From USA Today – Idol Chatter :

David Archuleta takes My Kind of Christmas nationwide

By Brian Mansfield, USA TODAY

“I love Christmas music more than anything else,” says David Archuleta. “That’s why I’m doing the Christmas tour again.”

The former American Idol singer, who’ll turn 21 three days after Christmas, kicks off his My Kind of Christmas Tour Thursday in Westbury, N.Y. The 13-date tour also will take David to Pennsylvania, Idaho, Utah and California before wrapping up Dec. 21 in Beaver Creek, Colo.

“My favorite tour I’ve done so far was the last Christmas tour I did,” David says. “On that tour, I kept one side of the show pop songs, and then the other side was Christmas music, but I wanted to keep it sacred and reverent. This time, I want to have a little more fun.”

The tour got its name from a fan’s suggestion, playing off My Kind of Perfect, a track from David’s album The Other Side of Down. But once David had the name, he and a friend decided to write a new song using the title, and he’ll be singing My Kind of Christmas at the shows.

“It was just spur of the moment, but I ended up really liking how it turned out, explaining what Christmas means to me,” he says. “What is my kind of Christmas? That’s what we describe. It’ll be exciting to share an original Christmas song with the fans.”

David released a holiday album, Christmas From the Heart, in 2009. This year, he’s a featured performer on the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s Glad Christmas Tidings. That album, recorded live last year at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, showcases David on six songs, including Joy to the World, Silent Night and Angels From the Realms of Glory.

“I feel like Christmas songs are already epic,” he says, “and to be able to have a full choir and orchestra back you up makes it even more epic. You just feel like there’s this amazing field of energy up there.

“Everyone puts a lot into that performance. Sometimes people go, ‘That Mormon Tabernacle Choir, they’re always so smile-y and stuff.’ I guess that’s because they’re loving what they’re doing. That’s what makes them so magical when they perform.”

In addition to the well-known carols he sings on the album, David performs three songs that won’t be familiar to many listeners. Gesú Bambino, for instance, is a Christmas song published in 1917 by Italian-born Pietro Yon, who eventually became organist at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York. “It’s a very classical song,” David says. “I was actually wondering if I could pull it off. To be honest, I’d never done anything like this.”

The Cat and the Mouse Carol, written by British singer-songwriter Ted Hutchinson, will be new to most American listeners, though it’s more popular in England and Australia. “We wanted to find a song that we could introduce to everyone, a song that no one really knew but that had a nice, personable story,” David says. “It’s a very innocent story that’s almost like a child’s Christmas story.”

David makes a nod to his ancestry with Los pastores a belén, a traditional Spanish carol. “The whole theme of the concert was ‘heritage,’” he says. “I wanted to bring my pioneer heritage into it. I actually do have pioneer ancestry on my dad’s side, but my mom, she’s Central American. So I wanted to bring that into it, too.”

Glad Christmas Tidings is already available on CD, DVD and Blu-Ray. A PBS special of the concert premieres Dec. 13.

David hopes to find some time in early 2012 for songwriting and, perhaps, acting classes. “There might be some fun little projects to try out that I might want to get ready for,” he says. “Other than that, I think I’m going to try and take it easy and take some time to myself, too.”

Having been released from his contract with Jive Records earlier this year, David’s seriously considering releasing his next album on his own — and it might not even be a full album.

“I’ve been thinking about trying something like having singles come out one at a time over a period of time,” he says. “It’s a different process, and you’re more free that way. The way things are working nowadays, I think that’d be better to try out.

“Of course, with a record label, you have more of a platform in one way. At the same time, you’re more tied down. Even though it’s hard to find the organization you’d normally find with a label situation, I feel like I want to try it in a different way than a label normally would have me do it.”

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I apologize for my computer’s issues! It keeps freezing every few frames but I still wanted to put up a blog either way this week. Got to go back to Utah last week for the Glad Christmas Tidings promotion and some signings. Getting ready for the My Kind of Christmas Tour that starts this week! I might have said Nokia Club instead of Club Nokia so sorry if I did I’m not a morning person lol.

From DeseretNews.com :

David Archuleta: the Eagle, the temple and the music

By Trent Toone, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — It’s been a year since David Archuleta was the featured artist of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert.

Sporting a sweater and scarf, the 20-year-old “American Idol” star was in town last week for to promote his Christmas concert CD and DVD, sign autographs, sit for some media interviews and enjoy Thanksgiving with his family before beginning a Christmas tour.

Polishing off a turkey sandwich during an interview, Archuleta described how honored he was to be invited to sing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir he grew up admiring.

