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New Orion EP in May, West Coast Tour Kicks Off in June! ~ David Archuleta

Posted by bebereader on Tuesday, April 4, 2017

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From David’s Official Site:

“Platinum-selling singer David Archuleta is gearing up for the May 19th release of Orion, the first in a series of new EPs from the international pop star.

Inspired by lessons learned during his two-year missionary trip to Chile, “Numb” — the EP’s lead single, which premiered last November via Billboard — sets the tone for Orion’s mix of self-reflection and pop melody. The song was co-written by Archuleta, Trent Dabbs, and producer Jamie Kenney. “People really want to connect with what’s coming from someone’s heart, from their soul, and what they’re going through,” he tells Billboard. “I feel like [“Numb”] was that for me.”
Archuleta and Kenney teamed up for Orion’s follow-up single, too, co-writing “Up All Night” with Isabeau Miller and Shaun Balin. The song makes its debut on April 21st, roughly one month before the EP’s release.

Archuleta will support Orion’s arrival with a tour of the west coast and southwestern markets, kicking off with his June 1st appearance at the State Theatre in Red Bluff, California. A full list of performance dates is below.

Orion unveils Archuleta’s new sound, mixing his melodies and muscular vocals with stories about his life and recent experiences. It’s not his first album as an adult, but it may be his first truly adult album. Like the constellation that gives the EP its name, Orion burns brightly.
David’s West Coast Tour Dates are below (more to come!):

Thursday, June 1 — Red Bluff, CA – State Theatre
Friday, June 2 — Fresno, CA – Tower Theatre
Saturday, June 3 — Grants Pass, OR – Rogue Theater
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 — Bend, OR -Tower Theatre
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 — Sacramento, CA – Crest Theatre
Friday, June 9, 2017 — Portland, OR Alberta Rose Theatre
Monday, June 12, 2017 — Spokane WA – Bing Crosby Theater
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 — Seattle WA – Triple Door
Friday, June 16, 2017 — Pocatello ID – Portneuf Amphitheater
Saturday, June 17, 2017 – Layton, UT – The Kenley Ampitheater
Friday, June 23, 2017 — Snowflake AZ – Snowflake High School Auditorium
Saturday, June 24, 2017 — Safford AZ – David M. Player Center for the Arts
Saturday, September 23, 2017 — Kamas UT – DeJoria Center”

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More from Tuacahn and David Archuleta’s 3 shows!

Posted by bebereader on Sunday, November 6, 2016

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What a wildly successful weekend it was! David completed three consecutive concerts at The Tuacahn Amphitheatre, making for a musical hat trick. Thanks to the generous fans who took Periscopes, video and pictures, the rest of us back home were able to witness David’s comeback in real time!  I can’t wait to hear more of his new music because what I have heard thus far is just wonderful!

Safe travels to everyone going home today!

 

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“Numb” in November!! – New Single by David Archuleta!

Posted by bebereader on Friday, October 28, 2016

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photo credit: David Archuleta

Three concerts and the release of “Numb” all in one week! Can we collectively scream “Yayyyyy!” Haha Been waiting for something, anything new from David. Hearing his voice on new material is like unwrapping a big box of chocolates. Warm, exciting and delicious.

Amazon is offering David’s single “Numb” as a pre-order purchase on November 4th. Have you heard the snippet yet?  His voice is so crisp and beautiful and is it just me or do I detect a little Southern accent like a Nashville influence in his voice?

Amazon link to pre-order and listen to snippet:   HERE!

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Rhiminee captured the lyrics to “Numb” below. Thanks Rhiminee!

I think I’ll take a second chance
I won’t be passing by these waters again
Wanna feel redemption’s hand
See this life only for what it, what it is
I know the river’s not too wide
I can see it for myself with my own eyes
Someone out there’s on my side
It’s not my place to question why

CHORUS
Everybody needs time away
To wake up with the sun on their face
I’m not there yet but i know
That I don’t wanna feel numb
Falling over all of my shadows
Yeah I’m all done
Cuz none of that ever really mattered
It hurts to live so wide awake, oh
But it’s a chance I can take
I won’t run run run

Cuz I don’t wanna feel numb

So deep inside these hills I run
To a place where I can see til Kingdom Come
See the days one by one
And love this life only for what it, what it is
I hear the whispers in the stars
The words that tell us more of who we are
Someone out there’s not that far
Everything I need is here now

