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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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Letters for David Archuleta

Posted by djafan on Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Jason Mraz, one of David’s deservedly fave artists, just released a new single and video. Too new to ever fly under the radar of YouTube for use in a fan video (I’m still working on that idea) but lyrically a perfect tribute as it is. I love the song and the images of letters goes well with this recent news from Kariontour on twitter.  Enjoy!

64 Responses to “Letters for David Archuleta”

  1. Abrra said

    This could be our anthem as we wait. Seriously beautiful lyrics. 🙂



  2. Spirit said

    I saw this Jason Mraz video on youtube tonight and immediately thought of David, also. Love the “heart candles” picture.

    Did you happen to see my question at the end of the last thread?


  3. Bebereader said

    I liked this song at first listen.
    Lyrics and melody are equally beautiful.
    So appropriate for how we feel right now.
    Thanks, Angelica!

    Lyrics to “I Won’t Give Up”
    Jason Mraz

    When I look into your eyes
    It’s like watching the night sky
    Or a beautiful sunrise
    Well there’s so much they hold
    And just like them old stars
    I see that you’ve come so far
    To be right where you are
    How old is your soul?

    I won’t give up on us
    Even if the skies get rough
    I’m giving you all my love
    I’m still looking up

    And when you’re needing your space
    To do some navigating
    I’ll be here patiently waiting
    To see what you find

    ‘Cause even the stars they burn
    Some even fall to the earth
    We’ve got a lot to learn
    God knows we’re worth it
    No, I won’t give up

    I don’t wanna be someone who walks away so easily
    I’m here to stay and make the difference that I can make
    Our differences they do a lot to teach us how to use the tools and gifts
    We got yeah we got a lot at stake
    And in the end, you’re still my friend at least we didn’t tend
    For us to work we didn’t break, we didn’t burn
    We had to learn, how to bend without the world caving in
    I had to learn what I got, and what I’m not
    And who I am

    I won’t give up on us
    Even if the skies get rough
    I’m giving you all my love
    I’m still looking up
    I’m still looking up

    I won’t give up on us
    God knows I’m tough, he knows
    We got a lot to learn
    God knows we’re worth it

    I won’t give up on us
    Even if the skies get rough
    I’m giving you all my love
    I’m still looking up


  4. Abrra said

    From the previous thread

    Spirit said
    Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 10:28 PM e

    Abrra…I have a question that you may be able to answer. I’ve had David’s vlog — audio (from the candy jar) on my ipod for a year or so. Only the first 30 seconds plays however. I noticed that if I play it on my computer or on my itunes site , the entire 7 plus minutes plays. Can’t figure out what the problem is. I even redownloaded it and put it back on my ipod, but it still does the same thing. Any ideas?

    I don’t know any reason why it would stop short on your device. Perhaps it got corrupted somewhere in the transfer to the device? If you can post a link to the video blog, I will make a new mp3 for you. I’d like to know what file it was from the Candy Jar so that I can check it out.



  5. Heidijoy said

    Lovely photo. Our love and our light surrounding David forever. Love the song and it is so fitting.


  6. Lynnella said

    Has anyone checked David’s twitter lately. Looks like the “lovely Jazzy” has hijacked his phone again (lol)


    DavidArchieDavid Archuleta

    Why is Jazzy so darn cool? How her glorious hair flows beautifully through the wind, how she gracefully swings around her Wii remote, oh my.


  7. Bebereader said


    I saw that too. LOL

    Here’s another.
    This one seems to be more David’s style.

    “the greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can chang … 1 hour ago

    ..change the outer aspects of their lives.” 1 hour ago


  8. Lynnella said


    Loved this song. I think David will be shocked to see how many of us won’t give up on him. How could we, when he is the embodiment of all things good in this world. I can’t think of anyone with more talent, humility, compassion, selflessness, and not to even mention how beautiful he is on the outside. Even if he looked like a troll, all of the rest is worth waiting for. I can only imagine how much more amazing he will be when he returns. It may take us 2 years to prepare for the changes that will take place. I can hardly wait.



