Posts Tagged ‘a gathering of angels’
Posted by bebereader on Sunday, September 27, 2015
photo credit Shelley#2015
The long drought was finally over! The two shows in Idaho Falls had been the stuff we dreamed about for years. Our golden voice was back. We were riding on clouds. Saturday night our euphoria suddenly ended in Layton. I was second row center and could see David’s lips moving and heard no sound. A short “erk”, a small “ech”. People behind me were saying there was something wrong with the sound, but I could see it was something wrong with David. After a valiant effort to sing several songs, David left the stage.
He came back with Kirt Bateman, Executive Director of Davis Arts Council to announce David would return with a Christmas gift for us. Mr. Bateman’s arm was around David while on the stage. How many times have we seen that picture? David draws hugs.
photo credit Shelley#2015
You have probably read Kirt’s email to us, but I want to repeat it here:
“Mr. Archuleta with a fever, no voice, aching body, and virtually no energy, went out on that stage in front of 1700 expectant people on Saturday and, like the true star he is, gave them all that he had! Why? …. he’s a man of integrity and wanted to give you the show he had planned and rehearsed for you.”
David talking the words to MKOP was the most memorable part of that evening for me. He said he did not want to spoil the words with his imperfect singing voice. It was the most moving rendition of that song I have heard.
credit Pamela Pike
Monday night was better, but all singing done low-key and in a lower key. No high notes. Few glory notes, though he often made the effort. At least he was singing. Love and respect were tangible.
Both nights David’s band led by Kendra did a number without David to give him a rest. They were great.
Loved the brother/sister act. David ran off the stage mid-concert. We were so worried. A minute later he returned with sister in tow. He announced that she was going to speak for him so he could save his voice to sing. Pretty obvious that she had not volunteered for this assignment. A little hemming and hawing and then she said she only found out about this an hour ago.
credit Pamela Pike
David got in her face “Excuses, excuses” he said as a brother would. Jazzy grudgingly began (as a sister would) and soon became more comfortable and smiley. Later she returned and did a second reading of his notes.
Towards the end David said he had not had enough time to write any more thoughts out for Jazzy to read. He told us he wanted to talk to us and tell us things but he also wanted to sing for us. There was such anguish in his voice, on his face. A little leaking around the eyes.
I did not expect him to come out for an encore. He seemed completely spent. But there he was. Still gamely giving his all for us. His mother and her sister were lovely and covered much of the singing on the encore.
My companion that night had never seen David in person. I told her she would love him. And she did. Her favorite song was Glorious and I never expected David to last long enough to sing that last song.
Could not have asked for more.
credit Pamela Pike
Posted in @DavidArchie, @kariontour, concerts, David Archuleta, fandom, recap, The Voice, Welcome Back | Tagged: @DavidArchie, a gathering of angels, Begin., Don't Run Away, feeling his voice, from the heart, We'll Be Here | 87 Comments »
Posted by djafan on Friday, July 3, 2015
We at The Voice want to wish David and all his fans a wonderful safe Fourth of July! And it isn’t a celebration without the best singer of patriotic songs singing for us. Here are some of my favorites. Enjoy!
Now it’s your turn, put your favorites in the comments!
Posted in @DavidArchie, Archies, David Archuleta, fandom, fillers, Freedom is not free, God Bless America, Holidays, National Anthem, The Voice, Uncategorized | Tagged: @DavidArchie, a gathering of angels, Archuleta, best voice, Constitution, David Archuleta, fans, Fourth of July, missing him, music, National Anthem, Patriotic, the Voice | 51 Comments »
Posted by djafan on Friday, February 28, 2014
Please join us in celebrating David Archuleta’s approaching return! Join the world wide trending party!
David Archuleta Is Coming Home
February 28th at 7pm PST – 10pm EST
See below for more times around the world.
All submissions for the welcome home video have been received and the deadline has now expired. That means that thing down there is working after all. lol. That’s a good thing. AAAAANNNDD twitter trending party was a blast last night. Thanks very much to all who participated and trended “David Archuleta is Coming Home” all over the world!
