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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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By Dayzee: David Archuleta’s Meet ‘N Greets Have Returned! (Sandy and Orem recaps)

Posted by bebereader on Monday, July 18, 2016

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I saw a note from Kari that they were working on VIPs for the Sandy and Orem shows, but had lost hope as the dates were almost here.  Then an email came saying that David had added another show!  I got all excited, but found it was the Saturday night Sandy show.  I often get notices of new shows that I already have tickets for so I just deleted and went to bed. orem and sandy b

After midnight, half asleep, I thought  “VIP”!   I was pretty sure I had seen VIP on that notice.  Fired up the computer and went to David Archuleta, went on to Tickets, and there was  Sandy VIP on the list.   Could not remember how long ago that email came.  Was devastated to think I might be too late.  Gave it a shot and the next thing I knew I had a ticket for my first VIP since pre-mission.   No sleeping for me after that.

Having never been to that venue, I arrived for the 6:00 pm M&G at 2:30.   Always my biggest fear at a new place is not being able to park.  I was lucky.  The parking lot was almost empty.  However, I was not the first to get in line. Kari came out and gave us paper to write questions for David. 

When 5 o’clock came Kari and Amber ushered us in and we saw an empty stage from the first row seats.  The band came out immediately and played some music and talked about the heat.  David soon joined us and gave us greetings.  His face lit up and he had a big smile as he waved at a newcomer.   The band all joined in with the waving.  David shared with us that they were waving at Brady’s baby girl.   David sang 2 songs and answered some oorem and sandyf the questions written by fans. 

We stood in line by the back door of the stage and went inside in groups of 3 or 4 for picture taking.  We handed our cellphones to  Kari and then came the magical moment of standing next to David.  There is an overwhelming feeling that everything in this space is good. David’s aura is an extreme comfort.  There is no looking on the dark side with David.

The Monday night M&G in Orem was even better.  Shelley of video fame had told me she wouldn’t be able to go, but it was not a surprise to see her arrive with her granddaughter aorem and sandy cnd camera.  There were only 13 of us.  One fellow had come from Boston. Great to have Tawna and Ron.   Such a shame that it was so hot.   So hot that we all had to squeeze into a small room with David and the band and Bri practically sitting on our laps.  The drummer was next to me and I could see his hands in constant motion.  Sometimes with sticks, sometimes just his hands playing a beat. 

“Mirrors” was the first song and Bri joined in for that and then excused herself.  Really liked her.  David sang “Who I Am” and again answered fan questions and added a “Happy Birthday” song.

We  all hung out with the band while waiting our turn for pics with David.   My friend had quite a crush on Chad and he posed for pictures with her.  We were the last ones to take pics with David.  He was in a tiny area, standing in front of a cinderblock wall.   An unglamorous setting, but shake a little David dust on there and it becomes marble and gold.   A dark little corner, but David was glowing. 

I thanked him for giving me all these friends I met at VIPs.  He said, “Yes.  We have lots of good people.”

All videos by Shelley FOD

All photographs courtesy of Dayzee

55 Responses to “By Dayzee: David Archuleta’s Meet ‘N Greets Have Returned! (Sandy and Orem recaps)”

  1. djafan said

    Dayzee! I hear your voice in the questions video! I looooove recaps! Thank you so much for sharing, it felt like I was there with a huge dorky smile on my face lol

    Love this

    ” An unglamorous setting, but shake a little David dust on there and it becomes marble and gold. A dark little corner, but David was glowing. “


  2. djafan said

    Bringing this over from previous thread.

    Abrra said

    Monday, July 18, 2016 at 9:46 AM e
    Lots of pics from the Redeemer event. Click the links to see them.

    Thanks to @pabuckie for the find.


  3. tawna21 said

    Dayzee, you are truly the bright spot in my flower garden!! I love being at David events with you because you are so calm. Oh, I know, you’re a bubbling mess inside (that’s a compliment), but on the outside you just smile and joke around. You keep me thinking straight! 🙂 Don’t change that!!

