新歌If I Could Only Be
翻唱Train的Hey, Soul Sister
翻唱Desree的You Gotta Be
新歌If I Could Only Be
翻唱Train的Hey, Soul Sister
翻唱Desree的You Gotta Be
David Archuleta is a dreamer.
And a skeptic.
And an optimist.And now the 19-year-old singer is also a writer.
Yep. You read that correctly. Archuleta is a published author. Of a book. A 256-page book, to be exact.
And while you might be surprised that the "American Idol" runner-up has writing skills outside of music, no one was more surprised about the prospect of a book than Archuleta himself.
There's a lot more to Archuleta's life than just "American Idol," and when the editors at Penguin publishing house learned of how the young star had overcome vocal cord paralysis and a number of insecurities before finding success as a musician, they saw what Archuleta could not.
"At first, I was like, what? What is there to write about? It's like I'm not that interesting of a person," Archuleta told the Deseret News in a phone interview from Southern California, where he was working with songwriters on new material.
"I didn't think I was all that super special," he said. "Every single person has a story to tell, but not everyone has that opportunity to. I never imagined having this kind of thing, to be able to share my experiences and things that I've learned and have people actually want to hear what I've got to say."
It took a lot of juggling and overcoming fears on Archuleta's part, but on June 1, "Chords of Strength: A Memoir of Soul, Song and the Power of Perseverance" will hit bookstores.
Getting the book to publication was not an easy process. Archuleta is not a fan of writing. In fact, he finds the process of putting words on a page somewhat terrifying. And beyond that, just remembering all the details of his short life was somewhat daunting.
Luckily, Archuleta had the help of Monica Haim, who pushed the Utahn to go past his typical, brief answers. The more he would say, "I don't know," the more Haim would challenge Archuleta to remember, and, with some work, memories flooded back.
"When you really pay attention and focus enough and try hard enough to think about something and give enough time to think it through, it will come back," Archuleta said. "Even to the point where what you felt comes back and what your surroundings were. It was a really cool exercise for me."
The two worked together from Day One. And it was a lot of work. Long conversations, detailed questions, and editing and re-editing were all done during and in-between tours and recording albums, but Archuleta is extremely proud of "Chords of Strength."
"Nothing's ever perfect, but just because something isn't perfect doesn't mean you give up on it," he said. "Looking back, look at how far we came, look at how much we got accomplished. The things that I feel really good about with the book can help so many people potentially."
Help? you ask. Can a teenager's memoir help me?
Yes, it can, said Archuleta, who questioned the good of talking about himself for an entire book. "I know I haven't lived for the longest time, but I have learned things."
"It's up to other people to be interested in what I say," Archuleta said. "But I just hope that I will be able to help people in some way with what I have to say and how I just view my life and how I've tried to live it."
Archuleta doesn't know why exactly he was supposed to write "Chords of Strength," and he doesn't know who exactly is going to read it or what people will get out of it. He does know, however, that he was supposed to write it and share all he could.
"I'm hoping that people will find things in common with me," he said. "I hope they'll say, 'Hey, this kid is normal, he's got problems, he's got fears, but he was still able to get through it.'"
Archuleta believes most important parts are near the end, where he tries to talk about why he does things and why he looks at music with a spiritual perspective.
"I feel like God's hand has been there," he said. "Even though you think, why would He let me do this? Why would He give me this chance? What is the purpose of this? That's where I really focused most of my concentration. I felt that's what made me who I am the most, and that's what's given me the most strength.
"When people read this book, they want to know why I am the way I am, and why I've decided to live my life the way I do, and why I've chosen music. That's where I wanted to explain to people, this is why I do things, because music is such a powerful thing."
As a tween, Archuleta didn't like the sound of his own voice, making him skeptical when it came to his musical dreams. A lot has changed since then, and his talent is no longer something he can ignore or question.
You always have to be prepared because you don't know how long things will last, Archuleta said. All you can do is try to do it. It won't always work, but it's surprising how often it will.
