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Flagstaff @DavidArchie recap from the lovely and amazing Awestruck

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A David Adventure

David Archuleta road trips are always worth it. Even when you’re feeling travel weary and your hair is a mess!

The reason for this was that Mr. Awestruck and I drove to Flagstaff from Las Vegas on the day of the concert.

Our hotel room wasn’t ready when we arrived and we needed to be at the theatre for 4:45 for VIP. Thank goodness the theatre was just down the street.

Fortunately, hubby persuaded the hotel to hurry up with our room, but by then it was 4:15.  You may say, “hey, that’s loads of time” BUT I have an air cast on my foot and I’m not moving that quickly these days.

So instead, I did a few exercises on my yoga mat, which was too funny as David posted his pre show workout on Instagram lol.

I wheeled myself down to the theatre on my knee scooter and we got there at 4:50…  turned out we didn’t have to be there till 5:15 (as my email had said) but I trusted hubby and “didn’t want to miss a thing”… isn’t there a song with those lyrics? 🙂

They let us in so we could wait inside and I’m sitting on my scooter thinking about my hair… I’m just going to meet David what’s the big deal? 🙂

Along came the third person who was coming to the VIP. A young Japanese girl who came from Japan all by herself to see David!  Her first VIP! Minori was so excited and nervous that it actually made me calm!

Kari brought us in for the VIP. David warmed up and then sang a Christmas song not on the set list, don’t ask me which one.

Then we had Q and A.  We offered that Minori should go first, but she was tongue-tied, so I asked him a technical question.

Minori is still too shy to ask a question, so hubby tells David we went to see Paula Abdul in concert the previous night.  David asked where she was playing and they had a bit of a conversation.

Hubby showed David the 2009 Christmas tour T-shirt he was wearing and David said he hadn’t seen that shirt for a while and that it made him feel old!

We turned to Minori but she was still unable to speak. David saved the day and asked her where she was from and asked a few more questions. That helped Minori feel brave enough to ask David what his favourite Christmas song was.  No surprise, he said O Holy Night.  Hubby commented on how his voice had matured and David said he shouldn’t try hitting the high notes when he feels tired and cold.

Then it was picture time and, at Kari’s insistence, I succumbed to getting my picture taken with David. Minori gave David a Christmas present (see below).

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The Concert

I could not tell you the names of all of the songs he sang.  I was so in the moment.

I was bopping to the music at first, then transitioned to being transfixed as he mesmerized me with his emotional, happy, reverent, fierce singing from the heart.

This guy connects deeply with lyrics to the song that he is singing and FEELS the music.  It pours out of him and moves my heart and soul whenever I get the opportunity to see him live.

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Highlights for me:

  • How mature he’s become, in looks, voice ( yummmmmy lower register) and stage presence.
  • How he freely moves to the music.
  • How he sings with a smile more so than I’ve ever seen before.
  • Just once did he stray off track when telling us how his mom dressed him and his four siblings up at Christmas time as the Jackson Five complete with dyed clown wigs and sequin-studded outfits that were so shiny… “like my shoes!!!”… so they could go sing Christmas carols to seniors.
  • Paralyzed. That’s exactly what I was as this is the first time I have heard it live! (I must admit I printed off the lyrics).
  • The medley with “You Say” brought me to tears.
  • I encouraged the audience to keep hooting and hollering so he’d come out for his encore!!
  • My Little Prayer, story and song, NEVER gets old. Beautiful.
  • O Holy Night is indescribable.  The place he goes to during that song channels something  special, and magic happens when he sings it.

At the end of the show, when he was done, I went up to the stage with tears in my eyes and an emotion-filled voice, and told him: “always believe in yourself, you were meant to do this.”

~ Awestruck (Calgary, Alberta)

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Can we all just say a collective Christmas Hallelujah for the costume change into those festive green tartan slacks?!? Merry Christmas, Happy #plaidchuleta Days!!!


A few of the amazing interviews etc. we’ve been getting lately!!!

Variety article HERE.

Great interview in Smashing Interviews magazine HERE.

MUST LISTEN “Unknown Gold Podcast” HERE.

Pop Culture interview HERE.

This BTS 4:22 mins of pure joy!!

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Okay, so you guys knew this flailing was coming, right??!



I don’t even know where to begin? David baking cookies??? Twirling in the kitchen with a Michael Jackson head flip??? SINGING INTO A WOODEN SPOON???