REPEAT CHORUS

Yeahhhh

A time away brought to life
Rushing over every doubt of mine
Open soul open sky
Everything, everything is right
I don’t wanna feel numb
Falling over all of my shadows
Yeah I’m all done
Cuz none of that ever really mattered
It hurts to live so wide awake, oh
But it’s a chance I can take
I won’t run run run (x2)

I don’t wanna feel numb (x3)

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Abrra “Flips” Over David Archuleta

Posted by Abrra on Monday, August 29, 2016

  • davidarchie  In the studio with Jeremy Bose. For those of you who know the songs My Kind of Perfect and The Other Side Of Down, Jeremy produced and cowrote those. We’ve written and produced 3 more for this new project and this is a 4th one where we’re trying something a little different and more moody. Jeremy can do it all though.#newmusic #moretocome #music#nashville #studio #TN #JeremyBose

 

  • davidarchie  Nothing like a good start to the morning. I may not be dressed for a photoshoot but I actually really am doing a photoshoot today! Time to get some good shots together to go wth these songs! #goodmorning #workout #morning #photoshoot

Some much-welcomed news today for fans of David Archuleta!  He has announced from his  Nashville Archu-Cave that he will be doing a new photo shoot in support of his new songs! It seems that the long wait just might be over for fans who are craving new music.

After extensive study of the Archuleta IG post, I spotted that the film was shot backwards. This is what happens when a video is shot with the front facing iPhone camera. What you say? We can’t have that! I will not let this go unchallenged. It must be corrected and I hopped on the case immediately.

At first look I thought that his face looked different in the still shot before running the film. As the video played I heard the great news of the photo shoot, but I also noticed his chocolate chip mole had slid to the opposite side of his neck!  What?

How can this be?

I went into my magic tool box, pulled out my “video-flipping” device and flipped that thing right to left. Now we have everything working as intended with the great smile he gives us and the mole properly back at its home base.

Exhibit A is my YouTube video of the flipped IG post.

I have now put the Archuleta world back on its axis!

 

 

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The Fight For Balance Within ~ New Blog by David Archuleta

Posted by bebereader on Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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It’s been a long time since I’ve done a blog.

I have to admit, it has felt kind of nice.  Not because I don’t like connecting with all of you.  But more to stop worrying about what everyone else thinks.  I haven’t posted as often on Instagram and Twitter as I would before, but that has also felt really nice as well.  Not because I don’t like sharing, but it’s because I have a tendency to get caught up in what everyone thinks about what I’m doing.  I’ve learned to enjoy the moment and the people that I’m with, rather than think “Oh yeah, I’m supposed to be showing everyone my life and how great it is.” and “I’d get more followers if I post more of this.” Or “The more of my face in the photo the more likes it’ll get.” (I talked about this in my last blog, but will expand on it a little more today.)

I will say every now and then I like to share moments, quotes, thoughts (And honestly I think it is fun to post photos and videos occasionally) but afterwards I feel a little overwhelmed.  I think it’s from my nature that I’ve always been someone who likes to keep to himself and stay away from attention.

People say “Well you picked the wrong career for that, buddy.”  But I’d disagree. We all have obstacles we face.  Life is designed to give us hurdles that would keep us from following our dreams, keep us from making new memories, and from being happy if we choose to let fear run its course in us and always take the path of least resistance.  But life is made that way because happiness and satisfaction come from accomplishing things that we think are beyond our limits.  How many of you have done something that you didn’t want to do because you didn’t think you could and felt nervous, and afterward felt so good and satisfied for now having accomplished something you didn’t think you were capable of?  It really is designed that way for a reason.

Just because I don’t like attention doesn’t mean I don’t like singing.  I’d sing for everyone all of the time if I could be off the stage, unnoticed and still give everybody the experience of feeling better and more motivated after listening.  But I’ve been given the challenge.  I find so much joy from keeping to myself to give me time to meditate and be still in an inconspicuous world, but I also find joy in sharing with as many people as possible the things that make me happy.

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I found an interesting balance of the two of these while I was a mormon missionary in Chile for 2 years from March 2012-March 2014.  I could walk around the streets talking to every type of person you could meet: old and young, wealthy and poor, content and depressed—You name it.  I love people.  I love hearing their stories.  I love sharing with them things that I feel can motivate them to become their best selves.  Sharing my beliefs and the things that filled my soul without expecting to get anything back felt amazing.

