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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 ~ Reaping What He Sews

Posted by djafan on Sunday, June 30, 2013

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About seven years ago, on a hot summer day, my husband and I decided to go exploring in the abandoned home of his long deceased German grandmother. His uncle Hans, who had inherited the property, told us to help ourselves to whatever we found. The place had sat uninhabited for so long that it had fallen into a sad state of disrepair. Everything that had not been removed was left just as it had been when she was alive, down to articles of her clothing neatly folded in drawers or hanging forlornly in the closet. There were letters, delicately scrawled in German, some old photographs, and her passport, documenting her visits home. I rescued these for posterity and took only one other thing: an old Singer sewing machine. It was back in a corner and so covered with dust and cobwebs, I almost didn’t see it.

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It has stood in a corner of my kitchen these last seven years. I like it for its decorative design and for its sentimental value. Made of solid cast iron, it is much heavier than it looks. As a boy my husband often got scolded for sitting on the treadle and rocking back and forth. It was on this machine he learned to sew at his grandmother’s side.

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A few days ago he declared that he was going to start sewing again. On that machine! That machine that was made in 1923! That is ninety years old! That doesn’t even use electricity! But he merely bought a new belt, oiled it up and voila!

I have since learned from him and YouTube that this machine will sew through six layers of denim plus a layer of leather. Singers made in the 1920’s will even sew through a tin can. It was a selling point that was used to demonstrate to frugal shoppers why they should spend more on a Singer. The salesman would start with a gossamer thin piece of fabric and continue to sew through thicker and thicker cloth. Finally, when it was clear that he couldn’t possibly go any further, he sewed through a heavy tin can.

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So much like David, who we often think can’t get any better, go any further and yet he surprises us every time. How’s that for a smooth segue to David? You knew I would get there eventually, didn’t you?

In fact, the revival of this old Singer has become to my mind a metaphor for David. It stands in my kitchen, a testament to the fact that not all singers are alike. A rare few are made to stand the test of time. They have a strong base and are built to last. Designed for beauty as well as function, they operate with few moving parts, but what they do use, is poetry in motion. And they don’t need all the bells and whistles or even electricity to perform well. In fact, the technology most singers depend upon is superfluous to them. In their element unplugged, they have the power to penetrate the thickest layers, mending the tears that lie so deep; they bind what others cannot reach.

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Six Months With David Archuleta

Posted by ronaleem on Friday, June 21, 2013

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June 23 marks the six-month anniversary of the day David Archuleta entered my life. I knew next to nothing about him on December 22; then on December 23, I watched the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert in which David was the guest artist. His undeniable talent and his endearing personality hit me like a ton of bricks and I became an instant fan. I haven’t been the same since.

David showed up in my life right at the very moment when spiritual, physical, and emotional healing occurred for me. His presence filled my soul with music, light, and gladness. I believe David was a gift to me, a way that God showed His love for me and impressed upon me that I had been healed. I’m convinced that a puppy or a new car would have had the same effect, but that God chose to introduce me to David. As a result, my life has been enhanced in a most delightful and remarkable way.

What have I learned about David in the past six months? Absolutely everything. I’ve learned that he has an extraordinary talent and an extraordinary soul. I’ve learned that he’s humble, that he cares deeply for other people, that he’s kind even when others are not kind to him. That he loves his family. That he is a hard worker. That his smile is a true reflection of who he is, and that he smiles all the time. That he chooses to be happy. That he chooses to be optimistic.

I’ve learned that he is a wise and mature soul in a young man’s body. That he has high standards and that he upholds them, no matter what. That he knows that his gift of singing is from God, and that he acknowledges and honors that gift, sharing it gladly with the world. That he was willing to sacrifice the career he had established and the success he had attained in order to serve God.

I’ve learned that David has a special ability to connect with others, sending love to them through his music, love which lessens their hurts and brings them hope. That his fans love and need him, and that he loves and needs his fans in return. That his remarkable character is not apparent to everybody, but that some of us have been given the great blessing to recognize it and to see it clearly.