Posted in @DavidArchie, Appreciation, Archies, David Archuleta, fandom, fillers, Mission, twitter trending party, Uncategorized | Tagged: #DA2014, a gathering of angels, Archuleta, David Archuleta, missing him, Mission, Standing by him, the Voice, We'll Be Here | 29 Comments »
Posted by djafan on Friday, January 3, 2014
We’re down the home stretch now for David’s return! Almost two years ago the I’ll Be Here #DA2014 project was created to let David know we would wait for him and he said he would be back!!
Both video and slide show below were shared with David.
We want every fan to participate! So please spread the word! See Monica’s message below.
Happy New Year! Although David isn’t returning from his mission for a few months still, we thought it might be good to get a head start on planning for a great welcome home video for him. The video we did before he left was super rushed so this time around we hope to get a photo submission from anyone who wants to be included. Please help spread the word to any fans who you know are not usually online by emailing this note to them directly.
The original message of the #DA2014 campaign was meant to unite ALL fans around the idea of supporting David unconditionally and letting him know that we’ll always be here for him. The spirit of this video will be all about welcoming him back and reminding him that we are STILL here for him and that he was always in our hearts over the past two years. We also want to communicate to him that whatever he chooses to do next in his career or personal life – we just want the best for him. We want him to feel the love and loyalty, not any pressure!
So with that in mind, here are the guidelines for the photo submissions.
1. Submit a photo *ONE PHOTO PER PERSON* (in JPEG format) of yourself holding a sign (or with a sign Photo-shopped on an existing photo) that says the following:
Welcome Back David!
Your name or Twitter handle
PLEASE FOLLOW ORDER ABOVE EXACTLY SO ALL SIGNS WILL LOOK THE SAME
Group photos are fine. Writing the sign in your native language is fine. If you would rather not include a photo of yourself, you can submit just a photo of the sign itself.
If you are not taking a new photo, ideally it would be great to use a recent photo of yourself from the last two years. If you happened to do any interesting things in the spirit of #DA2014 (i.e. volunteering, working on your fitness etc.), it would be cool to show a photo of yourself doing that activity.
Feel free to get as creative as you like with the signs – just make sure that they follow the format above. Please do not include any extra words or phrases as we want them to look uniform. ** And please only submit one photograph for each individual.**
PHOTOS NOT FOLLOWING THE FORMAT WILL GET RETURNED TO THE SENDER FOR EDITING.
Please email submissions with the subject line #DA2014 RETURN VIDEO to:
No later than 12 noon PST on March 1st, 2014
If you need assistance using Photoshop or making a JPEG file, please specify that in your email by using the subject line: TECH SUPPORT and we will find a way to help you out. Hopefully given the extra time, everyone who wants to participate will be able to do so.
Happy 2014 to everyone! Looking forward to receiving your photo!
Thanks so much!
Posted in @DavidArchie, Appreciation, Archies, David Archuleta, fandom, Uncategorized | Tagged: #DA2014, a gathering of angels, Archuleta, David Archuleta, Standing by him, the Voice, We'll Be Here | 51 Comments »
Posted by djafan on Sunday, April 21, 2013
Sounds of David Luncheon and Fan Mixer
On Saturday April 6, 2013 a group of devoted fans got together in honor of David Archuleta and his music with the goal of benefiting Child Fund International and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, two children’s’ charities that David supports.
Pamela Pike did a terrific job arranging this event which I had the pleasure of attending! We had a delicious buffet lunch consisting of grilled chicken and steak, together with greens and wonderful desserts.
I had a great time with Winnie, she’s lovely. It was also great fun meeting up with known fans and meeting new ones. I hope we can continue to have fan get-togethers.
Here are the highlights:
Mariners Elementary School Choir of Newport Beach sang for us. It was a great surprise to hear them sing Nandito Ako, they were so cute.
Newport Platinum Dance Academy danced to Zero Gravity and My Kind of Perfect, some more cuteness.
