The David Chronicles On the Artistry and Inspiration of David Archuleta Thu, 11 Jun 2015 21:51:48 +0000 en hourly 1 David Archuleta – Nunca Pense MV Wed, 15 Apr 2015 05:38:35 +0000 Snapshot 3 (4-15-2015 1-13 PM)

Finally, a clear hig-def version of David’s 1st ever Spanish music video, Nunca Pense which premiered during RootsTech 2015. Enjoy!


Giran en mi mente historias que de tí aprendí.
En un mar de dudas
una voz algo me quiere decir.
Aunque me resista, no lo niego
no puedo mentir.
No había notado el vacío que había en mi.

Nunca pensé
que ahora…
encontrara esa parte de mí.
entiendo por qué estoy aquí.

Donde hayas ido
tu influencia se puede sentir
veo en tus ojos mi reflejo
no me quieres decir.
Solo no me has dejado
aunque un tiempo me perdí.

Algo tan inesperado
que me llevó a tí.

Nunca pensé
que ahora…
encontrara esa parte de mí.
entiendo por qué estoy aquí.

Nunca pensé
que ahora…
encontrara esa parte de mí.
entiendo por qué estoy aquí.

Snapshot 1 (4-15-2015 1-05 PM)

Happy snap-shooting Archies!

~ JR

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It’s Glorious! Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:22:40 +0000 GLORIOUS HL resized


While cruising through youtube today, I noticed a few fans had uploaded some interesting and unusual videos that are based on David’s “Glorious” recording. I thought it would be fun to share them here. Please add any more you find!


“Glorious” by David Archuleta from Meet the Mormons, presentation on Ice by Yasmin (Switzerland) courtesy of Rahel



[LYRICS] Glorious – David Archuleta (Meet the Mormons Soundtrack) w/ Minecraft Note Blocks courtesy of BlazzingBlocks



“Glorious” By David Archuleta: SLC Pride 2014 -Video Footage by Salt Lake Tribune courtesy of Adam S



Non-Cover of David Archuleta’s Glorious by David Wetzel (“Hilarious”) courtesy of David Wetzel


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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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David’s Social Media Break Sun, 15 Feb 2015 10:45:22 +0000 david-archuleta-social-media-silence

Last week, David posted a new blog explaining why he had been taking a social media break. It seems to have inspired many fans to do similar. It is a crazy pull to check in on your Faceboo, Twitter and Instagram accounts, even though in reality, there is way too much fluff and stuff there that has no bearing on what we do. To paraphrase David, it is just being nosey.

I’m intrigued by David’s new perspective; his focus on hearing what is inside himself rather than all the chatter coming from outside. Given how young David was when he appeared on AI, it’s no wonder he needs time to reconnect with himself. Many of us thought he could do that on his Mission, and I expect he did. But now he is back in a media-driven (and social-media driven) environment and it makes sense – seems so mature, actually- for him to take his time and ease back into his music and career with some forethought and care.

Enjoy the blog!

“I mentioned last week that I have deleted the twitter and instagram apps from my phone. Why? So I could see how much more time I would have on my hands without them.

I would, without even thinking, pull my phone out, click on these apps, and start looking through photos, and what’s going on in other people’s lives. Not only that, you come across pictures and comments of what other people think about your life. This curiosity of what others think of you starts affecting your own view of who you are, whether it be blowing things up so your head gets big, or being hurt by the very opinionated people who happen to have an opinion about every detail of your life. But that’s beside the main point.

My main point is that I think I am on my phone for 60 seconds and I look at the time realizing 45 minutes have passed by. I was wasting too much time waiting for a new update, new picture, and imagining that I am connecting to the world when really I was becoming disconnected to reality— feeling unaccomplished and a little empty after all that time with each curiosity session of snooping around other people’s lives and what other snoopy people thought of my own life.

I am on a journey to not be so caught up in what everyone else thinks. What is the purpose in this? It is to care more about what I think. The more you are caught up in what everyone else thinks, you disregard yourself. “Nevermind what I think of myself and what is going on in my life! I am too busy worrying about what everyone else thinks of me!” I feel my brain was telling myself.

These same thoughts have gone through my mind throughout all of my life. Lately I have gotten so sick of them that I decided to try and shut the voices of others off, including the ones that got stuck inside my mind. The best solution I had for this was to stop looking at everything on social media. I cannot focus on very many things at once. When I am worried about what everyone else is telling me to do, or comparing myself to what other people are showing on twitter, Instagram, and other sites I cannot focus on what my own feelings are, or what that still, small voice within is trying to tell you.


How has this been going so far? Well, my thoughts and feelings are very connected to what comes out of me musically. The more in tune I am with myself, the more music comes out. It has been refreshing to get more of my own stories out through lyrics, or even with melodies. I am discovering that the only way to get this music out is to get rid of all of the other voices from my head. When I have all of the other voices going through my mind, whatever is coming out feels superficial, dead, and empty.

Now, am I disregarding social life and contact with other humans? No! Of course not! I have actually spent more time personally with people visiting them, spending time, and catching up with friends. I just need a balance of experiences spending time with these people along with the alone time to reflect more on what’s on my mind and in my soul.

I have been creating music with many of these friends and also with a lot of great writers. I am in Nashville to be more focused on this new music project and have been forming more of this story I feel like I need to tell in the next chapter. It is exciting for me, because I feel good in the process. I don’t really know where it’s all going or where it’ll end up, but the fact that I am trying is one of the greatest feelings about it. I’m not afraid of making mistakes like I used to, and sometimes you’ve got to fall so you know what it feels like to get back up. I think getting back on your feet to keep going can be a feeling that feels even better than smooth sailing the entire time. You may end at the same destination whether you fall or smooth sail the whole time, but something about pushing through and fighting the good fight makes the entire journey all worth it—perhaps even greater than the destination itself that you were moving towards.