  9. bluesky said

    Lovely song, Angelica. So glad you found it. So glad JM is still writing, etc. We need more good music in the world.

    (love Jazzy’s tweets!)


  10. PattiNC said

    How weird you posted a Jason Mraz song…..I’ve been thinking about how he’s been out of the spotlight for a couple of years (2 years since I’m Yours) and read he’s been working on another album for quite sometime that might be out in early 2012. That’s 3 years! (except for an Live recording EP) We really got spoiled with the amount of music David put out in a short time!
    I love this song…perfect lyrics for our little world!!


  11. betsy said

    Nice find, Angelica. He is such a musical talent. What a poet!

    “We had to learn how to bend without the world caving in.” ♥

    Bebe, it’s a rare song that I like at first listen. This was one.

    Really liked the video as well.


  12. dakgal said

    Thanks Angelica—Beautiful song –how did Jason know how we feel?

    Just think–in two + years —we get to fall in love all over again!!


  13. dakgal said

    PS: abs —thanks for adding >>>>new post>>> at the end of the last thread—-for us airheads–who think everybodys quit talking. 🙄


  14. nanaweize said

    Awww Angelica…I am loving this song so much. I downloaded it and I keep listening to it and “I won’t give up!”


  15. Colleen Woodward said

    Angelica, what a wonderful song! I’m positive Jason must have written it after David made his announcement. He knew how we all felt, and wrote a song….:)

    I love Jazzy’s tweets…..she is a spirited young lady.

    A very belated Happy New year to all the great people at The Voice!


  16. davidstopsmyaging said

    OOOps at #15—my blog name is davidstopsmyaging…still figuring out all this tech stuff….


  17. jans11 said

    Great post and it would be a great anthem for David!! Perfect words and I would love for David to sing this some day and makae it his own!

    Speaking of letters, I got a card from David today and done a great Happy Dance for about 30 minutes!!!!!!!!!!lol


  18. silverfox said

    Love the new Jason Mraz song. The perfect “Anthem” for how we all are feeling about David.

    And a hit for Jason for sure!

    Off to work. Have a good day everyone.


  19. emmegirl said

    Thanks for bringing this to us Angelica. Love the song…it will be played alot the next couple of years.

    davidstopsmyaging, “I’m positive Jason must have written it after David made his announcement. He knew how we all felt, and wrote a song”….that was quite sweet of him. 🙂

    I like Jazzy’z spunk too.


  20. I turned a deaf ear to my children on occasion when they reminded me that there are other singers out there to listen to.

    Jason Mraz would have been among those I would have spent more time listening to and now I will do just that. I believe that my children were correct and one needs a balanced life even in music. Well I would have it another way though…

    I was just reading Wikipedia about Jason Mraz and he has a full life, with a healthy lifestyle eating mostly raw vegan foods and even owns an “Avocado” farm. He is a great humanitarian that has not gone unnoticed as we can see by the list of awards in his name accomplished while setting out to protect the earth. Is there anything more that we need? Well…;)

    I found this most interesting…”The rhythm of the heartbeat takes precedence on the record” on which “I Won’t Give Up” is the newly released single.



  21. Joyluck said

    This is a nice song by Jason Mraz. The tone and mood are somewhat similar to WAIT. Its interesting to note that Jason has not released anything for several years and now he releases this single and I wouldn’t be surprised if it shot up the charts. Its frustrating in that although his song is good, imo it pales in comparison to David’s WAIT. Its all about the promo I guess. JMHO. Have a good day.


  22. “I see that you’ve come so far
    To be right where you are
    How old is your soul?”

    This is a beautiful song & so “timely”….I won’t give up, David ♥


  23. archiesfan4life said

    Angelica – I love this song – the lyrics are so perfect for right now – thanks for sharing this with us! That picture is beautiful too!


  24. “Wait” is an Asian video and they are known to be different in their interpretations. “I Won’t Give Up” is a little less tragic, a little less mystical and more common place although it is far from a common song but one that has been chosen to be released first off on itunes before the album is released.

    Thanks to all of the other great singers for your wonderful songs as you are already being more noticed in our music world…Where have you been keeping yourselves??