That’s what I’ve learned about David. But how does he affect my life personally? David affects my life all day, every day. For one thing, I have ODD, big time. The other night on chat, I asked if it was normal to think about him all the time, was I being weird? The consensus was that I am not weird, I’m normal! It’s okay to think about him all the time! Well, thank heavens for that. I have listened to David sing, every day for six months. I have looked at his face, every day for six months. David wakes me up every morning, with lines from one song or another running through my head. Lately, the song has been Think of Me from American Idol. Whatever song fragment I hear, I recognize it immediately. I know which song the fragment belongs to, I know the album it comes from, and I can find it without hesitation on my iPod. Oh, and I didn’t even have an iPod six months ago! I didn’t have an iTunes library. I couldn’t find my way around YouTube. Now, I’m a pro at all of these, thanks to David.

I have several favorite moments from my discoveries during the past six months. The Bench photo shoot! I lose any semblance of holding it together when I watch that beautiful man pose for the camera. And just add to that David’s performance at the Bench launch–I love when he sings Nandito Ako. And lately I’ve been inexplicably attracted to his sweating, dripping face as he performs A Thousand Miles.

I love all the songs from Glad Christmas Tidings, especially Gesu Bambino and Silent Night. My absolute favorite song is Forevermore. In fact, I love the whole Forevermore album because of its tenderness. I love David’s vlogs, because his personality is so evident in them. Boy, was it fun catching up on those! And very recently, Angelica introduced me to David’s Hong Kong performance of Everybody Wants to Rule the World, in which I absolutely loved his voice, the acoustic accompaniment, and the serenity in his countenance.

How else does David affect my life? As much as I wanted to believe it was final, I’ve learned that my experience at Christmas time was not a final healing event, but just one amazing moment on the continuum of my life. Things are continuing to progress for me. Since I’ve met David, I’ve re-established contact with someone who was important to me long ago, and because of that, I’ve again experienced profound emotional healing. Since I’ve met David, a young family member has made a grievous decision which has affected not only our family, but our community. And since I’ve met David, my spiritual life has progressed rapidly, almost too quickly to keep up with. All through this–good, bad, or stressful–David has been singing in my ear, offering me courage and encouragement, promising me that “things are gonna get better.” And they are getting better, all the time. As the challenges increase, the blessings increase.

If I had David in front of me right now (I wish!), this is what I would say to him:

I wonder if you know how amazing you are?

You leave me breathless. 

You didn’t even try, but you’ve stolen my heart.

And I don’t want it back.

I don’t want it back.

Ronaleem is a guest writer for The Voice

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Interviewing the Voice ~ David Archuleta

Posted by Abrra on Thursday, June 13, 2013

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In David Archuleta’s absence, we, his fans, have been well cared for over the last several months by Team David. How say you? We have been the recipients of a treasure chest filled with music, video, and never-before-seen pictures from photo shoots and Kari Sellard’s personal camera. What a special treat all this has been for us! But as wonderful as all these gifts have been, we continue to want to hear from David, himself, all the more. It has been nearly 2 years since David Archuleta has spoken directly to fans. We are all anxious to hear about some of his experiences in South America and what he has in store for the next phase of his career.

Well Archangels, the wait is over! Sort of. (Work with me here if you will and suspend belief for a bit, ok?) Through the magic of imagination, breaking the laws of time and space, we have David Archuleta’s first interview with the press (The Voice, natch!) upon his early return from Chile.press22_PhotoBetsy and I got the chance to have an interview with him a month after his secret return.

Question 1: What was your first thought as you crossed into UTAH airspace on the plane home?

Answer: I will get to sleep in my own bed! It was humbling to realize that I could now share all I had experienced with my family. The few times we spoke on Skype were not enough for me. I am so relieved to know that we would be together all the time now. I looked out the window of the plane and I saw the mountains and started singing UTAAAAAAH! (random sings it to interviewer like he did in SLC on AI Tour.) I so wanted to tweet “Hi! David here! I’m baacckkk!!”. I did take a minute to check my twitter timeline (laughs). I was blown away with all the messages from fans. It’s nice to know you are missed and not forgotten. Well, I did keep my promise to return. They kept their promise to wait. It’s a win-win!

Question 2: Just how many fans were there at the airport to greet you?

Answer: I kept my homecoming a secret, so it was just family, and strangely enough, Taylor Swift showed up in the lounge where we were gathered. But I had security escort her to another lounge. I hear she’s writing a song about me now. (laughs)

Question 3: We have talked endlessly about a David Returns Home Concert. Where would be your favorite place to hold this concert?