    Yes, it was unfortunate that the weather, in Utah, was so unseasonably hot thru that time period. At least we didn’t have humidity to accompany the heat. But, it’s Utah!! It was so fun to get to mingle with the band in those close quarters. Hey, we can actually say we were breathing David’s air .. not just the same air! 🙂

    David moves with a well-oiled machine, I must say. Kari knows her job and she does it over-the-top well!! If she gets flustered, you’d never see it. Amber seems to be a very good under-study to Kari. What a pleasant girl she is. And, she definitely loves her brother! ♥ It’s so obvious that everyone in David’s battalion consider him the man in charge. He is definitely in control of the operation, but what a joy he must be to work with. So pleasant and sincere. His smiles are not pasted on, they are the r.e.a.l deal. He just never seems to be in a hurry to get to the next spot, even though you know he’s on a time schedule. And that, in a nutshell, is why I love David Archuleta. He’s not mine to own, but he allows me to own the energy, the happiness, and the spirit of loving that he shares with me — with all of us. Who could ask for more?! ♥♥


  4. Jenny said

    Dayzee! Great recap!
    FYI, I get the similar feeling from you that I felt around David – relaxed, genuine kindness. Thoughtfulness and reserve that filter out judgment and negativity.


  5. djafan said

    Wow some great pictures at that link Abrra!


  6. jans11 said

    I always love your posts and comments, Dayzee. I know they are from the heart, with the feeling that I have enjoyed when I have been with you and Tawna and Dja and all the rest that love David! He has the light that he talks about wanting in a girl! 🙂 His joy expands to every moment with the fans and I love the feeling I get when listening to David sing..and talk! Don’t know if I will ever get to see another VIP…they are so far and few between. So glad you guys got to go and Tawna, with 13 crammed in a small space I would say you all were just about breathing the same air! 🙂

    Don’t think I’ll be able to come out to Tuachan this year. Hate to miss it because it was awesome last year, but right now it’s not in the cards. Unless my boat comes

    I clicked on the link for the photos and my whole computer went off and then came back on. Don’t want to try again! lol Nothing goes according to hoyle with me! 🙂

    #amazingsmile #emittinglight #daviddustworksmiracles


  7. tawna21 said

    Jans… ha ha …. your poor computer was on a sensory overload with all of the David photos in one spot!! At least it recovered — kind of. 🙂 {{hugs to ‘ya}}


  8. TaterZen said

    Dayzee, I appreciate your fun recap. I could not be in Utah (or Arizona), which was doubly sad when I saw that VIP opportunity pop up; and yes, I did a double take too. I actually thought of you. I just knew that you would be there somehow. Thank you for sharing your insights–always heartfelt and enjoyable. “There is no looking on the dark side with David.”


  9. Abrra said

    It sounds like you just need to reboot your computer. Then try again? There is nothing malicious in that link. I went through most of the links and it’s safe. It’s the photographer’s Flickr photo albums.



  10. Dayzee said

    This was so much fun for me to relive the Meet n Greets. I felt so happy to be able to attend two of those awesome times. Cloud walking before and after. Great to see those Shelley videos again. Yes, Dja, that is me telling David he is going to Safford when he couldn’t come up with the name of the Arizona city. And then he mentioned I knew a lot. The word “stalker” came to my mind and I was hoping I would not be accused. Relieved when he went on to something else. My defense is that every one in that room must have known where he was going.

    Tawna, I thought YOU were the calm one. Haha You were leaning on me and I was leaning on you. That’s what friends are for, right?

    Jenny, it was so good to spend time with you at the luncheon. Hope we can do that again. Tuacahn?

    Jan, surely we will be going places together some time. We’ve had too much fun chasing David. I’m hoping for Nashville.

    TaterZen, when I think of David in Idaho I always think of you enabling the fans to get together. Those are such precious times. Because as David said, “We have lots of good people”. That was a room full of truly nice folks. My favorite people to hang out with are David people.

    The friend I went to the Orem M&G is from Thailand and has an exotic name. David told her that was a pretty name. I asked her yesterday why she never mentioned that, because if he had said that to me I would have been bragging to her. She looked confused. “He said that?” Haha. Another case of too-close-to-David coma.


  11. tawna21 said

    Yes!!! Jan and Dayzee, let’s doubly cross our fingers for Nashville! 😀


  12. Jenny said

    Of course Dayzee! I wasn’t at luncheon, you gave me ride to have drinks together at gas station at Sandy and I pestered u sitting next to you til show started cause I couldn’t get enough of your great company!


  13. Jenny said

    My real name is not Jenny. I have introduced myself to a lot of you in person. I just live amongst many old mean girls and I would become live bait for all the fangirling over David if they found out. I know, I should just get nicer friends, but


  14. Abrra said


    Confession: My real name is not Abrra 😉

    ( Its a name I made for my cartoon character in a game Abrra Kadabrra who is a Magician.)

