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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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Sightseeing Through Chile For Elder Archuleta

Posted by bebereader on Wednesday, January 30, 2013


There are wondrous places in Chile that Elder Archuleta most probably will not get to see while busy on his mission. Perhaps he will make a trip back there one day in the future to visit more of this beautiful country that he will have spent two years of his life.

Chile is a country of extreme contrasts from volcanoes of the Andes Mountains to ancient rainforests and from the Atacama Desert in the north to massive glaciers in the south. In between these areas are waterfalls, beaches, lakes, rivers, forests and islands.  If you visit the north, south, east and west of Chile in one day you have the possibility of experiencing all four seasons. With these unusual changes in temperature and weather, Chile attracts thousands of tourists each year. If you’ve ever wondered how long Chile is, it’s approximately the length from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean or from the west coast to the east coast of the U.S. And at it’s widest point, it stretches for only 112 miles.

Come with me to do some virtual sightseeing through Chile to find places that David may want to visit should he decide to return. Aside from the tourist attractions which look awesome, by the way, there are some not as famous places that David may find appealing, too.

The penguins of Punta de Arenas

Punta Arenas in Magdalena Island, a popular tourist attraction in Chile has one of the largest penguin breeding sites. The island was named a national nature reserve because many years ago, commercial fishing in this area caused the penguin population to decline. But through a ban on commercial fishing, penguins were protected and penguin populations have increased.

Every fall, penguins leave the safety of the ocean, their natural habitat, and march for twenty days to a place called “Oamack”. That’s where they choose their mates, procreate, protect and feed their offspring and after a while they return to the sea. Later, their babies go to the ocean, where they stay for four years, and when they reach their adult life, they follow the same pattern of their parents. →   These creatures are a sight to behold!

Easter Island and the Moais, the giant volcanic rock statues


Easter Island, a tiny island in the Pacific Ocean between Chile and Tahiti and now a national park was isolated for centuries from the outside world. Stumbled upon by Dutch settlers on Easter in 1772, the majority of the population are original inhabitants, Rapanui people, who developed their own distinctive culture best known by the moai, huge statues with elongated faces carved out of volcanic ash thousands of years ago. How and why the moai were built is a mystery. Each one weighs over 20 tons and is about 70 feet tall.  There are hundreds of them on the island, some in rows, others laying broken on the ground. Some say Easter Island is the most enchanting place in the world place to watch the sunset. There are other activities to do on Easter Island, like going to the beach, taking a tour of the volcanic craters, diving and surfing.

Cerro San Cristóbal

Cerro San Cristobel, Chile

Cerro San Cristóbal is a hill in Santiago, the capitol of Chile, with a beautiful view overlooking the city and, on a clear day, the Andes Mountains. At the top of the hill is a 72 foot statue of the Virgin Mary that can be reached by cable car or a long hike. I doubt that Elder Archuleta has had a chance to hike or take a ride on a cable car to see the view in Santiago. Cerro San Cristóbal has Santiago’s largest public park with a botanical garden and zoo.

World’s Largest Swimming Pool

You don’t have to be a swimmer to be curious about this, the world’s largest man-made outdoor pool at a resort in Algarrobo, a small town on Chile‘s central coast. The pool is the size of  20 Olympic-sized swimming pools! It’s filled with 66 million gallons of crystal clear seawater that it gets from the ocean and it’s warmth from the sun. It was listed officially as the largest (3/5 of a mile) and the deepest (115 feet) swimming pool in the Guinness Book of World Records in December of 2006.  Why build a pool right near the ocean? Simple. The water in the nearby coast is cold and dangerous. Swimming is prohibited.

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The 6000 foot granite walls of Torres del Paine National Park
The 6000ft granite walls of Torres del Paine

Torres Del Paine is a national park located in the south of Chile, The park‘s main attraction are the three giant granite peaks that were carved out by glaciers. The peaks rise 8200 feet above ground. The park has dramatic landscapes, lakes, mountains, glaciers, valleys and forests with exotic birds roaming the area. It’s also popular for hiking and rock climbing. Because of it’s beauty, this park is referred to as “heaven on earth”.

