David Archuleta ~ F-U-N Friday: Happy Birthday Sunny! MOTAB Reveals FUN Guest Artists, Operation Gratitude Sends Letter of Thanks, GLORIOUS Chalk Art, Preston Powis Kickstarter, Romance Languages, Musiqtone Poll VOTE! Sign David’s Card! Christmas GIFS, Welcome Home Kari!


Our Vote for MOTAB 2015!

- screen cap from A Wonderous Christmas

– screen cap from A Wonderous Christmas

Maybe we can start a write-in campaign lol….

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Happy Birthday Sunny!


A Sunny Birthday Cake!

Wishing a wonderfully wild and amazing birthday to our creative and eternally optimistic friend Sunny Hilden!  Many of us have had the pleasure to meet Sunny in person!  She’s been working with David for many years and was featured during the MKOCT performing Fa La La La La with David on stage!

Sunny also graced the stage during the Sounds of David event and entertained us all with her signature music and engaging humor.  I love reading Sunny’s tweets because they are always upbeat with a positive message, and they just make me smile!  Hope your birthday is as sunny and bright as you are!

Here’s a recent tweet she posted about David singing Glorious:

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Sunny & David having a great time!

We hope David gets to sing Happy Birthday to you and that you enjoy a fabulous day of celebration and fun!  Blow out the candles and make a wish!


Dream Sky High – SLC VIP (credit: ShellyFOD)


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MOTAB 2014 Opens the Door for MOTAB 2015!


The long awaited REVEAL unveiled the guest artist – or artists – for the 2014 MOTAB Christmas Concert – and it was presented by the letters F-U-N!  First time featured guests are visiting all the way from Sesame Street!  The Muppets Take Motab is sure to be a fun treat for the whole family!

While many fans were crossing their fingers that David might be asked back as the guest artist, this year it was not meant to be, but we’ll just have to let it go and start campaigning for 2015!  The door has been opened for MOTAB to invite a guest artist back for a second performance – which, to our knowledge had never been done before – but this year’s performance will also feature Santino Fontana who was the choir’s guest artist for the 2014 Pioneer Day Concert.

We hope MOTAB continues this trend (can once be counted as a trend?) and feels free to invite back OTHER guest artists for future repeat performances – it would be amazing to hear post-mission David singing with the choir again!

In case anyone wants to plan ahead, MOTAB 2015 is scheduled for Dec. 10-13, 2015, and the golden ticket lottery will be held October 10-19 2015.

To read more about this year’s MOTAB concert and to submit a 2014 ticket request, which runs October 18-27, 2014:  CLICK HERE

And just because I can, I’m posting a MOTAB vid for us to enjoy!  And to remind the powers that be what an AMAZING guest artist David was and can be again!

Los Pastores a Belen (credit: David Archuleta Spain)

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Operation Gratitude Letter of Thanks

Holly received a lovely letter of thanks from Operation Gratitude for all of the wonderful donations from Archies all around the world!  What a successful service project inspired by David’s visit to the Middle East.


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GLORIOUS Chalk Artwork

Martha sent in this beautiful chalk art homage to David’s Glorious - Carriedzi posted this on her IG and it’s so colorful and fun – it would make a great print to hang on the wall!

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Preston Powis Kickstarter Invite

Another artist with a David connection has a Kickstarter site to raise funds for recording and filming a music video for his new song Champion.


- click to visit Preston's Kickstarter site

– click to visit Preston’s Kickstarter site

The site features Preston’s single Let Me In, co-written by David and Dean Kaelin.  Go take a listen!

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Romance Languages 

I was perusing twitter and came across this vid posted by Elaine (@potsyoil) – it only has 60 views, and I’d never seen it before – probably because it has the ninja title IMG_0253, so it doesn’t come up if you search David Archuleta on You Tube.

It’s tagged as CFTH 2011, but I think she meant MKOC 2011 – and it’s recorded from wayyyyy back in the venue (which I think is Westbury) but the audio on this recording is so beautiful – it captures two songs sung in the romance languages of Latin (Ave Maria) and French (Pat-a-Pan) and David sounds so amazing singing both these songs as if he’s a native speaker – his affinity for languages is incredible!  I know it’s only October, but these are worth a listen!

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IMG_0253 (credit: Elaine Nitschke)

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Musiqtone Poll – VOTE VOTE VOTE!

