40 Days of Awwwesome: Quotable quotes on finding a direction

This is the first post in a series highlighting a bunch of random, “awwwesome” things about David, or that David’s done.

I know I kid around a lot, but this particular season is one I take really seriously and a while back (even before I knew there would be a new album coming out), I’d decided to give up David for Lent … so no music, vids, news, Twitter, the works, for 40ish days. No idea how I’ll get through this alive, so if you pray, please say one for me, lol.

Anywayyyssss, this little corner of David world is special to me, as are you kind people who drop by here, so the marvels of WordPress mean that I can pre-schedule posts to go up while I’m “fasting.” 🙂 So please do still read, comment and spazz away come album time … x 2, for me.

This particular post is about some older interview quotes that I really enjoyed reading while David’s away. Maybe gives us a glimpse of the great stuff to come once he returns to music…

turnleft“Too often in the past, [David Archuleta] said, producers would give him songs that didn’t fit his vision or voice. “I want to make my voice come through more … I want to do songs that are more vocally driven, so I can be emotional.” He still wants to pursue pop, but didn’t want to be a ‘classical pop singer.’ He has been listening a lot to Adele and The Civil Wars, the latter a country-folk duo that includes former writing partner Joy Williams…..” (Source.)


screen-shot-2010-08-05-at-7-33-14-pmQ. You’ve mentioned recently a lot about finding a direction, going to meetings to decide your future etc. Do you have someone, a mentor perhaps guiding you at the moment?

DA: To be honest I always have to say no one is guiding me better than God. He’s been the one guiding me. I’ve been saying a lot of prayers and trying to say ‘OK what do I need to be doing right now because I could’ve been doing a lot of other things. But what is it that I’m supposed to be doing? And a lot of times that’s scary because, it’s like I can go so many different ways. I could mess this up or who knows what. but there’s just something you feel inside that’s like ‘you know what keep going’. Even though you’re not sure exactly what’s going to happen, you feel good about what’s going on, you feel good about the decisions you’re making, you feel good about going to take a break and just meet with writers.

Q. Do you have a definite plan on what you’re going to do next?

DA: I want to try to release something new for the fans. I don’t want to make a full album this year, of course I will down the road, but not this year. But I do want to give something. And so I’ve been thinking about releasing another song for the fans who’ve been so patient, and have been good. And that’s what I’m working towards. In the last couple of weeks I’ve been meeting different people in L.A. too. But now I’m going to Nashville because I’ve done writing in Nashville before in the past and that’s where I felt magic. I need to follow this direction and this feeling and I feel it here in Nashville. A lot of people think that “Oh nashville, so you go to country, you’re going to do country music now?” It’s like no, there are a lot of different writers here. A lot of people like Ke$ha, Kings of Leon, Paramore, they’re all from Nashville. so there’s more than just country here.

Q. You mentioned that you wanted to do Latin songs really badly, how far away are we from hearing a Latin track from you?

DA: That’s something else that I’ve been working on actually. As I’ve been writing, I’ve been working on writing Spanish ideas too. I’ve been kinda reaching out a little bit here and a little there. Another thing that I want to do this year is more Christmas stuff actually. not like a Christmas album but I’m hoping to do more Christmas shows. Maybe have some Christmas releases, even if it’s a little one this year, because my favourite tour that I’ve done so far is the Christmas tour. I’ve been looking into that but I have been writing a little bit (of) Spanish stuff and what I would love to do is just get some Spanish material together. I’m trying to get my own songs, my own materials together right now.

Q. Who is your favourite Latin artist and why?

DA: I really like Luis Fonsi. I think he’s really good. I love this voice. He’s an amazing singer. Of course I grew up listening to Selena with my mom. She inspired me a lot because one of the first songs I’ve ever learned ever was one of Selena’s songs.

Q. Tell us more about your leaving record label JIVE.

DA: A lot of people were surprised about me not being with JIVE anymore. They (JIVE) actually offered a different deal to stay with them, but I just felt I haven’t been happy over this last year or two. I haven’t been going in the direction that I’ve wanted to go fully. I’ve learned so much and the people there that I’ve worked with have been really great people. But I need space, and I didn’t get that. Since American Idol it was go go go, and do this and not do this. It’s like I really have time to think about what I really want to do, and that’s why it’s like I just said I think it’ll be good to just do my own thing.

It wasn’t just the label that I left, I also left the management team that I had at the time too, because I felt like I need to know what I think. So many people are telling me what to do, so many people are saying this is what you need to do, this is what’s going to make you successful, this is your music, this is your style. I didn’t know what to do, I was so confused. And now it was like I felt like I could breathe now. It felt like I was finally breathing oxygen again because I didn’t have that pressure anymore.

Q. Is going independent an option or are you looking to sign with a different company soon?

DA: I’ve actually met with other record labels and I got offered deals to get signed again. But I just felt like you know what, why? It’s like why get signed so I can have the same problems that I had before? I want to spend time writing, get those songs together, and then go out and say I’m ready. I’m ready to make an album and show it to the record labels and say this is the music I’m going to do. Are you supportive, do you believe in me? That’s what I want to do. I want to be able to do the music that I feel, the music that I want to try, to take a chance with it instead of other people saying it for me. So I’m not looking for a label right now, I was for a little bit, but then I decided it’s not what I need to do right now.