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Hardly anyone ever recognized me down in Chile for my music career, but I would sing for just about everyone I met.  Many of them worked in the Chilean copper mines, while many others worked in the fruit fields.  Others were teachers, students, security guards, small business owners, etc.  I’d sing for people on the streets, in their homes or in their yards.  For some reason I had some of the most fulfilling performances of my life singing for 1 or 2 people at a time, without the applause or notoriety of crowds—No way of keeping track of social media’s hits/likes/views.  I realized music could touch me and them the same way it could having a special musical moment on TV in front of millions of people.  For some reason, that moment of satisfaction isn’t about the numbers.  It’s about that moment being real and honest regardless if it’s singing for 1 person or 1 million people. Whether it’s singing for the president of the United States or the old widow at the end of the street who lives by herself, it’s all about that moment of connecting person to person, along with this connection originating from something greater than me from above.  I certainly believe it’s a connection with God.

So yes, it’s a challenge for me, but I don’t intend on giving up.  I’m trying to find the balance of living a life that’s meaningful to me both personally (in my quiet and simple world) and career-wise (as a performer and musician.)  Each aspect involves 2 principles: (1) loving people and (2) keeping that spiritual connection with God.

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I’ve been continuously writing and in the last couple of weeks have been looking for producers to work with.  I’m hoping I can work this time around with people who can keep me focused on the things I’ve told you about.  Talented people who are good at their craft but keep the focus on the simple but special moment, instead of the pursuit of being “the hippest, biggest, and greatest.”  To be honest it’s hard to keep that focus.  You get tempted to keep up with everyone and everything else because it looks amusing.  But learning from the past I know what that does does and doesn’t do for me.

Do any of you have conflicting aspirations or goals?  If you do, have any of you found a way to find a balance for them to work?  If you haven’t, I hope this helps you think twice, and as you make progress please share it.  You can share it here, and also be sure to share it with your family and friends.

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There’s a reason the contrast of yin and yang find a happy balance to create something greater than if they were separated.  I believe that balance comes from finding common ground, similar goals, and the same purpose.  It’s up to you and me to find the way to make that balance happen.

David

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 Do the red and white in a pokeball count as showing balance too? (Gotta Catch ‘Em All)

Source:  http://davidarchuleta.com/home/the-fight-for-balance/

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Knowing Your Truth ~ David Archuleta

Posted by Abrra on Saturday, June 6, 2015

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sketches by @jPaleFOD

This is a partial drawing of David Archuleta by @jPaleFOD who posted it on Twitter. Even though it is unfinished, it gave me so much to think about. The Shakespeare quote, “The Eyes are the windows to your soul” came to mind, as the eyes are the most prominent feature in this sketch of David.  Sketch: “a simply or hastily executed drawing or painting, especially a preliminary one, giving the essential features without the details.” (Definition by Dictionary.com.)  I was also struck by the impression that this image could reveal or even represent where David is, in his journey back to a professional career.

Being away from the normal existence of family and friends can bring on a feeling of isolation.  The rest of the world is absent in your day to day life.  Even if you are in a place where you have a purpose, such as a mission for your faith, it can be difficult to feel a connection to what had meant the most to you before.  Responsibility for guiding others on a path that you know well, but one that they may not grasp right away, can bring you into unfamiliar territory.  Doubt is your constant  companion.  How do you get someone to believe as you believe when they do not yet have the same touchstones in faith? Are you equipped with adequate words to bring them into your fold?  In the end, will you ever know if you made a difference in their lives?

Have you changed how you view the way things are? Your growth in all areas is a sign that you have learned some lessons about trusting your intuition. These are life lessons that come from experiences not taught by books, but by interacting with people whose actions need deciphering. You have gained the maturity to know who is on your side, and those who only want something from you.  A life once lived in a bubble may not relate to a life now lived in harsh reality. You experience so much of life surrounding you that seems fake. Your craft could be the only thing you trust. It is the one true constant. Regardless of the isolation you now feel inside your craft, it sustains your creative nature. It is one of the things you trust to carry you forward in your life. There is no hesitation where music is concerned. You are a believer in the power and emotion that takes over your being when you sing.

