Celebrate 9 years of together-ness @davidarchie fans! From all of us at FOD ~ thanks for staying with us, Confessions of a Modern Day Ledge Walker, New EP #Leo to arrive Aug! 25! David and Kari at HK Disneyland! Literally #UpAllNight

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David Archuleta signing autographs on August 6 2008

David Archuleta August 6 2008

 

David Archuleta signs autographs, credit to Frogcooke

David Archuleta signs autographs Aug 2008, credit to Frogcooke

Above, some of the pictures of David Archuleta from our first week in business.  So much cuteness and whats-gonna-happen-next-ness!

Quote: The best kind of humans are the ones who stay

Quote: The best kind of humans are the ones who stay  PS we love all humans!

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New EP “Leo” coming out August 25!

Announced by David Archuleta on Twitter and Instagram just before 5 pm EDT on Friday August 4th

And some of the responses!

And a bit more detail on instagram!  EXCITED TO SHARE!  And I think we are seeing Katie Moore’s handiwork here!  Love the 2-tone background behind Leo and David’s name.

and on Facebook. Go comment! Show your excitement!

And the cover art? You guessed it! 

And Isabeau Miller is part of this EP too!  

 

Mark your calendars!

 

 At the happiest place on earth!

From the IG stories of David and Kari

The original IG stories 

David Archuleta snaps a picture of Hong Kong Disneyland while in Hong Kong Aug 5 2017

David Archuleta snaps a picture of Hong Kong Disneyland while in Hong Kong Aug 5 2017

Kari Sellards, travelling with David Archuleta, snaps a picture of Hong Kong Disneyland while in Hong Kong Aug 5 2017

Kari Sellards snaps a picture of Hong Kong Disneyland while in Hong Kong Aug 5 2017

More pictures!

 

How 9 Years Flies ….

Nine years ago today we went live! So I thought I’d just share some of our initial posts.  Were you around?  Have you been a fan from the onset?  Let us know in comments!

Our very first post!!!

August 4, 2008

Check out this video of the Davids presenting an award (it’s shot from a distance):

WELCOME TO FANS OF DAVID! HOORAY!

Since January, my world has changed. Not only has David Archuleta shepherded music back into my life and inspired me to pursue creative endeavors with his extraordinary gift (and with the essence of who he is); he has been the catalyst for the nurturing of many new friendships. I cannot tell you how many phenomenal Archies, Arch Angels, and David fans of other names I have met online, and a few of them have become truly close friends; people to whom I turn daily for serious discussions about music, fangirly discussions about–well–fangirly things, and for support with that everyday real life stuff.

That is why we are so thrilled that you have chosen to follow us here: we’re going to create some magic on this site: exclusive interviews, endless chats, fan stories and pictures, David Archuleta news and features and artwork, and most importantly, a safe haven for fans to discuss and celebrate David and each other! Thank you so much for joining us in the creation of this fan home. We envision this fan family staying connected for a long, long time as we witness David’s artistry blossom and his career unfold.

A sincere thanks to Richard Parkinson for starting this fansite, and a special thanks to Miss Mary who has worked long hours and pulled many all-nighters to get the website on its feet. We are still tweaking, so be patient while we create and refine. Just thank you so much for being here today. It means the world to us.

Teen Choice Awards !

From Fox News! Check out David Archuleta at the 1:29 mark:

As most of you know, the Teen Choice Awards were taped last night in L.A. (yes, David Archuleta and Cook flew from New York and flying back again tonight). A few pictures courtesy of Getty Images:

Do you want to know if David Archuleta won the award for Most Fanatic Fans? The show doesn’t air until tonight, but rumor has it that the “Most Fantatic Fans” award was awarded off the air . (What were they thinking?) If you want to know the winner, click “Read More” at the bottom of this post.

Exclusive Fans of David pictures from Richard, Part 1:

Richard had a beautiful experience in Utah watching David perform. Richard also has a beautiful camera. Click on the thumbnails to make the pictures bigger! More to come over the next few days…

Click “Read More” if you want a spoiler about the winner of the Teen Choice Award for Most Fanatic Fans!

Please email me at jenny@fansofdavid.com OR fanblastjenny@gmail.com with your pictures, stories, videos, and article ideas! I look forward to hearing from you!

