David 101

This is the face, the person, the Voice, that many of us first encountered 2+ years ago and have since journeyed with, from the AI tour of  2008 and the Jingle things to the first solo tour, the Demi tour and  the Christmas tour. Following David over the past two years has brought me nothing but Joy! His voice soothes me, his smiling face warms my heart, his strength and character inspire me daily. We now rest (kinda) in a place of expectancy as we await the new music and book release.

We’ve had time to prepare for these releases. The throngs of new fans that David’s next single, CD and tour will inevitably bring will be starting from scratch. They’ll need our help to get them up to ArchuSpeed.

Rookie Archies like the ones who left these YouTube comments on David’s Idol Imagine performance last week:

abeleejames It’s weird that American Idol invited a guest singer who can actually sing. He_ is still a teenager, but the quality of the voice and singing abilities are head and shoulders above any singers. I heard Josh Groban singing Imagine. I love Josh Groban, but his performance didn’t move me as much as this guy did. This guy’s voice has lots of soul and earnestness.

MrFrankygoestoboston this kid can really sing._ And notice he’s not screaming or trying to sound fancy, he’s JUST SINGING. Wow what a concept.

kali902000 of all the STUPID things that the_ judges give standing ovations for, and THIS, THIS they do not give one to?! you’ve GOT to be kidding me. teeny tiny little archuleta just gave the best vocal of anyone this season. i reallllllly miss season 7

evilwiz80 im a casual american idol watcher…..im glad i caught this performance….wow kid well_ done.

imavy WOW, haven’t heard him_ sing in a while! This was great! A more mature David

For these newbies — who either saw the “light” of David singing “Imagine’ 3.0 and are saying, “What just happened?” or are soon to — we  SnowAngelz felt it might be helpful to put together the Ultimate Archuleta List, the “Coles Notes” for a crash course in David 101. In other words, the essential David videos, interviews, performances that will help new fans catch up! We need your help … tell us what have been your top David moments?

This is one of mine. When these videos started coming in on YouTube two years ago, I knew I had to get to the Idol tour to see him live … even though it was during my family’s summer vacation! It was something I had to do, and I have never regretted it!

Happy Hunting for your best moments!

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33 Responses to David 101

  1. KH says:

    Thanks for posting this. I’ve seen complaints from a few about a new mini-draught, and I shall be sending them this way.

    Amazing how a good little cry can cheer a girl up. Ha!

  2. conditioner says:

    Thanks for this post….chills baby…chills! It doesn’t matter how many times I watch it David singing ‘When you Say you Love me” brings chills and tears! There are so many special moments to recall over the past 2 years, and if I had to pick one from the beginning, it would have to be the first time I saw David live, as he emerged from the stage seated at the piano singing Angels. It was an out of body experience! More recently I would have to say his performance of Ave Maria at the one and only Christmas concert I attended tops the list! I wish I could post these, but my skillzzzz are lacking in that department, ugh.

    KH- ‘Amazing how a good little cry can cheer a girl up.’ Hahaha, soooooo true!

  3. TOfan says:

    I wouldn’t trade the past two David Years for anything, but I envy his brand new fans a little bit because I remember that Gold Rush of excitement at discovering David’s music and wonderfulness for the first time. That WYSYLM is stunning … you’re so right KH, never did weeping feel so good!

    I’m going to have to think about my “essential David” list but I wanted to post this interview — one of my all-time favourites!

  4. Joner says:

    Thanks Ref, we needed this during the mini drought!

    One of my very favorite David moments has to be Contigo…

    Everything about that performance, his impeccable vocal, his suit, his hair, the lights, the guitar was just…..GAH!!! SENSORY OVERLOAD!

  5. betsy says:

    I loved this! I didn’t really think about the newbies and the help they will need navigating through it all. There are so many videos that are my favorite. But here is one that I cannot ever go very long without.

  6. betsy says:

    For Conditioner 🙂 (I hope this is what you were talking about!)

  7. TOfan says:


  8. bluebar says:

    Love this post, Refnaf. And, I often go back to the “Heaven” audition that started it all for me. As for a favored video? Too numerous to just pinpoint one… but I would have to say you must include this one in David 101.