    When I go to concerts I call folks by their real name. Djafan calls me Abrra, even on the phone! I think she loves Abrra. Bebe always calls me by me real name. I do the same for her.

    At this point, those non fans who didn’t know that I am a fan, will never know. I only share with people who are interested enough to ask me what he is up to lately.

    Last week I played He Showed Me How for my client. She loved it so much she wanted to buy it on iTunes. Long story short, she spent a hour on the phone with Apple because her password didn’t work. She did get it resolved and bought the song. She isn’t a fan, but she knows a great song (and singer) when she hears it.



  15. Abrra said

    If you think you had a bad day, read how kari’s day went. I’ll keep my day TYVM!



  16. Jenny said

    Abrra hahaha
    I wanted to make sure Dayzee didn’t have me confused w someone.


  17. tawna21 said

    Oh yeah! I’ll take my day, of major car repairs, any day over sitting in an airport and trying to figure out all of that flight change stuff! Kari’s probably a pro at handling these types of situations, but me – I’d have a come apart!!! TYVM


  18. Dayzee said

    Jenny! Yes, I was confused. I was thinking of a different Jenny! Thank you for clearing that up. If you are dealing with mean girls it is certain they are not David fans. Niceness is necessary for anyone who respects David. Perhaps some day they will fall under his spell.

    You were delightful! I looked for you and your son at Orem, but there were so many people I could not find you.


  19. Jenny said

    Dayzee! Good, now we know. No the mean girls are not David fans and most of that is probably in my head anyway.

    I didn’t see you at Orem either but I was busy tending to my squirmy younger son. I felt guilty – I hope it didn’t cause distraction for David because we were pretty close to stage.he enjoyed first 30 min of David’s portion – Orem show had at least an hour wait before David started playing if I remember correctly!


  20. djafan said

    Buenos Dias!

    If you haven’t seen Snowanglezz caption fest check it out! So many great pictures!

    And rhiminie’s tumbler too!


  21. tawna21 said

    dja… 2 thumbs up on these ‘hug’ photos! The ‘grandma’ one is adorable!!! Snowanglz post is hilarious with the captions!!!


  22. djafan said

    Tawna, Deb is to funny! Love her posts. The pictures are incredible and so many!

    Jenny, sent me a facial expression tweet, so cute.

    And then I find this on twitter of another facial expression 🙂


  23. djafan said

    Poor Kari! But she made it to Nashville! David is so quiet I can feel it. He said July new music and new music video! Wait for it 🙂


  24. jans11 said

    Abs, I did try again…so much for restraint and glad I did! 🙂 Super photos!

    Dayzee and Tawna, still hoping for Nashville! And better yet, Kansas City!

    Those hugs are to die for! I am so fortunate to be in the “hug club”! Got one at my first VIP! Don’t remember if it was a one or two armed one though. Who thinks of things like that at a time like that. 🙂 My sister was with me, I’ll ask her if she remembers. 🙂

    Snowangelzz sight is always so entertaining. She has a sense of humor like no other. Love it all!

    Poor Kari. When I flew out to SLC via Las Vegas in March, I had a similar thing happen to me and was a few hours late for Dayzee to pick me up. Felt so bad for her since she is a morning person and it was 11pm when I landed. They gave me 4 different gates to go to for the connecting flight before I found out the right one and naturally missed my flight. Thankful there was another one going out that night.

    Dja, still waiting patiently for something to happen. 🙂 The excitement will be over the top when he does announce something. “I get all tingly just thinking about it!” 🙂 Where have I heard that before??? 🙂


  25. Abrra said


    That’s good news 🙂 Actually, 90% of issues will be fixed by rebooting. I do it daily because of all the internet surfing I do.



  26. TOfan said

    how did I miss your recap Dayzee?? Love it! 13 people?? yikes! I think I’d have a panic attack, hahaha… but when you said, “There is an overwhelming feeling that everything in this space is good. David’s aura is an extreme comfort” … YES!!! That is so true and so special.


  27. Dayzee said

    Looking at the Alex Boye huggie pics I was thinking of Tawna who does not put her arm around David even when standing next to him for a photo. Haha. I am taking lessons from Alex. Don’t know if I could survive a two-arm hug, but maybe I could try for a longer time frame. Looks like Alex hugs last 10 minutes. Or more. I see he had himself a long term hug, then changed his outfit and hugged again. Wow.

    TOfan, I cannot believe my luck in being one of those 13 people. My gratefulness knows no bounds.


