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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 Going Overseas! “An Evening Of Music, Comedy, and Motivational Theater”

Posted by djafan on Wednesday, July 2, 2014



Idk why I couldn’t get the video up, but my little sister helped me. I know it’s not the most convenient place to do a video, but oh well.

Thanks to all of those who tuned into the Face2Face Chat last week! if you missed it go here:


Going to Costa Rica this weekend for a project that you’ll hear more about later, and then off to the Middle East and Africa to go see the Airforce Troops and do some singing for them. 🙂

Pardon the razor burns if you notice them. I had a bad shave this morning and wasn’t able to get the job done properly.

Utahns To Entertain Troops Overseas in “An Evening of Music, Comedy and Motivational Theater”

Dan Clark speaks to the troops all over the world and has performed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and Africa.
This time he was invited by Armed Forces Entertainment to put together a 90 minute show. So he invited David Archuleta and Jason Hewlett to join him in “An Evening of Music, Comedy and Motivational Theater.”

The format is a variety show where Dan shares one of his world famous stories from the Chicken Soup For The Soul book series, that sets up a song performed by David Archuleta, followed by comic relief in a five minute bit by Jason Hewlett.

There are messages throughout, dealing with suicide prevention, divorce prevention and resiliency issues.

David’s song list includes “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, “Take Me Home” and John Lennon’s “Imagine”, mixed with his own pop hit “Crush” and more!

Jason Hewlett pulls the funniest faces and impersonates Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Adell, among others.

They leave on July 8 and perform for our combat troops 18 times on bases throughout Afghanistan, and in Kuwait, Bahrain, Ethiopia and Djbouti.

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58 Responses to “David Archuleta Going Overseas! “An Evening Of Music, Comedy, and Motivational Theater””

  1. djafan said

    Project in Costa Rica we’ll see later this year?????!!!!!


  2. skydancer1x said

    Dan Clark also mentioned “Everybody Hurts” in that video. just wow.
    I love this vlog,and he looks gorgeous
    ‘Sisters Cave’ LOL


  3. Angelica said

    Sky! I Know!! Everybody Hurts wasn’t mentioned in the write up but the guy says he singing that song! Gaaaahhhh!

    Love the the vlog! Someone needs to make a gif of “my sister’s goin’ ‘heeey whatcha doin?” Played that over several times.

    So exciting that he’s going to Costa Rica for a project manana and then next week off to tour the Middle East entertaining the troops! Please let there be video of every show!


  4. sweetonda said

    We got a vlog!!!! I’m spazzing along with the rest of you! I can see more speculation coming on the Costa Rica tidbit. 😉 Yes, let there please be video! I need to hear Everybody Hurts live. Oh who am I kidding, I need to hear all of them live! 🙂

    Dja and Gladys, thanks for the Spanish translation. You both rock!


  5. Dayzee said

    So David is on the move. Terrific! Gonna find himself a stage and sing some songs. This is what we have been waiting for. Let the fun begin! And soon!

    111 degrees in Las Vegas today. I am melting.


  6. bebereader said

    This is great news!
    The troops are in for a well-deserved treat!
    And I hope we’re in for a treat too, if we’re lucky enough to get video.
    Chances are we will. After all there are 18 shows!
    Someone should take video!

    Djafan, Thanks for getting this info up so quickly!


  7. Angelica said

    Oh, and I want to say he is very brave to be going to Afghanistan and other countries in the Middle East to entertain our troops. God bless them and David and all who go with him.

    And I also want to say it was very brave of him to even go in his sister’s cave, much less do a video blog from there. That can befuddle any man’s brain. hahaha. All that stuff!


  8. bebereader said

    Razor burn comment so funny!

    (I added David’s text from his youtube page. It’s beneath the vlog.)


  9. Dayzee said

    Ray, I have that same key chain you do. A key chain with a large pic of David. Many times I have laid that key chain on a table in a cafe and the waitress will say, “Is that your grandson? He certainly is handsome”


  10. RAY said



  11. Angelica said

    Which “Take Me Home” would you most like David to sing?


  12. gladys1961 said

    I think david, doing what he wants, in the place he wants and when he wants.
    No pressure, no pressure, no pressure. It is the first time that he is not carrying a backpack full of responsibilities.
    I like the new David.

    (Me saco el sombrero ante ti, David)


  13. Angelica said


  14. bebereader said

    That’s a hard one, Angelica.

    Although I was a huge fan of John Denver’s music I think Phil Collin’s “Take Me Home” is more David’s speed. JMO


  15. skydancer1x said

    yes angelica, thats a hard one,as I really love both songs and the singers, but,
    Bebe I agree …love the Phil Collins”Take Me Home”!!