Valle Nevado in the Andes Mountains


Does David ski or snowboard? I don’t know but the most popular skiing resort in South America is in Chile and draws skiers from all over the world, equipped with bilingual experts, not that David would need one. A helicopter drops skiers from the top of the mountain for a ride down the hill.

Valle de la Luna

Valle de la Luna

Valle de la Luna is located in the Atacama Desert, some parts of which have not received rain in 200 or more years. This scene is the result of centuries of wind and floods on sand and stone. The large sand dunes and stone formations mimic the surface of the moon, and gave the area it’s name which translated means “Valley of the Moon”.

The Viña del Mar International Song Festival


I think David would enjoy this song festival held annually during February since 1960 in Viña del Mar, Chile. It is considered the most important musical event in South America. It competes in two categories, pop music and folk songs, interspersed with performances by artists from all over the world.

Villarica Volcano

The active Volcán Villarica, just outside of Pucón

This snow-capped volcano looks harmless but it is active. When there’s no seismic activity in the crater, visitors can make their way up to the top either by hiking or on a guided tour. For a close look into the bubbling volcano, helicopters fly overhead regularly.  It takes 4 to 6 hours to get up and then down this volcano. The way down is a combination of sledding and walking.

The glaciers of Tierra Del Fuego

Perito Moreno

The Tierra Del Fuego or “Land of Fire” got it’s name from Ferdinand Magellan who spotted fires burning along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean in 1520. Tierra Del Fuego is an archipelago (an expanse of water with many scattered islands) near Antarctica, comprised by channels and lakes, the ocean, forests and the Andes Mountains. The climate is windy with much rainfall and cold but warmer than one would assume.  In winter, the average temperature 28 Fahrenheit. In summer, it rarely rises far beyond 50 Fahrenheit.

The House of Eleven Women


Angelica found this and passed it along to me.  Casa 11 Mujeres is a house on top of a cliff near Santiago built to fit a family with eleven daughters, from age four to twenty. Built on a 45 degree slope, the house is actually a vacation home that stands on a site sloping down with a view of Cachagua Beach on the Pacific Ocean. It has three levels and space for entertaining.

I’m sure Elder Archuleta has already learned about many of these places when talking to local Chileans and to people he’s met on his mission.  He’s probably learned of these and many more. The combination of historical places, cultural sites and natural wonders  make Chile a special place for relaxation, fun and learning. The beautiful beaches, ski resorts and mountain range add to the appeal. If he chooses to visit Chile again in the future, he is sure to have a memorable experience.

credit: Chiletravelchannel

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Posted by djafan on Monday, January 28, 2013

Photo by Matt Clayton

Victoria Hornღ♫♕❀✿♥☆Victoria Hornღ♫♕❀✿♥☆ ‏@LadyVmusic

ooo i know for sure some of you on here would be loving to come to my lunch meeting to hear which artists new record i’m discussing!! 🙂

Victoria Hornღ♫♕❀✿♥☆Victoria Hornღ♫♕❀✿♥☆ ‏@LadyVmusic

lets just say this about today.. some of my tweeter fam are going to freak out soon when they hear the news… 🙂

Victoria Hornღ♫♕❀✿♥☆Victoria Hornღ♫♕❀✿♥☆ ‏@LadyVmusic

I do believe its archie news sometime today! 🙂

Victoria Hornღ♫♕❀✿♥☆Victoria Hornღ♫♕❀✿♥☆ ‏@LadyVmusic

haha i love all your messages & lets be honest it is exciting news! (i might just already know what it is!) just waiting for the official ok

Victoria Hornღ♫♕❀✿♥☆Victoria Hornღ♫♕❀✿♥☆ ‏@LadyVmusic

@jmlittman the other stuff is about an extremely fab artist & his team r about to announce some news as he’s done something for his fans! 🙂

Victoria Hornღ♫♕❀✿♥☆Victoria Hornღ♫♕❀✿♥☆ ‏@LadyVmusic

if you guys read the official before they mail me, plz tweet me!!

