Diana’s Seattle Concert Recap and Meeting @DavidArchie ~ “Maybe we’ll share the stage one day”, Troubadour tonight! Who is going? A shout out from Utah Rewind 100.7! Keep those IG stories coming!

Concert Recap from Diana:  Orion Tour – Seattle, June 13, 2017

Diana graciously accepted my invitation to write about her Seattle first concert and M&G with David.  And I asked her to write as much as she wanted.  It’s a great story, a great read, a great connection.  You can follow her on twitter as @archanimal92

Maybe two worlds spinning apart can come together eventually… 

Since AI Season 7, the Orion tour was the first opportunity I had to go to one of David’s shows. There still wasn’t a definite tour date for Canada so I figured I’d take the chance and go to Seattle in case he never made it up here (I’m from BC and we all know he’d go to the East Coast if he did ever cross the border lol)

Let’s start at the very beginning… even just standing in line waiting for VIP was surreal. It was so cool to be able to completely fangirl (without judgement) with people you’d never met before and archies are seriously some of the sweetest people ever! I met a few that night that made me feel comfortable right away (shoutout to Deb and Jenny!) and that was so appreciated since I had no idea what to expect!

As we entered the venue I could hear David singing “I’m Ready”, but I figured it was a recording (at that point I couldn’t see the stage yet) but pretty soon realized that he was there practicing on the piano (thanks to the squealing girls behind me) and I was like whoa… that’s him. He’s right there. We didn’t get a chance to write questions down since there was too many of us, but he was able to answer a few…

  • “Up All Night” took the longest for him to write of the songs on the Orion EP.
  • Of the songs he’s written “My Little Prayer” means the most to him. (Eeeepp!!!)
  • He’d most like to collaborate with Tori Kelly.
  • And he sang us a little snippet of “Say Me”. Thank you Jenny for requesting <3

For soundcheck we got to hear 3 songs, “Invincible”, “Fast Car”, and “He Lives In You”. Oy. Oh, and then he showed off his Zelda socks for us. I was dyinggg. This guy, I can’t even.

Screencap from Diana’s Youtube video of Fast Car

Then it was time for the meet and greet! I had my ipod ready for him to sign but then got shy and didn’t want to bug him to sign it since he was already signing a photo. I had my little speech planned of what I wanted to say to him, I had things I’d told myself that I wouldn’t say to him, and when I got up there nothing went as planned.

(sidenote #1) As I was waiting I chatted with Amber for a bit, and she seriously is soo sweet and down to earth. If you don’t already follow her on instagram, DO IT. I’ve been so inspired by her posts.

Then my turn came… and as I walked up the steps MY MIND WENT COMPLETELY BLANK. He is seriously so beautiful. And I’m not just talking about looks. We all know how humble, pure, and sweet he is… over the years we’ve all seen that through interviews and stuff, but there’s that part of you that wonders if that’s how that person is in real life. I already knew the answer was yes, but to literally see that light was so surreal. Sometimes you don’t even really need to know someone, you can just feel their spirit.  And I guess it just hit me in that moment that all that I’ve wanted to tell him of how he changed my life the last 10 years, I had to somehow fit in a few minutes, so I of course completely blanked instead. So I asked for a hug (which I told myself I wouldn’t do LOL but I guess I thought by stalling my mind would smarten up.. yea that didn’t happen) And then (wait for it…) I told him “I had so much I wanted to say, but I’m so nervous!” (honestly, who says that??!? *facepalm* I’m so awkward…)

I wanted to tell him I drove 7 hours from Canada or at very least tell him my name, but even that didn’t happen. Thankfully I did write him a letter (so hopefully I redeemed myself that way so he’ll at least know that I am coherent in the English language :S) My name was on the envelope so he goes “Diana… (attempts to pronounce last name)” And he was close!! So then we did the picture thing.

(sidenote #2) – His version of Be Still My Soul, has been soo meaningful to me. It’s helped me through soo many tough situations in life, and whenever I’ve been anxious or stressed I listen to it and it just reminds me to be still and know that God is still fighting for us, despite whatever we go through in life. 