    ♥Gladys, si !!! I agree!! with everything you said


  16. MT said

    Thanks so much for all the info on this! I think it’s wonderful that David will be part of an entertainment package for our troops overseas. It’s sooo like him to be a part of something like this.

    I am so looking forward to hearing and seeing him perform again, and Everybody Hurts is one of my favorites. I love that song! As for choosing one of the Take Me Home songs … I looked up the lyrics thinking it might help me figure out which one he would sing but it didn’t help. lol Like Bebe, I think the Phil Collin’s song would be great for David to sing. But then again, I could see him singing the other one too so I just don’t know. I’ll take either one though. I am excited for him and the troops, and of course for us!

    Surely there will be SOMEONE who has a video camera and access to Youtube, right? 🙂

    As far as that vlog goes, where do I start? haha The razor burn comment? The bathroom location? the picking up his sister’s things and showing us? And like Angelica, that comment about his sister had me hitting rewind. LOL He is so funny.

    David, thanks for just being you. 😀

    Safe travels!


  17. djafan said

    Just watched the video again, he cracks me up.

    I wonder if he’ll be trying out a new song on the troops, that would be great.

    Yes gladys, i take my hat off to him too 🙂

    Ray and Dayzee, yep i have the pictures and all my David stuff lol


  18. djafan said

    I can see David singing either take me home but prefer the Collins one 🙂


  19. potluck8 said

    I too think it will be Phil Collins song that David will sing. John Denver’s which I love is more about country roads and W Va. In my opinion he will sing the deeper of the two in keeping with the other songs he will be preforming.


  20. djafan said

    Potluck, that makes perfect sense. Wonder if he’ll be taking his Nord?

    Kari, said she’d be out the country for fourth of July, i wonder if she’s traveling with David to Costa Rica?


  21. Angelica said

    After watching the Phil Collins video, I thought, is this even a fair question? That is so David at the end with the audience sing along. I predict epic ownership of that song.


  22. tawna21 said

    What an opportunity!! This is right up David’s alley, giving service and recognizing others for their service.

    My jury is out on the ‘Take Me Home’ question… I like them both, and can see David doing either one of them. He would definitely put his own spin on either one.

    Pleeeeze let there be video of this experience! 🙂


  23. tawna21 said

    Okay, my jury NEEDS to hear David sing Phil Collins’ version…. for sure. 🙂


  24. djafan said

    Lol Tawna… I concur.


  25. jans11 said

    Oh, I love this video…our David is back! ♥ This is such great news and I hope and pray that he has a fun and safe trip. Want to hear Everybody Hurts live too! Actually anything live will do….soooo excited for him and all of us fans! Would be awesome if someone made a video or we could watch one on livestream….anything! 🙂

    Dayzee, KC could use a little of that heat. It’s only 57* here, probably breaking an all time low for this date! Yesterday it was 93* on my deck and a storm and cold front came thru.


  26. Angelica said

    Praying for safe travels today. Excited last night. Now the heightened awareness of nerves whenever he leaves the US. I got a lot done this morning though.  photo icon_sprint-1.gif


  27. Yes, that was a ‘vlog’. That was David getting in touch. An ease up in his storm of emotions. An appreciated surprise. Right in the middle of our July 1st celebrations and yours on July 4th. Have to remember that date.

    Is “Take Me Home” on his set list? Phil Collins is a favourite of mine (but yes if it is John Denver’s too). I just listened to the songs imagining David singing them. I hope someone writes him a fantastic song like that even though he makes them all his own.

    Your sisters are very pretty David! Stay healthy!! On with the journey.



  28. Dayzee said

    Angelica, my first thought when he mentioned his travels was “Eeeek! Dangerous!”. I always have to remind myself that we cannot confine David in bubble-wrap and constantly remove thorns from his path.


  29. bluebar said

    David’s vlog is filmed from the reflection in the mirror?
    Watch on full screen.

    Check out the “right” side of David’s neck at 21 seconds. 🙂
    Also the direction of his buttoned shirt.
    Can’t make out the writing on the sign or on the bottles, though.

    Regardless, David is still the kind, thoughtful person we know,
    no matter what way you see him!!!
    Wishing him safe travels. Time for Silverfox’s prayer, for sure.
    And, Abrra will the kitty be at the window once more?

    I’m so excited and happy for David and the opportunities that await.
    Also, especially thinking of David “In This Moment” and perhaps this is his view at this time in his life:
    “Now that I know what it’s like to be living
    I can’t return to a life with no vision…”


  30. djafan said

    Safe Travels David! Praying for a great summer for David and us!