Victoria Hornღ♫♕❀✿♥☆Victoria Hornღ♫♕❀✿♥☆ ‏@LadyVmusic

trust me i do know how excited you all are, cos when i first found out- i was like this is amazing!!!

Victoria Hornღ♫♕❀✿♥☆Victoria Hornღ♫♕❀✿♥☆ ‏@LadyVmusic

right now 1million 300k @DavidArchie fans should be getting very excited!!!!

Victoria Hornღ♫♕❀✿♥☆Victoria Hornღ♫♕❀✿♥☆ ‏@LadyVmusic

ok gotta go and get ready for my session today but i’ll keep my eye on my phone.. but the news might not be released til later today…

And Kari!

Kari SellardsKari Sellards ‏@kariontour

It’s going to be a crazy but good last week of January 2013!! Who’s ready for it?



David ArchuletaDavid Archuleta ‏@DavidArchie

A little message today from David “I hope you all have a wonderful week! – David” (KS)

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A Common Theme Among David Archuleta Fans?

Posted by MT on Wednesday, January 23, 2013


In a recent conversation (yes, it involved David :))  I was asked if I played an instrument or sang. I answered the question in as few words as possible (for me) and then moved on to another topic. But later that night, it really got me thinking about what things we David fans may have in common.

Quite often in chat, topics other than David are discussed. (I know! Unbelievable, but true?) One night, it started with a  comment about white boots and ended up with me confessing to singing the song “These Boots Are Made For Walking” by Nancy Sinatra in an elementary school talent contest. Yes, it elicited much laughter but resulted in discovering that several of us had owned those “cool white boots.” (You know who you are!) We were definitely “In With the In Crowd” back in the day. 😉

I confessed to dancing in first and second grade for those talent shows. From third to sixth grade, I sang and danced. (No trophies for singing though. I guess I should have stuck to dancing.)

I loved singing and dancing with all my heart back then. (I still do.) Just like David’s parents, if my mother wanted to keep me amused for a while, all she had to do was put on something that involved music. A movie musical was best. I would sing at the top of my lungs and dance around the living room. My Fair Lady and The Sound Of Music were two of my favorites but I would even sing the songs from The Wizard Of Oz and dance with Dorothy, The Scarecrow, The Tinman, and The Cowardly Lion.

I discovered as I got older that, although I enjoyed singing, I didn’t have a very good voice. But dancing was something I could do and really enjoyed. Once I started, I kept finding new ways to incorporate dance into my life. It didn’t matter what kind of dancing it was; Square Dancing, Cajun dancing, Jitter Bug, Cha Cha, Waltz, Two-Step, Line Dancing, West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, free style. You name it … I’d try it.

There has always been something in music that reached out to me and brought me joy.  Dancing was my way of expressing that joy. There is something in the graceful rhythmic movement that helps to release something inside me that words could never express.  Just  like singing, the true beauty of expression in dance comes from the soul.

I hadn’t really thought about all the different styles of dance I had tried over the years until was asked that question. It made me realize how much dancing is a part of me, just like singing is a part of David. The thoughts and memories stirred in me by that one question made me understand a little better how David must feel. Maybe understanding/feeling the passion he has for his art is part of what drew me to him in the first place.

Although I could never hope to dance nearly as beautiful as David sings, I can understand having such a deep love of something that lets you express yourself in a way that nothing else can.  He’s very fortunate that he is extremely good at what he loves. What greater joy could there be than making your living, spending you life, doing something you have such passion for?

One last thought: We seem to be discovering more and more often that we have many things in common. I wonder if there is a common thread among fans that draws them to David, a reason why some people “get it” and some don’t? Musical backgrounds maybe? Or perhaps it’s even more broad than that. After all, a passion for creativity and expression come in many forms.

