engaging their audiences.

These performers are David’s teachers.  And our Student Prince is learning fast.

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