Singer/Songwriter, Sunny Hilden emceed the event. She has so much energy and spunk. Sunny handled the auction duties had us in stitches. While auctioning off a large David poster she encouraged us by saying it could serve as a wrinkle remover lol. I can see why she is David’s friend. It was a privilege to have some words with her. She is a genuine person. She loves and admires David. Sunny spoke of David throughout the event, sharing how she met him at the AI finale when Randy Jackson told a bunch of kids wanting to sing for him to go sing to Sunny, she’s a singer and songwriter, so they all went to her and sang. David waited to the end. She knew then he had something special and kept in touch with him. Sunny also shared with us a story about The My Kind Of Christmas poem David read to the kids on the Christmas tour. They are actually part of the lyrics of a song by the same name she had never completed. It has since been completed and Sunny read it to us. She shared that the melodies in this song are beautiful. She’s hoping and praying that David record’s it when he returns (I added to my list of prayers).
I was so excited to meet Michael Orland, Musical Director of American Idol. He and I have some tweet history and I’ll never forget him saying “David came to us a genius and left a genius”.
Dorian Holley, AI vocal coach, spoke so highly of David and his time on American Idol. Noting how David in his quiet way stood his ground on things going on behind the scenes. Dorian mentioned how everyone liked David and that his work ethic was something else.
Special video appearances by:
Rosanne Simunovic better known as Masterclass Lady who is a voice instructor also spoke highly of David and has a huge admiration for not only his voice but person. She told the story of meeting David during AI tour in Canada. That upon meeting and introducing herself to David he quickly asked her for help in regards to his singing, always trying to improve.
Dean Kaelin David’s voice instructor sent a video in which he spoke about his singing and the decision of going on a mission. Dean got teary at one point talking about David’s decision.
I understand this will be on the DVD of the day. I hope it has Kari’s parting words at the end, had us in tears.
I was able to speak to Kari for a bit and meet Jon “The Broken Man” I named him. I introduced Winnie to her as a new fan. Kari asked Winnie how she became a fan and Winnie told her because of Nandito Ako. Kari’s face lit up and said “Wasn’t he good?” lol We said, “YES! Still hoping for that DVD!”
Kari thanked us for our support of David through tears. Told us she and David are so appreciative of all we do for him and that David WILL START WHERE HE LEFT OFF UPON HIS RETURN AND THAT THINGS WILL BE BIGGER AND BETTER!
I have chills every time I repeat this. So let the countdown continue.
They played I’ll Be Waiting by Aaron Paul in closing.
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Posted in @DavidArchie, @kariontour, Appreciation, Archies, ChildFund, Children's Miracle Network, David Archuleta, fandom, The Voice, tours | Tagged: #DA2014, a gathering of angels, BIGGER AND BETTER, Charity, Child Fund, Childrens Miracle Network, David Archuleta, Getting closer, Gotta love him, kariontour, Michael Orland, missing him, Standing by him, Sunny Hilden, We'll Be Here | 70 Comments »
Posted by djafan on Monday, January 28, 2013
Posted in @DavidArchie, Archies, David Archuleta | Tagged: a gathering of angels, David Archuleta, Gotta love him, LadyVMusic, missing him, news, spazzing, the gift, the Voice, waiting | 71 Comments »
Posted by MT on Monday, April 2, 2012
We all know that David’s leaving has left an empty place in our lives and in our hearts that we are wondering if we can somehow fill for the next two years. I think by now we all know that the answer is no. For most of us here, nothing can replace David. We know that and have accepted it as fact. We feel that small empty place and wonder “how did that happen?” I think that empty place is the little piece of our hearts that we have given to David. Now that he’s gone, he has taken those pieces with him and there’s nothing we can do about it.
But as much as I will miss him, it isn’t ONLY about David anymore for me. It’s also about all of you.
