Every once in awhile, and too often these days, we must remind ourselves of the impact we can make if we embrace and practice kindness. No experience needed. No degree required. It’s innate, and it feels amazing, for all parties involved.
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It’s verrrrryyyyy quiet
So we know David is working on music and we know there will be a music video shot at some point but this silence is really eerie! I do hear the sounds of one tour manager missing her flight to Nashville tho She’s safe and sound now!
A photo posted by Kari Sellards (@karisellards) on
During this time, put your feet up and enjoy some musical faves! Here’s one to enjoy on a hot summer night
COME events (Christian Outreach Multimedia Events) posted many pictures to series of events in Nampa. They also posted a disclaimer on their front page indicating we were not allowed to make copies or prints of these photos, with the exception of the Meet & Greet photos. The Meet & Greet photos may be copied for personal use only.
That’s quite unfortunate. Bummer really #cries. The pictures are outstanding. But posting them would require us to copy the jpegs so (almost as good) we will post links to the pages instead. So please click on the screencap page, visit and enjoy. In addition, you can comment on each picture though the Flickr app. Here is the Table of Contents ~ click to go:
The pictures show a very very full weekend of events, and a happy happy happy David, Marie, Alex and NTB. A jam packed weekend for sure! I truly hope there was some downtime for all involved. Click on the pictures to go!
2 pm Meet and Greet
2 pm Concert
7 pm Meet and Greet
7 pm show
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Nampa Recap “Aren’t you glad you are still on the bandwagon?”
@Taterzen wrote a beautiful and relatable recap of her Nampa Nashville Tribute Band performances at Deb’s Snowangelzz site and we’d like to link you to it with permission.
It’s marvelous. You will smile all the way through it. And just like @taterzen, you will say to yourself “I love it when I’m right” when she describes how David’s performances made the light bulbs go off in everyone’s heads ~ that they were witnessing an amazing talent. Isn’t it just the best when you can witness David winning folks over? It’s inevitable, but it still feels great to see it in action. And cool to see all the folks from the various denominations in attendance. What a great, moving experience.
Worth a read and please comment on the site too.
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Steven J Robinson reflections of Jakarta
On Wednesday Steven J Robinson, drummer extraordinaire with the Archuband of TOSOD Asia tour and MKOP tour posted about his memories in Jakarta 5 years ago.
Steven is enjoying a great tour currently with Selena Gomez. Posting his IG and FB reflections here. I think it’s fabulous to comment on these especially if you saw him in concert and want to wave hello! What a fabulous career for Steven!
“Just over five years ago to the day, I was a 21-year old-brand new U.S. passport holder, who had just taken his first steps on international soil in Jakarta, Indonesisa, as the drummer for American Idol pop star David Archuleta. This was the first stop on “The Other Side Of Down Asia Tour”-my first major tour. I was reminded today of that significant experience as the Selena camp and I walked through the same airport doors onto the Jakarta streets to begin the Southeast Asia leg of Revival Tour.” #NeverForgetYourFirst#FullCircle#KickinItWithJakartaSince2011
“I am a huge fan of David Archuleta – It was his voice that brought me here, but who he is as a person made me stay” ~ Hanne Ankersen
Our good friend and David Archuleta fan Hanne Ankersen passed away in 2013, and today (Thursday, July 21) would have been her birthday. I included a link to one of the many posts dedicated to Hanne from FOD:
Many of you did something personal to keep her memory alive. I’ve posting a few of the tributes below
From Debbie Shellor
– Balloons for Hanne – Louise B.P.
– Rose of Hanne bush – Louise B.P.
– Sunburst windchimes for Hanne – Mary L.
Forget Me Nots from Candy
– click to go to FOD FB to view
– David & a balloon for Hanne – Sharon R.
Also sharing some of her amazing edits. She had a way …
– photoedit hannedenmark
Hanne Denmark edit Original Photo by @nareeJo -taken after Grand Fans Day~Feb. 2012 **CLICK TO BIGGER IT**
– Nascar 2011 photo edit by hannedenmark
David on Talentadong~ Hanne Denmark Edit Original photo NareeJo~
Hanne Denmark edit original photo: Derik Lim **Click to make it bigger!**
And I must end with the socks story from Kalei …
My favorite memory involves colorful socks….
