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. When he was twelve years old, Archuleta became the Junior Vocal Champion on Star Search 2. In 2007, at sixteen years old, he became one of the youngest contestants on the seventh season of American Idol. In May 2008 he finished as the runner-up, receiving 44 percent of over 97 million votes.
I’m so glad that I was able to witness David through his ‘growing’ years. The time when he was hanging onto the mic stand for dear life in his baggy pants and T-shirts. Oh, and the scarves.
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Then he became like a spring, bouncing around the stage carrying the mic with him, killing us with flirty eyebrows, and wearing better fitting jeans and different kinds of shirts (there was that awesome pink shirt and still the scarves) and had the amazing hair styles.
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But now, I’m perfectly content with who David is. What he has become. Still the handsome, humorous and witty David that we’ve been watching since 2007, but a man who is comfortable with who he is. A man who isn’t afraid to tell the world what he’s thinking and how he got to the point he is at now. A performer who has developed more fashion sense in the clothes he wears on stage (we’ve still seen some scarves 🙂 ) and yet isn’t afraid to wear the most wrinkled shirt in the closet around town, if that’s the mood he’s in.
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I do miss the amazing hair, but I also don’t mind the toned down look — he wears it well. With the head of hair he owns… wow! I love when he uses the flirty eyebrows and points those long fingers, and dances little snippets of fancy footwork here and there. No bouncing around, but some seriously great stage presence (he owns it).
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I’m just happy to be a fan of the most beautiful and versatile Voice on the planet. And, of the most beautiful, inside and out, honest man that owns that Voice. The Voice that is definitely a gift and a treasure. The Voice that David uses to make others happy and peaceful.
Mission accomplished. David’s home, spending time with family and friends. Or is he? Several people in Salt Lake City have spotted him around town, waving hello, smiling and causing knees to shake. We know because these excited folk have tweeted about it. What do these David sightings mean? Some say he has something up his sleeve. It could be a To-Do List. It’s top secret. Could this be David Archuleta’s To-Do List?
Only he knows what’s on it. And he is ticking off each item as he goes about completing the tasks he has set for himself. Those nameless people tell me they may or may not have read the list which fell out said sleeve one time when he was trying on some shirts in an SLC mall.
So with the help of these people who think they know, I present to you David Archuleta’s To-Do List. (Not necessarily in order of importance) I decided to break each item down and make some suggestions of my own.
1. Grow The Hair
This is a no-brainer. And he doesn’t even have to lift a hand. All he needs is to stay far, far away from all the barbers and hair salons in SLC, Murray and everywhere else in Utah and the entire US of A. Let nature take its course and that hair will be back in fine form. Please no beanie this time! We need proof it’s actually growing, don’t we now? Apparently the average person’s hair grows half an inch in a month, someone told me. Google confirmed it. It must be true. If he doesn’t cut it, his hair will be a whole half-inch longer by the end April – just about enough to look awesome with the help of some styling product.
2. Go Shopping
After wearing the same old suits for two years, it’s time to throw them out and get some new clothes. He’d be well dressed after buying some designer jeans, fitted shirts, shoes, boots, a vest, perhaps. (Ermenigildo Zegna has one on his website that goes for a mere $395. LOL) Casual clothes are fine for everyday wear. But every sharp-dressed man needs a smart suit, made-to-measure. No one does it better than Signor Zegna. His website says,
“This season innovative ZegnaSilk fabrics, created from the most precious silk fibers, add lightweight elegance to summer suiting, making it the perfect choice for jackets and suits. Enter the world of Made to Measure and discover the art of personal elegance with Zegna’s seasonal fabrics.”
To make an appointment, all David has to do is just click here: http://sumisura.zegna.com/en/
3. Meet With a Stylist
Sometimes even with the most fashionable clothes in one’s wardrobe, it can be daunting putting together different looks for going on tour, hosting Saturday Night Live, interviewing with Oprah or receiving a Grammy for Album of the Year. Time spent pulling together a wardrobe is well worth the investment.
4. Take Guitar Lessons
We are pretty sure he knows how to play the guitar. Some lessons from an instructor can help him get a basic feel for the same music he already knows how to play so well on the piano. And while he is at it, buy a new guitar! Having the chance to do an acoustic solo during a tour would be refreshing!
