Grading David duet partners

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.Β La luce che tu daiiiiiΒ  (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. πŸ™‚ 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?

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32 Responses to Grading David duet partners

  1. My favorite duet partner? Jordin all the way baby!! When Jordin engaged with David on that stage it was if she was telling him, “This isn’t MY song right now….it’s OUR song” and with her blessing he let it rip! I am a forever fan of Jordin’s after that performance! She didn’t let her ego get in the way of allowing her duet partner have a shining moment. I love Jorvid <3333

  2. Oops! Sorry for the typos…I get excited when I think about Jorvid! LOL

  3. mlpb3 says:

    I too like David/Jordin duet. They just complimented each other. Not just singing but performing!

    (I also love the song “The Prayer”, it is beautiful! The two voices performed great individually; though I think Rebecca took the dominant part which David conceded to her imo)

  4. Tina says:

    I am soooooo with you on it seeming rude when duet partners don’t even acknowledge each other. Come on, they’re working together, building toward an emotional crescendo! While I love love love love LOVE the video for The Prayer so much, it has always bothered me that Rebecca never even glances over at David. He looks at her multiple times, trying to make that connection. I haven’t watched the SOS vid as much and maybe that’s why. It bugs me. If I close my eyes it doesn’t bother me though πŸ˜‰

    I think my most-watched duet just might be when he and Jeff LeBlanc got their jam on at the last show of the MKOC tour. Talk about full circle.

    I love the funkiness, the looseness, the heart, the soul, the everything. I even love how ridiculously tiny David looks when Jeff hugs him at the end. I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT OK.

    • TOfan says:

      eeeek, how could I forget this one?? (it’s on my “top played” list on my ipod!)… maybe because it’s perfect for all the reasons you said (even tiny David πŸ™‚ ) & can’t be graded, lol

    • emmegirl14 says:

      “Talk about full circle.” …..I never thought about that!

      ” I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT OK.”… me too!

  5. chemerf says:

    you forgot Charice during during the MKOC tour? But I’m picking Jordin πŸ˜›

  6. Archugeezer says:

    An A+ grade tie from me for the Jorvid and Jeffvid duets.

    How about the dueling dimples duet with Alison Sudol? True, David’s audible part was only a hemidemisemiquaver long, but they were into that song together all the way. OK, extra credit for the blushing.

    • mlpb3 says:

      I watched that duet a couple of days ago! So cute! He seemed a little nervous, almost like he had a crush on her! She was very kind to him and wanted him to join in!

  7. Tina says:

    Ohhhh I forgot to say how much I love that Como La Flor vid! Back when that duet actually happened, I was like “that’s nice, nice little duet, new crowd for David, nice nice” and then moved on. But as time has gone by (and, tbh, as the likelihood of a Spanish album has increased drastically) I have come back to this one again and again. I think I’ve watched every video from every angle of the performance and then watched them all again. I love the crowd’s reaction when David comes out. I love how his voice sounds on the very first note he sings. I love when they both head to the front of the stage together. I’m just full of love today. But this is one duet that ranks up there for me because it’s a bit of a different side of David. A side that I’m eager to explore. Bring on the Latin/South American tour!! πŸ˜‰

    • TOfan says:

      me too, Tina, I also loved the one he did with the mariachis that night. Just when you think maybe he’ll be out of his element or in over his head, BAM, he knocks it out of the park!

  8. peppertara says:

    Love all the duets David has done. Being the humble, sweet guy he is he never tries to overpower the other singer, his etiquette is superb. Have to add this one too, even though it is Mom he is singing with, can’t help but love it. She definitely demonstrates perfect ‘duet-etiquette’ with her son and of course, lets him shine….all kinds of love here.

    • TOfan says:

      you’re so right, pepp, David’s duets (and dances, lol) with Lupe are something special… “all kinds of love” for sure!

  9. Anonymous says:

    How about David and Ray? It get’s the award for making me LOLOL
    Love all David duets. They show his musicianship and his personality.

    Tofan,, I don’t comment often, but I sure appreciate you. You are one Funny, Smart Lady.

  10. My favorite that I was present for was “Waiting on the World to Change” with Jeff. Such a surprise and soooo groovy. Next would be Jordan for sure!!
    The one that brings the biggest smile is Christmas with Ray!! So many great ingredients from the shock on David’s face, to the persistence of Ray to the staying professional and plowing through by David!!
    Great Memories for sure.

