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Best part of getting stuck in Kuwait an extra day? Meeting David Archuleta!

My hubby met to David Archuleta today in Kuwait! One similar thing , they went to LDS mission and learned spanish lenguague there! Mi esposo conocio a David Archuleta hoy en Kuwait,ambos sirvieron una mission SUD y aprendieron español ahi!


Blogs from Dean Kaelin’s Facebook:

Excerpts from Jason Hewlett’s blog – US Troops Tour – Bagram, Afghanistan, Return to Kuwait, Addis Ababa & Djibouti, Africa

And we walked to the c-130 for the 4 prop plane flight out of Afghanistan back to Kuwait.

Back in Kuwait, with our Security Team, was like returning from being a POW to the life of luxury. I don’t want to over exaggerate it too much, but comparatively, Kuwait’s Ali Al Saleem base (The Rock) and Afghanistan’s Bagram are two completely different worlds. In the middle of the sand, desolation, and desert, yes, but everything about it made us feel like we returned home.

We returned to our posh, suite-like rooms, no shared bathroom, no roommates, it was like we just won the lottery. We had a special private Sunday sacrament with the amazing Branch President Kidd prior to their service starting and our departure to our next show in Buhring, and we packed up our gear, sadly leaving the graces of Ali Al Saleem.

Buhring was in the middle of even more nowhere, as we drove for about 45 minutes through the absolute desolation of Kuwait.

As I came tripping, coughing, choking out of the 140 degree pre-heated oven outhouse it was now time to perform a show of uplifting comedy and music. These are the green rooms of the stars folks, thank you, I’ll be here all week. The theatre style seating for these fine soldiers, mostly ARMY guys, and young, median age 25, made for a comfortable setting for our show. Usually Sergeants and Lieutenants only come to welcome the entertainment and then leave about 10 minutes into the show, but ours has created the tradition of keeping them glued to their seats, including the majors and generals and everyone else that usually cuts out early. Same thing happened here. And how awesome they were, grabbing hats and CD’s, waiting in line for an hour to shake hands and thank us for coming. So appreciative, so grateful for the break from day to day monotony, so pleased to be indoors away from the black plague stench seeping from the outhouses of their camp.   VIDEO HERE

That night we drove to Camp Arifjan and set up in a VIP room situation that was more like a college dorm setting.

Monday morning we had early breakfast, quick sound check, and went to meet with the highest ranking officials of the base. We received more of an overview on Kuwait, why it’s essential we have the strategic alliance here, how much they respect us and we them, and received not only the coin handshake but also a plaque for each of us, way nice and thoughtful. We did our show for about 40 men and 5 women in the afternoon in a very nice theater and really was fun to do at Camp Arifjan.  Here is a REVIEW of the show.

We then packed up and raced to Camp Patriot, which is a part of the Kuwait Naval Base, where we set up for a show that historically only had about 10 attend. The small tent was packed with couches and a tight fit, but we hoped for a good turn out. After driving a few miles and touching the Persian Gulf water (quite warm) we went to eat and began promoting the show. And luckily we had a packed house, I’d guess about 45 showed up, record broken! Another extremely special show, with young Army guys hollering out once in a while, encouraging, and being funny, David and I just sort of get out of Dan’s way and let him handle everyone, because he’s like a professional bomb diffuser. He is just so good. David’s voice soared through the night sky, as he added, “Hey Brother”, a really fun song, to his set. Even the guys who helped drive us around were saying how much they enjoyed our act because we are constantly tweaking it and saying things differently, so that helps. I also did Justin Timberlake following a guy coming up to me earlier at Arifjan who said, “Hey, I think I’ve seen you before”, to which I said, “No, that’s David you’ve seen”. He said, “No, my wife used to work for Gold’s Gym in Provo and you did our Christmas Party!”