So, if you don’t mind, I’d like to do a little poll to see if it’s possibly a shared passion for expression that might help us to understand and connect to David and each other in a way that others may not. I’d also love for you to expand on your answer in comments and let us know what it is . If you don’t want to comment that’s okay. But I do hope you’ll mark an answer in the poll.

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Random Deep Thoughts From David Archuleta

Posted by Abrra on Sunday, January 20, 2013


It’s starting to look like an Archu-drought for the first time in a long time. When  the word came back that Elder Archuleta wanted us to focus less on him and more on our own commitments, it was not a problem for me.  The biggest joy in my life is helping with this fan site. I don’t know if I could sit on the sidelines. Being a super fan is my commitment of choice. It is a therapeutic exercise, I might even say a challenge, to find things to write about while he is away.

Lately I have been missing @DavidArchie’s tweets. We do get updates on his music releases and surprise pictures from his manager’s camera, but it’s just not the same vibe. There is nothing like hearing from the man, himself. David has a way of sharing his experiences. Sharing his zest for life that makes us feel as if we are standing beside him as he tweets. I long for the real thing, ya know what I mean?

@DavidArchie announced his leap to twitter on (drum roll) April 28, 2009.

David Archuleta Confirms Official Twitter

From Just Jared Jr fan site:
David shared, “I think it’s a great way to communicate with people and I get to respond to people sometimes. Just to let you know the random thoughts in my head…it’s fun that way. I know it doesn’t make sense a lot of times (laughs).”

Here is a clip from JoshSkinnerMusic’s interview with MTV’s Jim Cantiello about David Archuleta and Twitter.

He took to twitter in such an honest and natural manner, it makes us feel like he is talking to us-personally! I have said a few times that I bet we get a David tweet from the plane as he is landing back in Utah when his mission is done in 2014.

I remember when he made his announcement. One of the first things I did was copy his twitter timeline messages. Times were uncertain and I feared his account would close. I am glad now, because there is a whole year missing from the timeline as of today. I suppose there are space considerations and there is a cut off around April 2010. His twitter timeline is a history of his experiences with travel, concerts, fans, songwriting, food, and philosophy.

Many in show business use social media to promote only their own career happenings. He communicates with his fans which helps us stay connected. David feels inspired by other artists and uses his tweets to mention a concert he has attended or a new song he has enjoyed. Everyone benefits from hearing new music, right?

David with members of We the Kings

David with members of We the Kings

@DavidArchie 19 Jan 10
Here’s a song for the one who stole my heart, and ran so far that cupid couldn’t catch her – awesome We the Kings song!”

@DavidArchie 4 Feb 10
Awesome show by Owl City! Had good times.

@DavidArchie 16 Jun 11
Left t0tally inspired last night after watching @thecivilwars show. What a duo!

@DavidArchie 2 Feb 10
Woo hoo! RT @realbrookewhite Everyone lets go get it! RT: @CarlySmithson: Bury me alive just went live on iTunes !!!!!!!!

Often, he shares what is happening in the moment. We get a glimpse of daily life, just being himself. There is less of a feeling of separation when he shares the small and large events that make up his day. AT154
@DavidArchie 19 Jan 10
In the chair at the haircut place getting a haircut! Ah, refreshing!

@DavidArchie 8 Aug 10
Went on a really nice hike up a quiet trail. I need to do that a lot more often.

@DavidArchie 15 Mar 10
Changing the kitty litter box. Exciting, I know.

@DavidArchie 6 Oct 10
Warming up my voice in the car. Driver says “sounds like an alien spaceship.” Haha I guess it kinda does.

Responding to rumors! Oh how we fan the flames when David is seen near a young female. *GASP* We only want the best for him, right? 76-001

@DavidArchie 19 Feb 10
@OrganicArchie Haha! If I had one then maybe it’d be true! That was the Real soccer game I performed at and I was with my friends!