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Knowing your truth is the first step on your journey back to your true calling of music.  You discovered that what you accomplished on your mission of faith is tied closely to your mission of music. It is the belief in yourself and the confidence of the powers of your craft that sustains you and will carry you forward. Using your voice to touch those willing to feel the emotion and be healed, is your Gift. Use it wisely David, and all your heartfelt dreams will be realized.

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David Archuleta ~ Busy In Nashville

Posted by djafan on Wednesday, February 4, 2015

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David’s been in Nashville for about three weeks!

Below are the four groups of writers who tweeted or sent pictures by Instagram. Maybe more to come. There certainly is an abundance of hashtags which tell a story by themselves!

#nashville #nashvillemusic #pop #songwriter #songwriting #songwritingteam #songwritingduo #nashvillesongwriter #nashvillesongwriters #mics #tonegeek #music #studio #nashville #keiththomas #davidarchuletta #urbanpop #gabtrap #davidarchuleta #stephaniemabey #nashville #bluebirdcafe #music #songwriter #newmusic #nashville #nashvillesongwriter #nashvillesongwriters #davidarchuleta #camillenelson #shaunbalin #isabeaumiller #twoinc #songwritingduo #songwritingteam #songwriting #songwriter #pop #ballad

This one tweeted again today:

No shortage of great mic options for our David Archuleta vocal session #mics #tonegeek

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Late write with @davidarchie 🌜#nashville

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Exploring Nashville ~ David Archuleta

Posted by bebereader on Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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I have a new disorder, OND, otherwise known as Obsessive Nashville Disorder. I have written about Nashville several times before and here I am again. I can’t get enough of this city that I have never visited. What’s not to like? It’s Music City, USA! The consensus is that Nashvillians are warm and welcoming people; you can find any type of cuisine to your liking; the cost of living is good; weather, usually mild, although they did have snow last week. Having grown up in NYC, Nashville seems like a perfect fit for me; a cosmopolitan city with a cozy feel.

It’s easy to understand why David likes Nashville, too. It has a completely different vibe than other big cities like, Los Angeles. The hustle-bustle that is felt in Nashville is all about music. The town has respect for and is a very nurturing community for musicians. You can’t walk 5 paces without running into someone who plays music or works in the business in some capacity.

“In Nashville, we don’t bug the celebrities when they are in public; it is an unwritten rule of decent behavior and respect. This is one reason why the celebrities like it here.” ~Emifriend, The Voice

Although David hasn’t told us that he’s in Nashville, he doesn’t have to. He was spotted at a restaurant by the name of Tazza last week and Stephanie Mabey tweeted that she had a writing session with him.

Don’t miss this video “36 Hours in Nashville” from The New York Times, sent by Emi.


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My curiosity about Nashville this time led me to research the lesser-known places than the famous Ryman Auditorium or The Grand Ole Opry. The places to browse, to eat, to learn, to play, to see shows, to spend one’s waking hours; the interesting places that David may find if he does some exploring when he gets a chance, in between writing sessions. I’m sure Nashville has them; doesn’t every city?

I started digging, but as soon as I got going, our Nashville resident extraordinaire, Emifriend appeared with some great suggestions and I picked up speed! Choosing which to include here was a daunting task but someone had to do it and I’m glad it was me. haha The following list, in no particular order, is a compilation of places I found from research, and suggestions from Emifriend.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

country-musicI would love to see their current exhibit, Kenny Rogers “Through the Years”, depicting the singer’s life in music. Throughout the museum on display there’s everything from Elvis’ gold Cadillac to Taylor Swift’s costume changes from her last tour. And part of the grand tour is a visit to RCA Studio B, where hits like Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” was recorded. http://countrymusichalloffame.org/

Las Paletas Gourmet Popsicles

PALETASSTACK2I remember David tweeting about how much he loves avocado popsicles. I’m sure he can find them here. This Mexican popsicle shop makes natural creamy and fruit-only “paletas,” and customers can dunk their popsicles in fresh chocolate. The smooth avocado and Mexican caramel flavors seem to be the most popular. “Made in our store’s kitchen, Las Paletas offers “cream” paletas that have the texture of an ice cream bar and “fruit” paletas that have the texture of a traditional ice pop. Using fresh, ripe fruit, vegetables and other ingredients including grains, nuts, flowers and herbs from community gardens, we offer 20 or more flavors each day.” http://laspaletasnashville.com/

Centennial Park has a one-mile walking trail, biking trails, gardens, winding paths and a replica of the original Greek Parthenon with a life-size statue of Athena. The Parthenon also serves as Nashville’s art museum.