Following the teary-eyed coin ceremony, signing pictures, and people bringing David’s missionary photos up they had copied online, we drove back to Arifjan by 10:30 PM, barely time to shower from a 2 show day in the sweaty heat of the middle east, and left by 11:00 PM for the Kuwait Airport. Our flight was out at 2:30 AM, arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Africa) at 7 AM. We mostly all zonked on the flight over.



Listen to David’s beautiful rendition of Bring Him Home on Walter Clark’s Facebook, or Mary Lou Sinclair’s Facebook. You must be friends with either ML or Dan Clark on Facebook to view the video due to its privacy settings.

Was this guys security when we came down to the valley an preformed for us troops down here David Archuletta he sure can sing for sure #DavidArchuleta #Deployment #Entertainment


Excerpts from Jason Hewlett’s blog: US Troops Tour – Bagram, Afghanistan, Return to Kuwait, Addis Ababa & Djibouti, Africa

Upon leaving Kuwait on July 15 and our arrival in Afghanistan, following the most sobering flight of my existence and the observance of our military headed into the eye of the storm of war, it was a late night at the Airfield. And then we were whisked away to our living quarters. On the bus we listened to Elissa give us the directives for the trip in orderly fashion. In her matter of fact way she let us know our performances in Kabul and Kandahar were cancelled, following a suicide bomber killing some 80 civilians the day of our arrival only a few miles away, as well as numerous soldiers losing their lives in the past week from roadside bombs. Instead, we would be performing for the Prison employees who never have time to see a show, having to deal with the craziest, meanest people on earth, Taliban prisoner psychos devoted to killing anyone in their path, who don’t fear death nor value life. It would be our job to bring a smile to these soldiers who rarely have a chance to escape the walls of their work. We would then fly out the following morning to FOB Airborne, another base in the foothills of the Taliban’s target practice mountain region, the next day in Jalalabad, and finally a closing performance for the base that is Bagram. We arrive at our housing unit, take a right off of Disney way. hese rooms were so teensy, but much nicer than the tents I thought we’d be hunkering down in. Add to that having a roommate and you have close quarters. Dean Kaelin bunked with me, Dan Clark and David Archuleta in their room. In the evening we perform for the Military Prison workers. What an incredible show! My favorite one so far. They NEVER get their own shows over on this side of the base, or so we are told, and because of Kabul and the incidents there, we have this awesome gig with these guys. Near the end of the show we learn of a young soldier who just welcomed his son to the world today via SKYPE with his wife. A new DAD. His first child is born and he’s over here, serving our Country. Afterward, as we took pictures and told him how awesome he was, tears filled his eyes as he said, “I’ve been a little bummed today to miss being there for my son’s birth, but this show filled me with gratitude that I can be here to protect my family and know I’m in the right place. This is the happiest day of my life!” Such a wonderful guy, person, and now, Dad.

The next day, after a late night in Prison (see what I did there?), we arise early, little sleep, and race off to the airfield to hop on a Chinook. Helmets on, Dean to my right, David and Dan across from us without helmets, we are enjoying the peaceful views of the mountains as we cruise to ARIBORNE FOB. All of a sudden – ENEMY FIRE! The machine guys start firing toward the mountain – RAT-TAT-TAT-TAT-RAT-TAT-TAT! Chinook jerks to the right as we drop, more shots fired – RAT-TAT-TAT-TAT-RAT-TAT-TAT! Swoops to the left, more shots fired – RAT-TAT-TAT-TAT-TAT. Huge drop like you’ve just reached the top of a rollercoaster and the gut sinking feeling of the descent, we are headed straight down into the mountain! I see David, grabbing for his helmet, everyone in a stunned panic, holding their hands to their ears or grabbing anything they can, the soldier on the back hanging out the opening is sliding along the edge, freakiest and most exciting thing I’ve ever experienced. Once the craziness subsided I was the only one laughing, everyone else looked a bit shell shocked, but I knew that if we went down it would make for the coolest way to die, and so, alive, I had to laugh. VIDEO HERE