“It was an out-of-this-world experience,” Archuleta said. “Taking it in, singing, being there … It was cool.”

December 2010 is also special to Archuleta for another reason. It was last year, in between concert rehearsals with the choir, that the young Mormon celebrity received his Eagle Scout Award.

“I am so happy I did it,” Archuleta said. “I was far from the best Scout when I started. I wasn’t motivated at all, but … then I came back and got it. I was really happy I did.”

Archuleta credits his Murray neighbor and former Scout leader, Cal Madsen, for encouraging and helping him to attain the highest rank for a young man in the Boy Scouts of America program.

“I paid him to say that,” Madsen said with a laugh. “It’s a real credit to him. His dad also encouraged him. Archuleta took it upon himself to finish it. It was something he always wanted to do, but with his music and competitions, he didn’t think he would get there. But he followed up and worked hard enough to finish it.”

Incredibly, Archuleta earned his Life rank in Scouting during the year he was competing at “American Idol.” A year went by with little progress and then Archuleta wrapped up his requirements — three merit badges and his service project — in the last three days before his 18th birthday in 2008.

He had previously fulfilled the requirements for Personal Management, a merit badge that helps a Scout learn to manage finances, and only needed a signature from the counselor. Sherry Madsen, Cal’s wife, signed off on his American Cultures badge. The last badge was Fire Safety, which required a meeting with members of a local fire department. Three days before Archuleta’s birthday, Cal Madsen called the Murray Fire Department and was told it might take a week to schedule an appointment.

“I said this is for a young man named David Archuleta,” Madsen recalled. “About 10 minutes later they called and said they could take us in 15 minutes at the station. David was ready and we boogied over and met seven firemen plus the chief. They all wanted in on this. They had wanted to invite their families, but decided maybe not. Two hours later, we finished up.”

As for the service project, Archuleta admitted he hadn’t really thought about it. Madsen phoned Murray Parks and Recreation and was told it might take a week or two to come up with a suitable project.

“I said I’m kind of in a hurry. I got a young man that is turning 18 who happens to be David Archuleta. I had no sooner mentioned his name when she said, ‘Let me call you back,’” Madsen said. “People were wonderful. All I had to do was mention his name and they were ready to bend over backward. Ten minutes later, they called to say they had 180 trees, bushes and shrubs to plant along the Jordan River Parkway.”

Archuleta took over and made arrangements for the trees to be planted the day before his birthday. More than 20 people showed up to help, and the job was completed in less than three hours.

“We had purchased the trees and had an area that needed to be planted, but didn’t have the time or employees to do the job,” said Kim Sorensen, Murray’s Parks and Recreation director. “David did a good job of organizing it, and it was done quickly. We were also able to keep it low key. It was neat to see.”

Although he earned his Eagle, he didn’t receive the award for another two years because of his tours and travels. Madsen didn’t want to just hand Archuleta the award. He only needed 15 minutes and a gathering of family and friends. One day last December, Madsen saw Archuleta throwing snowballs with his family outside their house. The veteran Scout leader asked if Archuleta had 15 minutes to receive his Eagle. Archuleta said he was about to attend rehearsal for the Christmas concert, but could do it later that day, and so he did, with about 20 family members present.

“It was totally the influence of a good leader,” Archuleta said. “Cal has probably helped many scouts get their Eagle, guys who wouldn’t have gotten it otherwise. They just needed someone to believe in them, just a little push. He is a great neighbor.”

The dark-haired singer talked about a myriad of other topics during his 25-minute interview with the Deseret News.

Archuleta, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, recently went through the Jordan River Utah Temple. He has a goal to attend the temple often.

“It was very special,” he said. “It gave me a new perspective on life.”

When asked if he would ever audition for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Archuleta said he questioned his sight-reading skills.

“Oh, man. My problem is I’m not good at reading music. That is really important when you are in the choir,” he said. “But it was amazing to sing with them.”

Archuleta said he fell in love with music at age 6 when he first heard “At the End of the Day,” a song in the “Les Miserables” score.

“Hearing the melody, the way they sang and performed it, it was amazing and I couldn’t get enough of it, couldn’t stop watching it,” Archuleta said. “It was very influential to me and introduced me to a love of music.”

When he is driving alone in the Ford Hybrid he won on “American Idol,” he likes to sing along with golden oldies, Christmas music and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

The last time he sang in an LDS Church building was last month when he spoke at a fireside for some military families and members of the church in Okinawa, Japan.

Archuleta loves Thai food, especially the fresh curry and coconut ice cream at Simply Thai in Sandy.

If asked to participate on “Dancing with the Stars,” he would “probably perform really bad. Maybe if I had a good trainer,” he said, “It would be interesting.”