  11. davidarchiefan4life says:

    I have a soft spot for this duet of Lean on Me with Ashlee. So sweet to see two friends having fun. It shows how David has no ego where singing is concerned, he is so generous and loving sharing the stage with his hometown friend. And he sounds pretty good also. πŸ™‚

  12. TOfan says:

    off-topic but the lovely Jonerz alerted me to this vid (which I’d never seen) and it’s so beautiful, just had to post it:

    (download mp3 HERE πŸ™‚ )

    • betsy says:

      Thanks for the find, I just now listened to it. It’s gorgeous and the sound is so clear and pure.
      “I could be a memory tomorrow, I could be nothing at all.”
      BRB, after I’ve cried every tear possible. 😦

    • Utahmom says:

      This sounds absolutely sublime! Loved the duet with Jeff–hadn’t seen it before, so it was a fun surprise to see something new. Jorvid still surpasses them all for me. I listen to it often.

    • emmegirl14 says:

      This one kills me.

  13. betsy says:

    I really liked Jorvid!
    And Jeff/David!
    And may I add another one that isn’t really a duet but involves him singing a song at the same time another is singing it in the same place? I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. Remember when he went to the nursing home and sang I’ll Be Home For Christmas, and the sweet little old lady started singing along and David said to her “That’s right, you know the words!!”
    And it was the best thing ever. The look on her face, like yes, she was remembering Christmases past, family, children, husband.
    And his sweetness with her. So loving.
    And then the grandaughter who had posted it on vimeo was asked to take it down, and she did. Because of course David does these things in private and wants no kudos for it, he’s just too good. If he wasn’t so talented, I’d wonder how he ended up in that cutthroat businesss.
    And commenting at 2 am is not good lol. I have been saying that for years.

  14. refnaf says:

    Wow….. Awesome post and comments!!
    My fave is……. Hmmm, need to rewatch ALL of these !!!
    Hoping to have time for a duet vortex tonight….

  15. potluck8 says:

    I loved the duet David did with with Olgie and then Regine joined them. David really went for it that night

  16. TOfan says:

    Was listening to Don’t Give Up in the car and, not sure if it’s technically a duet, but loved the contrast between David’s voice and Libby’s (sp?) – hers isn’t a voice I would’ve picked to sing with D but it’s magic – one of my Dave’s on BEGIN.

    • betsy says:

      I think it’s technically a duet and I agree. he NEEDED someone with a distinctive voice, unlike his. πŸ™‚ It’s perf. ❀

  17. Kizzi says:

    Ha. Frankly, I like it best when David duets with himself…when his voice is layered by his own background vocals. David x2, x3, x4……x Infinity and Beyond. πŸ˜€

    And, I’d love to see him duet with Natasha Bedingfield; remember on AI when she hugs and kisses him…. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ ….almost as good as a duet, eh?

    Tooooooooo cute! She’d go to the Prom with David….she has a dress and everything…talk about sheer fantasy. LOLOLOLOL

  18. emmegirl14 says:

    Sounds Of Silence has always been one of my favorite S&G songs – I looooove the sound of his voice here! Can’t stress enough how MUCH I looooove it – his voice just floats! As you said tofan harmonizing is a skill in and of itself – and again, he nails it! No offense Landon, but man, I would loooove to hear D do this one solo!

    The Prayer, Rebecca has a beautiful voice, but I really only hear him.

    Jorvid, cannot count the number of times I have watched this! Jordin is as generous a duet partner as David!

    David and Lupe, hope they never stop dueting!

    Jeff LeBlanc, great together, you could tell they were both having fun! I listen to this one alot!

  19. The JeffVid is the one that really nailed me. It brought everything full circle and he seemed so happy to be able to sing off the cuff like that. For sheer surprise and hilarity I will never forget Ray sneaking up in his Santa hat at Westbury. So glad I was up close for that. Ah, shoot.. I loved both performances with Jordin. Great song and the best duet partner she had for that. Please do not watch the Jingle Bell Bieber train wreck in NYC. David would never have been off pitch. But I digress. Thanks for the memories and for goodness sake, David come home soon.

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