From @DavidArchie:

Just got some good practice in with signing 500 books :\ haha. Gonna try and go to bed soon. Good Day NY interview tomorrow morning! Ciao!

That would be between 8 and 9 a.m. EDT on June 1.

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Celebs Tweet Memorial Day Support For Fallen U.S. Soldiers

This Memorial Day, celebrities weren’t just grilling hamburgers and jet setting around the world.

Several stars took the opportunity this holiday to remember why so many take the day off from work today – to commemorate U.S. soldiers who died in the course of duty.

And “American Idol” runner-up David Archuleta wrote one of the day’s most profound Tweets: “On this memorial day it’s so important to remember all of the brave men and women who gave their lives because they believed in life, liberty, and all the amazing freedoms we all have in this great country that we live in today. I hope we can all pause a bit. From our activities to remember them and give thanks to each soldier who has fought, and to those who are out there today… As well as their families who’ve sacrificed so much for each of us. Let’s Keep them and their families in our prayers! We owe them”

Full Article – Access Hollywood

David Archuleta may be young, but his memoir still inspires

There was a time when the writing of memoirs was solely the bailiwick of old people. In those days, the autobiographer had to wait at least until middle age before amassing enough experiences to fill an interesting tome.
Ah, but now we live in an accelerated era, an age when a callow youth can find himself rocketed to national celebrity through the auspices of a popular TV talent show—and then go on to write a pretty damned good book about it.

Obviously, the June 1 release of David Archuleta’s Chords of Strength will elicit howls of amusement from literary naysayers. And, admittedly, the very idea that a young man not yet in his 20s—whose claim to fame is having been a runner-up on Fox’s American Idol a two years ago—could dare publish a memoir comes as something as a shock. Even l’enfant terrible Augusten Burroughs, who ushered in the memoir craze of the past decade with his candid memoir of his bizarre childhood, had the courtesy to hold off publication until he was in his 30s. But, I say, screw those literary naysayers. The bigger shock for them will be that, despite his youth, Archuleta (with the help of journalist/ethnomusicologist Monica Haim) managed to come up with a personal account that is engaging, readable and even inspiring.

Archuleta is not the fame-hungry, celebrity-obsessed Hollywood child star one might expect. He comes across as a sensitive, introspective and bright young man. His earliest childhood recollections are richly detailed with images of scurrying lizards, homemade flour tortillas and duck-egg hunts within a warm familial milieu. Indeed, Archuleta has done his genealogical research and offers an account of the musical and spiritual journey that led his family to Utah.

It was in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, where missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints converted his grandmother, aunts and mother Lupe to the LDS faith. Lupe was only 14 when the family immigrated to Florida, and Grandma soon put her to work singing and dancing at various Miami venues.

David’s father, Jeff, was also no musical slouch, either, so when Jeff and Lupe married, they formed a very melodious family: Other consanguinities included a great-grandfather who was a big-band jazz pianist, a grandmother who sang in musical theater and a grandfather who was a member of a barbershop quartet. In fact, there must have been quite a panic on the Palm Beach music scene when Jeff accepted a (nonmusic-related) job in Utah.

The family was not wealthy, and had to sell most of its possessions at a garage sale to afford the trek. After arriving in the Beehive State, David’s family moved around a lot, bouncing from Murray to Centerville to Sandy while Jeff was employed in the computer-equipment biz. And, despite a rather rootless existence, this was when David began developing his musical abilities in earnest.

In fact, it seems father Jeff had the most profound influence on David’s career. It was he who introduced his son to a recording of Les Miserables—which inspired David to learn young Cosette’s “Castle on a Cloud”—as well as the wonders of Jennifer Holliday’s Tony Award-winning “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dreamgirls. There were lots of songs like this, really, and even though the kid could belt out the high notes like anybody’s business, for some reason he never felt quite secure in his role as a young man who was into Broadway musicals.

Pre-performance panic attacks and a bout with vocal paralysis ensued— and it was only through faith, the support of his family and the power of prayer that David managed to go on. It really is an inspiring story.