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And then the par-tay! It’s like the most amazingly fun Christmas party you could ever be invited to… with David Archuleta there singing… it IS Christmas heaven!!

And when Lance Bass and Chris Kirkpatrick from ‘NSYNC turn up at the door and can’t get in?? Hi-LAR-ious!!! “Is he your dad or uncle or something?” *DEADDDDD* and Lance with the “bye bye… BYE” … GENIUS!!!! And then he ends it all by turning up to carol at OUR door! *SOBS*

Do they give out Academy Awards for music videos but THIS SHOULD WIN ONE!!!! I seriously could watch a whole Hallmark Christmas movie of this!

Here’s the ET Online article about it.

And the 3 new songs on the album… oh sweet peaches…

I had never heard of the carol “Still, Still, Still” and David singing it a cappella is like sitting in the forest on a crisp moonlit night with the snow softly falling… soooo beautiful! … but why is it so short?? I will just need to keep hitting replay, I guess. 🙂

I could’ve sworn David had included The Christmas Song on his first Christmas album but I guess I’m thinking that because he did it in so many of his Christmas shows (and some VIPs)… I like that he didn’t do it the same way he did back then, changed it up, especially at the end. I particularly love that last high note. Gorgeous.



Download and stream Winter In The Air Deluxe Edition HERE.

Get tickets for David Archuleta’s tour HERE.


Awesome interview with David in Utah Valley magazine HERE.

EJSdncFXUAIZTmr.jpegAnd in between doing almost daily insta lives and teasing us with video clips, David also throws this killer cover our way… IT REALLY IS CHRISTMAS EVERY DAY WITH THIS GUY!!!!

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This @DavidArchie interview will knock your socks off

Wow, I just finished watching this hour-long interview with David. It felt like eavesdropping on a therapy session. So raw and honest. And hard to hear that this person who we all think the world of could ever doubt himself.

The interviewer, @BryanElliott, is a really good listener… but what really struck me was how great a listener David is… a few times, his answers took me by surprise when he found even deeper meaning in what Bryan was saying and gave deeper, more thoughtful responses that I ever expected.

So proud of David for continuing to fight the hard fight… for picking himself up off the floor when he least feels like it… and to share those struggles so openly and honestly with us like this. I can sure relate, I’m sure many of you can too.

Sidenote: That Hey Jude??! 


What did you guys think???

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Warning: Acoustic #Paralyzed just might paralyze you

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A take at #Paralyzed on the Archie piano.

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that’s it. that’s all I can manage.


I had played the studio version for my niece (who came with my sis, hubs & me to the Toronto event) and she said she really liked it, that it was super catchy, but it sounded like he was holding back compared to how she’d heard him sing live.

So I tagged her on the FB post of this and she said “Sooooo gooood!!!!!! I love the soul at the end!!”

That ending about knocked me off my chair!!!

How about you guys??


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Paralyzed by the brilliance of #Paralyzed

Where the heck do I begin?

I feel this song jolt through me like an electric charge, words can’t even begin to capture the power, the intensity, the hypnotic state this song puts me in.

And this video is just icing on the cake. I was picturing something more literal… you know, David sunning himself on a waterfall, hesitant about jumping over… oh wait. 😉

But this approach is so evocative, like dropping in on someone’s fever dream… those tossing and turning nights when endless disaster scenarios loop through your mind. Only with ballerinas.

Seriously though, the dark shadows and dust filtering through the decaying house with Sir David Archuleta all in black, raging at… himself… so powerful and we can all relate, am I right??

A few moments stood out for me… when the dancers link arms and make a chain blocking the door… whoah, that really hit me… and at the end when more light is coming in and David looks up like he is DONE with feeling paralyzed. YOU GO, DAVID!!!!!

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The song itself knocked me sideways when I first heard it live in Boston… I could not believe how it rocks out so powerfully… it’s such a “punch your arms in the air, roll every window in the car down and soar across the highway” song… did NOT see that coming from David, tbh.

Can a song have testosterone? Because I think this one does. For real. I had this feeling right from the beginning that guys would go for this song… because it rocks out, because it has “muscle” and “grit.” [I hate resorting to gender stereotypes but more guys turn up at Imagine Dragons and Mumford and Sons concerts than at Shawn Mendes or Justin Bieber shows… please don’t throw tomatoes, I do not make the rules, my friends!]

