Coolest. Yule. Ever.

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IT’S THE HOTTEST DAY OF THE YEAR IN TORONTO BUT I’M LISTENING TO DAVID’S NEW CHRISTMAS SONG AND LOVING IT!!!!

What do you guys think?? Of the song?? The tour dates?? The sweater???

Extra credit:

“I ran into a couple of Melinda’s friends while I was salsa dancing” … Discuss.

 

Tour dates:

Nov. 26 — Los Angeles, Calif., Troubadour
Dec. 1 — San Bernardino, Calif.,Special Orchestra Show, California Theatre for the Performing Arts
Dec. 3 — St. George, Utah, Burns Arena at Dixie College
Dec. 4 — Grand Junction, Colo., Avalon Theatre
Dec. 6 — Mesa, Ariz., Mesa Arts Center
Dec. 8 — Logan, Utah, Logan High School
Dec. 10 — Provo, Utah, UCCU at UVU
Dec. 11 — Orlando, Fla., The Plaza Live
Dec. 13 — Franklin, Tenn., Franklin Theatre
Dec. 14 — Franklin, Tenn., Franklin Theatre
Dec. 15 — Athens, Georgia, Hodgson Concert Hall
Dec. 17 — New York, N.Y., Highline Ballroom
Dec. 18 — Fairfield, Conn., The Warehouse
Dec. 20 — Vernal, Utah, Vernal Middle School
Dec. 21 — Richfield, Utah, Sevier Valley Center Arena

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Excerpts from Fred Bronson’s amazing Billboard story (full story here):

While most Christmas albums are recorded in the summer in order to be ready for holiday season, Archuleta started work on Winter in the Air in January, while the weather was still cold in his new hometown of Nashville. “We had to cancel the original writing session because of a snow storm,” he says. When he rescheduled with songwriters Jeremy Bose and Cindy Morgan, they wrote what would become the album’s title track. “‘Winter in the Air’ was inspired by walking outside in the wintertime with the snow crunching under your feet,” he says.

Archuleta’s next writing session, with producer Cason Cooley and songwriter Isabeau Miller, was also cancelled because of an ice storm. But when they finally got together, they wrote “He Is Born,” one of the album’s more sacred songs. “I wanted to write a song honoring and praising Christ in his birth,” says Archuleta.

Auchuleta wrote the first single from the album, “Christmas Every Day,” with Cooley and Dave Barnes. “It was inspired by Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ and Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Underneath the Tree’,” he says. “Music usually comes out of me at a slow tempo but I wanted an uptempo song.” The song features backing vocals by fellow American Idol alum, Melinda Doolittle. “I had lunch one day with Melinda and Kris Allen. Then I ran into a couple of Melinda’s friends while I was salsa dancing, and then saw another friend of hers on an airplane. So week after week, Melinda was on my mind. When we needed background vocals, I thought Melinda would be up for it. It’s the first time I’ve had a friend do backing vocals for me.”

After sessions with Cooley, Archuleta headed back to Utah to work with producer John Hancock, who helmed his 2009 Christmas album. “John added a guitar loop to ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman’ and it felt very Latin to me so I started singing in Spanish.” That led to Archuleta recording Spanish versions of several songs, including “In the Bleak Midwinter,” which his aunt translated into Spanish after they failed to find a Spanish version. A four-song EP of the Spanish renditions will also be released, says Archuleta, “all thanks to John doing ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ with Spanish guitar.”

Archuleta will support the new album with a tour that begins Nov. 26 in Los Angeles and runs through Dec. 21 in Richfield, Utah. “I’ve always loved being on the road, ever since my dad took me to California when I was 11,” he replied. “When I’m out on the road, I get to interact with fans again. It’s different from the social media experience. You can see how music changes their demeanors.”

…”Ten years ago I didn’t know if I wanted a music career. I thought I was going to finish high school and college and then figure out what I was going to do for a living. Now I understand why I want to do music and where I want to take my life. I always handed things over to other people. Now I am the master of my own life.”