Though audiences may never know it, but Archuleta still gets terrified on stage, he explained. He recalled saying a little prayer for courage at age 10 to force himself out on a stage.

“You have to realize that feeling is going to exist and you have to work through it anyway,” he said. “It’s not a matter of that feeling going away, it’s a matter of getting past that feeling. You have to learn and discipline yourself.”

When people learn he’s from Utah, the next question is usually about the LDS Church. “It’s the first thing they ask,” Archuleta said. “It’s cool when people notice that you make an effort to live certain values.”

When given the opportunity, Archuleta encourages people to develop their musical talents. He also likes to challenge LDS youth to discover the power of good music.

“What I’ve learned is that music affects the way you feel,” he said. “A song can change someone’s life.”

Pictures of David receiving his award:

Source: DeseretNews.com

David Archuleta received his Eagle Scout Award in December 2010, two years after he completed it. The celebrity singer from Murray was encouraged by one of his leaders, Cal Madsen, right. (Provided by Cal Madsen)

David Archuleta holds up his Eagle Scout certificate while his mother, Lupita, and Cal Madsen, one of his Scout leaders, applaud. (Provided by Cal Madsen)

David Archuleta passed through Salt Lake City last week to promote products, sign autographs, do interviews and spend Thanksgiving with his family. David Archuleta poses in Salt Lake City Wednesday, November 23, 2011. (Brian Nicholson, Deseret News)

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From @DavidArchie :

Last signing for the week is tonight at 6:30 PM in downtown Salt Lake at the JSMB building!

Woops, you’re right! The signing is actually at Deseret Book on South Temple! RT @djoorhontshoyn are you sure it’s not across the street.

From @ambforevah:

Link of me singing for @DavidArchie tonight: http://video.l3.fbcdn.net/cfs-l3-ash4/346039/585/2149653549926_22953.mp4?oh=4b6b8e7c33c248706f1043d21e71be47&oe=4ED32200&l3s=20111125214408&l3e=20111127215408&lh=0c6a41706d0970929ea56 Thank you so much David! You are amazing :)

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Here is Ashlee and @DavidArchie

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@DavidArchie is such a nice person (:

These ones below are from Deseret Book FB :

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Video from KSL News!

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From DavidArchuleta.com :

Jeff LeBlanc joins David Archuleta on Christmas Tour

Singer songwriter Jeff LeBlanc will be opening for David Archuleta on his “My Kind of Christmas” Tour this December.

Jeff is using his college degree a little differently than he first envisioned. His immediately familiar-sounding blend of pop and acoustic rock quickly took him from dorm room concerts at Sacred Heart University to a 60-date tour of colleges across the country, where he was praised as everything from “the new John Mayer” to an artist “perfectly in tune with his audience.” His debut album, “Signals”, has scored praise from the likes of Clear Channel, Sirius/XM Radio, Seventeen Magazine and AOL Music.

After graduation, he hit the road; headlining venues across the US and also opening for artists like the Goo Goo Dolls, Ingrid Michaelson, Matt Nathanson, Augustana, Brett Dennen, Jon McLaughlin, Lee DeWyze and Third Eye Blind.

Jeff’s new album, “Worth Holding On To”, was released on August 23rd, 2011 and quickly rose to #3 on the iTunes Top 200 Singer/Songwriter Chart

Find out more about Jeff’s music on JeffLeBlancMusic.com.

Connect with Jeff LeBlanc:
twitter.com/jleblancmusic
facebook.com/jeffleblancmusic

How cool!!

2 done 1 to go! The 2nd of the 3 signing sessions in Utah was held today at Deseret Book on FT Union in Midvale. The next one will be in Salt Lake City on 25th Nov.

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Thanks everyone who took these pics!

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Update:

FNR Charlotte

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David has been doing interviews this morning for many TV stations in light of promo for Glad Christmas Tidings! (schedule of TV appearances on David’s official website).

@DavidArchie :

Good morning. Starting early today doing live interviews on different stations.

Here are a couple of them that were recorded from the livestreams:

First up, FOX29 News San Antonio:

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FOX59 Indianapolis:

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More interviews up; FOX6 Good Day Alabama:

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FOX10 Phoenix, Arizona:

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A cool interview with David on Fresh Living: Talking about Waffles, Turkeys, the music business and more. The segments with David on the show are posted on Connect2Utah.com. Click below to go there!


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Here is @DavidArchie, he was signing autographs and i got one (: & he is beautiful.

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He signed my arm:) @DavidArchie oh he is my favorite. I loved meeting him again!!!

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