  28. tawna21 said

    You know, at my second VIP I did put my arm around David’s waist, but I felt like I was in his space too far. It may change somewhere down the road, who knows. /sigh Hopefully, there will be more opportunities to try it out! 🙂


  29. Jenny said

    I think if we did what Alex Boye did, we’d get tackled by security.😂


  30. Dayzee said

    Jenny, the hug police would be after us for sure.

    Snowangelzz pics were great fun. Spent too much time there inspecting.

    Packing up my stuff today. Going to Las Vegas to tend the cat for a couple of weeks while my son travels. My son and his wife are both left-handed and last time it was difficult opening the cat food with their odd left-handed can opener. They have promised me pop-tops now.


  31. jans11 said

    Dayzee, have fun on your mini-vacation. Your son and his wife are really nice people. Must be inherited! 🙂

    It’s official! My hug was a one handed one! 🙂 lol I asked my sis and as much as she could remember (it was 7 yrs ago) it was a one handed one!


  32. djafan said

    I would love to know what Alex Boye is saying to David with all the hugs and face holding lol

    Video shoot happening today!

    Janel aka Nellie says:
    July 23, 2016 at 4:55 pm
    I decided to take a chance and ask James the Mormon a question:

    Janel Woodbury‎ to Jamesthemormon
    I wish that you would do a collab with David Archuleta. Have either of you talked about that?
    Jamesthemormon We have a song and vid coming out aug 8th 😉
    Janel Woodbury Oh wow, that’s awesome! Is it pop or pop/rap or related to the church? Thank you for your testimony in music by the way. If you haven’t filmed the video yet, let David know the same for me.
    Jamesthemormon I will let him know. And it’s a pop/rap song
    Janel Woodbury Cool beans! I’ll look forward to it. 🙂


  33. tawna21 said

    Hmmm. This new video should be interesting!!! Counting down to August 8!


  34. jans11 said

    Lets see if this works…on the set of Working….


  35. Abrra said

    Sunday puzzle is a scream cap i took from Shelley’s video of my Little Prayer. Pure contentment on his face.



  36. MT said

    Hey guys! 🙂 Thanks Abrra, for posting the video of the new song!

    Workin’ …. Love the fun, bouncy beat to the song! I’m not sure I’m hearing the lyrics right. Is he singing “We’re out here God, and we’re workin'” ?? Can anyone else hear better than me?

    Anyway, I liked it and enjoyed listening to the snippet. Here’s hoping he’ll do more with that type of music/rhythm. I was dancing in my seat. LOL Good stuff! 🙂


  37. jans11 said

    Nice puzzle again, Abs. What a wonderful, serene look on David’s face. Loved it.

    MT, that’s what it sounds like to me too. Sounds like a fun and happy song. Can’t wait for it’s release.


  38. tawna21 said

    Boy Abrra, you’re absolutely right…. pure contentment on David’s face. I don’t recall ever seeing just that look from him before. Thank you for the puzzle. ♥


  39. MT said

    Jan, thanks! I’m looking forward to hearing the whole song too!


  40. Dayzee said

    That song sounds like a lot of fun. Perhaps one where David tells us we can get out of our seats and jump around. I was at Tuacahn picturing in my mind what we might be doing in November. Oh boy!

    It is so hot here in Vegas and I think back to how freezing cold we were last November at Tuacahn. We had our winter parkas and blankets and scarves but we were still soooo cold. Until David appeared on the stage. Then we felt fine but we all worried about David & company being uncomfortable. Hot or cold, I am looking forward to 3 evenings with David.

    I appreciate the puzzles Abrra. They are part of the framework that keeps my life in order. If it’s Sunday, there must be a David puzzle.


  41. djafan said

    Hey everyone! Here’s a couple more videos of the video shoot!


  42. djafan said

    Loving the beat and so are they!

    But David seems to be in my neck of the woods “workin” I imagine lol. The calm before the storm!


  43. Abrra said


  44. tawna21 said

    What a pleasant IG from Amber. Those kids really do care about one another. ♥♥


  45. jans11 said

    So wonderful the love of brother and sister. ♥

    Seen this on Twitter form Youtube…. ♥


  46. jans11 said

    from not form…:)


  47. Dayzee said

    So fun to watch the Kpop of David at the Scera Shell. Only complaint….wishin it was longer.


  48. tawna21 said

    Thanks Jan for the Kpop video. Right Dayzee, it needs to be longer. But then, I remember feeling the same way after the concert ended. It’s over already?