It took me a while to realize that along with the little piece of my heart that I gave David, there was another piece that was in danger of being lost. That’s the piece that I’ve given to all of you. It’s a piece that I’m struggling to hold on to. But as long as you and I are here, that piece is still tied to me and that little place in my heart doesn’t feel empty because in it’s place is all of the warmth and friendship I’ve found here.
I’ll backtrack just a bit here and admit that I was a lurker at David’s fan sites for a very long time. Many of you became posters and writers from the very beginning. Not me. I was a latecomer to posting. Like young David, I was very shy and afraid to talk to people I didn’t know. But, when I finally broke down and joined in, I was welcomed with open arms and found some wonderful friends here. And I’m not ashamed to admit that, right now, that’s what I’m afraid of losing. It’s bad enough for me that David (who has been a never-ending source of joy to me) is leaving for two years. But, you guys, too?
Please, no. I don’t even want to think about that. And I don’t think I’m the only one who feels that way. I think one of the things hurting many of us right now is our fear of losing each other after having just lost David.
Through David we have formed bonds, found friends here. In this place, we are among people who understand us and have things in common with us. We are a very diverse group of people from all walks of life, but we have discovered that we don’t need to be the same to be here for each other. Here, we have found people we can laugh with, cry with, sympathize with, and squee with, even though we are scattered across the country and around the world.
We are all joined at the hearts, hearts tied with pretty ribbons that all lead back to David. And I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready to cut the ribbon if it starts to fray. I’m holding on tight. For me, walking away from David or this fan base is just not an option.
So, will we all be here six months from now, a year from now, or two years? I certainly hope so, because I don’t want to be here alone. I need you guys here to squee with me and celebrate when David comes home. And between now and then we’ll be sharing his music along with laughter, smiles, hugs, and tears just like we always have.
We’re still here and we’ll make it through with the help of each other. This can still be our happy place if we let it. I think if we just take it one day at a time, we’ll be just fine.
Our time here for the next two years will be what we make of it. So smile! :) You and I are both still here. And it’s a Good Place.
Posted in David Archuleta, The Voice | Tagged: a gathering of angels, David Achuleta, gonna get through this, Standing by him, the Voice | 202 Comments »
Posted by djafan on Sunday, March 18, 2012
Team #DA2014 is putting together a video to highlight the incredible size and diversity of David’s fan base and will be using it to launch the DA 2014 campaign on Friday, March 23rd. DA 2014 is a new campaign that is being created to unite ALL David fans around the world together over the next 2 years around one idea:
WE WILL BE HERE
Original Post edited by Angelica
Anyone who doubts that forces greater than this world guide David’s destiny should consider this: what would the past 2 months have been like without this mini-series? On the heels of his mission announcement, he arrived in the Philippines in mid-January, setting off a daily avalanche of updates, mall appearances, photo shoots, interviews, and performances. Once rehearsal got under way, cue a plethora of pics and tweets from David, Kari, the cast, MyDearWriter and director, Mac Alejandre. I don’t think Nandito Ako was a coincidence that serendipitously came together at just the right time. I believe Somebody up there knew, not only that David needed this experience, but his fans needed the distraction during the run up to his mission departure. I believe Somebody prompted the events that unfolded and that we are the recipients of a multitude of tender mercies for standing by this young man these past four years.
Relates Perci Intalan, TV5’s, Creative and Entertainment head, “It started back in August 2011 over a casual conversation with Sony Music Philippines’ head honcho Narciso Chan, following David’s sold out concert in Manila. It was just an idea—a proposal out of the ordinary—but I told Ciso, ‘I’m serious’ if you are’,” Intalan recalled. “Before we knew it, we found ourselves negotiating with David’s lawyers in New York, Los Angeles, Singapore and Hong Kong; and by December, we were told he had accepted our offer.”
The Manila Times
Asked how much TV5 was paying David, Perci was mum, saying, “Mahal but it’s worth it.”
Fearing that David would be mobbed during the mostly outdoor shoot, TV5 offered to assign a few bodyguards to him but David declined.
“He arrived with only one companion,” added Perci. “Walang entourage.”
