The David Chronicles » Career On the Artistry and Inspiration of David Archuleta Tue, 07 Jul 2015 13:59:03 +0000 en hourly 1 Center Stage Sun, 15 Feb 2015 10:52:52 +0000 David Archuleta screencap-rootstech
Last night David took center stage at RootsTech 2015, a Family History conference held in Salt Lake City each year. Fans have been waiting a long time to see a performance by David that didn’t include Christmas songs! (Although, we love those, too!)

First, David released the long-awaited Spanish Video that was shot in Costa Rica last fall. The song was written by David, in collaboration with Alex Menesio, and filmed by the Family History group to encourage young Latinos to get involved in their own family history. Love hearing David sing in Spanish!



Next David sang a song by Justin Timberlake, called Mirror.



Want to hear David talk for a while (I always do!), then watch this next video. This is an older, wiser David. There is much that is consistent with who we remember, the David that likes to ramble a bit, but also a more confident and more interesting David. I’m loving who he is.



We got to hear David sing “Glorious” and many fans are saying it is the best version yet. What do you think?



There were some nice surprises, too!

When David released Don’t Run Away while he was gone, we all said, “Ooh, I hope we get to hear that live someday!”  And now we can…



The same was said when we heard about the Spanish video, and saw those tiny snippets of the song on Instagram.  We learned that David co-wrote this song. And again, our wishes have been granted!


David Archuleta and Studio C lip-sync contest RootsTech


And lastly, we saw David lip-syncing to Van Halen’s “Jump.” Ninja David seemed to be having a lot of fun as he acted out the words, lip-syncing and “jumping” on stage. I love to see that part of him – playful, happy, almost mischievous.



We’ve waited a long time for what i think this performance represents. David is back – new, refreshed, but with that amazing voice even stronger and more beautiful. Can’t wait for more!


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A Glorious Sunday Gift from @DavidArchie Mon, 29 Sep 2014 05:11:38 +0000 942723_1467201763568625_4365602954492936651_n
Nothing better could cap a week of teasers and samplings than a full-length access to a new song of David and an informative interview that more than tickled Archies worldwide.

Thanks to Steven Kapp Perry of FM100.3, we got to listen to GLORIOUS, a new song written by @stephaniemabey that David lent his equally glorious voice for one of the sound tracks of the movie, Meet the Mormons”. I can just imagine it, some people waiting for the ending credits just to hear David’s voice soar in glorious cinematic space!

We also learned from an interview some glorious nuggets, to wit:

      1. That Project Glorious was conceived while David was still on his mission.

2. That David needed a transition period to get back his English accent. Apparently, the 1st time he sang Glorious, he still had a thick Spanish accent. Now that would have been “muy caliente” to listen to, don’t you think so?!

3. That come 2015, we can look forward to a new release (hopefully an album!) That is what he has been working on these recent months. From the ArchieBoss himself – yipee!
Sunday was a busy day for my family as we were busy hunting down the perfect wedding dress for my soon-to-be daughter-in-lawried (yup son is getting married soon!) but was able to catch the 4:09pm replay of the Sunday Soft Special.

Let’s listen to the full interview and the song Glorious repeatedly :)


There are times when you might feel aimless
You can’t see the places where you belong
But you will find that there is a purpose
It’s been there within you all along
And when you’re near it
You can almost hear it

It’s like a symphony
Just keep listening
And pretty soon you’ll start
To figure out your part
Everyone plays a piece
And there are melodies
In each one of us
Oh, it’s glorious

You will know how
To let it ring out
As you discover who you are
Others around you will start to wake up
To the sounds that are in their hearts
It’s so amazing
What we’re all creating

(Repeat Chorus)

And as you feel the notes build
You will see

(Repeat Chorus)
On the same Sunday, @MeettheMormons tweetted that the Glorious track can be downloaded free from their FB page. Click this link or the image below to do so.


This film, with a theatrical release set on Oct 10, will donate all net proceeds to Red Cross.


Lastly, watch out for the MUSIC VIDEO of GLORIOUS.

Look for the @DavidArchie #Glorious music video this Wednesday at #MeetTheMormons #ShareGoodness #LDS #ldsconf

Let’s hope David, nor just his voice, is part of the music video (keeping fingers crossed).