Answer: Ideally, I would like to have my first concert take place over a long weekend, three shows, at the Interlochen Music Academy in Michigan. It’s got a relaxed, cool vibe to it. My friend Sunny went to music school there, as did Norah Jones, Josh Groban and Jewel! Nothing is confirmed yet, but I am also considering the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. It used to be the Louisana Superdome until hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. I hear that it has been completely rebuilt. Performing there would be an awesome thrill!

Question 4: Tell us about the first meal you had when you got back. What did you eat and who shared it with you?

Answer: My 2 younger sisters learned to cook while I was away. We had a special family dinner where they made Chicken Pad Thai. It was so good to eat something familiar. I am so proud of how they have grown up! They plan to open their own restaurant in a few years.

Question 5: Many famous artists have said they missed you and wanted to work with you. Have you decided on who you would like to record with next?

Answer: I suppose I can now announce it: I am collaborating with Alison Sudol who sings professionally as A Fine Frenzy. We will be working on some original songs for a fall tour. The planning is in the early stages. She will open the show and we will sing a few duets during my set. I met Alison 3 years ago and we have stayed in contact.

Question 6: Before you left for Chile, you said you can’t wait to show us the person you will become. How have you changed in the last 2 years?

Answer: How have I changed? Hmmm- let’s see. I am a more realistic person. I have gained a new appreciation for what people must do to survive in poverty. I have seen people in deepest despair, also watched others experience the greatest joy. I was blessed to help deliver a baby in an emergency situation.

Question 7: The world is waiting for you to release an album of Spanish songs. Did you do some songwriting while you were away?

Answer: Songwriting? I’ve written 150 songs in my head. New Life is one of my favorites and I wrote it after experiencing the joy of helping a new baby come into this world. A Spanish album will happen as soon as I can get some songs down on paper and record them. Spending time in a Spanish culture has definitely influenced me.

Question 8: Can you tell a funny story from your experience in Chile?

Answer: It was a challenge to avoid being recognized, even so far from the US. I was walking down the street in Santiago when someone called out, “Josh Bradley?” (laughs). Then the 4 girls started screaming and chased me until I was able to duck down a stairway to the train! I had forgotten that Nandito Ako had played over the internet and not just on TV5 in Manilla. It made me laugh that Josh was more recognizable than me. I will have the opportunity to act again. I have learned that it’s best to not hide behind your comfort zone. Acting is something I really enjoy which helps me to explore parts of human nature that I may not personally experience in my own life.

Question 9: Did you pick up any new habits while you were away?

Answer: Oh yes! You become part of the culture and things stick with you even when you are back home. I now always wear shoes, socks, or sandals in the house. Barefoot used to be the standard when I was home, but no longer. Down in Chile we had to always have something on our feet, even in the house. There were some interesting spider-like wildlife in the kitchen on occasion, haha. Speaking of the kitchen. I learned to cook a few pasta dishes and I can grill burgers like a pro. I never learned to like fish though. I guess bike riding became a new habit. We had no car so biking was the best way to get around. There were dogs everywhere so I was chased more times than I can count! I have learned that life is like riding a bike: to keep your balance, you must keep moving forward.

Question 10: We have to ask it, the marriage question. Any plans in the near future?

Answer: If I meet the right person, I wouldn’t hesitate. I won’t get married just to get married, but I am open to falling in love. It’ll happen, I’m sure. I wasn’t open to it before. I needed to get a few things behind me and now I have. I’m looking forward to falling in love, marrying, and becoming a father. I want lots of children.

David, I want to thank you for allowing The Voice to interview you. I know the fans will think of this interview like a cool drink in the hot desert. We enjoyed all the special music and videos that Team David shared in your absence. But having you back home now is the best gift!

Answer: I just want to thank the fans for all their support and understanding. It was not an easy decision that I made back in 2011. It was a goal of mine to fulfill a mission while I was young. My Heavenly Father, along with family, friends and fans kept me going.

There you have it! We will have a new concert, new music, and for David Archuleta a new start on life along with a fabulous singing career.

Disclaimer: The events described in this interview are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.