"I've wanted to sing for years, even though I'm only 19," Archuleta said. "Life is about constantly progressing. You constantly have to keep working and striving. As frustrating as that may get, that's what makes it feel so good. …
"I doubted myself so much and, for some reason, as much as I doubted myself, I went for it anyway," he said. "I always hoped for something good to come out of it. I hoped more inside than I doubted outside. And I'm so happy that I listened to that voice."
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David Archuleta's full interview
By David Burger
David Archuleta is on his mission.
“I guess in a way it is,” the 19-year-old Murray native said about his book, Chords of Strength: A Memoir of Soul, Song, and The Power of Perseverance. “It’s very much like a missionary experience for me.”
It was God who told him that Archuleta “had a job to do.” But Archuleta hasn’t had time to embark on a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The pop-singing teen has been through a whirlwind since he auditioned his way out of obscurity in 2008 to become one of the most talented singers in the nine-year history of TV’s top-rated “American Idol.” The soulful tenor has released two albums — 2008’s self-titled debut and 2009’s “Christmas From the Heart” — and is finishing his third album, tentatively set for release before Christmas. His cheery, always-smiling countenance was even seen this past Wednesday onstage during the “American Idol” Season 9 finale.
But Archuleta had time to collaborate on a book, ghostwritten by Monica Haim, who conducted a series of interviews with him over the past year. The book, published as a hardcover by the Penguin Group, will be released on June 1.
While many might think it’s too early for the singer to publish an autobiography, Archuleta said it felt like the right time when he was approached about the project.
“People do memoirs later in life, but I’ve had experiences. I wasn’t born yesterday,” he said in a Tribune interview. “I’m different from who I was two years ago.”
The book allowed him a way to talk to people. It was a book, Archuleta said, that would “finally [be] a way for me to talk to people.”
As he explains on the back jacket in the confessional style employed throughout the 248-page book: “I was somehow able to tap into the best parts of myself in those moments when I needed to get through a difficult situation — on or off the stage. It kind of hit me that the most meaningful thing I could do with this book (and my story in general) is to try to inspire people to do the same. … There are no hot lights shining in my eyes, no microphone being held up to my face, and no screaming media people barraging me with questions. It’s just you and me.”
The loose narrative traces his personal trials and tribulations, but is also intended to be a self-help, motivational book in the style of Dale Carnegie. “I didn’t want people to read the book and feel sorry for me,” Archuleta said. “The reason that I wrote it was to hopefully help someone in some way. I want to be useful in life.”
Archuleta’s biggest demon, he writes, is self-doubt. “I’m always doubting myself,” he said. “[But] the hope in my heart knocks it over. My hope is stronger than my doubt. Hope is pushing you forward.”
Arguably, the most interesting chapters in the book are his accounts of the backstage moments through the crucible that was “American Idol,” as well as lengthy discussion about his faith. Talking about his spirituality took the longest and was the hardest. “I wanted that to be the most true and most real,” Archuleta said. “That’s the most important thing.”
While the book is a memoir, Archuleta does not delve deeply into personal relationships or family affairs, staying away from rumors of scandals involving his father or reported marital difficulties with his parents. “I try to keep my personal life private,” he said. “I’m known for being private. Do I want people knowing everything about me?”
Archuleta has been known for keeping his feelings close to his vest ever since it was announced he’d earned a trip to Hollywood during “American Idol.”
“People wonder why I am the way I am, why I do certain things,” he said. “This is who I am.”
Archuleta paused, and then chuckled. “I’m going to be real. I’m a dork.”
credit:Salt Lake Tribune
Here are some tidbits I wasn't able to include in the story, which is about his new memoir:
"It was not my original idea, for sure," he said when asked where the idea for a book came from.
"At first, I was like, 'Funny,'" he said when he was asked to write a book.
On Demi Lovato: "She is one of the most talented kids out there. She's written more than 300 songs. She's really friendly with kids."