    Here is the link to the Spanish chat as transcribed by Gladys!


  31. Abrra said

    #29 Bluebar
    I noticed right away that the video image was “flipped” because of the bathroom mirror. When he turned his head, his mole was gone! The writing on the door sign is backwards as well.

    So being the nerd, I flipped the video and sure enough the words are reading correctly and earlier in the video he turns and I can see his mole.
    I put the “corrected” video in the Unplugged vault and will show it Saturday night. haha

    A while back when he took a selfie with the church librarian, I saw that it was flipped as well. His face tends to look longer in the backwards mode. Sometimes phone camera will flip the image when its uploaded.

    The kitty is back watching for David’s safe return.

    All is right with the world..

    Here is Silverfox’s prayer:

    Dear Lord,

    Please take care of David.
    Watch over him, protect him from all harm.
    Cloak him with your love and give him the strength to endure all that is thrown in his path.
    Give David the courage and guidance to say no to those who ask for more than he can reasonably give.
    Surround David with loving and supportive people who love him unconditionally as we, his devoted Archangels do.
    Separate David from those who have agendas other than for his well being.
    Give him rest when he feels weary.
    Give him stamina to sustain his hectic pace.
    Give him assurance when he feels doubt.
    Give him joy when he feels sad and never allow David to feel alone or lonely.
    Give us the wisdom to always do right by David.
    Help us support David so that it’s always in his best interest.
    Cloak him always in your protective arms during this time on his journey.
    Keep David and his voice healthy and strong as he fulfills his Destiny which was written in his Book of Life before he was born.
    Though we may be unworthy Lord, we humbly pray. Amen

    David, have a good & restful night’s sleep with sweet & happy dreams. Thank you for all you do and for who you are. Keep with you all our love, support & prayers always.

    Contigo siempre! We are with you always!
    ~ Silverfox



  32. djafan said

    Thank you for your timeless prayer Silverfox and thank you for posting Abrra.

    David is on his way!!!!

    Kenadee Wilson ‏@KenadeeWilson 28m
    Totally saw david archuleta at the Texas airport and spilled my coffee all over me in front of him, go me!


  33. bebereader said

    Arghhh! Bad thunderstorm here in NY. Power went out four times tonight so far.

    #29 Bluebar: I love those two lines you highlighted from “In This Moment”
    ““Now that I know what it’s like to be living
    I can’t return to a life with no vision…”
    David’s message songs stand the test of time.

    Seems like he just came home and now he’s leaving again for Costa Rica.
    I’m sure it’s for a good cause.
    Safe Travels, David!


  34. tawna21 said

    Travel safely, David! ♥♥♥

    Does anybody else love listening to him say ‘Costa Rica’? 🙂


  35. dh said

    Thanks Abrra, for putting Kitty back on the job. I’m very nervous for David to be in Afghanistan and the Middle East. I hope those Air Force guys appreciate the talent that they are getting to see in our David, coming to visit them. Thanks so so much Gladys for the transcript of the Spanish chat, and thanks to DJAfan for translating for us. I see that Janel Woodbury did a transcript of the English chat for those who want to translate to other languages.


  36. skydancer1x said

    I do! I do!Tawna 😀 hehe the entire video had me smiling.
    I am impressed with the tour David will be a part of for the troops.What a wonderful format! To perhaps preempt the problems that servicemen and women have when they return home, well it is a wonderful idea.
    I love that the songs David will be singing, play into Dan Clark’s storied themes.To think of David’s beautiful voice, connecting the message for our troops with those songs is amazing and give me goosebumps. Mr Clark knows what a gem our David is,for he seemed very excited to have David on this tour.
    David will ‘bring it’ for the troops he loves so much.
    Can’t even think of anyone else, any other singer, who would be so perfect for this event.No one even comes close♥


  37. Dayzee said

    So David has gone to Costa Rica (Tawna, his pronunciation of that is delightful) and he is doing something that we will find out about “later in the year”. That fellow is still trying to teach us patience. My problem is, what I have the least patience for is hearing news about David.

    Jan, we had a cold front today. Only reached 108. Still melting.

    Safe travels David


  38. jans11 said

    Dayzee, yes they do have some hot weather out there! I was out there one time with it being 115*. Hot hot hot! KC doesn’t get that hot but it sure does have high humidity and that is what I can’t stand. One is as bad as the other with one hot and dry like an oven and the other any temp and just wet all the time unless air or furnace is on.
    I have to say that I lied about not being able to come out that way .haha 🙂 Had a chance to go to Laughlin, free, and couldn’t pass it up. Even though I won’t be with my family on the 4th, I’ll be with some friends. So I will be close, but not close enough.

