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Sunday, October 31st, 2010 by

In a “Good Place”

Echoes of “Crush” introduce the song – those plaintive piano notes crescendoing into electric guitars and keyboard, with David’s soft Voice crooning, “I don’t know what I’m doing here/How I landed in this space/ But it’s a good place.” Preach to the choir! Isn’t that every Arch Angel’s anthem? We don’t know how we made it to this journey on the Archubus, but it’s definitely a “good place.” Thing is: there was a brief moment over the weekend, when I seriously wondered if we were still there, not always relying on the sweet spot that David’s Voice gives us.  No mention of his Other Side of Down album on his most recent […]

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Friday, January 22nd, 2010 by

The Greatest of These is Charity

Among David Archuleta’s incredible qualities is his big ol’ heart and how quickly he is ready to use it to inspire and give back.  It was very clear, not only how David chose to inspire with song but also how he literally put his money where his mouth is in encouraging his fans to donate to charities. Since his time in the limelight, David has done what he could to promote charity work – Invisible Children, Rising Star Outreach, the Lisa Lopes Foundation, etc. – and his Arch Angels have matched him in kind – from donating the most funds for Stand Up 2 Cancer to building the Angels for a […]

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Saturday, December 5th, 2009 by

David Taking “Control”

Janet Jackson is on my mind of late, having tuned in to her interview on November 18 with Robin Roberts and also having recently purchased her retrospective album, Number Ones. Talk about taking a trip down memory lane!  I’ve been doing a “happy dance,” literally, since I bought it. Jamming to haven’t-heard-in-decades tracks like “Diamonds” and “Rhythm Nation” (her best album bar none), and singing at the top of my lungs to “Love Will Never Do Without You.” See, I came of age when Janet Jackson came out with her third album, Control, which placed her on the world map of pop music and which was the first of her collaboration […]

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Friday, October 23rd, 2009 by

Taking Us to Church

I must admit that David scares me sometimes.  He digs a whole lot deeper than I would ever expect from an 18 year old of the Wired Generation.  When I impatiently downloaded Christmas from the Heart on iTunes after Amazon.com failed to deliver my physical CD on time (hey – I don’t mind shilling out moolah for my beloved Voice), I was quite giddy listening to the Voice’s interpretation of Christmas carols I’ve heard all my life. They all sounded so different from what I’m used to hearing. It wasn’t until I finally received  my physical CD and popped it into my surround sound stereo that I actually heard Christmas from the […]

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Saturday, October 17th, 2009 by

Be More Like David – Ignore the Haters!

(Reprinted with the kind permission of HelloGorgeous, from her blog SoulDavid – Eds.) Archies, I know how you feel. David is simply amazing, and we want everyone else to know. His latest efforts with Christmas from the Heart confirm this. Yet, we must accept that our truly great artists are not going to be immediately accepted and adored on a mass scale. Heck, our greatest and most influential people in history – think Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. – were GUNNED DOWN. Heck, Jesus was CRUCIFIED! Perspective, my peeps. I say this because I don’t know what’s more embarrassing: the knucklehead tone-deaf reviewers […]

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Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009 by

A Voice in the Musical Wilderness

Arch Angels are notorious for using hyperbole whenever we’re enraptured by David’s Voice.  There’s even a running joke – “David is the second coming of Jesus.” Child, please.  Let me dial it up a notch:  With David on Planet Earth, who needs the second coming of Jesus? That’s right, I said it (church-going rebel that I am).  And no, David “chrianyday” sweetie, don’t take it personally.  Keep staying grounded as you read Job 38 (“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundations … while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?”).  See, David is here representing, and in his Voice I hear those morning stars and angels […]

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Sunday, August 16th, 2009 by

Macro-Managing David

If there’s anything I’m most impressed with about the Arch Angels, it’s the way we  support David Archuleta.  Our track record speaks for itself. Want to see him honored as a teen star at the Teen Choice Awards? No problem.  Just organize until the producers not only invite him as a presenter but actually invent a completely new category just for his fans.  The result?  David wins the first ever award for “Most Fanatic Fans.” Want to contribute the most money in David’s name for Stand Up 2 Cancer? Done! Want to support David’s first single “Crush” on the Hot 100?  Done! Want to push David’s first video for “Crush” to No. 1 on […]

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Tuesday, July 14th, 2009 by

The Digital Superstar

I’ve been pondering David Segal’s editorial in the New York Times, in which he argues that fame on the level of Michael Jackson’s, will never be the same again, and that, in the wake of digital culture, the superstar may have also died with MJ.  Arguing that digital culture is much too fragmented to deliver a global star that can unite all of our interests, Segal predicts that we will never have another icon like Michael Jackson and that we may never see another global outpouring of grief as we have with MJ’s death. While I think it’s very possible that the global superstardom of Michael Jackson may never be replicated, that he may have […]

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Sunday, June 7th, 2009 by

The Ambassador of Pop

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sei-eEjy4g”>Paper A curious thing about 2008: This was the year that I discovered the music of both David Archuleta and MIA (née Maya Arulpragasam). Yeah, my music collection is eclectic like that, and although MIA and David are completely different from each other, they have two things in common. 1. They have a “Third World” connection (MIA, who was born in London, has parental roots in Sri Lanka. David, who was born in Miami, has parental roots in Honduras). 2. They both want to use pop music to send a global message. In short, both are committed to using music as “inspiration” for action. But that’s where the similarities end. […]

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Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 by

Jive, Youth Culture, and the Artistry of David

  What is this “Youth Culture” we keep talking about, and what is the role of a label like Jive in shaping this? Most importantly, what affect will any of this have on David’s artistry? Youth Culture is a complete fabrication, which the music industry has been quite adept at shaping — from Elvis’s reign in the 1950s to the Beatles’ domination in the ’60s to the current dictatorship of hip-hop culture. And young people have always been willful in what they define as their culture, which means Moms and Dads are certainly not allowed to join in. Recently, this has also meant not liking what commercial culture defines as “cool,” hence […]

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