The show was swallowed up in the echo of the tent, my words to my parodies muffled and reverbed against the walls, and yet everyone still laughed, clapped, and loved it. They hadn’t had a show in who knows how long. hey didn’t even have a venue for a show but created one for us, building a stage out of metal beams and a giant gym mat that melted as it stuck to our shoes. It was all they had and they gave their all. It was the coolest stage I’ve ever seen built or conceived, so awesome. And they were so proud of it, and should have been. Seated all throughout the hall we gave away our traditional gifts: David Archuleta CD’s, Jason Hewlett DVD’s, Dan Clark’s hats he had made for the tour, and I pulled out some of my items I brought special for a day like this: Baby Wipes, Gum, Skittles, Jolly Ranchers, Mints individually wrapped.

After signing cards, taking pictures, and learning the stories of a few brave, incredible soldiers, including the story of the blonde, beautiful, and constantly smiling Chaplain Assistant White, with her child at home whom she misses so much and is supporting from thousands of miles away, we hopped on the Chinook and flew back to Bagram. This time there was a machine gun on the back of the opening in the copter, rather than just the two on the sides, as they said, “It’s been a busy day firing at our aircraft”. Nice! We made it back without any surprises, and that night did a fireside in the mess hall private room for the 15 members of the LDS branch. Awesome evening and day.

The next morning we woke up extra early once again and hopped aboard a c-130, which is an airplane with web seating along the outer edges of the interior, and luckily Dean and I were invited by Dan to sit in the cockpit, making up for the missed opportunity from Kuwait with Dan and David on the 5 hour flight over.

VIDEO of Take Off and Beautiful Afghanistan Countryside outside the walls of Bagram

Upon arrival in Jalalabad Base we were treated to the best reception of the entire trip. Obviously everyone has been great and welcoming everywhere, but this was so over-the-top, the entire leadership greeted us, took us around, allowed us to look play around in the helicopters, and we had such a fun time with them.

The show was in the Chapel, housing about 12 rows of chairs, the backdrop of the stage a huge American flag, and our sound system team making it hum beautifully, it was a perfect set up for our show. The crowd was awesome, and the show got even tighter than the last time. We continually tweak it, trying new bits, and experimenting on the best choices for the audience demographic, we feel we are making a difference more and more each gig. The audience loved it, expressed their appreciation, and gave us the ceremonial “Coin in the Hand Shake” ceremony as presented by the highest ranking official at the event.

Flying above the Afghan sky, the screaming sound of a chopper overhead, surrounded by bright red webbing and ARMY green walls, buckled safe in my little seat, I looked admiringly at each person there:

And then, of course, the 3 Dudes Who Comprise The Tour –

Dean Kaelin – Without his selflessness to simply play background for David, where he could carry a show on his own and kill, without his expertise in helping David salvage his voice at the age of 13 upon receiving news he had a paralyzed vocal chord, etc etc., we have a very different show. Dean is the musical genius among us and I’m not even worthy to share the stage with his greatness, yet he takes a backseat on this tour as a backup player, I’m just in awe of his humility.

David Archuleta – I’ve said all that can possibly be said about this great young man who is truly one of the great examples I’ve ever been around. His voice is as the angels of heaven, his heart is pure, his obedience rivals Nephi. Amazing ability to craft each song, care for creating a moment for the audience rather than worrying about making it sound good for his own glory, rather hoping they will feel something, and what’s awesome is that they always do.

On the bus, we went from one station/office to the next throughout Bagram, where we performed MINI-SHOWS for anyone in any office that wasn’t going to get to come to the evening show for the whole base due to their shifts going long. First it was the Air Force Pallet Team, the guys and gals who make sure everyone’s gear gets unloaded upon arrival to the base, and wrapped properly and loaded prior to every aircraft leaving. And so their job is serious stuff. And it was our chance to lighten the mood. David sang “Fields of Gold” with Dean on guitar, Dan told a few inspiring stories and funny jokes, I did my faces and the Raptor. 15 minutes. A few pictures. Off to the next place: Maintenance of planes, F-16’s, A-10’s, etc. Show, laughs, amazed by David’s song….and we’re off to the NEXT group!

