From The Staronline
Archuleta alert! He’s all grown up now
By FIONA HO
David Archuleta talks about his new journey as an independent singer-songwriter as he gears up for his upcoming concert in Kuala Lumpur.
David Archuleta has the buoyant wholesomeness of a Disney Channel pin-up. Blessed with boyish good looks and soothing, vanilla vocals, the childlike singer with the cute charisma has come a long way since he first stole our hearts on the seventh season of American Idol.
After a brief episode with a paralysed vocal chord that nearly destroyed his singing dream at age 13, young Archuleta emerged the runner-up on the hit reality series just five years later. Now at 21, after a highly successful self-titled debut album, which sold nearly a million copies worldwide, his season CD Christmas From The Heart (2009) and last year’s The Other Side Of Down, Archuleta is ready to go his own way.
Last February, it was announced that the engaging performer from Utah in the United States has been dropped by Jive Records, his label since 2008. Archuleta also left his management, Wright Entertainment Group in the same month to pursue what he called, “a new direction.”Free as a bird: Now at 21, David Archuleta is ready to go his own way with his music career.
It’s a certain change of environment, but if the wide-eyed singer has anything to say about it, it’s a positive one.
“A lot of people were surprised to hear that I’m not with Jive Records (owned by Sony Music Entertainment) anymore. But it wasn’t like that. I’ve actually been offered a different deal to still stay signed with Sony but I just felt like I haven’t been happy for the past one or two years and I haven’t been going the direction I’ve been wanting to go,” said Archuleta in a recent phone interview from Nashville, Tennessee.
“Ever since Idol, it was like go-go-go-go-go; do this, do that! There were so many people telling me what I should be doing and what’s going to make me successful but I didn’t actually have the time to think about what I really wanted to do,” he added.
Just like his affable persona, the singer was chirpy and candid throughout this interview.
“I was under a lot of pressure and I didn’t know what to do. I was just so confused…. Now, I finally feel like I’m breathing oxygen again and I’m free to be myself again.”
While his heart is still set on singing, Archuleta said he is not looking to be signed under a new label at the moment.
“I’ve learned a lot from the industry since Idol but right now, I need space to grow as a musician and to try to find my own sound. I want to spend time just writing and putting songs together, and then go out to record labels and say: I’m ready to make an album now. This is the music that I want to do – do you believe in me?”
For now, he is working towards writing his own music with songwriters from the musical city of Nashville.
“I love the vibe here,” he said with typical candour. “It felt like magic the first time I came here and that’s why I’ve been coming back over and over again.”
While country music remains synonymous with the city, Archuleta said the local music scene has a healthy variety of pop, punk and rock.
“There are so many types of different musicians out here. Ke$ha, Kings of Leon and Paramore are all from here.”
But despite his inherent optimism, the singer isn’t afraid to admit that his transition from manufactured pop star to independent songwriter has not been all smooth sailing.
“I was always so afraid to do this before, making decisions for myself because there was always someone else making decisions for me,” he shared.
Archuleta, who began performing publicly at 10 when he participated in the Utah Talent Competition (and won the children’s division), also revealed it is hard for him to finish a song on his own.
“I have a lot of ideas that I’m really excited about but I’m still trying to figure out my sound and what I really want to say in my songs. Hopefully, some of the writers I’m meeting will be able to get the songs I want to write out of me. I want to be able to connect with my fans and reach as many people as I can.”
“I love Adele so much and people love her because she puts her heart into her songs and you can hear how much feeling she puts into it. I wanna be able to do that.”
Pop fans can breathe easy, though, for Archuleta will not abandon his pop roots just yet.
“I still love pop music. That’s what I’ve always been doing but I want to work harder on my vocals. I want to put more focus on my voice instead of all the beats and sounds that technology can add to a track.”
“People didn’t vote for me on Idol because of who I was working with or the kind of tracks I was singing. They voted for me because they liked my voice.”
The best part about making music on his own is that he doesn’t have to meet anybody’s expectations anymore, he said.
“This is all coming from me, from my heart.”
Faith also takes precedence for the singer.