After the shoot, David said that he wouldn’t be doing any other showbiz-related projects since he would buckle down to his mission to serve God.
“I made the promise even before I decided to come to the Philippines,” assured David.
The Philippine Star
“He arrived with only one companion,” is not precisely accurate. Somebody else was with him. Somebody he made a promise to and when David gives his word, he keeps it. He’ll be back. He has other promises to keep.
Salamat po, Lord, for tender mercies and the promise of happy endings and new beginnings. Meanwhile, on with the show!
Posted in Appreciation, career longevity, David Archuleta, fan video | Tagged: a gathering of angels, Archuleta, David Archuleta, from the heart, Gotta love him, missing him, Standing by him, the Voice | 240 Comments »
Posted by djafan on Friday, August 26, 2011
Please see below *Addendums* Newest added 8/26/11
Credit Constitution Week Website
Constitution Fair Information
Fresh from his successful, epic tour of Asia, David Archuleta is doing a concert in Arizona for his fans on the American Continent! This event is attended by tens of thousands each year as a celebration of the US Constitution. There will be awesome exhibits, lots to do and most importantly, there will be Daaavvviiiid!!! So much love was shown to him by fans in Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Let’s show him he is just as welcome by fans in his own country. Come join us and Celebrate him home! As the above post from the Constitution Week site states, the show starts at 6pm, gates will not open until 5pm. David will be on at 8pm followed by even MORE fireworks!
It’s gonna be LIVE from beginning to end and you.know.what.he’s.like.in.live performance.
OK, now the News.
There was a post by SweetonDA, who is from Arizona, that triggered an email from Sandybeaches (making a serious offer, she can share that part if she’d like) that put me in contact with Barbara Stowell, a most amazing woman from Constitution Week. This put things in motion that have brought an exciting opportunity for all of David’s fans. Many David fans have contacted her regarding the Constitution event, including me, so because of this she came up with a great idea for us fans; I can’t thank her enough and team David for giving us the greenlight!
A donation of $25 will guarantee you entrance to the event and a seat in an area set up for fans close to the stage! She asked if I thought the fans would be interested I said yes and volunteered to distribute wristbands and collect the donations :)
The event starts at 6:00pm and they will have a designated area to line up. Remember that it will still be very warm so be prepared.
Let us know if you are going, what your plans are, or any ideas you may have to give David a great welcome. Seriously, let’s make it happen! Roses to stomp, balloons, posters, or whatever we can come up with. Seeing a lot of folks wearing wristbands would be awesome as he would know they were fans.
You will need to send a self addressed stamped envelope with a money order made out to: ConstitutionWeekUSA
If you are interested send an email to “TheVoiceDA@gmail.com” and we will provide you with the address to where you send your donation to obtain a fan seat wristband.
Djafan has been in contact again with Barbara Stowell of Constitution Fair to update her. Barbara made a small request that folks wear red, white and blue to the event on Saturday in keeping with the spirit of the festivities! Will try to get this message out to all the sites and twitter. I wonder if that goes for David too? That works for me!
The San Tan Legado is a new hotel and they are giving great discounted rates for this event. Their number is 480-809-4051 talk to Sharon or email email@example.com Tell her you are coming for the Constitution Fair for the discount. :)
*Update…deadline for wristbands*
So far 100 seats are reserved !!! The deadline for requests is 9/2/11 to make sure there is enough time to get them back to you. They are being sent out starting Saturday 8/27/11.
*Update for Gifting*
For the Gilbert, AZ event on September 17, SweetonDA will be accepting letters, cards, donation envelopes and gifts for David. Please keep packages small and no larger than a shirt box or large packing envelope. To get her mailing address, email her at
Posted in concerts, David Archuleta, music, Personal freedom, The Voice, Uncategorized | Tagged: a gathering of angels, Arizona, Constitution, David Archuleta, Fair, Gilbert, gooooo!, missing him, The Archuleta, the gift, the Voice, travel, US fans | 66 Comments »