We were having a twitter convo on the topic of gifts for David. Specifically, why we felt such a strong urge to bring along a little gift for David whenever we went to a concert or event. We weren’t sure if this was a universal feeling that all fans shared with their artist of choice, or if it was unique to David’s fans. We noticed that not only did fans want to bring a little something for David, we also went out of our way to help other fans get their cards, letters and gifts to David too! We’ve developed a mail & package delivery system that rivals the US Postal Service and operates with the speed and efficiency of FedEx. We all understand the feeling of wanting to share something of ourselves with him.
We talked about gifts that we’d given David and Hanne mentioned that she had knit David a pair of socks. I was dumbfounded – I mean who knits socks? To me, socks were something that came from WalMart in packs of 10 – I thought to myself that maybe she had meant a Christmas stocking, but no, she had actually knit David a pair of socks! Then she said that David had liked the socks so much that he asked her to knit him some to use as gifts! She was so thrilled, and I was thrilled for her too! When she tweeted a pic of the socks, I was even more amazed – these were not just socks, these were SOCKS! Like knock-your-socks-off socks! I have relatively few occasions to wear socks, but I would definitely wear a pair of these lovingly hand-knit socks – colorful socks that are a reflection of our fandom – all different, all beautiful, created one stitch at a time and knit tightly together forever….perfect for our walks down memory lane.
Hanne, we love and miss you ~ you are in our hearts always.
In these uncertain times of political upheaval and unspeakable tragedy, we are blessed to live in a country …where at least I know I’m free… Our sincerest appreciation and gratitude to those who serve to protect our freedom.
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Hot Riffs, Licks & Guitar Picks
Brady Bills ~ Credit Brady Bills’ IG
The lights dim, the stage is dark and the anticipation is a palpable heartbeat counting down the seconds until the band enters and the first familiar guitar notes bring fans to their feet to sing in unison with David – Down, down, down, dowwwwn…
A David concert is always an entertainment EXPERIENCE thanks in great part to the energy and enthusiasm of the beloved ArchuBand! David introduces the band near the end of the show, prior to singing Nunca Pense – Aaron McMurray on Bass, Bobby James on Percussion, Chad Truman (or Kendra Lowe in earlier shows) on Keyboard and our featured guest today – Brady Bills on the guitar.
Brady brings an amazing array of musical talent and experience to the band, and he kindly agreed to an interview so we could get to know him better! So grab your favorite beverage, kick back and enjoy!
Thank you so much for agreeing to this little interview for Fans of David (FOD)! FansOfDavid.com was created back in 2008 by Richard Parkinson, after David competed on Season 7 of American Idol. We’re a fan site that supports and celebrates David’s music and are proud to bring together fans from all around the world!
After attending several shows we can truly say that we’ve become (FOB) Fans of Brady too! The energy and enthusiasm you bring to each show is amazing!
Please feel free to answer as many questions as you want to – if you can’t share certain information, we certainly understand! Here we go!
1. What is your first musical memory? You started playing guitar at the very young age of 5 and had your first gig at 8! What inspired you to start playing? Does music run in your family?
Brady: First musical memory is listening to my sister practice violin. She always played violin. I have those early method books songs of hers forever imprinted into my brain haha. Luckily she was pretty good (she and my mom have a great ear) and I don’t remember having to endure a lot of screechy, scratchy and choppy young violin playing. She sounded nice. It was nice to hear her practicing.
Yeah I had my first gig when I was 8. I was playing Christmas music at the Provo Country Club and a dude came by and dropped $50 into my case. That much money to an 8 year old is like an infinite amount of money! Think of how many Pokemon booster packs I could have bought! Think of how many Wendy’s chicken nuggets I could have had! That is basically all I spent my money on as an 8 year old.
I started playing violin when I was 4 or 5, my mom wanted me to learn an instrument like lots of moms do, and I hated holding the thing under my chin. Talk about uncomfortable! You hold an instrument with your chin! Really!?!?! So I practiced the violin on my lap kinda like how you hold a guitar. My mom went and got me a classical guitar and from then on I was a guitar player.
As far as “what inspired me to start playing” was a couple of albums. When I was little I just kinda played because it was something my mom and I did and my parents were very supportive and practiced with me and had me play them little concerts at night, which was really cool. BUT the first time I was “inspired to pick up the guitar” was when I heard a couple of albums on my dads tape player in his beat up grey Dodge Caravan haha.