    Hubby and I went to a concert in the park this past Monday where the Truman Brothers played. It was so much fun. They are a very talented duo, and it was fun to see Chad Truman working with his brother Ben. Ben is kind of the spokesperson, and he mentioned how he has to really keep on his toes to keep up with his talented, keyboard playing, younger brother whose been playing for David Archuleta on his tour.. woot, woot! He also mentioned how they are scheduling their time together around David’s upcoming concerts … woot, woot! Loved it! Loved them! If you get a chance, check them out. 🙂


  49. djafan said

    What nice words from Amber towards her siblings. They sure are supportive for one another and I’m sure they have their “moments” as all families do. But to recognize the importance of being you at such a young age is admirable.

    Jans, you’re getting good with your link posts! Thank you! We can get so busy sometimes that it is greatly appreciated why y’all jump in :))))

    Tawna, I really like Chad and his piano playing and his backup vocals :)))))))

    I believe Jamesthemormon saw Snowangelzz post lol

    And now he’s replying to David fans 🙂

    I’m currently really busy end of year work stuff and trying so very hard to not think of David, huge fail.



  50. jans11 said

    Dayzee and Tawna, I agree that it can always be longer and you’re right, his concerts are never long enough! We want more…more! 🙂

    Thanks Dja…when I’m perusing the sights and find something interesting, I check here and if you all haven’t already posted it, I do. Just adding my 2 cents! lol And I think I’m getting the hang of it. 🙂

    Dayzee, wishing I could come out again this November and do some jumping around to David’s songs again but I’ve had some unexpected expenses come up so unless I win the lottery I can’t. Think I’d better buy a ticket! 🙂


  51. Dayzee said

    Good luck on that lottery Jan. And for all you others with tickets. If any of us won a lottery we would spend it all on David related stuff.

    Today I was paying at a cash register and the clerk looked into my purse and her eyes grew big. “Who is that handsome fellow?” She was reaching into my purse to retrieve my famous keychain. Can you believe it? “He is really handsome” she said as she flipped the pic to the other side for another view of David. Now I am usually happy when someone says nice things about David, but getting into my purse? My first reaction was wanting to tell her to get her hands off MY David, but I quickly forgave her. How could she resist? When I told her it was David Archuleta she looked mystified. Perhaps she is looking him up on her computer tonight.


  52. tawna21 said

    If she Googles David Archuleta, she’s a goner! It’ll be all over for her! Done deal! She’ll lose sleep because she will be caught in the YouTube vortex of his concerts. Maybe your patience with her has created another convert!!! 🙂 🙂


  53. jans11 said

    Oh my gosh, Dayzee. I would have been giving her an odd look as she was reaching in my purse too! But, he has a way of drawing people to him no matter where he is at! 🙂 Once the receptionist at the dr’s office asked me who was that on my phone case and I told her David Archuleta, the best singer ever. She just said that’s who I thought it was. 🙂

    Tawna, yep you’re right. That’s what I did 8 years ago and I’m still a goner! lol 🙂 This ODD is never gonna go away! 🙂

    #1weektonewmusic #whoohoo


  54. Abrra said

    David checks in !

    Here is @casoncooley’s IG link

    It’s healthy for David to unplug from Social Media. Who hasn’t said “today I will not even turn on my computer.” ? We know not much will get accomplished once we dive into the internet. 🙂

    Just about every night I have 2 rituals that I perform on Tweet deck in @DavidArchie and David Archuleta timelines.

    I scroll through and look for “Whatever happened to David Archuleta?” or “What is David Archuleta up to now?” I respond in Quote form with
    @DavidArchie is only a search away.

    SMH that kids can’t use Google or are they simply too lazy?

    As I am scrolling I am noticing lately that porn tweets are showing up tagging his Twitter name and his real name. I am reporting them to Twitter and blocking them. Not going to elaborate on the content, but I don’t advise clicking one. It’s almost a sacrilege to use his name like this. I am sure other celebrities suffer the same abuse of their name, but somehow it feels worse seeing his name shamed in such a way.

    /rant off



  55. Dayzee said

    Oh boy! “finishing up songs” he says. Not writing, not working on, but “finishing” Yayy At the Sandy meet n greet someone asked David if he would sing just a line from one of his new songs. He gave us that mischievous grin and sang a line from Numb.

    Just a thought about the woman who put her hand in my purse to reach David. We have always seen people reaching out to touch David. This was like an extension of that impulse.


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