So what do you think of GLORIOUS? Don’t forget to download, ok?


UPDATE!  Here is the video!

~ JR


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He Tweets … Wed, 02 Apr 2014 04:23:13 +0000 HOLA

One word was all it took…

‘fess up! Didn’t you stop? Stared at the screen not believing that it is actually happening? LOL

I did. That’s why it took me some time to post this…

Especially since it is still April Fool’s Day in some parts of the globe!!!

You little rascal, you! A genius in minimalism!

Tweet with a word and your Archies stand still… waiting to exhale…



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Where in the World is David Archuleta? Fri, 07 Mar 2014 20:26:08 +0000 Where is David

David’s fans are getting anxious because the long two years are almost over, but these last few weeks seem to be the longest, the hardest to experience.  There’s something in the wind; a feeling of anticipation and excitement at his coming home. David has certainly been missed, with fans hanging on to every last video clip or photo from almost anywhere and any time:

  • Fan sites have done retrospectives,
  • We’ve all relived every moment of David’s Idol journey for the last two seasons of AI comparing every poor contestant with our own favorite voice.
  • We’ve watched the entire set of concert videos from the first tour through the Demi tour, the CFTH tour, the Asia tour, the MKOC tour and every concert or performance in the Philippines, especially the Bench concert.
  • We’ve gotten lost in the youtube vortex and lived to tell about it
  • We’ve watched and rewatched vlogs, interviews, book signings
  • And we’ve analyzed every note and nuance of David’s voice

And now, speculation abounds as to whether David has left Chile yet and is already here in the United States. Some think he is still in Chile and won’t be leaving until March 24th. Some think he has already left and is in Utah being debriefed at the MTC. Some think he is here in the US and spending long awaited time with his family.

And on what are these rumors based?

David was said to be leaving Chile “in two weeks” on February 17 in a missionary blog

On March 3rd, @Kariontour tweets, “Oh happy day!

On March 5th we hear that “someone” has followed 7 new people on @DavidArchie’s Twitter account:
Justin Timberlake
The Civil Wars
Harry Connick Jr.
American Idol
Child Fund
Kari Sellards
Gina Orr

It is said there was a video crew in Chile doing video that either David was in or was about David and they have returned to the US.

And now the fandom is wondering….Where in the World is David Archuleta?

What do you think?



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@DavidArchie’s Kind of Success Sun, 12 Jan 2014 03:30:19 +0000 DA Dec 14 2013 unpublished pix success story

As American Idol gears up for the broadcast premiere of its 13th Season, a list has been published showing AI’s All Time High Success Stories. Our David – a non-title holder and on a Hollywood sabbatical for the past 2 years – is on the list!

On January 11, Culture Vulture Express reports:

Kelly Clarkson Tops FOX American Idol List of All-Time!

‘American Idol’ is due to return to screens in America for its 13th season on the 15th of January and Fox has decided to release the long-running shows biggest 13 success stories. Kelly Clarkson, the show’s first winner, topped the list and was joined in the top 5 by three other female performers Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Jordin Sparks and the sole male in the top five is Adam Lambert taking the mantle as most successful ever male contestant in the history of the show. The winner of Lambert’s year Kris Allen also features on the list at number 12.

Here is the entire list:

1.Kelly Clarkson (Season 1)
2. Carrie Underwood (Season 4)
3. Jennifer Hudson (Season 3)
4. Adam Lambert (Season 8)
5. Jordin Sparks (Season 6)
6. Scotty McCreery (Season 10)
7. Chris Daughtry (Season 4)
8. David Cook (Season 7)
9. Phillip Phillips (Season 11)
10. Kellie Pickler (Season 5)
11. David Archuleta (Season 7)
12. Kris Allen (Season 8)
13. Elliott Yamin (Season 5)

Any Archie worth his salt knows that as far as David is concerned, he looks at success in a different light.

In some quarters, the decision to leave for his 2-year mission was a foregone conclusion. Given how fickle and unstable the entertainment business is, to actually do it still took some serious cajones! I mean who does that?! That is success story #1, right there.

But to leave and comeback with a fanbase that not only waited but actually kept the home fires burning? Yeah, the base may have shrunked, as expected, but a spirited mighty base remains. Worldwide. And that ensures that David Archuleta won’t start from scratch. Success story #2, folks!