“No one guides me better than God. I could be going so many different ways and it’s scary because I could mess things up and I’m not sure exactly what’s going to happen, but with God, I feel good about what’s going on and the decisions I’m making.”
His family background is also a strong one.
“My family has been consistently there for me. My parents, especially, they’ve been extremely supportive because they just care and it means a lot that there are people who care about you and who are there for you.”
Archuleta also revealed there’ll be another album on the way but added with a tinge of prudence, “just not this year.”
“Right now, I’m thinking of releasing just another song for fans who’ve been so patient and so good to me.”
Besides writing songs, he is also working on shows for the Christmas holiday season.
“There could even be a Christmas release, even if it’s just a little one,” he hinted.
But his Malaysian fans won’t have to wait that long, for the congenial singer will be back to perform his first full concert here on July 26 at Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur.
Archuleta, who was last here in April 2009 for a mini showcase in Sunway Lagoon in Selangor said he is very excited about his upcoming concert.
“I was sweating a lot the last time I was in Malaysia but it felt so good. It was such a fun experience to meet my fans and it’s great to be able to come back and do a full show. There will also be a full band this time around.”
Fans of Archuleta can expect a performance filled with breezy, light-hearted numbers from all his albums at the concert.
Organised by Sony Music Entertainment, Malaysia, David Archuleta’s concert will be held at Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur on July 26 (8pm). Tickets are priced at RM300 (for VIP), RM230 and RM190 for numbered seats, and RM150 and RM90 for free seating. All prices exclude RM3 ticket handling fees. Tickets are available at Ticket Charge (www.ticketcharge.com.my) and AirAsia RedTix outlets (www.AirAsiaRedTix.com).
Limited VVIP tickets also entitle fans to premiums like a T-shirt, poster, the “Asian Tour Edition of The Other Side Of Down” album and not forgetting the Sound Check Party pass. To purchase the VVIP tickets only, call Sony Music’s office at 03-6207 9898 and ask for Sue, Joanne or Sing.
THE hottest concert tickets in town must belong to David Archuleta, who brings his music to Stadium Negara in KL on July 26. Everybody is rushing to get a piece of the live action. Expect the bells and whistles as well as the hits from this young star as he plugs in his first full paying concert here. He has also released The Other Side Of Down: Asian Tour Edition, a CD+DVD package, which includes five brand new tunes.
The good news is, concert organisers Sony Music Malaysia has come through with 20 pairs of David Archuleta concert tickets (worth RM90 each) to get you Star2 On Sunday readers to the show.
All you have to do is answer the simple questions below and finish up the slogan.
1. When and where is David Archuleta’s concert in Kuala Lumpur happening?
2. Name us the five new tracks found on The Other Side Of Down: Asian Tour Edition.
Complete the slogan: We want to see David Archuleta live in Malaysia because … (not more than 20 words)
For the contest, direct all e-mail entries to firstname.lastname@example.org complete with personal details (name, address, IC number, contact number), answers and slogan. Contest title: David Archuleta/Star2 On Sunday. The closing date for the contest is July 19, 2011. Winners will be notified by the organisers.
What a beautiful shot of David and the Indonesia crowd at the concert – from Malvin Hi ™
From Kawanku magazine
Sabtu (16/7) malam lalu jadi malam istimewa buat para Archangels Indonesia. Setelah penantian panjang dan permintaan yang enggak kunjung putus, David Archuleta tampil juga di Jakarta.
Penampilan enerjik dan penuh senyum Archie sukses menghibur para fans yang memadati Pond’s Teens Concert di Lapangan D, Senayan, Jakarta. Walaupun kondisi lapangan becek dan berlumpur, tapi itu enggak mengurangi antusiasme fans yang kebanyakan sudah berada di venue sejak sore hari.
Archie yang tampil dengan menggunakan t-shirt putih berbalut kemeja pink kemerahan malam itu, memperdengarkan vokalnya yang luar biasa. Malah, fans Indonesia termasuk beruntung, soalnya kita jadi orang pertama yang mendengar beberapa lagu baru di album The Other Side of Down Asian Tour Edition yang baru saja dirilis, secara live.