And I have noticed so many more guys commenting on and sharing the song than usually happens. Am I imagining things?? Have you guys noticed that too? [If I’m way off base, please let me know!]

But I digress…

Now that the studio version is here, it is just undeniable… inevitable… earworm-able. That driving beat and the way the song builds to an impossible crescendo that makes your heart want to beat right out of your chest… and THOSE VOCALS!!!!

… the way the refrain repeats like a meditative chant…and THOSE VOCALS!!!

… the way the subtle sound of chains clangs near he end of the song, genius! Oh, and did I mention THOSE VOCALS?!!!!

Specifically that alkdjflkjkfjakfjfkjfklfj run at the 2:39 mark (yes, I did replay it a few times 🙂 ) comes at you like a thousand velvet arrows piercing your very soul!!!

OTT, I know, but RIGHT???!!!!

The lyrics really hit me where I live (I know I’m not alone in that)… and it just helps so much to know you’re not alone with these struggles, doesn’t it?

“I wake up to another day, another chance to get out of my own way” wow, get out of my brain, Archuleta!

This song needs to be on radio so more people can be devastated by its beauty. Only fair, I say. I have it on repeat on Spotify, I have shared it like crazy, gifted on iTunes… I just wish there was more we could do!!

HOW ABOUT YOU GUYS??? Thoughts? Impressions? Gush-tastic comments? Please please share, I’m dying to hear them!!


My fave comment on the YouTube so far! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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Love these behind-the-scenes shots from Emily Morris, production assistant on the video shoot! More here.

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Love how he blows a kiss at the end of this … [fun fact: at the Toronto VIP event, when David left the room and waved at everyone, for some reason, by reflex (I do this with family & friends), I made the same gesture and blew him a big kiss… AND WAS INSTANTLY MORTIFIED! I was like, “why did I DO that?? what the heck was I thinking??” … so anyways, seeing him throw us all one, makes me feel a tad better, lol. This is the end of my TEDTalk. 🙂 ]

AAAAAAAAND * big finish * … In this Chicago Tribune interview, David lists Toronto as one of his top-five favourite cities!!!!!! I can’t take much more of this amazingness from him… LIES!!! … bring it on! hahahahaha

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The day David Archuleta broke the Internet….

… you know, when this happened:

I never thought I’d see the day that David would post a picture… with his hair wet.


I think I’m safe in saying none of us ever thought we’d see David post a picture of himself swimming… without a turtleneck on… I’ll just leave it there.

I love that he feels confident enough to “let it all hang out” (as it were 🙂 ) … if you’ve got it, flaunt it, I say.

And if it gets people outside your already-loyal fan circle curious enough to check out, oh I don’t know, YOUR INCREDIBLY AMAZING NEW SONG #PARALYZED THAT DROPS IN A WEEK ON AUG. 27TH … then, you go, David!

Other things I love about this:

That he also posts this pic that’s taken further away …

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Oh, David.

And the way he starts the caption, all about “being one with nature”… as if getting things — actually, everything — off his chest wouldn’t cause ripples throughout the fandom matching his midriff… He’s like, “oh, did I forget something? Oh, haha, my shirt! Silly me.”

Right. You knew the paroxysms of shock you’d send literally around the world, Sir. THAT’s the smile we see in the picture, am I right??

Sidenote: Love his meditation pose… I’m a TM (Transcendental Meditation)-er from way back, and although I do not sit quite like this (and definitely not in a raging waterfall), David’s expression brought me instant Zen… (yes, his expression, sheesh)… I highly recommend meditation, of any form, to de-stress, combat anxiety, the works. But I digress… back to the photos. 🙂

Can we talk about that back flip? Wowza! We were all uber-impressed when David pulled off a handstand, but this is next level! I can barely dive in front-ways, never mind a backflip.

David is in it to WIN it, you guys, in every way, and is diving in with both feet to the bright, bright future he so deserves. (See what I did there? 😉 )

I feel beyond blessed to be on on this ride with you all, so proud of the individual David’s blossomed into, and soooooo excited for what’s to come.


[oh and the lovely and amazing Abrra sent me this sandal close-up (taken by djafan) because she knows me shoe well, um, too well. :)]
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A reminder to put this in your calendars: #Paralyzed viewing party on David’s official YouTube channel Tuesday, August 27th at 10AM ET/7AM PT:


Woohoooo! Check out the 1.30 clip on iTunes, sooooooooooooooo good!!!! Preorder #Paralyzed on the OS HERE.