I do not know much, especially about the future. But with less than three months to go till David’s much anticipated return, it could only get interesting from here on…

I could just hear David paraphrasing Mr. Dicky Fox, that wise old man from Jerry Maguire movie (1996):

Hey, I don’t have all the answers. In life, to be honest, I failed as much as I have succeeded. But I love my family & brethrens. I love my friends. And I love my fans. I love my life. And I wish you my kind of success.

DA 02 Dec 14 1213 unpublished stmpd

Do you hear it, too Archies?

Have a great weekend!

~ JR

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Concierto de Navidad! Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:55:02 +0000 David in Chile 4We can’t help it. We miss him, and when a little snippet of anything comes along, we grab it up and savor it. Enjoy these videos and snippets from the Christmas Concert at the Palace in Chile.  As of this posting, only 107 days left to wait for our David to come home.

Full Video 1 O Holy Night in Spanish (thanks to Deimiss Arias)


Full Video 2 of O Holy Night in Spanish (thanks to Teresa Cristina Rodriguez)


Full Video 3 of O Holy Night in Spanish (thanks to Ingrid Jonatica·)


Full Video of Los Pastores a Belen (thanks to Hector Huento)


O Ven O Ven Emmanuel (thanks to Patricio Campos)


Snippet of O Come O Come Emmanuel (thanks to DAVN David Archuleta Vietnam)


Snippet of Los Pastores a Belen (thanks to DAVN David Archuleta Vietnam)


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@DavidArchie’s “She’s Not You” Thu, 03 Oct 2013 07:53:09 +0000 photo by Rene Durnham photo by Rene Durnham

OK, am writing this on a fly right after a grueling traffic morning here in Manila. As always, to ease the burden of going through mindless shifts and stops along EDSA, my iPod went through some of these sounds: David’s, MJ, The Beatles, Bruno Mars, The Killers, Journey, Freestyle, Hall & Oates, Civil Wars, Ric Segreto aaaand eventually returned to more David songs.

The shuffle hit a familiar but unreleased track of David — “She’s Not You” and said to myself:

Hmmmmmm… This really sounds gooood! Nice groove. Great beat. Showcases the soul from that white boy from Utah. And it is not over-produced!

Message is apt for a 23 year-old guy, too. I mean, for one coming fresh from a two-year mission. This would be a cool sound. Very radio-friendly. Has some sass to it. That RNB flavor sure brings out the best in David’s voice :)

Cos… some would expect him to go message-heavy with his come-backing sound, right? Nothing wrong with that but that would be so predictable. What could be a better foil than NOT go that route? His voice is so good for the romantic, melancholy vibe. S.I.G.H.

“She’s Not You (SNY)” leaked in the internet in the midst of recording for TOSOD. I don’t know if it was ever considered for anything but too bad for Eman Kiriakou, Jesse Cates and Lindsey Robbins who penned the song. Am not sure if SNY song will ever be released commercially.

Wishful Thinking

I have some ideas about David’s return. Specifically about:
– Potential collaborations…
– Jingle Ball or own tour?
– Label or going indie?

But it is always much easier to do armchair marketing behind a faceless by-line, so what do I know?!

I sure hope that his future releases include songs similar to “She’s Not You”. And “Desperate”. And that delicious “This Christmas”. PLUS, a Spanish song! A collaboration with Santana would be super. Or one with John Legend, Tori Kelly, Sarah Bareilles, or Pit Bull or Joy Williams, among others…

There was even a time I imagined him in a video with Justin Timberlake for “Suit & Tie” but the theme would be Justin teaching David the ropes… you know along the lines of “let me show you a few things” kinda stuff… Ahahahaha


What else? Hmmm. A guesting spot in Arsenio Hall’s new program, just for starters. What a reunion that would be! A spot of his songs in primetime shows… An Asian tour AFTER making a notable comeback in the US…

And the usual fare: national anthems, singing in awards shows, guesting on TV & charity events, etc…

But most importantly: leveraging David’s story about his 2-year break from showbiz. Without it appearing to be a PR for his Faith. I just think that it is a good human story: why it was worth giving up two years of fame and fortune — something uncommon and brave in the competitive and risk-filled entertainment industry. It took maturity and yes a big leap of Faith to do it.