CENTENNIALhttp://www.nashville.gov/Parks-and-Recreation/Parks/Centennial-Park.aspx

Pancake Pantry is a Nashville tradition! David has had breakfast here when he was in Nashville. Family owned business since 1961, has a down to earth atmosphere with 23 different pancakes on the menu. There have been celebrity sightings here and it’s Vince Gill’s favorite place for breakfast. http://www.thepancakepantry.com/

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The Bluebird Cafe and other such establishments have open mic nights. What is open mic night? It’s a live show in a small club where audience members may perform at the microphone. It’s an opportunity for songwriters, singers and musicians to get the experience of singing to a live audience while trying out new material. I can just imagine David going with some songwriters to open mic night at The Bluebird. Hopefully he would get up to sing and when the audience hears his voice they will be blown away! http://bluebirdcafe.com/index.cfm

Gibson Guitar Factory George Gruhn trades guitars from all over the world here and is world-renown for his expertise with guitars. For trades/repairs/sales, the home of Gibson electric guitars today is “Gibson USA,” built in 1974 in Nashville specifically for the production of Gibson’s Les Paul guitars. The entire guitar industry went through a slump in the ’70s but the spirit of hope remained strong at Gibson.

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The Groove Record Shop sells new and used vinyl records and cds. It specializes in hard to find records. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, The Groove will probably have it the next week. There’s always something new to see. They also host in-store performances from bands visiting the area. They offer hours of browsing pleasure. Sounds like a place I could get lost in. http://thegroovenashville.com/

Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant

26d7c9f6a43e98fbc42cb626a6ee4213(Love this one! Thanks Emi!) “Where the main ingredients are Real Food, Real People and Real Atmosphere! Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant in Leiper’s Fork, TN is more than just a place to enjoy a good meal. It’s a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. With mismatched tables and chairs and an eclectic clientele of tourists, farmers, songwriters… Puckett’s stage has recently held Tanya Tucker, Rodney Crowell,…Phil Everly of The Everly Brothers…and many more hit songwriters.” http://puckettsofleipersfork.com/history/history.php

The Franklin Theater, where you can see plays, movies and concerts. In 2014, The Franklin hosted sold out concerts for Art Garfunkel, Bret Michaels and Sheryl Crow. http://www.franklintheatre.com/

Tango Grill Parrillada

1405430368004-B6919055977Z1-NAS-RREVTango-0720005I hope David finds this restaurant. The chef is from Uraguay and specializes in South American gourmet food. Homemade empanadas are on the menu among other Argentinian dishes. Take a look for yourself. http://www.tangogrillnashville.com/

To find out what concerts are playing in the venues in and around Nashville, this link is helpful: http://www.nowplayingnashville.com/

So did I sell you on Nashville yet? haha With any luck David will visit some of these places.

Thank you, Emi, for your contributions!

 

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Brooke + David Archuleta “Cherry Lane”

Posted by djafan on Wednesday, December 17, 2014

THIS FROM BROOKE WHITE ABOUT DAVID.

This guy, I can’t tell you the love and respect I have for him and his absolutely incredible talent which can only be surpassed by his character. Maybe he wins the #bestpersonIknow hashtag award. I’ve known him for years now since our Idol days, and have watched him grow from a shy teenage heart throb into such a great dude with such a solid sense of himself, God and all that is important in life. Since the return of his mission we’ve seen each other for a quick minute but have talked several times. Every one wants a piece of him, I knew people were beating down his door with requests and opportunities to lend his golden pipes so I was apprehensive at first to even ask him to do this, as a friend I try not to ask for anything 🙂 But given the nature of the project I figured it was worth asking, so I picked up the phone and gave him a call and told him about the cause. With in a few days he responded with an enthusiastic yes! Such great news! It just so happened that we would both be in Nashville at the same time, this in itself is a miracle.