  25. Heidijoy said

    Lynella and Abrra, thanks again for the tip on emailing myself with you tubes and placing them in a folder. Continue Groovin with Archie at least once per day.

    Loving Jason’s anthem he wrote for us in honor of David. ha! ha!


  26. skydancer1x said

    Nice Angelica, love the candles in a heart around David♥and the song…amazing thank you for this
    wow. Sometimes its kinda spooky isn’t it? those connections….David, one of his favorite singer/songwriters, the lyrics , the timing….us.♥ This song is beautiful. Fits how we feel like a glove, no doubt about it.

    This could be our anthem as we wait. Seriously beautiful lyrics. 🙂

    Yes yes yes!.


  27. djafan said

    Angelica, thank you for the new post. The words of this song fit my feelings perfectly. I love the candle heart around David.


    “Its frustrating in that although his song is good, imo it pales in comparison to David’s WAIT. Its all about the promo I guess. JMHO.”

    I share your opinion. I read the lyrics posted by Bebe first. Then took a listen to Mraz and it was pleasant enough but wasn’t able to listen to the entire song. What can I say. I went back and read the lyrics again and they’re beautiful the voice just doesn’t connect.

    Angelica’s analysis of Wait, David’s message for us to “Wait” is exactly what I plan to do. I’ll do my best to keep his name out there. With a full time job and huge family I don’t have time or desire to start listening to other artists. I have been listening to David sing and talk, I can do that until he comes back 🙂 I guess I will remain unbalanced lol.

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    Twitter buzz…

    officialTIMYAP Tim Yap
    Good news for David Archuleta fans. Heard @DavidArchie is coming to Manila soon to shoot a new TV series with @jascurtissmith!

    CamilaBenipayo Camila
    So some scenes in The Bourne Legacy will be shot in Pasay and a TV series starring David Archuleta & Jasmine Curtis is in the works.


  28. davidstopsmyaging said

    Wow–twitter buzz is interesting. I’m sure I’m dreaming here…..could David’s mission be in Hong Kong, and could he tape a series at the same time as doing his mission???


  29. Bebereader said

    #27 Woot Woot! This is great news! David has an acting job! A serious acting job, rather than for a kid’s TV show. I just wish it aired in the US but I’ll be satisfied with the youtube clips.

    I just played the song again. I still like it. It makes me feel good. But nobody’s voice does it for me like that of The Voice.


  30. Heidijoy said

    #27 Djfan I’m with you….

    TV series sounds interesting . Wonder if the series will be shown over a two year period. That plus songs David records in January and February released periodically sounds great.


  31. djafan said

    FYI 🙂

    I’ve added the staff writers to the right sidebar as links. The link will send you to their last article. I will update with most recent article as they happen.

    I’ve also updated the Fan ArchuDuties links to the most recent David polls and/or voting.

    Vote for Wait

    Vote for Wait

    Pick best guest spot, David Archuleta/MTC, Glad Christmas Tidings.

    Pick Wait-David Archuleta

    View and share!


  32. Annie318 said

    So this must be what the acting lessons are about. I say yay! I went to his Anaheim Grove show. At the VIP I told David if he were going to be in a movie or on television we would support whatever he did. Actually speaking to David caused me to go into a time warp or a parallel universe. I thought at the end of my little speech he was looking at me like I came from Mars. Maybe it was just me. David does that.


  33. skydancer1x said

    I am so confused.0 0


  34. MT said

    Angelica, Thanks for the new article.

    Dja, I’m with you. Nice lyrics to the song but I couldn’t listen to the whole thing either. It’s still only David’s voice for me.

    Love Jazzy’s tweets. She is a funny little thing and loves to play with David’s twitter when he leaves it out. lol

    I’m excited and curious to see the mini series with David! I hope he does well … and mostly that he enjoys it. This must be one of those “little projects” he mentioned doing before he leaves. Wonder when it will air?