What I am basically trying to say is I need silence in order to function. My quiet time is valuable to me. Everyone keeps asking me how things are in Nashville. I say “It’s really nice. It’s quiet.” Part of this is because I have decided to make this quiet time for me, but also this town is a place where I feel peace.

Whoever may happen to be reading this, I would encourage you to try this yourself, and delete your social media apps even if it’s for a couple of days and see how much more you notice about yourself and life in general. You’re not going to die without it, even if at first you feel like it and that you’re “behind the times.” It’s worth it. Trust me. Next week I will be back in Utah for the RootsTech 2015 convention. I will be singing a few songs and also premiering the music video I shot in Costa Rica last Summer. It’s a song I wrote that’s actually in Spanish, and is about finding yourself by looking in the past. If you’ll be there, then I suppose we will see each other then.


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First Blog from @DavidArchie Tue, 13 Jan 2015 03:53:40 +0000 1st-blog-2015-300x300

Isn’t it nice to hear from him? Plenty of nuggets from his 1st blog

I understand I have not been very open about what I have been up to with updates, blogs, pictures, and all of that, but I have been trying my best to share as much as what feels right. You are getting to know who I really am: someone who hates being the center of attention, likes quiet and away time, and doesn’t mind being alone, unless with a couple of people at a time to really get one-on-one time with close friends and family.

I am David. I love life; I love learning; I love sharing; and music is a way I express my passions and what is important to me. Obviously I want to get that out to as many people as possible, but it’s worthless to me if I only do it for the secondary goal of getting music out to as many people as possible and giving up the prime reason of sharing who I am, my art, my passion, and what matters most to me.

I know I may disappoint people for not being as interactive as before or who I showed myself as before, but man is it refreshing to not have to apologize for who I am and care about upsetting people anymore just because I am not what they want or expect me to be.

To understand where the music is coming from, you have to understand where I am coming from personally as well… I hope the music that comes will be something that you can feel is real.

So now I wonder: When he was in Manila for months, was the comfort and “blossoming” we saw more of pleasing more people than being himself? And he said he can’t act?! (weak smile)

In any case, am sure that fans will always wish the best of him and will always be thrilled that he is at last comfortable in his own skin enough to declare it.

Be sure to comment on David’s blog on his site as another way of welcoming him :)

~ JR

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Thanks 2014 & On To 2015! Thu, 01 Jan 2015 06:29:17 +0000 DA HNY HL

2014 has been a steady and tranquil Archu-stream. What does 2015 have in store for us Archies, I wonder? Any bets, out there?

In any case, I wish you all a kinder, positive and fruitful 2015 :)

Happy New Year TDC!

~ JR

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Merry Christmas! Thu, 25 Dec 2014 02:40:21 +0000 David Smiles Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Wishing you all the very best of the holiday season – good friends, time with family, and peace in your hearts.

Enjoy the music of the season from the one and only!

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Prayers for Friends in the Philippines Sat, 06 Dec 2014 00:39:04 +0000 From the National Weather Service: Super Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby) Update: Philippines Landfall Ahead

Sending prayers to our friends in the Philippines for safety during the coming days.


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A Celebration of Christ Sat, 29 Nov 2014 10:46:24 +0000 Concert Ad


A Celebration of Christ
A Christian Interfaith Concert
November 28th & 29th, 2014
Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre
Salt Lake City, Utah


David on Stage 2photo from Abrra at The Voice


“Celebrationt of Christ” Concerts

featuring David Archuleta, Kevin Olusola from Pentatonix

& One Voice Choir.


The long wait is over.

Although we’ve seen a few snippets of David singing from the Afghanistan tour, it hasn’t been quite enough (who can ever get enough of David singing?) Waiting for a live concert, fans have been (mostly) patient after the long two years while David was on his mission and the six months since his return.

Now the wait is over – that glorious, fabulous voice is back on stage for two nights, performing with the One Voice Choir, Kevin Olusola and a number of other members of various denominations around the Salt Lake City area. Anticipation was high and it was well worth waiting.

David’s voice has become richer (is that possible?) and deeper – his control of the lower register is perfection. And his high notes – simply sublime, as always.

Enjoy these videos – I’m sure there will be many versions over the next 48 hours. We’ll post any and all we find.


The First Noel (thanks to 1lizd)


Do You Hear What I Hear (thanks to ShelleyFOD)

Glorious with the One Voice Choir (thanks to 1lizd)

Silent Night (thanks to pattycake04)

Believe with the Once Voice Choir and combined choirs (thanks to pattycake04)

Curtain Call(thanks to 1lizd)


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David to Perform at Celebration of Christ – An Interfaith Concert Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:37:33 +0000 For three performances in November, David Archuleta will headline “Celebration of Christ ~ An Interfaith Concert” at the Capital Theater in Salt Lake City.

It will take place at the following dates and times:

November 28, 2014 (Friday) – 7:30 PM

November 29, 2014 (Saturday) – 2PM and 7:30PM

David will be performing four Christmas songs at the “Celebration of Christ” concerts. The event also features Kevin Olusola from Pentatonix, and the One Voice Choir returning from a stellar performance on “America’s Got Talent.” The program includes special guest choirs, a full orchestra, and a dance ensemble drawn from nine different faiths uniting in Christianity to celebrate the birth and life of Jesus Christ in music, dance, and special effects. The event is presented by Vic Deauvono & 4Life Foundation.

Tickets for all three shows go on sale Friday October 31 at 10 A.M. MT. To purchase tickets, visit

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