So it’s been my dream to play piano while David sings that song, and I figured I didn’t have anything to lose by asking him if we could do that (how I had the guts to do that I’ll never know) but he said that they were running out of time since there was so many VIP ppl there… (thanks Seattle, you had to have 40+ ppl there hey? 😛 I totally should’ve went to Spokane haha) but then he asked if I had a youtube channel and what it was called and what kind of music I cover, to which I said “well I’ve covered a few of your songs”… (ok facepalm AGAIN—I couldn’t have said a genre, or that I post original songs or SOMETHING ELSE?! I told him I covered his songs?! SMH) so he said he’d check it out (uh huh sure…) and then he said “well you never know maybe we’ll share the stage one day” – ahh I was dyingggg, so then he went in for another hug (see that’s what I wanted… for it to happen naturally haha)

I honestly don’t know what I was expecting, but he was sooo chill and laid back. Is that how he usually is at VIP? LOL I’m just so used to seeing his interviews and stuff and him being more energetic. But I totally get it … 1) He needs to preserve his energy for the show 2) He’s probably EXHAUSTED from the show the previous day 3) Let’s be honest… he doesn’t know me so why would he be excited to meet ME LOL

David and the Band. Credit Diana

Fast forward to the show… OH MY HECK. BEST TWO HOURS OF MY LIFE. Just hearing all the songs that have meant so much to you through the years, and seeing the passion and heart he puts into each and every one of them was seriously so special. I was so lucky to be in the first row, and it was such an amazing show. I can’t say enough about it.

  • PANDA was so energetic and fun, and that piano riff… Chad, if you read this, I’m so jealous of you dude! You’ve got the best job ever!
  • During SBL he came up to me and held out the mic for me to sing the chorus, and I’d like to think it’s cause he felt bad we couldn’t do a song during VIP, but let’s be honest he does that at every show doesn’t he? LOL Still though, it was pretty sweet to be one of the faces that he chose to stick the mic out to 😛

  • The songs he did on the piano were my favorite… Broken (soo heartfelt), MKOP (that song is just perfect all around), and I’m Ready (my new favorite!!)  
  • His intro to Beautiful/Scars to Your Beautiful may or may not have had me tearing up… I was like, Diana, hold it together, you’re front row, the whole band can see you!!  
  • He slayeddd He Lives In You. Like WOW.  
  • Heaven <33333333 
  • The bass drop and his moves in Numb were just … gahhh.  
  • Glorious was magical, and the crowd singing along too was just so special….  
  • Forevermore was perfection, his tone, every single note and falsetto. I was literally holding my breath the entire song.  

I’m Ready. Credit: Diana

I could seriously go on forever about how amazing of a night it was, but this recap is already long enough so let me wrap this up… HUGE shoutout once again to Deb and Jenny, and all the other super nice archies I met that night, I hope we’ll cross paths again soon! Shoutout to my mom who got annoyed with me taking so many videos and stole the camera from me to take videos herself so I could enjoy the show. Shoutout to Brady, Chad, Aaron and Jay. Thank you for putting your heart and soul into this music. It’s so refreshing to see your passion and how happy you are to be up on that stage with every single song. Thank you for keeping it at 100. Thank you to Kari, Ethan (the sound guy), and everyone else on the crew for making each show possible. The fans are forever grateful.

David at the piano. Credit Diana

And thank you David. Thank you for your genuine humble spirit. Thank you for returning to music. Thank you for blessing us, not just by sharing your music, but also sharing your light <3

(sidenote #3) I didn’t realize it checking in, but leaving the hotel the next morning I realized that I was in room 219… iCarly flashback anyone?! Such a cool ODD moment, and it brought a full-circle feel to this whole experience… 

I’ve uploaded videos to youtube and pictures to instagram, I got two hugs and a handshake, but most importantly I came away forever changed with a feeling that will forever be etched into my heart. You know how sometimes you go on church retreats and stuff and come back with that spiritual high? I’m feeling that way now. I’ve realized I need to be around genuine people who also shine that light, people who inspire you to be better. And I’ve realized that I want to be more like that too in my own life. I want others to be able to notice that light within me. It really does shine from within, and it does make you beautiful.