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Riders on the Storm ~ David Archuleta and Me

Posted by betsy on Saturday, June 8, 2013

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Last week I was working the late shift. My husband called me at work to let me know that there were bad storms coming (sometimes I am in a bubble at work, not really supposed to even look at my phone). They were already sheltering in the basement as the tornado sirens were blaring near our home. A few minutes later, we heard OUR sirens going off. I work 30 minutes from home. Customers started stopping at the store and asking if they could shelter there. Of course! By then I had checked my phone, and it seemed the warnings were widespread, take cover immediately, tornadoes sighted all over.

A couple of hours later, the customers had left, the warnings were gone, the last of the money was counted, the doors were locked, and I set the alarm and walked outside with my last 2 coworkers.

I checked my phone one last time, and noted that the tornado warning was extended for another hour. The sirens were back on. We had to drive home in this craziness. I popped in my TOSOD Asian Tour Edition, then settled in for the drive home. The rain subsided after awhile, and as I got a couple minutes from home, I turned on my camera and videotaped the drive.

(you never know what the heck you’ll see, maybe a tornado? Idk, lol – maybe I’ve seen too many TV shows.)

It wasn’t until I watched it back that I noticed the music. It’s very short, only a couple of minutes long, but there’s David’s voice amid the darkness and flashes of lightning.

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The thing is, the Monday prior, we had a tornado hit our backyard. It sheared the tops of the trees in all our neighbors’ yards but made a direct hit on our huge 300 year old Oak tree, knocking it down onto our garage, yard, pool, and power lines. My husband was the only one home. As he was stepping into the shower he heard a loud noise. Running to the back window upstairs, he looked out and saw it happen.

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This is a picture of what remained of our garage AFTER the tree was removed.

That was also the night of the terrible Oklahoma tornado, so I hardly mentioned it. We were so lucky, how could I even complain. Everybody was safe.

Listening to David while I was driving home was the most soothing thing. And it’s not the first time he’s gotten me through a storm. Snowstorms and other storms life sends. This is no small thing.

Thanks for riding with me, David. In your own way.

p.s I found out the next day that there had been 6 verified tornadoes in the vicinity. Lots of property damage but no serious injuries.

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Betsy is a Staff Writer for The Voice

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David Archuleta’s Announcement and My Own Personal Journey

Posted by bebereader on Monday, June 3, 2013

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I have avoided watching David’s “announcement video” for the longest time since that day we saw it together in real-time on Livestream. He was hurting, or so I thought and I couldn’t handle it. I couldn’t watch him being vulnerable in front of so many people. Most of all, it hurt me to see him cry.

How would I live without his shining force for two years?
How could I get through two years with no new music, I thought.
Two years is way too long to go without a concert.

It was all about me.

I know about milestones and rites of passage in one’s religion so I should have seen David’s mission announcement coming instead of hitting me from out of left field.

In my religion, for example, when a young person reaches 13 they are considered to have achieved spiritual maturity and are welcomed into adulthood by having a Bar Mitzvah or for a girl, a Bat Mitzvah. This important event is marked by being called to read from the Torah, which is the fundamental narrative of the Jewish religion. This is usually done in temple before family, friends and a congregation of people and the reading is done in the Hebrew language. In addition, they must learn to chant in the ancient melody. Hebrew is written in symbols, not letters in the printed version of the Bible and is very hard to learn. It often takes months or years to accomplish this at the same time they have their regular school studies. It’s considered an honor to fulfill all of the required duties which I have simplified here. There is also a community service requirement.  The Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony is a milestone life-cycle event in the life of a Jewish person and is the culmination of years of study.

Having had a chunk of time to reflect on all this, I realize how selfish it was to think of myself and how David’s leaving would affect me.

Last night I was on YouTube as I usually am, watching old concert footage. Instead of avoiding the mission announcement link, this time I clicked on it! I watched it 3x. I saw it differently this time than I did all those months ago. I didn’t see a hurting David baring his soul. I saw a brave young man who didn’t know how the audience would react to his announcement and when he heard applause, was so touched that it brought tears to his eyes. I saw a brave young man who had the difficult task of telling his fans that he was taking a temporary leave from his music career. It was hard for him but he had the strength to do it anyway. I saw someone who had the courage to be vulnerable and who shed tears of relief.

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Even in his absence David continues to inspire me. It may have taken me 15 months to have the courage to watch the “announcement video” but seeing his strength is making ME strong enough to wait out the days until he comes back home.

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