    The Tulsa “Angels” is all beauty and power! In the beginning there is such an excited anticipation as David rises to the stage. Then he literally belts out a performance like none other and in a way that hasn’t been repeated. The bouncing nearly takes him to flight!! An angel indeed. I’m overcome with joy for this young man every time I see this.

    In fact, I’m so in love with the bouncing, I even imagined it in parts of his latest performance on American Idol. Although his song was sublime, I could vision David bouncing, well, ever so slight a bounce, when she sang the li
    Also, I absolutely love whenever he accompanies himself on the piano. His original “A Thousand Miles” definitely needs to be included. David’s hands at the keyboard are just as expressive and perfect as his voice!

  9. bluebar says:

    Oops, big typo and omission in my comment!!
    I was saying I could vision David bouncing when HE sang the lines “a brotherhood of man” and “I’m a dreamer.”

  10. SandyBeaches says:

    WYSYLM…That is the ultimate song for me…his intensity, his love and passion and beautiful smiles mid song… This is the singing that puts him way up in the clouds beyond anyone else…IMO…;)


  11. abanana77 says:

    OK well I’m sure I will think of more but a couple popped into mind right away when I read this:

    Tulsa Angels:

    This one I watched like 1000 times when it first happened and I still watch it regularly. I feel like it’s a must for David fans to know about because people often refer to it as his best performance of angels (or I’ve heard that alot anyways)

    Contigo En La Distancia ALMA:
    This is beyond words really. The whole thing was just perfect.

    Utah Women’s Conference:
    I know it’s like 50 minutes long but it’s amazing and I felt ike I got an inkling of who David really is. <3333333

    A Star Search video? I think David fans should know about the soulful 12 year old David Archuleta. My personal Star Search fav: You're All I Need To Get By:

    (sorry I have no idea how you embed videos so I just posted the links haha)

  12. abanana77 says:

    Oh and the definitely needs to be a Prayer of the Children video.

  13. Lisa says:

    Great Utube quotes up there Refnaf, LOVE reading them, thanks for posting… New fans FTW.

    Also AWESTRUCK….Loved your write up on the last thread, i was gone/spring break here so i missed it, but wanted to tell you I agree, it makes it all the more exciting to get the new cd…I think it will be much more David b/c he is speaking up now…SWEET 🙂

  14. Lisa says:

    And Abanana…here you go, this the night i heard it live !!!!!

  15. abanana77 says:

    Lisa – love it <3333333333
    Slightly jealous you got to hear it live 😛

  16. refnaf says:

    Oh wow… this is fun!!! Every one of your suggestions are ESSENTIAL David moments! What memories, a treasure trove….good work (((peeps)))

    This is one of my fave vlogs, From Toronto, and shows a relaxed and somewhat loopy David, absolutely adorable:

  17. skiffrower says:

    This may not exactly fit here but there is a chance now to see “David Roar” A video of David’s interview with Ryan after “Imagine” on Idol last week. Some words edited from the audio version are heard here. See if this works:

  18. River says:

    two plus years stuffed with memories that have changed my life. I won’t even go into the ones on video or tv, but there are just as many in the 17 times I’ve seen him in person. A few treasures in my life: meeting him the first time at a Jingle Ball and getting the mesmerizing Archulamps full force. Traveling across the country for his solo at Del Mar and standing w/ fan-friends in awe of his performance. Being in or near front row for many concerts and watching him evolve as a performer. Feeling his joy at the tiny PC Richards concert where he could get more intimate with his audience. Hugging him at Westbury and telling him to go write great music and that we would all be here when he gets back. And so here we are… waiting for him. I can say with all honesty that I’m a happier person because of his example and his gifts to all of us. The best part is that he is aware of his effects and he includes us in his growth and journey.

  19. archiesfan4life says:

    This is so much fun – all the memories.

    I don’t know how to post the videos, but how about Crazy and The Riddle.

    ref {{{{{hugs}}}}}

  20. TOfan says:

    skiffrower, thanks! I think that fits perfectly! Gives new fans a glimpse of new Fierce David! 🙂

    Love everyone’s “essential David” moments … many of them echo my own. Since we seem to have the ballads well covered, I’ll add this vid of ZG from the last stop on the solo tour (SLC, and not just because I was blessed to be there! 🙂 ). The video’s a little shaky at first but I think it captures some of the electric feel of being at a David concert.