PREACH, MY BRUTHAH!!!!!!

p.s.

Gorgeous new OS website redesign is gorgeous!!!

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51 Responses to Coolest. Yule. Ever.

  1. EL_FOD says:

    Dang, you’re fast TOfan! Love Christmas Every Day! Love, Love it! And the plaid pants, and the zip up sweater and jacket as he stares into the camera with his gorgeous eyes and Mona Lisa smile, and salsa dancing, and Spanish EP, and two concerts in Franklin Tennessee!! Wait, that last part rhymed. Eek…I’m babbling here! I love Autumn, but right now, I’m wishing it was December!

  2. refnaf says:

    Eeeeeeeep!!
    The pants!! Lol!
    Love the song! So upbeat and easy listening!!
    It’s gonna be a good Christmas 🎄

    As for the salsa dancing… GO DAVID!
    Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  3. Karen says:

    Yay!! When do tickets /album go on sale???

  4. Anonymous says:

    Yesssssss!!

    • Anonymous says:

      that would be meeee djx !!!

      • TOfan says:

        DJ!!!! CT!!!!

        • Anonymous says:

          and NYC too!! eh!!! you and ref too??

          • amb4da says:

            Yessssss, people, yesssssss! ❤️🙃🎶🎄💚🙃🎶❤️🎄🙃🎶❤️🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃🎄🎄🎄🎄
            CT!!!! Sooooo happpppy. I just love when he comes here, not cuz it’s “convenient” because I love traveling to see him too…but just love when we get “included” since I always thought we weren’t a “high focus” demo. Just always feels like “Thank you for visiting us, David!” I know…goofy, but true. And thinking of NY too… Hope to see some of you guys again at these…sounds like a very good chance… 🙂
            PS and btw….the pics, perfection. The song, yay!! Listened once and got stuck in my head already (good sign!) The collabs~👍👏, the Spanish EP👍👏
            Under the weather today, but HAD to come squee at least once here…Celebraaaaation! #WinterInTheAir

  5. Karen says:

    Got tickets! Thanks for the quick heads-up! Love you guys!

  6. Pepper says:

    Nice surprise this morning! New song sounds great, upbeat, catchy, love the sound….as are the photos…he looks terrific, the interview, lots of tour dates (none close to me however, boo).
    Can’t wait to buy ‘Winter In The Air’ and Spanish EP!
    Love David’s Christmas concerts, no Canadian dates but lots of fans will be happy to catch David on this tour, I’m sure!
    Glad that David is the ‘Master of his own life’ now….as it should be. He is certainly a Master at music! Yep….Christmas In The Air….nice! Can happen anytime, even on the hottest day of the year Deb. 🙂

  7. TaterZen says:

    Love the song! Like constant replay love.
    Barring a miracle, I don’t know how I am going to get to a Christmas concert, but I have to figure something out. I need a fast and convincing sales plan before I approach hubby. Sad David had to break up with Idaho this time around, but kind of anticipated that after the last tour.

    How in the world did David get my Dad’s pants to wear in that picture?

    • amb4da says:

      “…Dad’s pants” lolol!
      But actually, he’s rockin’ that dad’s plaid (always fashion forward, that guy who says he doesn’t care about what he’s wearing must have great stylists! Often out of the usual box..)…”Dad’s plaid is the new Cool Yule.” 😉

  8. sweetonda says:

    EEEEEEPPPPPP!!!! This just got my heart racing! Love the song and can’t wait to hear the whole album. David never disappoints!

  9. amb4da says:

    Oh and this article in Billboard too….😍
    Love that last paragraph you highlighted here too, Deb…love that he’s found his groove and is his own “master” now. We’ve said it many times, but so glad he was able to navigate it all, and not give it up…it was quite the long road as fans too…and now it all feels more in synche. His talent is lined up with his peace of mind. It’s reflected in all the recent music, shows, promotional approach, his interviews, etc. I know he speaks of personal struggles still, from time to time…but that’s life too….and growth…he’s still relatively young…but musically, so glad he found his balance so his light and voice could really shine authentically!

