Oct 2, 2014
The music video for David Archuleta’s newest single, Glorious, can now be viewed on Meet The Mormons.
You can also download the recording for free here.
Jul 26, 2014
This week we finished the Military Tribute Tour. We went back to Kuwait for 3 shows, and then did our last show on the tour in Djibouti. It was a bittersweet experience having it come to an end, but it made such an impact on me.
It was interesting to me as this was my first time coming back performing with the title “David Archuleta” and having to embrace that since my mission. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel, but there was a different motivating factor this time, which was that this tour was all about giving tribute to the troops. We flew out to these countries; to these military bases on our own time and without getting paid anything. We came out to get to know them, and express our gratitude for them with what God gave us in our abilities and talents.
I would divide the focuses on this tour into 2 different categories: 1st, Getting to know who these men and women were and 2nd, Getting to know what they do.
Traveling to the different bases in each country gave us a realistic view of what is going on and the work that these troops do. They showed us everything from the aircrafts and vehicles to the loading areas and offices; from the chow halls where they eat to the living quarters— whether they were buildings, CLU’s (containerized living units), or tents. We saw all of the different parts it takes to put it all together, and all of the people it took with different skills.
My favorite part of these tours and staying on these bases was getting to meet these servicemen and women and hear their stories. One of them I met in Camp Patriot in Kuwait. She was a Captain, and had an 11 month-old daughter, but she had been away from her for the last several months. On top of that, her husband was also deployed in another camp in Kuwait, so neither of them are able to be there with their new daughter to watch her grow during these first months of her life. The daughter stayed with grandparents in the meantime.
I was impressed to hear stories similar to this time and time again. A lot of times we have stereotypes for these men and women of what kind of lifestyle they come from, what matters to them, and how normal they really are. I met parents, grandparents, people my age and even younger than me everywhere. They all were far away from family and loved ones, and while they are fulfilling to their amazing duty to serve our country it still is no easy task to be away from family and loved ones in tough circumstances that are not your typical home environment. I jumped at the chance to listen to them, and simply be around them. If there was nothing else I could give to them, at least I could give them my time— there is nothing more valuable to me than that, and so I am glad that I could give even a little bit of time to be with them and get to know who they are and what they do.
At the end of the trip we were able to go to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We did a faith-based meeting (also known as a fireside) with stories and music similar to what we were doing on the tour, only more faith-focused. I really loved getting to do these firesides throughout our trip when time permitted, and to feel the hearts and spirits of these strong-spirited youth in these parts of the world.
After this fireside we went out to an Ethiopian restaurant where they had traditional Ethiopian dancers and an Ethiopian band. It was awesome! A few people in the restaurant recognized me, along with a worker, and the next thing I know the owner comes up to ask if I would sing for everyone there. At first I felt awkward, but in the end I thought “eh, why not?” and got up to sing 2 songs: “Stand By Me” and “Everybody Hurts” which I had been singing during the military tour. It was quite the experience being backed up by an Ethiopian band along with my voice coach, Dean Kaelin who was on the tour with us. Good times!
It’s been unforgettable. I am taking so many memories with me from these past few weeks. I just want to thank again these men and women in the military for serving and doing what they do. I am so grateful that they took us in and allowed us to experience a little bit of their experiences. It means so much to me, and to everyone on our tour. We appreciate you and your time you shared with us. Military Tribute Tour accomplished!
Well that’s a wrap for this blog. Thanks for reading!
Jul 18, 2014
I have written a letter to my family and friends, but I decided that I should share it with all of you as well:
First off, I am sorry that I can never write less than an essay and that my emails are always so long! But please bear with me and my imperfections with this one.
I wanted to write to all of you seeing as this last week has been quite incredible for me. Right now I am writing this to you as blasting winds full of dust attack my face and my eyes (I’m outside to have some time to myself). I am currently in Afghanistan, and as I don’t know when I will ever be here again I would like to take the time to write to you under interesting circumstances.
What am I doing here? I was invited by a man named Dan Clark. He is a world renown speaker who is the main contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. He has spoken many, many times to the troops all over the world. We are joined by a professional impersonator/comedian named Jason Hewlett (he’s hilarious), and my voice trainer Dean Kaelin (accompanying me on the piano and guitar, and performing himself a number) to do a military tour. It is a tour with the focus to inspire and give an uplifting message to the troops as we entertain.
July 8th we left for the Middle East. We began in the country of Bahrain– a country I had never even heard of before. Afterwards we went to Kuwait. It was amazing to see how empty it is here terrain-wise: sand, sun, dust, and desert. However, due to oil and gas these are very wealthy countries. We visited an Islamic mosque and I was amazed to see that they believe in prophets, and even believe in Jesus Christ… As a prophet of God; not as the Only Begotten, yet they believe that He will come again. It is Ramadan here which is the month of fasting, where they cannot eat or drink from sunrise until sunset. We cannot eat or drink in front of them, and have to keep long-sleeve shirts and pants when in public Muslim-eye to not offend their traditions.
Anyway, this is a military tour, not a desert tourist trip. I wanted to express my love for these military men and women. Here in Afghanistan– along with in Iraq–they are in combat and there are attacks going on. I was surprised at the friendships and the respect the local people have with and for the troops, as the reason why we have been in these countries is to protect these people from opposing groups who seek for power and are extremists and terrorists trying to overtake the countries. We are now making transitions to let the Afghan military take charge of defending their own country so that they may strengthen their own sense of duty and value those rights and liberties more by taking the lead themselves.
We have met so many fathers who have yet to meet their newborn babies in person; they are out in this blazing heat of 100-140 degrees day to day (and wow it feels like a hair-dryer blowing in your face!). We have seen and felt their appreciation for us being here as we “come out of our way” to meet with them, perform for them, and let them know we love them — it is the LEAST we can do!! It is amazing to have them come up and say, “you don’t know how much this means to us. Thank you for coming to see us and break the routine. You bring a piece of home.”