@DavidArchie 19 Feb 10
@OrganicArchie Oh man that was hilarious, I just showed my mom and sent it to that girl too! I guess we happened to be standing close huh?

Funny hijinks on airplanes! How interesting that he loves to ride roller coasters as long as they are not 20,000 feet off the ground. cdavid72

@DavidArchie 17 Mar 10
On the airplane… There are a lot of cheerleaders and volleyball players on board… Uh… lol.

@DavidArchie 17 Mar 10
Now running away from all the cheerleaders and volleyball players! Ahh!!

@DavidArchie 5 Feb 10
Oh my heck, this plane is TINY!! It only has 9 rows and has the propellers on it!

@DavidArchie 5 Feb 10
Well that was exciting. It was like a roller coaster ride, and only like 7 people on the plane.

@DavidArchie 11 Nov 10
15 hour flight tonight. No phone or computer for a whole day. Time to just do some thinking, pondering, and reading 🙂

What was it about learning to change the oil (or drive a stick shift) that caused much speculation by fans. I think we knew something was up? 5

@DavidArchie 29 Jul 11
Learning how to change the oil and spark plugs on the car. Taking a break eating some really good enchiladas though.

@DavidArchie 21 Jan 10
Sometimes I wish I could just wear the same thing every day. Cartoons do it. It’d make things a lot easier.

@DavidArchie 6 Apr 10
Back in LA. Nice to have sunny weather again. Practicing my Spanish with the driver! Haha. He’s really cool.

Ah the food tweets! David Archuleta possibly has the most varied taste in food of anyone I know. 75

@DavidArchie 9 Oct 10
At dinner there was a homecoming group & a girl turned & said “You look exactly like David Archuleta! You must get that a lot huh”

@DavidArchie 9 Oct 10
She later turned again & said “you’re cool too though, you don’t have to be David Archuleta to be cool.” Lol well thanks.

@DavidArchie 19 Oct 10
Looking at food magazines. Makes me wanna learn how to cook! It’d be cool to make your own food and add the flavors and stuff.

@DavidArchie 10 Nov 10
Just had a really good Brazillian organic granola acai bowl. Has kind of a long name.

@DavidArchie 26 Jan 10
In the studio working with @theMessengersNA . Had some Israeli food for lunch for my first time. it was good!

A few hair tweets! It looks like a party. Asking fans for advice is nothing new for David. cdavid36

@DavidArchie 24 Feb 10
I think it’s time for me to get a haircut today. thoughts or opinions?

@DavidArchie 24 Feb 10
@CaarlaaCaarteer Haha I know I don’t want to cut it too short. Just a trim so it doesn’t fall down and look like a bowl on my head.

@DavidArchie 24 Feb 10
@xoPaMxo96 Longerish? haha. I don’t know how to style it when it’s longerish though.


@DavidArchie 24 Feb 10
Put up a new video blog! That way you can see why I’m trying to change how my hair looks lol

@DavidArchie 24 Feb 10
@lexeebel Oh I bet that would be really attractive… lol.

@DavidArchie 24 Feb 10
All right enough with the mohawks! lol

@DavidArchie 24 Feb 10
@xthe_truthx3 Oh man one time when I was 15 the haircut ladies forced me to put red highlights in my hair! Good thing you couldn’t tell!

@DavidArchie 6 Mar 10
I don’t think I can handle this no haircut thing for much longer.

@DavidArchie 16 Mar 10
@CarolinaGyrl00 no haircut yet. Idk what to do with it so just keeping the beanies on lol.

And last but not least, I will end his tweet feast, from the random to the deep.77
@DavidArchie 8 Mar 10
“Think of a car driving through the night. The headlights only go 100 to 200 ft. forward, and you can make it all the way from…

@DavidArchie 8 Mar 10
California to New York driving through the dark, because all you have to see is the next 200 feet. And that’s how life tends to..