–Jenny

AND THE WINNER OF THE TEEN CHOICE AWARD FOR MOST FANATIC FANS IS…..

CONGRATULATIONS, DAVID ARCHULETA! YOU HAVE THE MOST FANATIC FANS!

We have known this for several months now…but we wanted to make sure you know how much we love you, David

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One of the first posts from Jenny …

David Archuleta Will Always be Our American Idol!

“Just hopefully, I will do my best, and that will be enough for them.”

David, you will always be enough for your fans.
Our love for you is unconditional.

David, we are so incredibly proud of you! We are inspired, fulfilled, and deeply thankful for the gift you share with us. We are so privileged to witness the genesis of a superstar-of a “deeply connected artist at the beginning of his journey.”

David left every bit of himself on the stage last night. Paula hailed his performances as “beautiful and stunning,” Randy raved that David is “exactly what this show is all about,” and Simon acknowledged that “what we have witnessed is a knockout.” David’s own reflections about his performance were thoughtful, heart-felt, and wise: “It’s not always about winning. It’s about doing your best.”

We would be remiss to not thank the fans! CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ARCH ANGELS/ARCHIES who have devoted hours upon hours over the past four months in the cause to ensure that this remarkable young prodigy-the young man with the luminous, breathtaking vocals, the stunningly vulnerable performances, and the sincere, guileless, selfless nature-advance to the Finale of American Idol. Fans toiled for endless hours on discussion boards and in chat rooms devising plans to get out the vote. Donations were made to purchase GoPhones and to help defray travel costs for family and friends. Gifts and letters were sent to David, who often took time out of his insanely hectic schedule to respond with a kind note. Family friends such as Brett Kane Hales and Richard Parkinson took the remarkable step of connecting with fans and drawing them into the Archuleta fold, making them feel a part of the family.

The journey has been a life-changing one for many: steadfast friends have been made and so many lives-more than we really will ever know-have been blessed by the magic that is David Archuleta. During Homecoming, while trying to process the sheer enormity of the love of his fans, David choked out, “I just can’t thank them enough. It makes it all worth it, knowing how many people appreciate all of the hard work I’ve been doing for this.”

We’re at the beginning of new journey now! David, we are overjoyed at the prospect of things to come-the American Idols Live Tour, your first CD, the David Archuleta concert tours, and quite simply, the entirety of what will be a long and brilliant musical career. We can’t wait to revel in your success with you, to witness your immense talent and dedication to your craft, a magnificent gift for which you are neither proud nor ambitious, but grateful and humbled.

IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE! LET’S HEAR IT FOR DAVID ARCHULETA,
WHO IS AND WILL FOREVER REMAIN IN OUR HEARTS, A TRUE AMERICAN IDOL.

–Jenny

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And one of the mos infamous posts that had us commenting for weeks.  I looked through many of our posts, and it was not unusual for some posts to have thousands of comments.  We have them all on our old back ups, one day I should restore them!

Confessions of a Ledge-Walker – August 27, 2008

Kevin (idolfreakXD) created this beautiful graphic and presented it to David and Jeff Archuleta in Tampa.  They loved it, of course!  Thanks for sharing this with us, Kevin.  It really got to me…

I was driving home from work a few days ago and listening to “Crush” over and over and over in that obsessive-compulsive manner of mine that is only endearing to those who love me.  It suddenly occurred to me that since the commencement of “Crush” I had forsaken David Archuleta’s American Idol performances.  At the next red light (okay, it wasn’t a red light; I was driving down the road at 60 miles per hour) I spun my finger around my iPod until I hit the “Archie AI” playlist, cranked up the volume, and started with his original audition of “Heaven,” working my way forward to the Finale.  By the time I hit “Love Me Tender” (my favorite AI performance of his, by the way: the yearning, the ache in his voice…the intuitive nature of his phrasing that that still makes me catch my breath in anticipation…the way he stares into the camera and peels back the layers of each one of us until our adolescent souls are laid bare…); by the time I reached that song I was a hot mess.  I called Becky and blubbered something incoherent, and she did a valiant job talking me off the ledge.  