David it seems has this uncanny ability to be forever young and be remembered for it! How many stories have we heard of this effect? Since I am assuming that David will be re-packaged to present a more mature and more assured young man, I think his story would help dispel the memory of the awkward Archie circa Idol-days.

What better narrative is there for his Team to develop?

Oh well. Whichever way David goes, his Archies will be there for him. These are just some wishes for a great guy who finds joy in connecting through his music.

As the successful trendsetting said last Friday- “Soon. David Archuleta. Soon.”

It couldn’t be soon enough.

~ JR

ps: Did I mention Arsenio Hall? They sure looked comfy with each other, right?

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David Archuleta feat by KBYU 11’s Up to Date Sat, 28 Sep 2013 09:21:04 +0000 maxresdefault 1

David is featured in a special segment of KBYU Eleven’s Up To Date – a series that spotlights different aspects of the Latino Community in Utah. This episode tells the story of David Archuleta, one of Utah’s great musicians.

This was shown 27 September 2013. Hopefully we will seemore coverage of David from his homestate as his coming home draws hear :)

Have a nice weekend Aechies!

~ JR

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Always In Our Hearts; Always In the Charts! Sat, 27 Jul 2013 03:31:18 +0000 THR article


The good news from THR couldn’t come at a better time. Archies have chosen today to hold its regular trending party with the phrase “Always In Our Hearts David Archuleta”.

Just a random day chosen really :) but with the news of David making chart history this week, as Glad Christmas Tidings, a Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra release that features the vocals of the American Idol alum, re-enters the Classical Catalog Albums chart in the top spot the trending party has been given a celebratory wallop.

You’d think someone from THR is an Archie – har-har! Be that as it may, congratulations David & MOTAB!

This development becomes more significant because David has been away for 16 months. I think TeamArchie deserves a pat in the back for keeping his name out there. Of course the fans have contributed as well and this is not lost on his Team as they tweeted —

‘American Idol’ on the Charts: For David Archuleta, It’s Christmas in July’ … Thank you Archies! (TeamArchie)

And why not? No one deserves the devotion the Archies have better than the magnificent talent and beautiful soul that TheArchuletor is!

    DAVID ARCHULETA earns his 5th #Billboard No. 1 (and the 396th for #Idol). The Hollywood Reporter: @DavidArchie

    ‘American Idol’ on the Charts: For David Archuleta, It’s Christmas in July

    #MusicNews: ‘American Idol’ on the Charts: For David Archuleta, It’s Christmas in July

    ‘American Idol’ on the Charts: For David Archuleta, It’s Christmas in July

    .@AmericanIdol’s #1 chart total comes to 396 as David Archuleta’s album w Tabernacle Choir hits the top ► … #Idol

    ‘American Idol’ on the Charts: For David Archuleta, It’s Christmas in July – Hollywood Reporter

    ‘American Idol’ on the Charts: For David Archuleta, It’s Christmas in July

    ‘American Idol’ on the Charts: For David Archuleta, It’s Christmas in July Special pricing on the season seven …

    ‘American Idol’ on the Charts: For David Archuleta, It’s Christmas in July

    ‘American Idol’ on the Charts: For David Archuleta, It’s Christmas in July

    David Archuleta’s Christmas CD Goes Gold…in July!

    My Merry Christmas ‏@netxmas
    David Archuleta’s Christmas CD Goes Gold…in July!: The Hollywood Reporter has just released a story indicating…

    The UCW Radio Show ‏@UCWNews
    #UCWRadio ‘American Idol’ on the Charts: For David Archuleta, It’s Christmas in July #entertainment #news

    DAVID ARCHULETA has an unexpected #Billboard No. 1. The Hollywood Reporter: @davidarchie

    My Hollywood Reporter story on David Archuleta’s unexpected #Billboard No. 1: @davidarchie #Idol

    Still on his mission but selling albums! Way to go David!

    Thanks to our fans who helped us top the charts once again w/ “Glad Christmas Tidings” featuring @DavidArchie #MoTab


After half an hour into the trending party, the Archies got what they targeted

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After one more hour — #1 WWTT!