We went to as many buildings as we could to try and bring some smiles and a break in the monotony of their lives. You could see the appreciation in their faces. Even as all of us could have possibly grown weary of the same bits we were doing, over and over, to those watching it was the first time, and the joy in their faces and reaction was priceless. The hugs, the salutes, the coin hand shake ceremonies, the phone numbers given to us to reach out to their family members and tell them we saw them and they’re alright (Dan’s brilliant idea), the videos we made, the selfies I photo bombed….it was so beautiful.

That night in Bagram we had the best show of the tour. In the “Clam Shell”, a full basketball court and a stand alone stage, although the wind was ripping through the area it was a tight, incredible, spiritual experience. Our last night with our MWR friends, Elissa and Dave, and when the 2 Star General came to the stage to give us the coins, the soldiers all standing and clapping, hands over their hearts, our hands over ours, we all just lost it. What a special night. Indescribable. Another unforgettable night.

We were up late packing, up even earlier to leave.

Blogs from Dean Kaelin’s Facebook:

Photos shared on Dan Clark’s facebook (I’m unable to embed them due to privacy settings):


Excerpts from Dan Clark’s blog:

Update from Afghanistan

I am now in Bagram Afghanistan. We arrived last night. An incredible three hour flight along the Iranian border and over Pakistan. Very cool.

We perform a special show for the guards at the prison tonight. It should be awesome!

Our sleeping quarters are very small. My roommate is David Archuleta with a community hallway bathroom and shower that we share with ten other military leaders.

Tomorrow we fly on a chinook helicopter to a remote FOB.

Dan Clark’s facebook updates:

Check out Walter Clark’s facebook update (unable to embed due to privacy settings).

Tons of meet-and-greet photos at: RC-East flickr (Motivational Theater, July 18, 2014 part 1) ; RC-East flickr (Motivational Theater, July 18, 2014 part 2)

Other buzz: Singers with the Most Powerful Singing Voice: David Archuleta

Hey everyone,

I have written a letter to my family and friends, but I decided that I should share it with all of you as well:

First off, I am sorry that I can never write less than an essay and that my emails are always so long! But please bear with me and my imperfections with this one.

I wanted to write to all of you seeing as this last week has been quite incredible for me. Right now I am writing this to you as blasting winds full of dust attack my face and my eyes (I’m outside to have some time to myself). I am currently in Afghanistan, and as I don’t know when I will ever be here again I would like to take the time to write to you under interesting circumstances.

What am I doing here? I was invited by a man named Dan Clark. He is a world renown speaker who is the main contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. He has spoken many, many times to the troops all over the world. We are joined by a professional impersonator/comedian named Jason Hewlett (he’s hilarious), and my voice trainer Dean Kaelin (accompanying me on the piano and guitar, and performing himself a number) to do a military tour. It is a tour with the focus to inspire and give an uplifting message to the troops as we entertain.

July 8th we left for the Middle East. We began in the country of Bahrain– a country I had never even heard of before. Afterwards we went to Kuwait. It was amazing to see how empty it is here terrain-wise: sand, sun, dust, and desert. However, due to oil and gas these are very wealthy countries. We visited an Islamic mosque and I was amazed to see that they believe in prophets, and even believe in Jesus Christ… As a prophet of God; not as the Only Begotten, yet they believe that He will come again. It is Ramadan here which is the month of fasting, where they cannot eat or drink from sunrise until sunset. We cannot eat or drink in front of them, and have to keep long-sleeve shirts and pants when in public Muslim-eye to not offend their traditions.

Anyway, this is a military tour, not a desert tourist trip. I wanted to express my love for these military men and women. Here in Afghanistan– along with in Iraq–they are in combat and there are attacks going on. I was surprised at the friendships and the respect the local people have with and for the troops, as the reason why we have been in these countries is to protect these people from opposing groups who seek for power and are extremists and terrorists trying to overtake the countries. We are now making transitions to let the Afghan military take charge of defending their own country so that they may strengthen their own sense of duty and value those rights and liberties more by taking the lead themselves.