    Love the way Costa Rica just rolls off David’s tongue, also! That accent is something else.
    I think they went down there to shoot a video for the Spanish song he wrote….that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. 🙂

    Have a safe and fun 4th everyone! Oh, I won’t have my comp with me so have to skip chat this week. 😦 Adios!


  39. tawna21 said

    Jan, I like your story about a video…. and I’ll stick to it with you! That would be awesome if that’s what it turns out to be!! 😀


  40. bebereader said

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    Have a safe and fun one!


  41. Abrra said

    Have a safe and pleasant holiday! Keep this guy in your prayers?



  42. cq said

    Happy 4th of July everyone!


  43. skydancer1x said

    Nice Flag Bebe!!
    Abrra,thanks for the always perfect video for the 4th!
    Nice to get a Happy Fourth of July tweet from David!!


  44. sweetonda said

    May you all be safe and have a fun filled 4th! I love this country!

    My prayers are going up for David while he is away in his journeys to Costa Rica and entertaining the troops.

    Thanks admins, glad to see Silverfox’s prayer and the cat keeping safe watch.


  45. Angelica said

    Well, I guess they’ve got internet in Costa Rica. That’s a good thing.
    HAPPY 4th of July everyone! God bless America and the troops who keep us free at great sacrifice. David going to perform for them soon brings that truth home to me more this 4th.


  46. tawna21 said

    Have a wonderful Independence Day!! Prayers for David in his travels and experiences. Prayers for our troops here and abroad.. God bless them in their trials.


  47. Abrra said

    Kari tweets a picture as her car whizzes by a Costa Rican flag.

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    Kari Sellards ‏@kariontour

    Happy 4th from Costa Rica!

    The Archuleta has landed! 😉



  48. tawna21 said

    It just occurred to me. Things have seemed, to the fans, to be at somewhat of a stand still in the world of The Archuleta since he landed back on U.S. soil in March. We’ve been chomping at the bit for this or that, and consuming greedily any little tidbit that is handed to us. But. In reality, David’s life has probably been just like this photo from Kari… whizzing! If you stop and think, slowly, about what he’s been doing (family, dating, re-learning to tweet and make videos, instagram, writing, recording, international chats, firesides, and of course eating) since getting home, it makes me breathless. Nope, there is no grass growing tall underneath this man’s feet! Gotta love a man of action!! ♥♥♥

    Thanks, Abrra, for posting the picture. It’s always such a relief to know they are on solid ground! 😀


  49. Abrra said


    New music and concerts is what we fans thrive on. This reboot of his career will take a bit of time as he writes his own music and shares his gift of voice in new places that are not within our reach. He was very intuitive to make the patience video. It’s a concept we must embrace. 🙂

    I dont’ have a clue what’s doin’ in Costa Rica but if he says we will find out more later, I can wait.

    The servicemen and women surely have video devices, so I bet we will see some of his songs from the USO shows. It’s so wonderful that he has this opportunity to perform for them.

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic
    Patty Ann posted this on twitter. It’s lovely and so right for today.



  50. MT said

    “God bless America and the troops who keep us free at great sacrifice. David going to perform for them soon brings that truth home to me more this 4th.”

    I couldn’t have said it better.

    49. What a beautiful photo edit by pabuckie, and so fitting.

    Happy 4th of July everyone!


  51. fenfan said

    Happy 4th of July to all of you, my dear David friends!
    Love that vlog!


  52. bebereader said

    Sarah Evans, The Muppets, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Patty LaBelle, Michael McDonald, Jordin Sparks….
    There was only one person missing from tonight’s “Capitol Fourth” celebration on PBS…

    Nobody sings it better!
    credit thop1984


  53. Dayzee said

    Thank you for the video Bebe. So much beauty there.


  54. tawna21 said

    Jans!!!!! Here’s hoping you’re right!!

    It makes me a little nervous to see things chained and a huge waterfall….. please be careful, David!!!


  55. jans11 said

    OMGosh! Maybe we are right Tawna! Here’s hoping…..I’m so dang happy for David!!!! Whoo hoo! 🙂


  56. Debbie said

    I hope he sings the one by Amit Paul.


  57. Patricia Ann said

    Loved this vlog – to hear him actually laugh – to see him be silly – to get that sweet closed-mouth smile as he talks about singing to the troops “this summer” – the new cadences of his speaking voice. It felt like he came a little closer this time – and I am humbly grateful.


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