That the trending coincided with the release of THR’s article is serendipitous. As David would sing-say – “Even the skies will tell you…” Christmas and Billboard charts – two of David’s favorite things. I think he will be GLAD how this turned out.

DAVID ARCHULETA earns his 5th #Billboard No. 1 (and the 396th for #Idol). The Hollywood Reporter: @DavidArchie

So the 5 Billboard Chart Toppers for David are as follows —
1. Hot Digital Tracks – CRUSH week ending 2008-08-30
2. Hot Digital Songs – CRUSH week ending 2008-08-30
3. Hot Singles Recurrents – CRUSH week ending 2009-02-07
4. Hot Adult Contemporary Recurrents – CRUSH week ending 2009-05-30
5. Classical Catalog Albums – GLAD CHRISTMAS TIDINGS week ending 2013-07-26

Since making his chart debut in April 2008, Archuleta has charted in every single year.

Always in our hearts. Always in the charts :) What perfect timing indeed!


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Young @DavidArchie & Jump5 Thu, 25 Jul 2013 08:21:18 +0000 da-aus01-06-c

What is Jump5? And more importantly, why did young David meet them almost a decade ago? Read on to find out :)

    Jump5 was a popular U.S. Christian Dance-pop group who got their start in 1999 in Nashville, TN and later signed onto Sparrow Records in 2001. They established themselves via Radio Disney, having a string of #1 Radio Disney hits before Raven and Hilary Duff started ruling the charts. In 2005, Jump5 temporarily recorded independently through self-established Nevaeh Records, and then signed with Slanted Records in 2007. Over their career, Jump5 sold over 1.4 million records

    According to AllMusicGuide

    With big choruses, dynamic songs, and a family-friendly vibe, Jump5 debuted on the Christian pop scene in 2001. The five teenagers weren’t even old enough to drive, and their youthful enthusiasm and naïve sensibilities made them a parent-friendly alternative to the increasingly sex-driven sounds of other teen pop acts. The group was not one of the studio-made pop bands that had been dominating mainstream radio since the late ’90s. Instead, their story began when brother and sister Brandon and Brittany Hargest joined the same dance class as Lesley Moore. The three were only toddlers at the time, but their similar interests and talents turned them into fast friends. Over the subsequent years, Libby Hodges and Chris Fedun joined the trio and they decided to try their hands at pop music.


    Backed by their parents and Sparrow Records, the fivesome assembled a dance routine and had some wholesome, uptempo pop songs written for them. Upon the release of their debut, they took to performing in schools, malls, and amphitheaters around the country, spreading their positive message to audiences that consisted of children, teens, and parents. A visit to the White House helped raise their profile, and a benefit cover of “God Bless the U.S.A.” became a single in the wake of September 11, 2001. In 2002, the group recorded All the Time in the World and released it that summer, with a huge promotional campaign behind the album. Jump5 also arranged deals with McDonalds and Disney for promotion, while a tour with the A*Teens, Aaron Carter, and the Baha Men kept them busy throughout the summer. Dreaming in Color followed in 2004, while 2005 saw the release of two albums: the Very Best of Jump5 compilation and a brand new effort, Shining Star. Their last album, 2007’s Hello & Goodbye, was released three months before the group’s final performance in Nashville.

Sometime between 2003 and 2004, a 14-yo David met the group in one of its Radio Disney gig. Given the group’s background, is it any wonder why David would be interested to meet them? I wonder: would this be a direction David will take upon resuming his career after his mission? How does that grab you?

Apparently, David sang for Jump5 that day. Although we do not have info on the songs he performed, we can guess by the look on their faces that he blew them away!





Thank you Mr. Jeff A. for uploading the pix to David’s very 1st public website –, a family-administered site back when David was just starting his foray into showbiz.

Too bad David’s frontal shots have broken links. Only the thumbnails below were available back in 2004 (I told ya I was already an Archie back then, lmao).

If anyone was able to save the large versions of these two pics, TDC would appreciate it very much if you can share them here :)



A head turner if not a heart-breaker, then and now. And no doubt, for years to come :)

~ JR

    ps: This post is the start of TDC’s built-up of David’s Pre-Idol Days. You can see a link at the top header of the site. So watch out for more flashback features.

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