On song-writing: "I try not to be too direct. I want people to relate."
On his mantra: "You have to have a dream, and go for it."
credit:Salt Lake Tribune
Archuleta considers this a particular honor because Billboard is "not just some teen website." Archuleta checks Billboard regularly and reads the magazine. And given Underwood's success, he was surprised and flattered
to have received more votes.
"It's crazy," he says. "Carrie's just so successful. She's sold millions and millions of albums and she has a great voice and a great personality."
David Archuleta Named Billboard's Best American Idol Ever: Objective vs. Subjective
From an objective standpoint, Archuleta doesn't have the record sales of Underwood or Chris Daughtry, an Oscar like Jennifer Hudson, or the time-tested longevity of Kelly Clarkson. Yet that may just be a matter of time. David is still very young.
And in a way, Billboard actually makes the distinction between established success vs. subjective appeal. In another Billboard poll that measured album sales, individual song sales, and radio play, Kelly Clarkson came in first place followed by Carrie Underwood.
David Archuleta Named Billboard's Best American Idol Ever: Vocal and Musical Appeal
Still, it's easy to understand why Billboard's fans voted in droves for David Archuleta. While it may be tempting to write him off as a Disney teen, his appeal extends across all age groups. Teenagers, senior citizens, and adult contemporary audiences appreciate his sweet voice and genuinely humble demeanor.
Archuleta's voice, talent, and versatility will contribute to his ultimately longevity as an artist. His radio-friendly voice suits pop, adult contemporary, and even R&B. And he appeals to Spanish-speaking markets as well, as seen in Somos El Mundo (We are the World). And having seen him perform at last year's US Open finale, I can vouch that he sounds even more impressive live.
According to Billboard, David Archuleta's record sales are nearing the one million mark (as of April 2010) and his ticket sales have hit 3 million.
And to top it off, Archuleta is a genuinely nice guy, and it comes across not only in his interviews, but also in his charitable work. Archuleta is a spokesperson for Do Something.org, an organization helping teens who want to contribute to disaster relief
And in January, he participated in a weekend-long to raise money for earthquake victims in Haiti. He also provided MTV News with a soulful rendition of Kurt Bestor's Prayer for the Children, illustrating how much this cause meant to him.
With his talent, enormous potential, and sweet nature, it's no wonder Billboard fans named David Archuleta Best American Idol Ever.
WHO: David Archuleta.
WHAT: Signing his book "Chords of Strength."
WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday.
WHERE: Bookends, 232 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood; 201-445-0726 or book-ends.com.
David Archuleta sang for me. Granted, it was just two lines. But somehow, I now understand the enormous charm of this baby-faced "American Idol" star, season 7's runner-up.
In a recent phone interview, I asked the 19-year-old which of his original songs best captures his personality. He immediately said: "Works for Me," a bonus track off his self-titled debut album. Then he launched into a sweet, drawn-out melody. "No, I won't make up my mind. I'm too good at wastin' time."
I was too disarmed to come back with a response.
But David, if you're reading this: I don't think you're the procrastinating type at all. You've yet to hit two decades, and you've already serenaded on "Star Search," overcome vocal cord paralysis, weathered the grueling rounds of competition to become a finalist on "Idol," released two albums and now you have a memoir out! Please!
During the interview, Archuleta talked about his faith, humility and his new book.
Q. In your memoir, you come across as someone who wants to keep a low profile. When you were auditioning for "American Idol," you didn't tell your friends or anyone at your high school.
I was just afraid of people having high expectations for me and then coming home and disappointing them. I didn't want anyone to know.
Q. How do you personalize the cover songs that you perform — like your much-buzzed-about "Idol" performance of "Imagine"?
I think you have to believe in what you're really singing, and really feel something as you sing. When you believe, there's a connection and a truth in what you're saying. The truth is what hits people. In "Imagine" you're imagining a situation of how things can be, imagining what it's like. People will feel that. So many people connect to that. It's what I love about music.