    I had trouble deciding on which ZG vid to use and it was interesting to go back to the performances at the beginning of the tour. David gripped the mike stand throughout ZG for the first one in Virginia Beach, then show by show grew leaps and bounds … literally! LOL

  21. embe says:


    I think with this new album we’ll be introduced to a whole new David. So perhaps you will get a rush from that 🙂

    Whenever David does something new – a vlog, interview, photoshoot, etc. – I always get hyper-excited about it, because each time he surprises me. He always reveals a new side of himself, and I think that is one of the things that keeps fans on their toes – ’cause you just know there’s always something to be excited about.

    Anyway, here’s one of my favorite videos, which I’ve shown to emphasize David’s talent to people who don’t know David.

  22. refnaf says:

    River!!! Del Mar memories FTW.
    ” I can say with all honesty that I’m a happier person because of his example and his gifts to all of us.” I can honestly say the same!!


    Skiff, that new vid has stuff that was edited out of the radio version… a few more interesting tidbits. The book is going to be a great read IMO.

    Embe, that is one of the best Crazy versions… he kills it> definately an essential!

    This is one of my fave vids that shows David’s ability to sing something off the cuff, acapella and (no surprise to us) he knocks it outa the park… you have to get past the screamers in the first few seconds, but worth it>

  23. vee from Sydney and still roaming the US says:

    Hello to my Canadian and other international e-families.

    I have many “Moments” which always include the Angels acapella (better find that youtube link), WYSYLM in Tulsa, Contigo , heaven and Crazy during their AI tour in Utah, and then the Crazy in one VIP.

    On another note, did some posting. Ms knotliser, Kizzi, flipangel, rapture, awestruck, tofan, happy, freo, vermeer, joymus,nat, joner and refnaf, please wait for your postman.

    See you guys when I come back . Hope next time will meet you all in person.

    I am now in the last leg of our trip, in San Francisco then home to Sydney.


  24. TOfan says:

    Vee!!! *waves* Great to hear from you!

    Off-topic … sorta:

    David just TwitPic’d “Book cover fresh off the press!” (I love that he used the word “fresh” 🙂 )

    book cover press

  25. bluebar says:

    Love this photo of “fresh” David!
    One question: Is this usual for authors to be present when their books roll off the presses?
    Regardless, congrats to whomever in David’s management who planned this debut moment. David even makes a factory machine look stunning!!
    And… oh, so thoughtful of David to twit this!

  26. TOfan says:

    ohmyheck “fresh” from Twitter:

    @belindasLAmusic American Idol’s David Archuleta and Allison Iraheta will join Butch Walker & the Black Eyed Peas for the Pop Music Awards in LA on April 21

    *fingers crossed he’s performing*

    If so, there will def. be more new fans coming aboard the Good Ship Archuleta!

  27. abanana77 says:

    What are the Pop Music Awards??? Never heard of them haha.

    Also LOOOOOOOOOVE the pic of David with his book covers! <33333333 He looks excited!

  28. refnaf says:

    Hey Vee!!!! Good to hear from you!

    Cool news that David goes to the ACSCAP awards, much beTter than the TCA, IMO.

  29. TOfan says:

    Finally found this interview, yay! I think it was the first one that really made me fall in love with David’s genuine heart and contagious joy, esp. when he gets to the part where he talks about what music means to him. That was it, after that I was a goner. New fans, proceed with caution. (Don’t say I didn’t warn you! :lol:)

    a little sumthin’ sumthin’ 😆

  30. Fanis Archangelicus says:

    Haven’t commented for a while so decided to drop in for a second to say hello and to thank you for the wonderful articles and comments here at Snow Angelz. You cannot know how much you have lifted my spirits over the past few months during some difficult personal times. I wish I had more time to interact with everyone rather than just read (and I read here several times a day) but that is just the way it is for me right now.

    Keep up the great work here. You’re all delightful!

  31. refnaf says:

    TOfan, those interviews def need to be up there on the list… when David talks about music it’s golden.

    Fanis, Glad you enjoy it here and just reading is fine!!! thanks for commenting. It’s great for us to know that people like the vibe here ((((hug))))

  32. Kizzi says:

    Great post refnaf. Keeps the focus on what it’s all about.

    Happy Friday SAz’s. Love ya’

    Kiss 108 – 108 Seconds Interview – fun & funny 😀

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