The Grey Dodge Caravan Tapes - Tape 1 – Dan Fogelberg: Greatest Hits. Run for the Roses, Leader of the Band and Same Old Lang Syne were some of my favorites because my dad and I sang along to them in the car. The guitar works was pretty and the songs really told stories. I loved that. Heck, I still love those tunes.
Tape 2 – Aerosmith: Greatest Hits. Basically every song on that record is awesome. Air guitar and air drum solos like crazy in the car (air drumming is kinda more fun and epic for me).
Brady wasn’t kidding about air drumming – we found proof!
Tape 3 – Metallica: Symphony and Metallica. This album was insane. It was powerful. It was huge. A perfect mixture of classical music and metal music. Melodic and very well orchestrated. This album caused me to visualize awesome colors and paintings and little stories in my head, kinda like the Disney movie Fantasia.
Those three albums caused me to lock myself up in my basement and learn every single note on most of those tapes. I rewinded those things like crazy and listened and figured out how to play them. It was a great time. I spent a lot of time with those tapes. Music didn’t come naturally to me. My mom had to work really hard to get me to have any rhythm and to be able to play anything close that sounded like music haha. HOWEVER when I found those tapes, I worked like crazy!
My family being musical, yes. My mom’s side has LDS pioneer ancestry. They crossed the plains with an organ. True story. They started an organ store in Pleasant Grove Utah in the 1800′s. Music has been there for awhile. My grandpa is a jazz bassist and my uncle is a drummer and aunt is a singer and sax player. My family has played music, if not for a job, at least for supplemental income forever it seems haha. My mom and sister have great ears and can kinda do whatever they want musically. My sister sings and is an acting teacher and actress along with her husband (they sing and dance and do the whole bit).
2. You perform a broad range of musical genres – Pop, Rock, Jazz, Classical and Country! What is your favorite type of music to perform and why? What is your favorite song to perform?
Brady: I like to play any type of music that is well done and “feels” good. It is all about the feel. If it feels good and makes me wanna bust a move (like a very caucasian goofy white man) then it is my favorite. Also if the music causes me to visualize a story or colors in my head, then I dig it.
I don’t really have a favorite song. It changes. I heard “I Wanna Rock N Roll All Night and Party Everyday” by KISS just recently and that song is awesome. I also love listening to the classical composer Rodrigo or basically any Spanish piano music. So great! I also love Prince! I love playing Prince songs. His guitar playing makes you wanna dance, therefore I like it.
3. You tweeted a pic of 5 different guitars you used at the recent Rexburg concert – how many guitars do you own and which is your fave?
Brady: Haha I own a lot of guitars. Guitars are like tools. With David I play with the guitar in various tunings so I need to have multiple guitars in order to not have to retune between songs and mess up the flow of the show. For David I play acoustic guitars (2 tunings), nylon string guitar, electric guitars (2 tunings and a backup).
I kinda really like to play the nylon string guitar. It feels like home base since it was the first one I played on. BUT if I feel like rocking then I like the electric guitar. I don’t really have a favorite guitar. I’m not too picky.
4. Do you play any other instruments?
Brady: I don’t haha. I play lots of styles of guitar but kinda stink at the piano etc. I program a lot of music and compose a lot of music on the computer which is kinda a very important “instrument” in the modern music world.
5. Tell us about your band The Strike – they have a big, bold sound – what can fans expect from your upcoming single/video “Eye for an Eye”?
- click to visit The Strike’s FB Page
Brady: The Strike is a high energy pop/rock band with horns. The band is pretty sweaty and tired after each show. You’ll have to dance and move around. It is kinda impossible not to with the Strike. We hired a producer for “i4Ni” and the other songs on that upcoming record.
I recorded guitars with the producer one day and then listened to the recording a week later. I thought the producer took all of my guitar parts and played them on really cool synthesizers HOWEVER he took my guitars and manipulated them on the computer and made them sound like synths. So the new music video “i4Ni” might not sound very guitar heavy BUT most of those tones are guitars. It kinda blew my mind. Definitely a cool sound.
You should check out the Strike and come to a live show if you get a chance. You’ll leave smiling.
The Strike – Atom Bomb (credit: The Strike)
Shame – Live with Go-Pros (credit: The Strike)
6. You’ve opened for a number of well-known artists such as Journey, Kelly Clarkson & Lonestar, to name a few. What has been your favorite gig so far? What made it memorable?