Selama sekitar satu jam tiga puluh menit, Archie hampir enggak pernah berhenti membawakan lagu. Ternyata kalau di atas panggung, Archie seriusmenyanyi dan enggak banyak ngobrol. Tapi di beberapa kesempatan, cowok ini sempat bilang betapa dia sangat menikmati kunjungan pertamanya ke Indonesia.
Meskipun Archie enggak terlalu banyak bicara, para Archangels enggak kecewa. Soalnya Archie selalu membalas teriakan mereka dengan senyum dan lambaian tangan. Archie juga menyempatkan mengambil hadiah-hadiah yang para fans sodorkan ke atas panggung. He’s the sweetest!
Cerita lebih lengkap simak di majalah kaWanku edisi 104 dan 105 nanti, yah. Lebih lengkap, lebih seru!
Nod your head in agreement for Jennifer Neff’s article at Gather.com
This article basically sums up several out of 46464989 reasons why we love David. Read on..
Keeping Music True
To thine own self be true………..Shakespeare
When you are true to yourself, you allow your individuality and uniqueness to shine through. To be true to yourself takes courage, it requires you to be introspective, sincere, open-minded and fair. Part of being true to one’s self is finding the courage to stand up for yourself.
David Archuleta says he doesn’t take himself seriously, he doesn’t try to be something cool and impressive and when you are true to yourself that’s when people connect to you.
Real connections are our most precious treasures and David connects to his audience of fans better than any other artist. He doesn’t base his style on what other people think a good song should be, he wants to write the music he needs to write, music that incorporates his feelings and thoughts about people and life’s experiences.
Artists need to begin by defining what success means to them, staying true and yet giving in just enough. David is serious about his music, a song’s best friend and doesn’t seem to worry about success, but success has already found him.
He observes what people are doing and stays on top of what’s going on, but he doesn’t lose a sense of himself and where he would go creatively by constantly focusing on everyone else. He is being true to the very best that’s in him and living his life with the highest value and inspirations.
His recent music video “Something ‘Bout Love” reveals how his level of love reaches out to many and gives promise of hope for the future.
We love you David Archuleta, not only for what you are, but for what we are when we are with you. We love you not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of us. We love you for the part of us that you bring out. You have inspired us, and we are the better for it.
To reveal ones true self, is to reveal God.
Happy Saturday folks! 🙂
David Mentions in The Star
Jie Xin sent us the scans from yesterday’s The Star Paper (Variety Section) on some David mentions in an article about past finalists! Thanks Jie Xin!
RSO Project – Project Bearing Kindness
We got an email from Robin regarding a RSO Project – Project Bearing Kindness! Take a read below and help out in this good cause if you can (:
Project Bearing Hands has teamed up with Rising Star Outreach to raise money for the Rising Star Schools. This effort will help furnish both the library and new physics lab.
If you have any questions…I would be happy to answer them for you.
Thank you so much,
Project Bearing Kindness
6 white, Angel Bears have been created to “gift” to the sweet children attending our Rising Star Schools. David’s fans helped pull together two miracles last year by raising needed funds to furnish the new Secondary School and complete the Sewage System. We would like to include YOU as part of the dedication ceremony on July 10th, 2010 by adding your signature to an Angel Bear to be presented to the children. Please let us include you in:
Project Bearing Kindness
• Make a small donation of $12 and your name will be added to one of these beautiful Angel Bears.
• In your confirmation receipt, you will receive an email address created for you to include a message of kindness and hope to the children as they begin a new school year! Your messages will be compiled into a journal for them to read and gain encouragement all year long. You will become part of their history… part of India’s history!
• To thank you for your participation, you will also receive an exclusive David Inspires Us bumper sticker.
• All donors’ names will be placed on a certificate to be given to David
This will be a great celebration for everyone involved! Your support will furnish both the library and new physics lab. The children at Rising Star Outreach have come along way. After several successful years of learning and preparation, we will soon be welcoming our first students at the new Secondary School. Secondary School will prepare them for their profession and higher education. Here, we will find our future Teachers, Lawyers, Scientist and Doctors. The new Physics lab will be complete with computers, equipment for experiments, data collection and lab coats!
You can save the day and make it happen
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