These are people who learn what the word “duty” means. They literally put their lives on the line with rockets being shot at the bases, mines exploding their and civilians’ paths, and suicide bombers coming at them. It is real, but they do it because of their duty to our families and to our country, and to their duty to protecting countries and people who cannot do it alone. How grateful I am for their dedication and for them being awakened to their duty.
I hope the next time you see one of these service men and women, you think of their commitment that they have to this duty: to protecting our amazing and beautiful country where we have freedom, and working to help others have freedom as well. We take what we have for granted– whether- we go to the air-conditioned malls, or sit at our peaceful homes bored. Let us think twice about our liberty that we have in this promised land, and how God has truly blessed us. During this trip we are also getting to do some special faith-based events that we call firesides. It has been a wonderful bonus to the trip.
We have one more week of shows, and I will try and give you another (shorter) update as we come to a close.
I hope you are all well!
P.S. I’ve attached some photos.
Mar 26, 2013
David Archuleta’s new album “No Matter How Far” is now in stores in the US and Canada, and also available online!
“No Matter How Far” features a mix of newly released songs and tracks previously only available in Asia. The record’s tracklist includes the new single “Don’t Run Away”, OPM-classics like “Forevermore”, and fan-favourites such as “Nothing Else Better To Do” and “Wait”.
“No Matter How Far” is David’s 6th studio album after his debut record “David Archuleta”, holiday album “Christmas From The Heart”, sophomore record “The Other Side Of Down”/”The Other Side of Down Asian Tour Edition”, OPM album “Forevermore”/”Forevermore Expanded Edition”, and his 2012 album “BEGIN.” released in August last year. It is David’s third pre-recorded release during his two-year-mission for his church in South America.
1. “Nothing Else Better To Do”
2. “Everything And More”
3. “Don’t Run Away”
4. “Tell Me”
5. “Love Don’t Hate”
7. “Heart Falls Out”
8. “Notice Me”
9. “I’ll Never Go”
Non-US residents can purchase the album from selected Amazon and iTunes country stores.
For a chance to win a copy of “No Matter How Far”, check out the official Twitter and Facebook contest!
Mar 25, 2013
Check out the official music video for “Don’t Run Away”, the first single off of David’s new album “No Matter How Far” – in stores tomorrow!
Music video by David Archuleta performing Don’t Run Away. Music Video Animation by Kylie Malchus
(c) 2013 Entertainment One U.S., LP
And here is Kylie Malchus explaining how she came about doing the animation for the music video and the process of creating it.
Feb 12, 2013
David’s new single “Don’t Run Away”, from the upcoming album “No Matter How Far” (release date March 26, 2013), is now available for digital download on iTunes – get your copy now!
“Don’t Run Away” is also available as mp3 on Amazon.com.
Preview the track here:
Click on the single cover below to go to iTunes:
Jan 31, 2013
American Idol runner up and pop sensation David Archuleta is set to release his new studio album “No Matter How Far” on March 26, 2013.
David is currently serving a two-year mission in South America for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “No Matter How Far” features a mix of new recorded material and previously unreleased U.S. tracks. The first single, “Don’t Run Away”, produced by British music producers The Nexus (David Sneddon and James Bauer-Mein), will be serviced to the AC Radio format in February.
David reached second place on the seventh season (2008) hit show American Idol as one of the youngest to perform on the show at age 16. He released his self-titled debut album the following year. Both the album and its lead single “Crush” peaked at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and the Billboard Hot 100 charts, respectively. “Crush” went on to sell over 2 million downloads. David has since released the albums “Christmas From The Heart”, “The Other Side of Down”, and the covers album “BEGIN.”. He was the featured vocalist on the Mormon Tabernacle Choirs’ “Glad Christmas Tidings” album and PBS Special in 2011, and released “Forevermore” an album of Filipino standards in the Philippines in 2012.
“No Matter How Far” will be released on Entertainment One.
Check out the new single “Don’t Run Away” here:
For tracklist and pre-order information click here.
Jan 14, 2013
Here is the official music video for “Rainbow (Remix)” from David’s latest release “Forevermore Expanded Edition”, available at music stores in the Philippines and for international online order.
Get the album now – for local orders (Philippines) go to: AstroVision.multiply.com and Odysseylive.multiply.com. International orders click here: AstroVision.multiply.com (International Store) | Shop.Odysseylive.net.
Nov 14, 2012
The Gold-certified* album, “David Archuleta – Forevermore” now comes in Expanded Edition with more additional tracks such as the anticipated “Rainbow (Remix)”, more minus-ones and a bonus DVD of the “Forevermore”, “I’ll Never Go” and “Rainbow (Remix)” music videos!
Out now in stores in the Philippines and available for import to most areas!
Order “Forevermore Expanded Edition” online now:
Local orders (Philippines): AstroVision.multiply.com | Odysseylive.multiply.com
International orders: AstroVision.multiply.com (International Store) | Shop.odysseylive.net
3. I’ll Never Go
4. You Are My Song
5. Hold On
6. Wherever You Are
8. Tell Me
9. Reaching Out
10. Nandito Ako
11. Rainbow (Remix)
12. Forevermore (minus-one)
13. I’ll Never Go (minus-one)
14. You Are My Song (minus-one)
15. Hold On (minus-one)
16. Maybe (minus-one)
17. Tell Me (minus-one)
1. Forevermore – Music Video
2. I’ll Never Go – Music Video
3. Rainbow (Remix) – Music Video
* certified Gold in the Philippines as of June, 2012.