5. Learn Some Choreographed Moves
He learned some Salsa and Bachata tips from Lupe and then showed us how to Dougie in the Philippines. David has shown that he is a quick study when it comes to dancing. It’s time to take it to the next level with the help of a choreographer so that he can bust a move on tour. Moving on stage in a meaningful way shows command of the performance.
6. Original Music/Songwriting Collaboration
David has written some songs such as Broken or Falling. His writing is inspired just not prolific. Working with a Spanish songwriter might be just the thing to get him going on a Spanish language album. Write some Spanish songs, lay down some tracks, produce that album.
7. Put a Band Together
David knows we need a tour. And a tour means a band. It takes time to assemble a group of musicians who can play well with his strong vocals. Once a band is formed, they can practice. He can make a set list. His team can set dates, book venues, sell tickets and we can buy them!
8. Re-connect with the Fans
He has vlogged twice and tweeted several times since his return. Now that he has presumably gotten some tips on how to make the best use of YouTube from Shay Carl maybe we’ll soon see a singing vlog.
9. Look for a Label
No, not clothes. That’s under “Go Shopping”. This is about music, finding a label that believes in him and will do everything possible to help him make the music he wants to make.
10. Your turn
I am sure there is a number 10 on his To-Do List. But I missed it after the excitement of number 9. So if you have some idea what it could be, let me know in Comments?
Singer/songwriter, best-selling Author, Humanitarian and Actor, David Archuleta can now add Endorser for clothing and hair products line to his resume. Just a few hours ago at a musical fashion show at The Trinoma Activity Center in The Philippines, David launched both a new clothing line for Bench Clothing and a new hair products line for Fix Professional Hair Styling Products.
A huge thank you to Norms, who was able to make a Ustream available for the fans back home. After an impressive slide show on a large screen, in which David modeled Bench fashions, he sang five songs, “Nandito Ako”, “Touch My Hand”, the “Good Place/Let It Be” medley, “Crush” and then “A Thousand Miles” after the fans chanted “one more song!”.
David carried the entire concert portion of the show himself and the emotional connection he has with the fans was palpable. There even seemed to be an element of farewell and appreciation, in my humble opinion. Maybe you’ll agree if we’re lucky enough to see the performances on youtube.
When it comes to vocal talent, David is as consistent as they come. His voice is on point and on pitch in every performance. He is consistent in delivering an emotionally potent and riveting performance. Singing comes as natural to him as breathing and he rarely misses his mark. He may hit an off note once in a while, but they are few and far between and it’s usually when he’s sick. Vocally, people know what to expect from David and he never disappoints.
David is in the process of discovering his own sound and deciding what picture he wants to paint for the world with his songs. He understands that the world needs to know what to expect from him and he’s trying to make sure that his next project shows the world “who he is” and what they can expect. He is now striving for consistency in this aspect of his life.
There is one last category where I think David still needs to find consistency. That is his wardrobe/image. I know this might seem insignificant. And I know it would be hard for him to actually look bad. With that face? Please! He’s just too beautiful. But I do think he needs some consistency for not only his fans, but for anyone who wants to hire him for a performance. They should know what to expect both in his look and his sound.
David is in a transitional stage with his image as well as his music. David’s first tour, when he was only 18 years old, was affectionately known by some fans as “the plaid tour.” David wore a different plaid shirt for almost every performance. For the CFTH tour, the second half was performed with him wearing a beautiful black jacket and dress shirt with black pants (very nice, by the way). Since then, David has had no real consistency in what he wears. He has done performances in everything from T-shirts and scarves to a Tux. Of course, the Tux was an exception, worn for the most formal of occasions, singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, but you get my meaning.
Now that David is no longer a teenager and is looking ahead towards what I hope will be a very long career in music, isn’t it time for him to develop his own style in regards to his professional appearance and have some consistency in this area as well? I think he would benefit from finding a nice mature look that he’s comfortable and consistent with, whether it’s for concerts, interviews, singing the NA at sporting events or performing for charity. I’m thinking that this might just fall into place once he discovers his own sound. There will probably be a look that he feels just naturally goes with it.