@DavidArchie 8 Mar 10
Unfold before us. If we just trust that the next 200 ft. Will unfold after that, your life will keep unfolding, and eventually…

@DavidArchie 8 Mar 10
Get you to the destination of whatever it is you truly want…”

We wait patiently for the headlights in the distance that will deliver David Archuleta back to us safe and sound.


As of this writing, @DavidArchie has approximately 1,250,000 followers on Twitter. Despite a 2 year absence from his career, the number rises daily. He  continues to draw attention in the industry as well as attract new fans by releasing music and videos while he is away on a mission in Chile for the LDS Church.

“Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”
― E.L. Doctorow

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David Archuleta ~ My Idol

Posted by djafan on Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Many are getting ready to watch American Idol and I’m happy that many continue to enjoy the show that brought us David Archuleta.  I will eternally be grateful to them for that.

I haven’t watched AI since season 7.  I have tried many times but I just can’t find any enjoyment from it.  I confess that my ears only crave David’s voice and none other will do.

This young man stole my ears, heart and soul through the course of his run on American Idol with his voice, passion, soulfulness, humility, genuine character, smile and heart.

Here are some of my favorites.

What were some of your favorite David Archuleta American Idol performances?

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David Archuleta ~ You are my Song

Posted by MT on Monday, January 7, 2013


David Archuleta

He is my Song


None of you will be surprised

When you hear me say

I was talking to a friend

About David the other day.


But when I started talking about

All the things he’s done

It came to mind that I would rhyme

Every single one.


Listening to his music

Has now infected my brain

I now think of him lyrically

And my words come in refrain.


I don’t know why it’s happening

But I have no control

Every time I think of him

To speak my heart and soul.


My thoughts become the lyrics

To a song within my head

Echoing to his melody

As each new word is said.


OMG What’s happened to me?

This is all so wrong.

The only explanation is …

It’s because He Is My Song.


 I tried to write a paragraph and this is what came out!

I give up. It is what it is. The Voice is what it’s all about.

Video credit ShelleyFOD

Is it 2014 yet? 🙂

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Photographs and Memories of David Archuleta

Posted by Abrra on Thursday, January 3, 2013


Being an admin here at The Voice is an honor for me. It gives me the chance to help promote David’s career by sharing news and information about him with those who visit.

The most recent job I took on was to fill the empty space on the sidebars of this site with images of David. I wanted to tell a story with pictures to show a newcomer (or remind longtime fans) what David has been doing since he tried out for American Idol. Looking to the left or right, you can see the variety of experiences that David has had. Many are from news sources capturing David at an event or from various professional photo shoots such as Matt Clayton, Bench, or album art. My personal favorites are those taken by fans. Fans are my favorite people and I wanted to honor those who took the time to post for all to enjoy. We can’t all be present at appearances or shows, but the fans who were fortunate enough to attend have generously shared their pictures. With the addition of their photos, we see David’s story unfold.

The story in pictures is a representation of the many events, appearances, interviews, and performances in which David has participated. His career has taken him around the world as he shared his gift of music. Since age 16 when David auditioned for American Idol, he has been on the fast track to stardom. One of the drawbacks for this was being away from his family more than he had ever been before. When he signed on to be in the competition, he knew that he was essentially going on lock down from the world he knew in Utah. Although his father was his roommate while on Idol, his mother could only see him on television or from her seat in the audience, or occasionally attend some off day event with the other parents and the contestants. It’s quite a sacrifice both ways, for David and his parents, to give up the time for the good of his career.

Here we are 4 years later in much the same situation, only the venue has changed. He took us around the world with him and taught us so much about things we may never get the chance to do such as visiting lepers in India or a museum in Jakarta. Each one is a reminder of where he has been and shared his gift of not only music, but himself. Currently, David is approximately 5,742 miles from home doing something he felt in his heart was what he needed to do to feel fulfilled in his faith. It shows what a grounded adult he has become.


Sometimes, it isn’t just about the music and being a star.

It is about growth.

That is the story I wanted to tell in pictures.

If you see a photo that reminds you of an event you attended, tell us about it!

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