You see, Archies are ledge-walkers: we care so deeply–we are so invested in this young man–that we frequently fly the freak flag and engage in tasks like compulsive voting on obscure polls and obsessive tracking of radio airplay of “Crush” in the Alaskan wilderness.  I have always prided myself on not being a ledge-walker: “trust the Archuleta–believe in him–don’t take his success upon yourself” I say over and over.  “He will be a superstar on his own merits.”  But I’m the worst offender of all, and for the worst of all possible reasons.

I’m selfish.  I’m on the ledge NOT because I doubt that David Archuleta will succeed, and it’s NOT because the tour is ending soon and I’m afraid that you will all go away.  I will always have something to write about when it comes to David.  I could write a daily blog about David every day for the rest of my life.  Those are not the concerns that are sending me to my precarious perch on this ledge.   Watch out…here it comes…I’m inching to the edge here…

I have concluded that I am ambivalent about David’s soon-to-be status as a superstar because we will lose him.  David Archuleta is going to be wildly, unimaginably famous–not just for a few years and not just for a fickle teenage fanbase: we are witnessing the inception of a life-long storied career.  He’s going to be a musical legend rubbing shoulders with Frank Sinatra and Paul McCartney and Elvis (now that would be a party).   He’s going to win Grammys.  Everyone will love him.  He will have millions and millions of fans. 

And therein lies my wistfulness.  He will no longer belong to us, the rabid fanbase who each bought 32 copies of “Crush” on iTunes and talked about David Archuleta to whomever would listen.  The fans who spent hours on fansites writing and fangirling and trying to describe the incandescent eyes and the voice that restores and exalts and inspires.  The fans who voted on five different phones and dialidol for five months straight. The fans who have watched every single performance of every single concert on YouTube and find something blissful and unprecendented in each one.  He won’t be ours anymore…he won’t be accessible by the buses, will he?  He won’t be able to jog out and sign autographs and give hi-fives, will he?  Will we be able to get backstage passes and talk to him and laugh with him and watch him juggle Sharpies and hug him?  See?  I’m about to jump.

With David’s impending success there is a sense of exhilaration and anticipation tempered with…well, with  a sense of loss.  That’s selfish, I know.  Can you all talk me down?  Or are you feeling the same way?  And now that I’ve written all of this, I realize that what his family and friends must be feeling is a version of this, magnified a thousandfold.

–Jenny

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Modern Day Ledgewalker update

by Pastel

I read this over again and things have changed alot over 9 years, but some things have also stayed the same.  David’s access to fans in the early days was unprecedented.  David bent over backwards to be accessible and available, and we are now aware of how difficult some of that was for him.  My heart aches sometimes knowing that. The more liberal access to David backstage and by buses has been replaced by well orchestrated VIPs and private M&Gs.  Boundaries have been established which is, in my opinion, necessary to protect David’s privacy.  And although he has had success, it’s not at the Elvis / Frank Sinatra level (yet) that Jenny had considered.  And we are also aware that David doesn’t measure his success that way, and nor should we.

But definitely our commitment to his music, promoting it and our celebrating his performances hasn’t wavered.  Our need to find snippets of him singing or answering fan questions hasn’t changed.  We still marvel at his wit and charm which has matured, but  remains endearing.  We applaud every foray into the unchartered for David, because we understand, since David shared this with us, that each step can be difficult for him.  And we still want his success, but its not in the traditional sense necessarily – but in a way that is meaningful to him.  

Most of all, we want David to be happy, because David has made it abundantly clear that notoriety and mainstream success does not give him happiness.  There is much more to David than we saw back in 2008.  There is a deeper, spiritual, cerebral and emotional David who is driven by more than the external.  And those of us who understand that, not only for David, but for ourselves as well, are still here.  There are fewer of us, and some of us are new, but we know a good thing when we see it.

So on our 9th birthday, let’s celebrate the new-age ledge walkers.  It’s a great ride, isn’t it?   

