For a solo artist, David Archuleta is an amazing duet partner. That’s a tough thing for many solo performers to pull off. They’re used to singing alone in the spotlight and the sensitivity and ear it takes to blend and harmonize with another singer is a skill in itself.
So we know David’s aces at duet-ing. How do his various partners measure up? Here’s a not-so-random sampling.
Sounds of Silence, David with Landon Pigg
I love this song and David’s harmonies here, in particular. “WithOUUUUT listening”… one of my favourite phrases of his ever. Landon holds his own on guitar, but notice how David looks over to him periodically to “check in” — sort of duet-etiquette, and also to get timing and pace just right — but Landon never once does the same. He might have been worried about getting distracted by David’s chocolatey vocals but still… So Landon gets A+ for the song; D- for being rude to D’Arch.
The Prayer, David with Rebecca Lopez
Someone please hold me. Funnily enough, I never really liked the original of this song. But THIS?!?? My crack, thanks to Mr. La luce che tu daiiiii (be still my half-Italian heart). But again, despite David’s looooooooong-distance glances, Rebecca stares out at the audience like he’s not even there. Maybe even at opposite ends of the football field, distraction was a danger. 🙂 Rebecca scores A++ for the song; D for snubbing The Archuleta.
No Air, David with Jordin Sparks
k, now THIS is how you sing a duet. Two partners in song, each complementing the other and coming together for glorious crescendoes. A++++++ for Jordin all the way.
Como la flor, with Pete Astudillo, Tejano music awards
Pete gets 1,000 bonus extra credits for how he says “Archewletttta”… adorbs. I love how they work together on this one… chills, baby chills.
…and you knew this was coming, right? (sidenote: I have one friend who, when I mentioned David, only knew this song of his and called it “that beautiful duet with Miley” 😯 ) …
What do you guys think? What’s your favourite duet partner of David’s?