Brady: Opening up for Journey was cool. We were in an arena and during soundcheck I look over and see Journey’s drummer on the side of the stage watching us and grinning. A couple min later I look over and there was all of Journey watching us soundcheck and digging the music we were playing. After soundcheck we went into their greenroom and they welcomed us with applause and treated us very nicely and were very encouraging. I talked to Neil Schon, the guitar player for Journey, and he was very nice and it was great experience.
As far as favorite gigs, playing for David Archuleta in small towns is great. I like what he is all about. The organizers of the gigs are always super nice and very hospitable towards us.
– Efam with Brady at Queen Creek, AZ
7. In addition to performing, you’re also a certified guitar instructor – David has previously expressed an interest in learning to play the guitar – have you taught him to play a song or two?
Brady: Haha he hasn’t asked me to teach him. I often mess around with Stevie Wonder songs or classic rock songs on the guitar backstage and David will sometimes sing along to those.
Did you say a Stevie Wonder song? Like this one?
Ribbon in the Sky (credit: David Archuleta)
8. Most influential artist(s) that has shaped your music? How did they inspire you?
Brady: There are far too many artists to list. I love listening to most music. They inspire me to go practice or to try and come up with music that makes the world a better place haha. I’ll list a couple from some of my favorite genres:
Classic Rock – Guys like Eddie Van Halen, Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin, Joe Perry and Steven Tyler from Aerosmith, Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top, Neil Schon from Journey, James Hetfield from MetallicA, Paul Stanley from KISS, Carlos Santana, Brian Setzer
Jazz – and saxophone players like Jeff Coffin, Joshua Redman, Bob Mintzer and cats like Miles Davis, Monk, Matt Wilson, Snarky Puppy are fantastic. I also love jazz vocalists like Kurt Elling, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday, Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole.
Funk – Tower of Power, Screaming Headless Torsos, Prince, Oz Noy, Lettuce,
Blues – Eric Gales, Stevie Ray Vaughn, BB King, Muddy Waters, John Mayer, Josh Smith
Hip Hop – The Beastie Boys, The Fugees, Run DMC
Pop – No Doubt, Lianne LaHavas, Kelly Clarkson, David Archuleta of course, Stevie Wonder, Britney Spears, Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, Boyz II Men, Lindsey Stirling, Kaskade, Neon Trees, Mute Math
Progressive Rock – The Mars Volta, Dream Theater, Rush, Yngview Malmstee, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Andy Timmons, Dave Martone,
Metal – Iron Maiden, MetallicA, Trivium, Pantera, Megadeth, Dragon Force, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Rusty Coolie
Musicals – Alfie Boe from Les Miserable, Something Rotten, Spamalot, West Side Story,
Classical – David Russell, Manuel Barruecco, Leo Brouwer, Albeniz etc…
Country – Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Restless Heart, Rascal Flatts, Little Texas, Artie Hemphill and the Iron Horse Band
I had a cousin (second or third cousin or a great uncle or something…whatever…family is family) named Ed West who taught me how to play guitar and how to play electric guitar. After listening to him play I wanted to be able to do what he did so I locked myself up in a room and tried to figure it out.
9. My first experience of you performing with David was on the acoustic version of Riu Riu Chiu – it’s beautiful! How did that project come about? Was that your first experience working with David?
Brady: David was releasing “The Prayer” on PledgeMusic and wanted to couple it with Riu Riu Chiu, but do a stripped down acoustic version. He called me a day or two before he wanted to record it and we just got together at the recording studio in Provo, Utah called June Audio. David wanted to do it all live so I came up with a way to play that main part using harmonics mixed with some fretted notes and some smacking the guitar a bit.
We played through it once or twice and then pressed record. We started in separate sound booths, usually we record so our sound is isolated just in case the sound guy wants more control or just in case one of us makes a mistake so we can tune it or do some fixes etc… David felt like it was a little stale and wanted it to have more of a live feel, so we sat right across from each other in the same room. We turned the metronome off and just played. David would close his eyes and sing and I tried to follow his phrasing, words and feel and support what he was doing the best I could with the guitar.
It is tricky because the studio engineer can’t use auto-tune or fix stuff as easily, however David is fantastic in the studio and hit a home run on his vocal performance. He is the real deal. No auto-tune or anything like that, it was all real and all live and way more expressive once David had us sit in the same room across from each other and kinda forget the technology and just play.