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Or go preorder & hear the snippet HERE!!!

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I am LIVING for the replies on David’s post rn! Some of my faves so far:

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I love everything about this!

David looks like a rebel fighter about to pilot the Battlestar Archtastica into orbit to slay the hordes and save the world from mindless vacant music devoid of soul.

Basking in the glow of the molten heat generated by his new single.

Paralyzed is all of us, waiting on the edge of our seats for that wall of perfect sound.

Am I right??

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Back from Russia with love

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omigosh… David should go to Moscow more often, lol… love seeing him so happy and excited and heart so “full” (as he put it) as he does in his new insta and FB live posts.

The lovely and amazing archieprincess captured the insta live on youTube:

Here’s his FB live:

New music, new video, new exclusive content possibilities, OH MY!!!

Who else is SUPER EXCITED???!!!

I can’t believe David thinks we’d be “bored” by too much content??

Whether he’s singing, rambling, doing this:

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or HELLOOO, this*:

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So get thee to David’s FB page or take this poll on his insta story (HERE) and let him know what you think!

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What do you guys think, btw? 🙂




*  Source.

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Rating @DavidArchie covers on a bucket-of-tears scale … because I can

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As many of you know, this has been a very tough time for me… and trust David to start posting these incredible covers just when I needed to hear them…

AND ONE A DAY FOR THE PAST 3 DAYS?!!!! IS HE ACTUALLY REAL???! [Please, do not answer that. Unicorns are clearly real.]

I’ve rated these covers on my own personal 5 “bucket of tears” scale:

You Are the Reason (Calum Scott)

Ranking: 😭😭😭😭

So many people had been requesting this on David’s earlier cover posts, that I looked it up on YouTube maybe an hour before he posted this cover. Whoah. Spooky. The video is really powerful but not as powerful as David’s rendition (sorry, Calum, you are awesome, though).

Someone You Loved (Lewis Capaldi)

Ranking: 😭😭😭😭😭

I literally cried so hard listening to this that I started choking and thought I’d never catch my breath again. It’s that good. Glad I pulled over before playing.

Waving Through a Window (from “Dear Evan Hansen”)

Ranking: 😭😭😭😭

Confession: Not a Ben Platt fan. *ducks tomatoes* … please don’t get me wrong, he’s unquestionably talented, but I find his phrasing of songs distracting to the point where the emotion doesn’t hit me. David’s hit me like a tsunami… soooooo beautiful and moving and real… not mannered or overly theatrical at all. I wanted to scream back, “OF COURSE I AM WAVING BACK AT YOU, DAVID!!!!”

Can’t We Just Talk? (Khalid)

Ranking: 😍😍😍😍😍

[featuring possibly my favourite comment of all time! 🙂 ]
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Switched the ranking here away from tears because this cover made me smile for days… soulful R&B David is one of my fave Davids. And David’s lower register is like a hot tub in heaven bubbling with dark chocolate. Am I right??

Hills and Valleys (Tauren Wells)

[and how cool to see Tauren’s response!]
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Ranking: 😭😭😭😭

I listened to this one, and read David’s caption right when I was having trouble seeing a “Master Plan” that made any sense to me… I took it as a sign… that we are loved… we all matter… we’re not alone… and there are moments of grace and beauty even in our darkest hour… so five overflowing buckets of tears on this one.

Ocean Eyes (Billie Eilish)

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When you give me those Ocean Eyes. @billieeilish

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Ranking: 😍😍😍😍😍

Another confession: Billie Eilish frightens me a little. But retitle this cover “Heart Eyes”  BECAUSE I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!!! Sooooo glad David’s switched to the IGTV thing and we get whole songs… really wish we had all of this one!

So what do you guys think?? Do you have a fave so far??

I know I’m making of light of all this, somewhat, but I don’t want to downplay how much these incredible covers, posted one after the other, right at this time, have meant to me… they are lifting and saving my life in a very real way and I can’t adequately express what that’s meant to me… I’m sure they’re doing the same for thousands of other people out there for a bunch of reasons… and it’s yet another reminder to me of how blessed we are to be fans of this remarkable human. Love & blessings to you all!!! {{{{{{❤️group hug❤️}}}}} Now go leave your requests on his insta!! 🙂

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