Q. You talk about your faith and prayer a lot in the book. And you're from Utah. Are you Mormon?
Q. Why didn't you mention that in the book?
I didn't mention that? I don't like flaunting my beliefs. People know it's a big part of my life. I don't think it should be all flashy and showy. The book is supposed to be who I am. People want to know why (I'm) the way I am and why I'm doing these things. I'm not perfect. I'm happy to help other people be happy, that's what life is all about.
Q. You mention that running is a hobby. Are you still a runner? Do you want to run a marathon someday?
I recently messed with my leg. I didn't stretch. Oh, bummer. The other night I got some new sweat pants. You know, I really want to do a marathon. I'm not going to be the fastest person. But I can say I did the marathon.
Q. What projects do you have coming up?
I'm working on my second pop album. I've been writing a lot. What's cool about writing is you get to show more of you. On "American Idol," fans get to know you as a person. (But) you don't have any of your own songs.
Q. You're only 19; do you picture yourself putting out albums well into your senior years?
Sure, I would love to. I loved music since I was little. … I don't see myself quitting. It's such a part of who I am. Tony Bennett has been doing this for years. He's still doing it and still sounding great. I don't think you can get sick of music.
Q. How are your vocal cords doing after the partial paralysis you suffered a few years ago?
It's just really amazing, my voice has learned to work around it. I feel fine. I can go for hours recording and get through a whole set jumping around on the stage. I feel really grateful. It can be easy to give up. I just feel I have to thank God. You're not always the one in charge.
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"American Idol's" Season 9 finale showdown between Crystal Bowersox and Lee Dewyze is here! The usual suspects around the blogosphere are making their predictions and placing their bets about who will snag this year's crown. But who better to share first-hand experience of the finale then "American Idol" Season 5 runner-up David Archuleta.
Zap2it sat down with Archie and former Idol contenders Kimberly Caldwell and LaKisha Jones at the AT&T U-verse Lounge in the W Hollywood. And we sure did have a great afternoon kicking it at the hotel with this "American Idol" trio.
In the first installment of our Archuleta sit-down, we pick his brain on how he thinks Bowersox and Dewyze are feeling right at this moment -- or shall we say the "Idol" moment. Because to borrow from "Idol" Season 6 winner Jordin Sparks, this is Crystal and Lee's now.
When asked to enlighten us about the excitement, anticipation and anxiety surrounding Mamasox and Lee, Archuleta describes the period of time as a "crazy rollercoaster of emotions."
"There's so much going on. There's so much attention on them. It's so insane... But at the same time so exciting," Archuleta explains. "It's a real thrill because it's like you're so close to that finish line. It's just that final sprint."
But obviously one of the million dollar "Idol" questions of the moment -- along with who will replace Simon Cowell -- is who will win Season 9?
"I think people just really feel a connection with Lee that is really honest and open. And he's just such a great guy. I think people want to see him win. I would totally be happy with him winning," says Archuleta. "I mean, I think Crystal is super talented too. She's had some really powerful nights. She's never been like the worst or anything like that. She's always had a constant strength and endurance just to her as an artist... But I just feel like Lee -- you know thinking as an American Idol, as a person and example for people -- it would just seem right for him to be that."
So "Idol" aficionados there you have it: David Archuleta picks Team Lee Dewyze to prevail as Season 9's winner. If David's prediction is correct, then Mamasox coincidentally finds herself in great "American Idol" runner-up company along with he, Adam Lambert and Katharine McPhee.
Post-Season 9 chatter, Archuleta also talks with Zap2it about the upcoming release of his book, "Chords of Strength: A Memoir of Soul, Song and the Power of Perserverance" his sophomore CD release, Simon Cowell's departure/replacement, as well as his take on Bieber Fever. Stay tuned for more Archie details, plus some answers to your burning questions no Twitter.