Glorious currently sits at #2, and I’m sure we can power vote to get past the Swifties into the #1 spot!  Vote 50 mobile first, then 100 web!

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To vote 100x web:  Click HERE

To vote mobile 50x:  Click HERE

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Sign David’s Card!!

We know everyone is busy, but the deadline to sign David’s card is fast approaching!  Sign now to be included in the 2014 Birthday Book – and Archie Tradition!  Deadline is October 20th – tell all your Archubuddies!

- click to sign

– click to sign

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Christmas GIFS!

Again, yes it’s only October, but Tina’s gifs are so fun, that I just had to include them!  She was inspired by watching a vid of David singing O Holy Night at the Anaheim MKOC show (I was there) and David was so bubbly and rambly and sparkly eyed, as Tina says of David concerts – you can never attend too many!

She also has an amazing tumblr site full of David goodies!  So go visit and check it out HERE.

O Holy Night – Anaheim (credit: jtmlm)

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And here they are:

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See – who cares if it’s only October, right?

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Welcome Home Kari!

Kari packed her bags and headed home for some much deserved R&R!  We’ve missed you Kari – welcome home!



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- Cotton Candy David - credit pocoelsy

– Cotton Candy David – credit pocoelsy

Well that’s a wrap for this Friday post – sorry if it seems like Christmas has already arrived even before the little ghosts and goblins have finished their Halloween trick-or-treating!  It seems David’s cryptic tweet about humming Christmas music has the fans in a tizzy!  I’m still hoping for a Christmas concert of some kind – keep your fingers crossed!

Have a great TGIF and I’ll be back tomorrow with the Saturday post!

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David Archuleta : Thursday Throwbacks, National Boss Day with TB boss moments, Jeff LeBlanc’s 4th Album Kickstarter Invite, David’s BDay Card Needs You! TBT October vids, Another @StephanieMabey selection to share


David Archuleta screencap credit: Vanny Lim

David Archuleta screencap credit: Vanny Lim

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quote simply be the qualities you seek in others

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Happy National Boss’s Day

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October 16, 2014 – NATIONAL BOSS’S DAY  ~Source~

National Boss’s Day, also known as National Boss Day or Bosses Day is a secular holiday that began in 1958.  Patricia Bays Haroski was working as a secretary for State Farm Insurance Company in Deerfield, Illinois when she registered “National Boss’ Day” with the United States Chamber of Commerce.    October 16 was chosen as it was her father’s birthday.   Patricia was working for her father at that time, therefore making her father, her boss. <—*makes sense!*  ;)

It was four years later, in 1962, that Illinois Governor, Otto Kerner, backed Haroski’s registration and officially proclaimed Boss’ day.

Good Characteristics of a Boss~ (from Holiday Insights)

  • Fair
  • Honest
  • Understanding
  • Approachable
  • A good communicator

Happy Boss’s Day to all of the bosses out there !

OK, technically David Archuleta is not “our boss” here at FOD, but we do strive to represent him well and give our best to support and celebrate him . The characteristics listed above, for the most part, certainly describe attributes we can recognize in David, don’t you think? We’ve seen him in some great “boss mode” moments:

An epic “Boss” stare!! 

A true “Archu-boss”  gesture: follow the hand!

He’s a boss with a megaphone!


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“Hunkerdown” like a boss!

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Salt Lake City signing~ Hunkerdown like a  Boss cred Janel ( @nellie1983 ) :)

And just plain “Doin’ it like a Boss!!”

Cleveland~credit Bobbi Jo

The best testament of a “good boss” comes from those who call you “boss.” Mark Nilan shared some Archu-boss-affirmation in this MKOC  memories compilation vid created by Kari. Revisit  his words re: David just before the 10 minute mark.

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~And another lovely boss affirmation came from Robin yesterday about her own boss: “Lucky Boss!”
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Wishing all of you who are a boss and all of those celebrating their boos today a very happy day! :)

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 B-Day Card ~ Signing Deadline Oct. 20th!

- click to sign!

– click to sign!

~I checked with Shelley last night and she’s set a deadline of October 20th (Monday) for signatures and messages to be added to David’s card. We’re looking for all fans to add their good wishes, so if you haven’t signed yet, please do by Monday! Thank you! :)

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Jeff LeBlanc NEWS: A 4th album Kickstarter Invite!