So he came to Daniel Tashian’s studio on a Friday and the three of us wrote and recorded “Cherry Lane”, one of the happiest songs of the whole record…. stylistically it probably leans a bit more my direction with it’s throw back vibe, but the soothing sound of his voice on this call and answer chorus is what makes it completely magical. You don’t understand, his pitch perfect tone is at such a world class level, and it’s baffling, and yeah, nerve racking to even have my voice on the same track. Seriously, I get a tear whenever I hear him sing. Who doesn’t?! Anywho, “Cherry Lane” is a song for us grown ups, it was that first street I grew up on, it represents a simpler happy time and place when we’d “rather stay outside and play than stare down at the phone all day”. It’s emotional too though, David’s voice beckoning “we could go back, we could go back to where we were”. Thanks David for being a part of this. Also, funny side note, I was so excited that I called my parents from Nashville to tell them about the song the next day, and my mom said “oh honey, the street was actually called “cheery lynn”…. haha, ah well, cherry lane/ cheery lynn, tomato /tomahto close enough 😉

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Go here to listen to > Cherry Lane  It’s just after the main article. Look for a small > and click to play.

And David tweets!

And posts on his instagram!

“Never Grow Up” Charity Album : Links to this worthy cause are bolded.

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O.U.R., comprised largely of former NAVY Seals, Special Agents and members of the CIA, sets up and engages in missions with the purpose of rescuing kidnapped children from sexual slavery throughout the world. In October, one such mission resulted in 55 children being freed from sex slavery in Colombia. Another recent undercover mission into Haiti was documented thoroughly here to give supporters a sense of how much planning one of these missions takes.

Each mission costs roughly $20,000, so White’s goal of $25,000 in pledges will result in $20,000 being donated to help pay for one mission, with the rest of the pledges being used to cover production and shipping costs. But that’s not all. With Foundation Entertainment’s matching offer, a successful campaign will mean that two missions can be carried out instead of just one.

To learn more about Operation Underground Railroad, visit their Ways to Help page, their O.U.R. Process page or their Become an Abolitionist page.

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David Archuleta: Creating The Shape of Things to Come

Posted by bluesky4home on Monday, November 17, 2014

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It seems I am a “shape-changer”.

I have lugged three huge lawn bags filled to the brim, out to the trunk of the car: some things just don’t fit they way they used to. Whether this is good news or bad, I will leave up to the imagination.

However, I found myself thinking of this the other day in relation to DA and wondered how things “fit” for him since his return to the states, his career, and his family.

Like coming home to a “found” trunk of clothes, some fit, some don’t, and some old favorites look different. Each missionary coming home (or anyone returning from a two-year-life-changing-experience) finds that things “fit” differently than before. We are not the same shape as we once were. Neither within nor without. Each person takes their own amount of time to reassess, evaluate, and experiment on the “shape” they are in. Which things are the same? Which are different?

And most of all – What did I bring home with me that I especially want to keep?

DA brought back an even greater determination to be of service to his fellow-man. This is very evident in the choices he has made of when and to whom, he has performed. I do not believe that this means he devalues his “regular” fan base. I think it just means he has sharpened his focus.

We know that he has said how he loved being in the mission-field because the focus was not on himself. I can imagine that trying to keep the focus on what he is doing rather than on himself, is one reason he seems more distant to his fans. It is because of his own goals and what he needs to do in order to achieve them, not from anything the fans have done. We are a diverse and sometimes unwieldy bunch, and we love to focus on him. He on the other-hand, would rather not focus on himself, and he has only so much time and energy. I believe that his ability to balance the demands of a public life and a private one will improve with time and maturity. (When your public is your “buyer”, you simply have to connect!) Yet for now, he wants to be more private. I can respect that.

He is working. Goes to school. Writes music. Records. Travels. Spends time with family. Has told us in different ways that he is working with a variety of music. And… Although he has not sung to us (sigh), I do not believe that that means he does not want to.

It is just that for the first time in his life, he gets to try it his way, in his own time frame, without constant input from outside sources. What a challenge he has taken on! What courage it must take to push himself to stand musically in a place previously denied him, and to hear the echo of his own heart.

He will come. What he brings to us all then, will not be perfect. But it will be as perfect as he can make it. And it will come from as true a place as he can discover: it will be with as much of his soul as he can form into sound.

It will be the shape of things to come.

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Bluesky is a staff writer for The Voice.

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