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Some things change, some things stay the same

In reading these early posts, 9 years ago, so much has changed.   For me, I have much less time to spend on David pursuits.  In the olden days I’d create a mega birthday post, complete with links and commentary and interviews and vids.  So at RL swallows me up, allow my to finish off this post instead with a picture from our FOD media files (which are massive and our host says we have to do something about them!) from August of each year since we have been here (other than the mission years):

David Archuleta outside signing autographs on the American Idol Tour, picture taken by Wanda August 21 2008

Picture of David Archuleta from August 21, 2008. Credit to Wanda

 

David Archuleta performs in Pittsburg in one of his solo shows during the Demi / David tour

David Archuleta performs in Pittsburg in one of his solo shows during the Demi / David tour August 2009

David Archuleta at Teen Choice Awards Aug 10 2010

David Archuleta at Teen Choice Awards Aug 10 2010

David Archuleta is jumping during performance in Asia Tour

David Archuleta during Asia Tour Credit: DavidArchuleta.com  August 2011

David Archuleta as a mustached hipster in his Instagram Story

David Archuleta as a mustached hipster in his Instagram Story – August 2014

A baby coos at David Archuleta at Time Out for Woman event in August 2015

David Archuleta finds that Australian babies like him! August 2015

A picture of David Archuleta and little Snow at Holt International orphanage in China

David Archuleta visits little Snow in Holt International in China August 2016

A picture of David Archuleta black and white in front of window

David Archuleta  August 2017

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So Happy Birthday to all of us

Fans of David Button

Direct quotes from Jenny’s welcome message in August 2008:

… we are so thrilled that you have chosen to follow us here: we’re going to create some magic on this site: exclusive interviews, endless chats, fan stories and pictures, David Archuleta news and features and artwork, and most importantly, a safe haven for fans to discuss and celebrate David and each other! Thank you so much for joining us in the creation of this fan home. We envision this fan family staying connected for a long, long time as we witness David’s artistry blossom and his career unfold.

I hope we have done that for all of you:  we have endeavoured to interview band members especially in the past year, associated artists and others who can provide some insight into the David world.  Although no longer operational, our evening chats where we played all sorts of music and providing an open place for conversation, save the trolls we needed to zap occasionally, were tons of fun.  We pride ourselves in fan stories and actively seek them out (sorry for pestering you concert-goers!) so those who cannot go to concerts can share the experience.  We do our best to provide you David news as soon as we know about it on Twitter and Facebook (David from Texas is a sleuth and incredibly talented in finding info and getting it out) and then summarize here.  We love the talent of David fans, and showcase creativity in our posts.  When we have had physical CDs, we have helped to bring them to those who wanted them through gifting programs thanks to generous fans.   And many of you have been incredibly open in giving to numerous charitable events posted here.

Regarding our offerings, we have branched out to a fabulous FB page that mimics what we have here, but allows you to share and comment on each feature.  It looks fabulous – Thank you DFT!!! We are also on Pinterest, Periscope and Instagram but have yet to utilize these social media fully.   But we save alot of David’s instagram stories to our Youtube account so those of you who cannot access can often find them them there And check out out our links on our sidebar and feel free to PIN anything you see here!   We will soon link to all of our videos in the sidebar too.  More freshening up to our site in store πŸ™‚

And we do this, this volunteer job, in order to offer a site and FB page that we feel is celebratory and respectful of the artist, does not intrude into David’s personal life if he hasn’t shared it.  It should also be celebratory and respectful of each of you as well.  Admittedly don’t always have a 100% success rate, but we do indeed try.   I think Joanie, Kalei and I keep that summary of Jenny’s front and centre in what we post for you, although honestly, I was floored at how accurate it still is today.  Celebration and respect are always paramount, as well as making it all fun. We were even part of a fab fan gathering last year that drew the attention of the man himself so we do know how to party lol!  

So on the occasion of our 9th birthday, let’s take that celebration part to heart and toast to David and to all of you!  

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When “Up All Night” has a literal meaning

Poor David has jet lag.  Not surprising!  Hong Kong is 12 hours ahead of EDT, and David and Kari had all of those delays.  Shanelle recorded David’s IG story

and from that, this clever edit from Omar.  I’m still laughing!

From Jessica

Graphics from Jessica showing David Archuleta's Don't Run Away and parts of the video

Graphics from Jessica

Jessica's edits showing David Archuleta walking in the park with a lyric from Numb

Edits from Jessica

That’s is for me!  If things are quiet next week, we are considering vacay where we post at the start of the week and just update as needed.  We will see!

Have a great weekend folks!  Hope you can have some cake!