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~As I posted yesterday, we’re happy (here) to don our “FOJ” hats in support of Jeff Leblanc. Yesterday he announced his new kickstarter program initiated in attempt to finish his 4th studio album.

Jeff LeBlanc is making a NEW ALBUM!

by Jeff LeBlanc

Singer/Songwriter Jeff LeBlanc is making his fourth album and needs your help to launch it! Be part of the journey.

Hey everyone!

Thank you so much for taking the time to check out my Kickstarter page! My name is Jeff LeBlanc and I’m a singer/songwriter from Long Island, NY. It’s been a crazy journey these past ten years… You’ve helped me fulfill my dream of making a living as a musician – and I’m forever grateful for that!

The time has arrived to make a new album! I am SO excited about the way things are shaping up! Over the past year, I’ve been steadily writing and have assembled a batch of songs that I truly think are my best to date – they need to be heard. Not having a record label to back this project, I have to be creative…. and that’s where you come in!

Kickstarter is a way for independent artists like myself to connect with their supporters and bring a project to life. It’s not just a financial gift that you would be giving, it’s a mutual collaboration; some would even call it a partnership. You would be part of this project every step of the way! There’s something exciting about having the finished product delivered to your doorstep, that you helped produce with your donation!

Here are some questions that I’ve been asked…

“What can we do to help?”

Check out the “Thank You Packages” on the right hand side (examples below and also on Jeff’s site!)
Please choose the one that best suits you!
In addition, share this campaign with friends and family via E-Mail, Facebook, Twitter and good ol’ fashioned word of mouth!
“Why $12,000?”

I’m trying to make an album that can compete with the best of the best! I’ll be heading to Nashville to work with an amazing producer and world class musicians. I couldn’t be more excited about the direction of this album! The budget plan I’ve assembled of $12,000 will help me complete this project.

The money raised in this campaign would help cover the expenses for…

Production, Engineering & Mixing
World Class Musicians
Art Design and Duplication of the CD
“Why do you need our help now?”

Making an album of this quality can be a costly endeavor. I can’t do this alone. Strength in numbers is powerful. I have written some amazing songs and you would be giving me the opportunity to work with some of the best producers and musicians in Nashville. With your help, I believe this new album can take my career to a new level!

We only have 35 days to reach the goal of $12,000!

This is an all or nothing campaign – which means if we do not hit the goal, none of the funding will go through – your cards will not be charged and none of the “Thank You Packages” will be sent out.

In the event that we exceed our goal, the additional funds will go towards promotion, radio and touring… all essential factors in launching a successful new album! Thank you so much for taking the time to check out this campaign… Please help spread the word… Let’s do this together!!! Best,  Jeff

Jeff has many “thank you” packages set up at different monetary support points. Examples are pictured below (GREAT PERKS OFFERED) but Do click on any one of them to head to his Kickstarter page for complete listings and info! Also check out the info on Jeff’s fb page: https://www.facebook.com/jeff.leblanc?fref=ts

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Vids For an October TBT

On this “lite” TBT and slow news day (so far), I pulled a couple vids that were uploaded right on or around past October 16th’s over the past  years.

This is a promo for CFTH uploaded by HelloGorjus on 10/16/2009. Beautifully done for a beautiful,wonderful~ A Christmas Masterpiece  Sooo beautifully done!

And This is a little favorite of mine~ “Alloy 21 Questions” was uploaded on October 15th, 2010. He had such fun candid answers in this interview. <3

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~ Another Stephanie Mabey to Share as we wait in anticipation of hearing the music she and David have been working on. This is a lovely little inspirational song similar in it’s message to “Glorious” which she wrote and sang for a previous EFY album. It’s called “Your Light.” ~It’s sooo lovely!!

And Finally~ an excellent edit and  sentiment to seal up this TBT Boss Day Post! Lynn sent us this great little sentiment on love~

Ten ways to Love sent in by Lyn Nash

TBT Angel Smiles Then and Now~ credit 
David Àrchuleta (note the accent above the “A”)

side by side angel smiles then and now credit ~ David Àrchuleta

side by side angel smiles then and now credit ~
David Àrchuleta

Have a great TBT everyone, and Happy Boss’s Day to all ~ at the very least we’re boss’s of our own lives, right? So own that title and whether you’re a boss of many or just of one, hopefully,  you’ll strive to be the qualities you look for in others. :)

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