    Sky, I”m not sure what you’re confused about, LOL but I’m confused, too. 🙂 I guess it will take time to sort out my confusion. I’ve been lurking (I know that’s a no no, sorry) but didn’t post because I just didn’t know what to say. Like I said, I’ve been confused, but i’m working on it.


  35. Abrra said

    I will admit that having a sibling take control of David’s twitter account does not sit well with me. As we know, much damage can be done by “playing around” with his career on twitter. How sad it would be if he had to close it due to some “hacker” tweets showing up while he is on his mission. I do not find it funny.

    Grumpy Abrra


  36. betsy said

    #35 Abrra
    I agree. And David needs to be more careful with his account.
    This is what I picture. 🙂


  37. Heidijoy said

    #35 Abrra, I must be grumpy too!! All I could think of is the hacking last August. I did not find Jazzy’s tweet funny in view of what has taken place and what could take place.


  38. Abrra…remember this…’we agree on something!!!” We agreed not to like it! Time for the hacking and the leaking of information to be put away by those who know him. David has over 800,000 tweets from people all over the world who take him as a respectable, serious musician, singer, songwriter, humanitarian and perfectionist. As Heidijoy said it is just not funny. David ‘himself’ is a class act…



  39. Spirit said


    Here is the link to the David vlog mashup that I’ve had trouble loading onto my ipod.

    Also, while I was searching for it, I found this one which is also great.

    I appreciate your looking into this for me.

    “The Voice” Administrators

    Also, a belated thank you to all the administrators on this site for keeping it open during David’s mission trip. After his announcement at the SLC concert, I came onto The Voice the next morning looking for solace. When the site opened, all that appeared was a solid blue background with the burning candle and sidebar pictures. I panicked thinking that everyone was gone and the site had gone into a holding pattern. After sitting in shock for a minute, I refreshed the page, and there you all were! It was such a wonderful relief.


  40. I have a genuine question and I would like to have some opinions…

    Do you believe that the video and song “Wait” has a twofold meaning with one being that it is intended for his fans and anyone else who he would like to wait for him?



  41. Abrra said

    Here you go, I made both for you. By the way, the Vlog Mashup is by our own Djafan, She used it in an article she wrote.

    David Archuleta Vlogger Extrordinaire!.mp3

    Because this one has an intro text screen on the video, it is silent for 14 sec. in audio format, be patient 🙂

    David Archuleta Vlog Mashup.mp3

    Scarey!!!! If we agree. something must be wrong 🙂



  42. skydancer1x said

    MT. haha no wonder you are confused!
    as for #33 oopsie! .I don’t know what I did up there.haha I wrote more than that, where did it go?? It is supposed to read ” I am confused 0 0 <(that's supposed to be 2 eyes) How is it all these things are going on for David when he is scheduled to go on a mission?" Sounds exciting to me, just trying to figger out in my head how he is going to do a series, maybe record,some songs,and when he will go on his mission.Busy man!

    Jazzy, " you are grounded!" (you are lucky you have such a sweet brother.)

    27.Dja "I have been listening to David sing and talk, I can do that until he comes back 🙂 I guess I will remain unbalanced lol."
    right there with you♥ lol
    oh, . and that screen cap had me doing some serious chair scootin' !!!
    wheres the windex….


  43. Abrra…I know and I just don’t understand. It must be a sign of the times which are confusing anyway!



  44. Abrra said

    His mission won’t start until he has finished his projects. Remember he said he would go sometime “in the first half of the year”. He is around for a couple of months anyway.



  45. Heidijoy said

    I have a portion of a letter from a friend to share: “Thanks so much for the CD and DVD of David Archuleta. What a wonderful voice. I actually watched the Cat and the Mouse Carol several times, his voice accompanied by the Mormom Tabernacle Choir was awesome. I recently read that he will be taking
    a couple of years off to do missionary work.. He’s a very selfless and generous young person”

    This was totally unsolicited. It warmed my heart and brought a few tears to my eyes. Other people are beginning to see what we see. I think that is a song “Do you see what I see”


  46. Heidijoy said

    Mormon not Mormom–oops!


  47. emmegirl said

    dja, likewise. But, I’ve always been considered a little unbalanced.