We have met so many fathers who have yet to meet their newborn babies in person; they are out in this blazing heat of 100-140 degrees day to day (and wow it feels like a hair-dryer blowing in your face!). We have seen and felt their appreciation for us being here as we “come out of our way” to meet with them, perform for them, and let them know we love them — it is the LEAST we can do!! It is amazing to have them come up and say, “you don’t know how much this means to us. Thank you for coming to see us and break the routine. You bring a piece of home.”

These are people who learn what the word “duty” means. They literally put their lives on the line with rockets being shot at the bases, mines exploding their and civilians’ paths, and suicide bombers coming at them. It is real, but they do it because of their duty to our families and to our country, and to their duty to protecting countries and people who cannot do it alone. How grateful I am for their dedication and for them being awakened to their duty.

I hope the next time you see one of these service men and women, you think of their commitment that they have to this duty: to protecting our amazing and beautiful country where we have freedom, and working to help others have freedom as well. We take what we have for granted– whether- we go to the air-conditioned malls, or sit at our peaceful homes bored. Let us think twice about our liberty that we have in this promised land, and how God has truly blessed us. During this trip we are also getting to do some special faith-based events that we call firesides. It has been a wonderful bonus to the trip.

We have one more week of shows, and I will try and give you another (shorter) update as we come to a close.

I hope you are all well!


P.S. I’ve attached some photos.

Photo 1: I don’t think that’s how you properly salute, but oh well haha. We have to wear the body armor sometimes when we travel from one base to another on military aircraft here in Afghanistan.

Photo 2: This is a mortar with some army men that is setup to shoot back quickly at locations where incoming attacks come from.

Photo 3: These army men use those giant explosion-protected vehicles in the back to search for mines. They basically go through explosions many times so that it doesn’t happen to other military troops and civilians in normal cars or walking.

Source: David Archuleta Official

From Dean Kaelin’s facebook:

Dan Clark’s facebook posts:

Excerpts from Jason Hewlett’s blog:

US Troops Tour – Kuwait

Wow, the days are just zipping by.

We left Bahrain on Saturday morning and finally got to drive around the city to check out what we hadn’t seen.

Traveling with Dan Clark is like jet-setting the world with the “Catch Me If You Can” guy, remember that movie? Even if we don’t know what we’re doing or where we’re going, Dan has the itinerary and is so skilled in this travel game that we end up in First Class due to his Diamond Status and world travels, or in the SkyClub Rooms prior to flights. It has been so funny to Dean, David, and I, we continually wonder if we’re allowed in, or if we just waddled behind Dan like 3 ducklings leaving the swamp for the golden pond beyond the fence line. David and I just sit there looking at each other nervously giggling at the feeling of disobedience, like two kids who just snuck into Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory and found the Kit Kat pre-wrapping station unattended, and wondering if we legitimately and honestly got in and can eat the buffet spreads, as Dan announces it’s all legal, it’s legit, Go Eat Boys! And then we are safe to grab a plate.

We flew on GulfAir. I saw David filming me doing the nose wiggle for the 13 or so baggage collectors scrambling to win our tip money all of a sudden gawking in shock in the airport and acting like we were all best friends after I made them smile.

The Shows have gone incredibly well. On top of that, we have had another chance to do a Fireside for a non-denominational group on base, about 40 showed up and learned that we Mormons consider ourselves Christians, as we testified of our devotion and love of our Savior, Jesus Christ. That was Saturday night. Sunday we attended a small Church service and then had the opportunity of performing for a very full house according to the standards of these types of shows (even though nearly every other seat was not filled). It’s interesting that Dean, David, Dan, and I have all become accustomed to performing for thousands of people, packed houses, and yet here we are in front of 15 one afternoon, and maybe 100 in the evenings, and yet we all go all out with every story, song, routine. Because we are honored to be here and we are professionals doing this without pay for a higher cause: To Spread Joy and Love to our Troops.