Credit: Diana. VIP in Seattle

David, I know you’ll never see this, but thank you for being YOU and for uplifting and inspiring us the past 10 years with music and lyrics that’s so beautiful and heartfelt. Please don’t ever change because the world needs more people like you. Keep on shining David, keep on shining.

Diana

Something ‘Bout Love is soooo much fun!  The singing Diana lol!

This Up All Night is really good.  Great vantage point and you can see the entire band performing.  Really like that!

Ending with Heaven.  Again, great vantage point!

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As Found aRound

A shout out from Rewind 100.7!

Bathroom pondering.  Ok.

Troubadour Promo!

I’ll be back later today with all about Troubadour!  Who is going?  TELL US IN COMMENTS!

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Sugar Sugar by the Archie: A historical @davidarchie IG story series, Alessia Cara’s I’m Yours is a fave! About Madilyn, Kari follows up, En Route to Troubadour!

Credit: Shelley

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A Sugar High, for us and David

When is a sugar high not just a sugar high?  When you have not had any sugar in awhile and even an ice cream sandwich causes the most marvelous effects!  And also, when it happens to David Archuleta.

It started with an ice cream sandwich …

credit: Penguin Brothers

Check out last night’s legendary IG story and tell us your favourite part.

  1. David’s tongue firmly in cheek “Why are you still watching this”?   Rhetorical much???
  2. And of course, the head banging!
  3. The phone shaking in tempo with Wang Chung’s Dance Hall Days (oh this radio station!)
  4. But the Target model, well, that’s memorable.  

All I can say is …. God Bless Kari Sellards

ENJOY!

And your reaction ….

Awww memories of the mirror image #not

Thanks for this image E! David in 2008

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Snippety snip

New did coming up!

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Kari aka the Mastermind

When Kari and David get together, the adventure begins!  Or continues!

Those out-takes ended up in the “vault”, I’m quite sure 😉

Good one Martha! 👍

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Another “I’m Yours”

This song by the lovely Canadian Alessia Cara.  Best use of a selfie stick ever!

Notice the Canadian flags in this video?   Oh yeah, she must have taken this in her Toronto neighbourhood.  With her brother behind her in a Mario costume 😉.  Loved the simplicity of this video and this song.

David come to Canada and collaborate with your kindred spirit!   Here’s more about Cara:

Alessia Caracciolo  (born July 11, 1996), known professionally as Alessia Cara, is a Canadian singer and songwriter. After producing acoustic covers of songs on YouTube, she signed with Def Jam Recordings and released her debut single, “Here”, which was a sleeper hit and reached the top 5 in the United States and the top 20 in Canada. Cara’s debut studio album, Know-It-All, was released in 2015. The third single from the album, “Scars to Your Beautiful”, reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 the following year. In 2017, Cara collaborated with producer Zedd to create the single “Stay”, which has since reached number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it her third single to reach the top 10.

Caracciolo is from Brampton, Ontario, where she attended Cardinal Ambrozic Catholic Secondary School.[5] She is of Italian descent from Siderno, Calabria; her father was born in Canada to Italian parents, and her mother is an Italian immigrant. As a child, she wrote poetry and did theatre. She began playing guitar at the age of 10 and taught herself how to play various songs. At the age of 13 she began her own YouTube channel where she posted covers of songs that she performed.

Cara’s singing and writing style has been compared to singers such as Lorde, Amy Winehouse, Rihanna, and Norah Jones. She also appeared on various radio stations; including 15 Seconds of Fame on Mix 104.1 Boston. In 2015, she signed a deal with EP Entertainment imprint, along the distribution of Def Jam Recordings.

In April 2015, Cara released her official debut single, through Def Jam. Titled “Here”, it was described as, “a song for everyone who secretly hates parties” by MTV. Produced by Pop & Oak and Sebastian Kole, the song is her personal experience with going to a party before realizing how much she hated parties. On May 5, 2015, the song was chosen as the “can’t-miss” track by Spin, as well as being listed as a “must hear song” by Cosmopolitan. The song was also named one of the best Canadian songs of April by Complex and included on Billboards “20 Pop Songs You Need For Your Summer Playlist” in June 2015. Rolling Stone later ranked “Here” at number 21 on its year-end list of the 50 best songs of 2015.  On July 29, 2015, Cara made her first-televised debut performing her single, “Here” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The music video for Cara’s single “How Far I’ll Go”, from the Disney film Moana, was released on November 3, 2016. The song was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda,

Here’s another I’m Yours that David has sung in the past!