Of course, Archuleta is no Augusten Burroughs. At 19 years old, the vocalist’s budding emotional sensibilities are still too fragile and his childhood traumas too recent to allow for Burroughs’ brand of brutally genuine, warts-and-all candor. At many points throughout the book, Archie’s tone becomes a bit guarded, as that of a writer who is too aware of his readership and, perhaps, courts too much on the approval of fans, parents and religious leaders.

Still, these are youthful indiscretions, and we forgive him. His book is the work of a sweetly insecure, though very talented, young man. And, in the end, it is his fans—not snooty grad students—who will be the ultimate judge.

Count me as one who has become a fan.

256 pages
$22.95 hardcover

Monday, June 7
Deseret Book
45 W. South Temple
Salt Lake City
12-2 p.m.

Tuesday, June 8
Deseret Book
1076 S. 750 East
12-2 p.m.


The ultimate ‘American Idol’ power ranking: 120 contestants on, Kelly Clarkson still reigns supreme

It’s often been said that “American Idol” is really just a popularity contest. Sure, singing and showmanship is important, as is a contestant’s back-story and TV persona, but when it comes to advancing in the competition, many an inferior vocalist have managed to make it well past their expiration date. And then comes life after “Idol,” where alumni often have similar options — put out an album, audition for stage roles, take the reality show route — some achieving more success than others. So how do they all stack up?

We tackled that very question by recruiting a group of hardcore “Idol” followers (16 in total) to rank every Top 12 member (plus Anoop Desai, of last year’s Top 13), select Top 24 contenders and a handful of noteworthy auditioners from No. 1 all the way down to No. 120.

The judging panel consisted of several journalists (a couple from the L.A. Times, others, such as People’s Cynthia Wang and In Touch Weekly’s Steve Gidlow, from national magazines); “Idol” bloggers Rickey Yaneza of and Lyndsey Parker of Yahoo’s Reality Rocks; a handful of die-hard fans; and one former contestant, who prefers to remain anonymous.

The methodology went a little something like this: All were encouraged to be subjective and vote based on their own personal opinion, but to also take into account contestants position in the competition and post-”Idol” popularity. For the most part, points were awarded for album sales and radio hits, along with reality TV stints (from “Fantasia For Real” to “Celebrity Rehab”), award nominations and wins, and overall media presence after their show exit, whereas arrests and scandals often resulted in a downgrade.

As for the results? The top five may not be all that surprising, but there turned out to be plenty of peculiar positions such as newcomer Siobhan Magnus entering the list at No. 31, Season 4′s Constantine Maroulis claiming a comfy spot in the Top 10, last year’s fourth-place finisher Allison Iraheta coming it at 18, Season 2 footnote Frenchie Davis holding strong at No. 38 and jokester Nick Mitchell debuting in the Top 50. As for the opposite end of this less-than-scientific experiment? Top 24 cast-offs Joanna Pacitti and Chris Golightly land in the last slots, proving there’s apparently nothing worse in “Idol”-land than getting disqualified before the competition even starts.

Read on for the Top 20 — and another 100(!) Idols after the jump — then let us know: What do you think of our power and popularity list and where would you rank your favorites?

15. David Archuleta

Season 7′s other David is the ridiculously adorable Murray, Utah, native who, at 17, stole America’s heart with his sweet-as-honey voice and overall demeanor. David Archuleta didn’t end up winning, but his post-”Idol” life has been a series of accomplishments, from the hit single, “Crush,” off his gold certified debut to appearances on TV shows like “iCarly” and “Hannah Montana” and an upcoming book, “Chords of Strength.”

Full Article – LA Times

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.”

If you go

Who: David Archuleta

When: Monday, June 7, noon

Where: Downtown Deseret Book, 45 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City

Phone: 801-328-8191



When: Tuesday, June 8, 12 p.m.

Where: University Village Deseret Book, 1076 S. 750 East, Orem

Phone: 801-224-0055


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