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David Archuleta’s performance of ‘America The Beautiful’ is soaring and soulful at US Open Final.
Although I was looking forward to the US Open women’s final last night, I was even more pleasantly surprised to learn that David Archuleta would be performing before the match. Accompanied by a piano and the US Marine Corps Six Communications Battalion Brooklyn, New York. He sang while the Marine Corps unfolded the American flag over the tennis court.
While David Archuleta’s voice is always beautiful, he sounds even more impressive live (and I was fortunate enough to have tickets to the US Open final). At his young age, David Archuleta knows how to convey the emotion of a song, especially fitting for this patriotic anthem. On American Idol, he was best-known for his ability to sing power ballads such as Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me, Angels, and When You Believe.
Yet it would be unfair to pigeon-hole David Archuleta as a power balladeer. His vocal strengths also come from the versatility of his voice. He has a voice that suits classical, gospel, pop, or R&B. His interpretation of America the Beautiful had an interesting soulful R&B quality, yet it would have worked accompanied by an orchestra, a gospel choir, or a band.
At the US Open, David Archuleta was accompanied by a single piano playing simple but powerful chords. It was a simple harmony, not too schmaltzy or overpowering. The piano accompanied could have worked equally well at the US Open final, in a Protestant church, or on a concert hall stage.
David Archuleta and Adam Lambert have demonstrated that one doesn’t have to win American Idol to enjoy musical success. David Archuleta obviously enjoys a large following. Over at Arthur Ashe Stadium, I heard a mother scream “my daughter loves you!” Yet David Archuleta has a voice that appeals to many demographics, not just teenage girls.
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We received an email from Susan regarding this charity effort to benefit RSO, thanks Susan!
It all started with David
It was my faith ,family and David Archuleta’s voice that helped me through a difficult
time in my life. If someone would have told me that the summer of 2008 was going to be
so difficult and that the voice of a 17 year old young man would help
pull me through. I would say they were crazy.
How could my Mother die so suddenly first and foremost, and how could this 17
year olds’ voice touch my soul and give me strength.
Both are unexplainable but are very real.
This was my experience becoming a huge fan of David Archuleta.
David has given me so much without even knowing it ❤
I am so glad to have this opportunity to give back working
with “Hearts and Hands”
INSPIRED BY DAVID ARCHULETA
During the seventh season of American Idol, people across the world came to know and love the beautiful voice and talent of 18 year old vocal artist David Archuleta. For the past year, Archuleta has traveled across the United States, into Canada, and overseas to Malaysia, Singapore, the UK, and the Philippines sharing his voice and music with his rapidly growing fan base.
When not performing on stage, David uses his voice and spirit for another purpose. He works diligently to raise awareness and encourage participation in charities to benefit others. David’s inspirational message and giving spirit, have propelled many into positive action in support of his targeted charities. The organization “Angels For A Cause,” composed of David Archuleta fans works cooperatively or in teams to achieve designated goals.
One of David’s identified charities, RISING STAR OUTREACH (RSO), works to improve the lives of individuals affected with leprosy in India. Funding is currently being sought to build and furnish a new school for the children in the Leprosy-affected colony. Fueled by desire for RSO to reach its goal, a team of “Angels For A Cause” members called “Hearts & Hands” have worked to create something very unique and special.
With contributions of supplies, embroidery, and construction efforts from team members nationwide, a “David inspired” quilted throw and pillow have been lovingly created. The two pieces include hand embroidered “fan chosen David Archuleta phrases” and were both autographed by David himself on August 8th, 2009. At this time, he expressed great appreciation for the efforts being made to benefit RSO. Both items titled “Gifts From The Heart,” will be auctioned and will also include the (soon to be released) David Archuleta Christmas album “CHRISTMAS FROM THE HEART”(currently available by preorder on Amazon.com).
Bids for the items can be placed separately on e-bay.com from October 1st at 12midnight ET through October 10th with the auction ending on October 10th, 2009 at 12 midnight ET.
ALL proceeds to benefit RSO.
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