Peace be with you and see you all at Easter! ♥

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18 Responses to 40 Days of Awwwesome: Quotable quotes on finding a direction

  1. awestruck says:

    HUGS Tofan! This corner of the world is very special to me as well. Not a lot of time to contribute much at all, but still very special. We will ‘see’ you ‘on the other side’

  2. peppertara says:

    Aw, I commend you TOfan for what you are doing….and for what you do here. Yes, this is a very special corner of the David world. We will be here and so good of you to pre-schedule posts!
    All the best with your special sacrifices and I know you’ll be back! Peace be with you too. ❤
    Love this interview with David and remember his time in Nashville and how he was trying to find his own thoughts, mindset and own sound. More 'breathing space' was probably the best thing for David and this “I want to make my voice come through more … I want to do songs that are more vocally driven, so I can be emotional.” Some very sweet words and can't even imagine the wonderful sounds and pure emotion we will hear from him in the future.
    Nice to "see" you awestruck, all the best to you!

  3. Archugeezer says:


    Y’know how we are willing to wait for people who leave for a while to do what they honestly feel is the best thing for them to do for themselves?

    Y’know how we are willing to wait for people who are awesomely talented and willing to share that talent for the benefit other others?

    And y’know how it is always worth the wait? Well, we’ll be here.

    • dangitdavid says:

      Archugeezer…you said it perfectly!! We are GREAT at waiting for those we love and believe in! TOfan…I so admire your strength!! I know I couldn’t give David up for 40 days so I’m going to say extra prayers for you every day :). Easter will be like Christmas for you though lol.

      Thank you for posting this interview! I hadn’t seen it before and I loved it!! I love how David continually follows his heart!! And I love this special corner of David’s world…and I will still be hanging out here when you come back xoxox

  4. abanana77 says:

    (((hugs)))) Deb we will miss you, but we’ll all be here (with a new album!!!!!!!) come Easter time! <3333

  5. tawna21 says:

    God bless you, Deb, for doing what you know in your heart is the right thing to do! ❤

    Thank you for these simple words that hold a lot of wisdom.

    • Nishad says:

      so perfectly gave me clhils! I don’t even know what to say, except how grateful I am for you and all the other gifted, talented people that follow David and what a blessing it is for us to be the benefactors of such magnificent, beautiful expression. You all really do him justice. I think that is why it means so much, because he’s earned it, and he deserves it.

  6. shoot says:

    omg. this is totally out of randomness (forgive me) but wouldn’t it be nice if Samantha Barks (Eponine in the film Les Miserables) do a project together with David someday? I mean, like they’re both close to the same age and all… plus both are amazing… hahaha juz sayin’ 😉

  7. ray says:

    i will stil come here every day waiting for your returne, love rooster

  8. Bless your heart!! Food for thought!! Will stop by. Wishing you well and look forward to Easter!!

  9. refnaf says:

    I will def be thinking of you every day of Lent….no joke> that is some sacrifice> dont think I could do it, but I know it will be very meaningful. I will be here and will miss you
    This interview compilation has so much soul!! Rereading his answers makes me so happy> trust The Achuleta!!! He knows what he has to do and is DOING IT!!

  10. missbianca says:

    You know in the “Wizard of Oz” when Dorothy turns to the Scarecrow and says she’ll miss him most of all?


  11. bychance says:

    I just want to say a big “thank you!” for the interview post! I have never read any of that before and found it so enlightening. It helped me realize even more what a special guy we are following, and makes me even more proud of David than I already was!…….didn’t think that was possible!! Thanks so much, and good luck with “giving up David”….that is definitely a sacrifice, and I admire it. Easter will be here soon!

  12. Kizzi says:

    Dearest TOfan:

    You are 40 kinds of awwwesome, lady! Hats off to you. I definitely go 40+ days a year with no David info but not 40 days in a row. Kudos! I bet your senses will be sharpened to a magnificent degree and I hope you share those senses with us on your return.

    I looked up “Lent” and what it entails for a refresher: “The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer—through prayer, penance, repentance, almsgiving, and self-denial. Its institutional purpose is heightened in the annual commemoration of Holy Week, marking the death and resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events of the Passion of Christ on Good Friday, which then culminates in the celebration on Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

    Bon Voyage and I hope your 40 days brings you many insights and great personal bounty.

    I’ll miss your comments and am grateful for the posts you have thoughtfully planned for your faithful following.

    Signed, One of Your Faithful Followers


  13. djafan says:

    Tofan, This was a fleeting thought during church this past Sunday, and I mean fleeting. We call it regenerate which entails three things, give up, start up, and step up. The give up is the hardest I think and you’ve picked a mighty hard one. Know that I’ll be thinking about you. (((hugs)))

  14. emmegirl14 says:

    Hat’s off TOfan, it makes, “I think I’ll give up sugar” sound kinda lame, lol.

    Kindly appreciate your thinking of us with your pre-planned gifts, sounds like someone else we know 🙂 See you when we see you.

  15. SandyBeaches says:

    emmegirl14…TOfan and David are on their personal missions/time out/leave/lent/whatever…then they leave their personal gifts for people….a secret society of talented, generous people, whetever…makes you want to follow…


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