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69 Responses to Celebrate 9 years of together-ness @davidarchie fans! From all of us at FOD ~ thanks for staying with us, Confessions of a Modern Day Ledge Walker, New EP #Leo to arrive Aug! 25! David and Kari at HK Disneyland! Literally #UpAllNight

  1. Lisa says:

    What a lovely walk down memory lane, Mary Lou. Thank you! FOD is still my home away from home. Have a great weekend everyone. 😊

  2. Lisa in Austin says:

    What a lovely walk down memory lane, Mary Lou. Thank you! FOD is still my home away from home. Have a great weekend everyone. 😊

  3. Marylee-NorthCarolinaGirl says:

    Jumped the gun and sent out wishes yesterday, so let me fix thatπŸ™„
    “whats-gonna happen-next-ness” …YES! I do believe that is one of the reasons so many of us are still here! ….I know it is true of my motivation.
    I’ve offered this sentiment many times but it truly deserves to be repeated…much appreciation to FOD for all your endless efforts over the years ~ what a journey we’ve all been on & although I’ve questioned myself & my mental state lol, I’d prolly do it all again…but ONLY if I knew what I know now πŸ˜‚ Honestly tho, thanksπŸ’•

  4. JustJess says:

    A very happy birthday to the fantastic FOD!
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    πŸ“¦βœ¨βœ¨βœ¨βœ¨πŸ“¦

    • JustJess says:

      Oops! I’m going to try that again πŸ˜›
      🎈 🎈 🎈 🎈
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      • Pastel says:

        Love it Jess! And thanks so much for the great edits! Keep them coming!!! ❀❀❀

        • JustJess says:

          Thank you! ❀ I would so be doing more but my computer has been broken for months now so I can’t make any design-y things. 😫😫😫
          But as soon as I get the chance I can’t wait to create some fresh edits and send them on over!!

  5. Joanie/@suttygal in MN says:

    Wow!
    Thank you Mary Lou for this fantastic “Happy 9th Birthday” post for FOD!!
    So many wonderful memories and I remember so well the very first day we traveled thru cyberspace from “Fanblast” to our new parking space…our new home, here named Fans Of David (FOD) that was so painstakingly and lovingly created by Richard (PapaFOD), Jenny, Becky, Gail, Miss Mary, and the rest of the “pioneers.”
    I was in France that day~ overseas at a soccer tournament with my family cheering on my son… and also cheering on my other newly found fan/family here logged in from a hotel computer late at night. πŸ™‚ So many memories, so much excitement, and a heart that was so full for David, his music, and this wonderful journey we had all embarked on together.

    “things have changed a lot over 9 years, but some things have also stayed the same. “<— I love this line, Mary Lou, and I also love your "Modern Day Ledgewalker Update!!"
    David has grown immensely over the years~both personally and professionally.
    Like any "journey in life" and process of growth, this course has at times been smooth and fast, then slooow and/or bumpy… sometimes high-flying, and other times a little low…. But in looking back, standing here, and gazing ahead, I really feel that even when it may not have seemed like it or when we didn't quite understand, it's been David (in faith) who has found his way to lead and has shown us the way. I'm blessed and proud to be able to support as a forever fan of David with all of you and as a MOD team member of this "home" with Mary Lou, Kalei, and David DFT.

    As Mary Lou intimated, and as a "modern day ledgewalker" myself, what I want for David today is what I've always wanted for him and hoped for him… to be happy and fulfilled in all aspects of his life. For every time he chooses to share his voice and his music with us I consider it a privilege and a great blessing. And for any time I'm able to hear David live, the blessing is multiplied. ❀️
    Thanks so much to everyone here celebrating with us today and for all who continue to support and celebrate David Archuleta with us on FOD and FOD fb. 😊

    Oh~ and those IG stories that David chooses to share with us complete with singing from his bed or a barber chair~ PRICELE$$!!! May they never go awayyyy a yeahhh 😘

  6. angelbymyside says:

    Let me join in on the festivities by saying HAPPY 9TH BIRTHDAY FOD πŸŽˆπŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸ’ƒπŸ˜Š ! Thanks to all the wonderful mods for keeping the site up and running these past 9 years (and especially during David’s 2-year mission). Not only do you keep this site jam-packed with news, pics and videos, you maintain Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Periscope, and Pinterest accounts…WHEW πŸ‘!!! It’s been a joy following David’s career all these years and look forward to what’s to come. Here’s to many more years of FOD posts!