  48. There is something about this song that caught my eye so to speak…I think it is the part about the freedom especially. Admins I might need your help here to embed!



  49. Heidijoy said

    SB Nice Susan could sing with her Idol. What is it that you were seeing?


  50. djafan said

    SB and Abrra, scarrrrreeyyy lol

    Sky, create a talking playlist and like Abrra says he’s still here for at least a few months but this way you’ll be prepared 🙂

    Emmegirl, will that’s the thing, I’ve always been considered the balanced one up until about 3 years ago, not anymore haha.

    SB, #40 I definitely believe. David loves messages and in hindsight I think he’s been giving us hints, clues, messages all along. I have screen capped every time David says wait don’t go and he is not looking at the camera he is looking through the camera right at anyone who’s watching. I posted one screen cap here’s another.

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic


  51. emmegirl said

    dja, “he is not looking at the camera he is looking through the camera right at anyone who’s watching”…you nailed it. Goodness.


  52. Heidijoy said

    Oh Yes David, I’ll Wait!! Wow what a picture. He is looking at us! Guess I’ll go vote.


  53. Bebereader said

    I’m getting weak in the knees from the screenshotz!
    Why does he have to look like that? LOL

    David went rock-climbing with his brother last week, according to this blog from the Galloway Family:

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  54. betsy said

    Dja, nice screencap.
    He’s all the time looking right at people.
    Dja, Sky, Emme – I’m with ya on the unbalanced thing.
    Although I actually AM. Just finished a second glass of wine. The wild life, y’know. 😉


  55. betsy said

    Lol bebe. WHY??
    Sorry for yelling. But sheesh.


  56. emmegirl said

    Betsy, wildlife…sounds alot like mine, lol! Aaahh, a little wine and David. I love midlife, have finally learned to really truly appreciate life’s moments.

    The unbalanced thing is funny …since I have been listening to only one artist, one voice, I feel more balance than I have in years. 🙂

    53 – he is glowing..and those eyes.


  57. djafan said whatever it takes 🙂

    Betsy, But Sheeeesh lol


    The unbalanced thing is funny …since I have been listening to only one artist, one voice, I feel more balance than I have in years. 🙂

    Yeah me too! Why doesn’t anyone else around me agree? hahahaha


  58. bluesky said

    Erm…. Yeah. I wasn’t going to say anything cause I just…. well, he (DA) isn’t usually here in Utah for as long as he has been (am I making any sense at all?) and I just feel a little weird wondering if I say anything… will peeps then bother him more or less or will he like it or wish they wouldn’t…
    so…. yeah. I didn’t mention it.


    One of my sons works out and trains others at one of the rock climbing gyms (the son with the hair and the hat Angelica) and DA was there with his brother and my son said it looked like they might have been a little new at it. He was not going to say anything to him. After a while however, when my son turned around he and DA practically walked into each other. So he just told him he had heard about his mission and congratulated him. DA said thanks. It was very casual.

    I guess I feel sort of protective.


  59. Bebereader said


    That is so cool!
    Were you like “Tell me EV-ERY LIT-TLE thing! Everything!!!!! And what did he say and what did you say? and? and? and? LOL

    All kidding aside, kudos to your son for congratulating David.


  60. Angelica said


    Thanks for sharing that. You mean the son with the hair and the hat and the gorgeous eyes? 🙂 He looks like a rock climber out-doorsy type. Glad he got to meet David and say hi.


  61. kaycee said

    My two college age daughters, when talking about the boys that really appeal to them, they refer to them as “sparkly” boys. When I asked them what that meant, they said it was hard to explain, but that there is just this light about them and this sparkle in their eyes. May I submit to the jury #53!


  62. djafan said

    Awww Bluesky! Very nice 🙂

    Kaycee…exhibit A “Sparkly”

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  63. Bebereader said

    This new 17-minute tribute video is a first-time view for me. Fans from all around the world pay tribute to all that David means to them. A tear-jerker for sure.

    credit: xXAllieSings94Xx


  64. cassondra said

    let me know toooo pleaseeee!!!!


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