  10. missbianca says:

    As I read you comments, I realized that everyone had said just what I was going to–and with just as many exclamation points and full hearts. So I put together a paragraph out of your own words.

    “Love Christmas Every Day! Love, Love it! As for the salsa dancing… GO DAVID! Yay!! Yesssssss!! Celebraaaaation! #WinterInTheAir Love you guys! Spanish EP! plaid pants. How in the world did David get my [Grand]Dad’s pants to wear in that picture? David never disappoints!”

    We have all shared so much delight and spirit today. I’m so grateful!

    • missbianca says:

      argh i never edit whyyyyyy

      I read your comments. YouRRRRRR.

    • amb4da says:

      ❤️
      ps. I know…I never proof read until after I click send…and I think whyyy?? too…haha…and still I do it. 🙃 (too excited usually, I guess.)

  11. Spanish Christmas songs? Two words…O Ven…

  12. Also, I CANNOT stop listening to Christmas Every Day!!! #love ♥

  13. EL_FOD says:

    Robin, I didn’t even think of O Ven when he said Spanish songs… and I am dying here thinking you may be right! I love that song! About David salsa dancing…he said a while ago that he was taking salsa dance lessons. So that doesn’t surprise me. (and we’ve seen the results)

  14. TOfan says:

    Random, but I was just listening to a radio interview with two Canadian musicians who moved to Nashville a few years ago and they were raving about all the creative energy you feel when you’re there… and I’m just so glad David’s there and has tapped into that. 😊😊😊

  15. Pepper says:

    Glad he’s there too, I think Nashville must be a really good place for David, he seems to wear it very well. His own person, all that creativity and learning to find missing socks, etc. 🙂
    His official site looks great as does his twitter banner. I’m really looking forward to his new Christmas music and the songs in Spanish. “In The Bleak Midwinter” in Spanish will be so beautiful, just know it! O Ven would be amazing too, as with anything he sings.

  16. TOfan says:

    Added the track list to the end of the post… and I went back to the Billboard story to play Christmas Every Day… does anyone else get this version? 😆 😆 😆

    And do you guys think we’ll get a music videoooo??? 🙂

    • missbiancam says:

      Any speculation on the upcoming projects that we all might be involved in? Canned food drive? Wallpapering his Nashville residence? Pet sitting? These are dumb, but my guess is some charitable something.

  17. TOfan says:

    So David’s filling in for Nathan tonight at a Time Out for Women even in Arlington, Texas… lucky peeps!!!

    Invincible on piano is gorgeous:

    Beautiful clip:

    True Colours:

    BOTW:

  18. janey79 says:

    still stuck on plaid pants in case y’all were wondering

  19. emmegirl14 says:

    Love the song, a long wait between Christmas albums, sooo excited for it!
    Knockin’ them dead at the TOFW! 👍 on the facial accessory. (My husband has had a mustache and beard for years so I’m partial)
    Yep, them there’s some groovy britches✌️

  20. janey79 says:

    fangirling over joscelyn. what a cutie.

  21. TOfan says:

    RUN, DON’T WALK TO DAVID’S PLEDGE MUSIC PAGE!!!! A PERSONAL VID & MESSAGE & LOTS OF COOL STUFFS!!!! (this must be what the little stinker’s been hinting at 🙂 )

    https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/david-archuleta-winter-in-the-air/exclusives

  22. Pepper says:

    What a great jam packed post here! Thanks TOfan. Lots of good things. That instagram with Betty is just the cutest thing, haha. Love those.
    David’s Pledge music page is fabulous, lovely message and yes…..lots of cool stuffs!! This is terrific and for folks who can’t get to a show on his Xmas tour (or even if you can) very nice opportunity to buy yourself some Christmas gifts! Pre-ordered his album from Itunes today and now I will have to browse through all the great merchandise options and make some decisions, will definitely be treating myself. 🙂

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