    • Pastel says:

      We so appreciate you being here Maureen! It has been a joy to be in this community for sure! ❀❀❀

  7. Jenny says:

    Happy 9th!! Awesome post Pastel! I’m so grateful to everyone on FOD on their dedication to promote David’s music and provide goodies for all the fans!
    I am late in the game (2.5 years) and it’s funny for me to look at his photos from earlier days(he’s a child!! An adorable one!!) I hope you pour yourselves some alcoholic or nonalcoholic beverage of your choice and congratulate yourselves for such excellent work!

    • Pastel says:

      I’ve been drinking sparkling water all week Jenny lol! Yeah for the newbies! Thanks for joining us!!! ❀❀❀

  8. jana says:

    So well done Pastel!
    Happy 9th FOD. Thanks for all your work! It has been an interesting journey and David is a very interesting person to say the least. You just never know what is next with him. Music, travel, words of wisdom and inspiration far beyond his years, this is what keeps me checking in. Thank you all! Mods, fans and David for being true to yourself.

    • Pastel says:

      So true Jana. You just never know with David! Isn’t that the best? Thanks for sticking with us Miss My Hands 😘❀

  9. GrammyJ says:

    Happy birthday FOD!! I’ve been here from the beginning although I was a lurker for years. Thanks for all the work you mods do year after year keeping this site filled with all the David news even when there wasn’t much news. Your creativity is boundless! Luckily there will be big news August 25 when David’s Leo EP is released!

  10. Miss Vicki DA#2014 says:

    LEO!!!! I’m so excited….new EP…..Leo is my hubby’s zodiac sign…..wonder what the significance of Leo has for David….Wonder when tour dates will be announced….soon I hope….David please come to VA, MD, PA, Washington DC, NC, NJ…..Those of us in the Mid-Atlantic states miss you!!!!! Miss Vicki

  11. Miss Vicki DA#2014 says:

    HAPPY 9th Birthday FOD!!!!! So glad we are all still here!!!! Wonder if kimk is back from Hawaii and knows about LEO!!! Miss Vicki

  12. Sheila says:

    Thank you so very much Mary Lou, Joanie and Kalei for keeping the site going even when there was not a lot of news! I rarely comment but I really do appreciate all that you do!

  13. VaBeachJudy says:

    Evening all! πŸ™‚

    HAPPY Birthday FOD and hopes for many more! Thank you Pastel, Joanie, Kalei and DFT for giving the fans a “place to park” and making us feel like a fan family! Thank you for your hard work and dedication , it’s APPRECIATED! Truth be told, we’d be lost with out you!

    NEW MUSIC! Leo EP on the way! ❀

  14. Emilyluvsarchie says:

    Happy birthday FOD! And the biggest thank you to all of you who work so hard to keep this site the fabulous place it is!

    • Pastel says:

      Thanks for stopping by Emily! And thanks so much for all your contributions over the years. It was so awesome to see you and your family in Indy!

  15. sydnie says:

    Wow can’t believe this wonderful FOD site has been here nine years already, time sure flies when surrounded by awesome fellow Archies! I appreciate all the amazing mods so very much….thank you Kalei, Joanie, Pastel & DFT for everything also Richard for creating this fab @davidarchie fansite! πŸ˜πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽ€πŸŽˆπŸŽ‚

  16. sydnie says:

    Eeeekk new song coming in a few weeks, can’t wait to hear LEO! Wonder if there’ll be a mv also! 😬
    Gosh David & Kari must’ve been exhausted after the extremely long trip to Hong Kong
    yet poor D still couldn’t sleep hope he’s adjusted now….wonder why he’s there?

    • GrammyJ says:

      We don’t know why David is in Hong Kong other than he went to Hong Kong Disneyland. Leo is going to be an EP that has I believe four songs.

  17. GrammyJ says:

    David and Kari are at Hong Kong Disneyland per Instagram

  18. Spirit says:

    Happy Birthday FOD! I’d like to add my appreciation to the moderators who provide this wonderful gathering place. Although I don’t comment often, I’ve been along for the ride since the old Fan Blast days. I am constantly amazed by your hard work and creativity in providing a wealth of David related news and commentary…even during the mission years! It has sure been a facinating journey following this amazing young man! I’m looking forward to the Leo EP and keeping my fingers crossed for new tour dates east of the Mississippi! Go east, young man!