I know David isn’t going to take our opinion into consideration and I’m not saying he should. When David is ready, he will choose his own style. So…
JUST FOR FUN, and because things are slow right now, how about a little poll? Which of the following photos do you think would be a good look for David now that he’s no longer a teenager? What would you like to see him wearing consistently?
If there’s another photo out there that’s not listed that you think would be a great image for David, let us know. Personally, I’m partial to the fitted T-shirt with a jacket and dark blue or black jeans. It might be a little warm for him on stage with a jacket, but he could always take it off after a few songs, once he gets warmed up.
Very nice! Well fitting. (This color blue looks GREAT on him.)
Casual, comfortable, & looks every bit of his 20 years in this one.
This could work, too. Fitted shirt and skinny tie FTW!
Hmmm … a bit too casual? Maybe with darker jeans?
(Is that the same T-Shirt from pic 1? Hmmm…
Different jeans and no jacket? Not the same look. )
Short-waisted, double-breasted MJ style military jacket. Nice. ♥
Dressy casual. Hmmm… a bit too dressy for on stage?
Black leather jacket with jeans and tie anyone? 😛
Gorgeous. That’s all. Just Gorgeous. Well fitting, solid colored T-shirt, Jacket, Dark Jeans, Boots ♥ Different colored T-Shirt = different outfit! Easy as pie.
A little too hot? Like I said, he could always take the jacket off later. (P.S. His hair looks GREAT brushed back like that, too. Makes him look older.
Ready? Choose a photo and tell us why you chose it in the comment section.
Recently Abrra told me that Idol Forums was a gold mine for pictures and referred me to a photo there. It was before the Jordan Sparks concert, and I was feeling a little ready to see something, anything. Well, OK. I was desperately seeking David. David droughts are the worst aren’t they? I went to the picture thread on Idol Forums as instructed, looked at some very nice pictures that were recommended on page 1887. That’s one thousand, eight hundred and eighty-seven! Pages! LOL! Of course I was smiling, because David’s smile just makes you smile, but one of David’s pictures was just not enough. It’s kinda like chocolate or something. So like a true Archuchocoholic, I continued to look at more pages. I looked at 1887, 1886, 1885, and then…it happened. I was happily perusing David’s face in different settings when BAM! I saw IT. There, innocently smiling out at me from Jason’s wedding, was David wearing…WAIT. WHAT..IS..THAT??!! Could it be? Yes, I think it is! Let me make this bigger. . . YES!!!!! He was wearing the tie I had given him at the Salt Lake City VIP!!! OH MY GOSH!!!!! I stared, eyes bulging, heart pounding! Now I wasn’t just smiling, I was grinning RIDICULOUSLY! And I do mean ridiculously, like laughing out loud in my room like a fool, ridiculous. How did I miss that picture? In the pictures I had seen before that tie had looked black.
David at Jason's wedding wearing the tie I gave him.
Thank you, for the Abrrakadabra magic that gave me this unexpected present. I owe her big time for sending me there. Now I know a lot of you have similar stories and hopefully a similarly ridiculously euphoric reaction. I would love to hear about them. I have a few favorite fan gifts that David looked awesome in that come to mind. There’s the vest that Julie from Idaho gave him that he wore at the Boise concert, Silverfox’s black shirt that he wore in Rockford….sigh. For the love of all that is good in this world, I ask you, where is that vest and that black shirt? I wish to see them again.
David in Boise wearing the vest Julie gave him. Photo by Jen Barry
Dang, I know I have other favorites; maybe I need to go look at some more pictures, (purely for research of course.) Since he wore the same two outfits on the Christmas From The Heart tour, and now wishes to be a cartoon and wear the same thing everyday, seeing David wear something we gave him may be a thing of the past. I hope not. I felt a connection. However, *raises right hand in air* I solemnly swear to try to restrain myself the next time I walk by a shirt that screams David Archuleta and put the money toward a charity he supports.
David, thank you for the Voice, the heart, and all the joy you have given us since “Heaven.” You are such a gift to us and maybe that’s why we have this crazy, uncontrollable desire to buy gifts for you.
Disclaimer: I accept NO personal liability for David’s not being able to sleep in his bunk or being trapped in his tour bus because he couldn’t get out.
It was a teeny tiny tie people, and I gave it to him when he was at home for the night.