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David in the Studio!

Looks like David was in the studio in Provo with Madilyn Paige.

From Madilyn’s own site, some memories of the visit!

Here’s a bit more about Madilyn!  Idol and TheVoice alumni!

Madilyn Paige is a former contestant on season 6 of NBC’s The Voice, is a singer-songwriter from Provo, Utah. She grew up in Japan, and since returning to the United States, she has developed a keen interest in singing. She enjoys making short videos and films with her friends, and has performed in various local competitions.

On 1 November 2014, the single of her original song “Irreplaceable” was released.  On 2 February 2015, her self-titled EP was released.  In July 2015, Madilyn released a new music video to honor Mark and Amy Openshaw and two of their children, Tanner and Ellie, who were all killed in a small plane crash in Missouri in June 2015. Madilyn was also the winner of the “Next Big Youtuber” award at Utah’s YouTube Convention – CVX Live 2015 on 9 August 2015.

I like this collaboration of YET ANOTHER CANADIAN, Shawn Mendes’ Stitches.  Really really nice!

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Troubadour Ticket Give Away!

THE CONCERT IS TOMORROW NIGHT!!!!  The contest closes at noon Pacific time!  Enter now.  Click on the pic to go!

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Arizona this weekend!

Great article, but I’d like to weigh in on the last paragraph.  I don’t see a relationship between specific religious faith and the ability to connect with David’s music.  David’s music is indeed inspirational and spiritual but I have never seen it as attributable to a specific faith.  We can all connect with David’s music and it’s message ~ those of us who chose to listen.   Click to go

David Archuleta did the unthinkable a few years back.

He stepped away from a successful pop music career and all its enticements — the teen girls screaming his name, concerts before adoring fans, records that sold in the hundreds of thousands, awards and TV appearances — to feed his soul.

“I felt like I needed to take myself on a different journey to see life in a different way,” said the 26-year-old “American Idol” runner-up who is bringing the first leg of his summer tour to Snowflake and Safford this weekend.

Yes, an “American Idol” second-place finisher is playing in two small Arizona towns instead of Tucson or Phoenix.

It’s by design.

Archuleta is road-testing new music that goes beyond the teen pop songs that helped him finish second in “American Idol” in 2007 as a 16-year-old. His just-released “Orion,” the first EP that he has co-penned and recorded as an adult, digs deep into Archuleta’s spiritual and philosophical sides, asking bigger questions that he said he was reluctant to ask until recently.

The songs are largely drawn from Archuleta’s experiences in Chile as a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints missionary. Archuleta, who was raised Mormon, went on the two-year mission in 2012 when he was 21 years old — five years after his “American Idol” experience.

“It’s pop music but it’s what I learned, me overcoming my low self-esteem and confidence,” he said, describing a spiritual undercurrent to some of the songs, including the first single “Numb.”

In the first few days after its release, “Orion,” the first of three EPs Archuleta will release this year, racked up 1.6 million Spotify streams and sold 10,000-plus singles and more than 1,000 EPs.

His concerts at Snowflake High School Auditorium in Snowflake Friday, June 23, and at Safford’s David M. Player Center for the Arts on Saturday, June 24, come at the tail-end of the 15-city tour that he started June 1 in California. Many of the shows are at smaller venues and a couple, like the Arizona gigs, are in large Mormon communities.

“A lot of the shows that we’ve done are in small towns,” Archuleta said. “Coming off a Mormon mission, I’ve had a lot more of an LDS following. You go where there is demand and Safford and Snowflake have big Mormon communities. It’s kind of a newer experience for me. Before it was just singing where ever, but now from the mission I feel like Mormons feel a lot more of that connection.”

As Found aRound!

A great idea from Cheryl!

I’ll be back on Thursday!

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