I overdubbed a classical Spanish guitar thing on that song which was fun. I have a degree in classical guitar and it is always a treasure to be able to play some nylon guitar, especially with a very talented vocalist like David.
10. How did you come to join what fans lovingly refer to as the “ArchuBand”? Had you previously worked with any of the other musicians in the band? You all look like you’re having so much fun performing together – what’s the funniest/craziest thing that has happened while touring with them?
Brady: I got a text message from a composer and arranger named Sam Cardon who I knew in Provo Utah who said he referred me to Kendra Lowe who was playing piano for David at the time. Kendra then gave me a call and kinda interviewed me and had me send her some videos of me playing etc… She had me show up to a rehearsal at her place and that is where I met Kendra, Bobby James (the drummer) and David. I had played with Aaron McMurray the bass player since I have been 14 years old. Chad Truman is now playing piano and I met him in Provo at Velour Live Music Gallery at a Prince tribute show I played in back in 2008.
11. I loved the concerts at Tuacahn in St. George, UT – the venue is amazing! There are 3 shows scheduled there this November (I’ll be there!) What can fans expect from these upcoming shows? (if you can share – if not, we understand!)
Brady: I’m not sure what we are playing yet haha. BUT it will be awesome. That is such a gorgeous venue. They sang happy birthday to me there last time. It was awesome! Such a good crowd.
12. What advice would you share with aspiring musicians?
Brady: Practice. Learn as much as you can. Try to play with people who are better than you. Learn 100 songs, that will teach you the vocabulary. Learn to read. Learn to listen. Show up prepared, stay up late through the night if you need to prepare for a gig. Show up on time. Be nice. Don’t change your standards. Be yourself always and people will respect that.
13. You recently posted a pic of your beautiful family on Instagram – do they get to travel with you on gigs? Do they have a favorite song from David’s set list?
Brady: David and the crew are so awesome and are cool if I bring my wife Josephine and baby Z to gigs. They come as often as they can. Baby Z is kinda like the band mascot. Having the family there is awesome and I’m blessed to play in a group where they can come.
14. What is your favorite song to perform at a David Archuleta concert?
Brady: Numb is awesome to play. The rockin’ ones like Crush and Touch My Hand are fun too, I like to run around a bit on those ones. I really really like playing some of the Spanish tunes – I get to sing in Spanish on stage and play some cool spanish guitar stuff. I still kinda don’t know what the words to some of the Spanish songs mean quite yet. I listen to the recording or record us during rehearsal and listen back to it, write it out in my own chicken scratch and memorize how the words sound and there ya go.
15. You’ve performed in Sweden, the Netherlands, Denmark, Brazil and all across the US – describe your dream tour – where would you like to go? (If you say Hawaii, that would be great!)
Brady: Of course I’d love to go to Hawaii! I’d love to go to anywhere. I love to travel and eat the local food. I kinda live for it. I’ve lived in Ghana and love the food there. My wife is from Ghana and she still will make some Ghana food for me and it is incredible. I loved the food in Brazil. Sweden had great pastries, Denmark had those good waffle cone cookie things (stroopwaffles or however you spell it). I would love to go anywhere and bring my wife along and eat the local food and hang with the local people with her. We love other cultures and find other cultures beautiful and awesome.
- What is the last song you listened to on your phone/ipod?
Brady: Jessie’s Girl by Rick Springfield (had to learn it for a gig). That song rocks!
- Any pre-concert rituals?
Brady: Do as much prep in advance as possible so my confidence level is pretty solid. Say a prayer. Play with the juicer machine in the green room.
- Favorite “post concert” food?
Brady: Chips and Salsa and Guacamole in the hot tub in the hotel after the gig. It is a band initiation. Chad recently did it with us and is now officially not the “new guy” haha.
- Prefer electric or acoustic?
Brady: I love nylon guitar and playing spanish stuff. However playing electric is pretty awesome. So much power!!! YEAAHHHH!!!
– credit Lily
These vids highlight the broad range of styles/genres that Brady can play – take a listen!
Blake Shelton - God Gave Me You – Live Session by Artie Hemphill and the Iron HorseBand
- Sorry ladies! He’s already taken!
Music on iTunes – Sunday Morning Guitar
You can also purchase this music at the Deseret Bookstore!
- click to listen & purchase!
Thank you so much Brady for sharing all of this amazing information with us! Your musical talents are a great match for David, and we look forward to many, many more concerts in the future! A Christmas Tour across the nation would be awesome!
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