    • Pastel says:

      You remember Fanblast? That was the “mother” site and then FOD was founded. It has indeed been a fascinating journey for a fascinating young man. With a fascinating fan base πŸ‘β€πŸ˜˜

  19. Marylee-NorthCarolinaGirl says:

    New Music ~ right around the corner! Wonderful newsπŸ˜ƒ
    THANKS David, in advanceβ€ΌοΈπŸ‘

  20. VaBeachJudy says:

    Good morning guys! A SUPER Saturday to all! πŸ™‚

    FUN time for Kari and David at Hong Kong Disneyland! NEVER to old to ENJOY the happiest place on earth! Ready any time to make another trip πŸ™‚

    ENJOY your day! πŸ™‚

  21. Bobanna says:

    Happy Saturday!

  22. missbianca says:

    Greetings and Happy Birthday to FOD! I never imagined my fandom would last so long but it is all the wonderful people I’ve met who have kept me going and kept it worth it. Thank you for the Fans of David staff, current, original, and in-between.

    The lead photo has been one of my favorites since I first saw it–I made it into a desktop background that I used for a LONG time.

    • VaBeachJudy says:

      Waving hello! That picture of David is STUNNING! As with you, it has been a FAVORITE from day one! ❀

  23. Rapport says:

    Congrats and Mazel Tov to FOD! Your dedication, commitment, character — and patience — have not gone unnoticed. David is very lucky to have you in his corner, as you are to have him in yours.

    I don’t post often, but I come here almost every day. I love this site and all those who post, dig, scrutinize, praise, ponder, care, speculate, admire — and complain. LOL This is all part and parcel of being a diehard David fan.

    The black and white pic of a mature David is absolutely stellar. I hope the media and others who have need for David images select this money shot. His PR agency should make sure this photo makes its way to the right editors, producers and journalists. There are too many old David images out there. JMHO.

    • VaBeachJudy says:

      Waving hello! Sure do agree with using the new picture for promo! Would love to see that picture used for the cover of the new LEO EP. Swoon worthy! :):-)

  24. VaBeachJudy says:

    Good morning guys! HAPPY Sunday! πŸ™‚

    Well we do know David performed at the Asia Doterra Convention in Hong Kong! Wonder what songs he performed? Maybe The Moon Represents My Heart? So BEAUTIFUL! He is a world ambassador! πŸ™‚

    ENJOY your day! πŸ™‚

  25. kimk says:

    pic is def swoonworthy.. think it is time to leave baby D at the doorstep bring on the new more mature handsome David.
    no worries guys not really staying just replying to Rapport’s post then going on my way
    seems folks are stuck in the old for whatever reason.

  26. ray says:

    o come on kimk, don’t readinto something that isn’t there, we all love having you here , love ray, I too say it like it is

    • kimk says:

      lol ok ray that made me laugh thanks. ha just that I am one heck of a spicy nachos can’t just sit on my hands.. ha anyone remember the time he was trying to do a vlog sitting on his? who told him he was too expressive that way in the first place man his hands have always been like another person in there.

  27. Sparkles2 says:

    Happy ninth birthday FOD.

  28. Ali says:

    Happy 9th birthday, FOD!!!

    Your continued dedication and devotion to keeping this site running is greatly appreciated! 9 years has seen so many changes and life moments for us all. I’m glad to be part of all this and feel so blessed to have found this community. Thanks again for all you do! <333

  29. Ali says:

    I found some interesting numbers info posted over at MJ’s. This is relating to streaming music on Spotify. As much as it means less money for artists than album and individual songs sales, streaming music really is the direction the industry is growing into so it’s important to build a presence there. Given that this info comes from an American Idol blog, the comparisons are with fellow Idol alums. The list focuses on alums without label deals aka indie artists.

    “I was looking at the Spotify numbers for some of the ex-Idols, and they are really all over the place. Even with the ones who are indie. This isn’t a complete list, of course, but I tried to do a good cross section consisting of earlier and later seasons, male and female artists, genres, where they placed on show, etc.. Anyone see any kind of pattern or any type of conclusion that can be drawn from these #s?

    Scotty 1,506,426 monthly listeners (today’s #s N/A) 183,497 followers
    David A: 790,637 monthly listeners (1435 so far today); 111,056 followers
    Kris: 291,205 monthly listeners (5,736 so far today); 58,765 followers
    Totem: 263,792 monthly listeners (today’s #s N/A), 5,448 followers
    Kellie P: 194,822 monthly listeners (336 so far today) 142,117 followers
    Lee: 161,138 monthly listeners (1,842 so far today) 25,570 followers
    David C: 141,388 monthly listeners (126 so far today); 57,276 followers
    Ruben 96,002 monthly listeners (246 so far today) 27,355 followers
    Nick: 70,338 monthly listeners (330 so far today) 7,746 followers
    Jessica 68,186 monthly listeners (210 so far today) 21,274 followers
    Blake 61,719 (138 so far today) 5,072 followers
    Zealyn 32,515 (578 so far today) 1,874 followers
    Alex P: 29,104 monthly listeners (175 so far today) 3,861 followers
    Avalon 23,210 monthly listeners (today’s #s N/A) 4,432 followers
    Sam: 23,060 monthly listeners (131 so far today) 3,020 followers
    Dalton 16,834 monthly listeners (1306 so far today) 9,971 followers
    Allison: 11,934 monthly listeners (today’s #s N/A),; 8,644 followers
    (Halo Circus 960 monthly listeners, 663 followers)
    Caleb 11,833 monthly listeners (today’s #s N/A) 4,267 followers
    Crystal: 9,345 monthly listeners (today’s #s N/A), 7,651 followers
    Candice 8,052 monthly listeners (today’s #s N/A) 7,632 followers

    Of course these numbers vary for ex-alums who have label deals, as well: Kelly is averaging around 6.5 million monthly listeners, Carrie nearly 3 million, Adam more than 2 million, Haley and Phillip both more than 1 million, Laurenand Fantasia both about 850 thousand, Danny around 350 thousand, Colton around 325 thousand, La’Porsha about 53 thousand, etc.”

    • kimk says:

      hmm.. I like those stats thanks Ali is Spotify very popular?

      • GrammyJ says:

        Yes, Spotify is the most popular streaming platform probably followed by Pandora and Apple Music. David is doing quite well on Spotify for an indie artist IMHO.

      • Ali says:

        As GrammyJ said, yes Spotify is the most popular music streaming service currently. Here’s a quote from a recent article about streaming services:

        “With millions more paying subscribers than the closest competition, Spotify is β€” by a wide margin β€” the most popular on-demand streaming service on the market today. That’s true for a number of reasons, including the service’s extremely user-friendly interface on desktop, iOS, and Android, numerous third-party integrations β€” such as Amazon’s Alexa and Google Cast β€” and a diverse array of well-curated playlists and music-discovery tools.”

        https://www.digitaltrends.com/music/best-music-streaming-services/

  30. kimk says:

    I came here to tell folks there is a video of him singing glowing in Chinese.. Kari’s IG it is beautiful lucky peeps

  31. Alwaysafan says:

    Thanks for the info Kim, he did sing The Moon Represents My Heart:) it was a small clip but he sounded wonderful as usual;)

  32. kimk says:

    https://youtu.be/-dOQS6Q15Fw

    FOD made a video of it

    another thing.. that skin!!

  33. SMcM says:

    Wow!!!! No one sings a ballad more beautifully than David!!! Thanks so much for sharing! How many languages has he sung a song in now?

  34. VaBeachJudy says:

    Good morning guys! A MARVELOUS Monday to all! πŸ™‚

    Many thanks to Kari for the snippet of David singing The Moon Represents My Heart! And YES, swoon worthy! David and ballads PERCECTION! πŸ™‚

    ENJOY your day! LEO EP …closer now! ❀

  35. Mari says:

    Prayers for the people in Honduras-a tropical storm going past there and to my hometown people of San Antonio with the flooding happening-everyone stay safe.Thank you FOD for 9 wonderful years of David News a very Happy Birthday 🎈 and sorry this is late had to work over this tax free weekend and it was crazy!!!

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