We perform for those who are willing to lay down their lives for strangers.

We attempt to inspire, through song, dance, comedy and motivation, young men and women from every corner of our great Country America The Beautiful in a way that is unprecedented. In the few shows we have done we have been told by entertainment weary event planners, who constantly beg artists and managers to come over here, to send ANYBODY decent, that this is the Greatest Show for the Troops they have ever witnessed. They have said it on camera, they say it with a hug and tears.

And then the line-up begins. Air Force, Marines, Army, Navy….either in fatigues or simply their relaxation clothes….and in perfect form line up to shake our hands, take a selfie, have a moment to express their thanks to us. To us? Are you kidding me? We are in awe at their humility and gratitude. As they say “thank you for taking the time away from your families to come over and let us forget what we are going through and possibly having to face in the near future” it about rips your heart out.

We ALL live in neighborhoods where there are families of Military.

If you want to share with them a gift because you read this Blog then go buy a few copies of David Archuleta’s albums and give them to those families to lift their spirits with his incredible gift.  Go toDan Clark’s web site and buy some of his motivational, inspirational stories, books, CD’s that change the lives of millions.  I also have DVD’s available, that would bring a smile to anyone watching, whole families together, because it’s clean comedy.

Last night’s show was incredible. We did the same set as prior and may change a few things up in the next act, but our time in Kuwait has been eye-opening, the heat searing, the wind and sand blowing non-stop, the tears flowing as we see these great soldiers committed to our safety the world over, and it has already changed my life and I haven’t been on this trip even one week.

Excerpts from Dan Clark’s blog:

Dan Clark’s Military Tribute Tour

In the past, whenever I’ve been given this sacred privilege to fire up our military troops, I have been a one-man show, traveling with a three star general and an entourage of security and VIP assistants. But today I was traveling into harms way with no security and taking three friends with me: David Archuleta, Dean Kaelin and Jason Hewlett. Yes it is my tour – I was asked by Armed Forces Entertainment to put it together. It is called the Military Tribute Tour: An Evening of Music, Comedy and Motivational Theater. David is a Sony Music Recording Artist – an American Idol super star finalist who wowed millions of viewers every time he sang. He could sing the phone book and bring a man to tears! Dean is the most incredibly talented musician on the planet and is David’s musical director, guitar and piano player on tour. Jason is the most unique comedian/entertainer I have ever known.

I proudly boast it is my tour, but today at the airport I sensed a feeling of responsibility, mutual respect, support, and shared ownership of the tour from not only my three fellow performers, but from their families.

Our 90-minute performance is in a Variety show format with me serving as the Master of Ceremonies. I begin the show with a humorous monologue and an entertaining inspirational story that sets the tone for David Archuleta to come on stage and sing, “Bridge Over Troubled Waters.” I then introduce funny man Jason Hewlett who does his impressions of the Raptor, Rock and Roll Band Journey, and his experience at the dentist learning to pull his crazy faces. This rotation is repeated with me addressing the issues of resiliency, PTSD, divorce, sexual assault, substance abuse and suicide prevention.

Yes, I deal with these issues in a tactful, entertaining way, but the inspirational music and comic relief provided by David and Jason is necessary and awesome to complete our total mission and long-range purpose of this tour! On the second rotation I address the significance of example and walking on higher ground, followed by David’s performance of his hit single, “Crush,” and his version of John Lennon’s “Imagine.” Jason then breaks into his impressions of Michael Jackson, Guns and Roses, Lady Gaga and Led Zepplin. And the rotation continues until David concludes our show by singing, “Hero” and “Bring Him Home, ” with an encore of “Be Still My Soul.” Seriously, I believe we are going to touch some lives forever!

As we do our best to pay tribute to our military troops and their families with 18 up close and personal thank you shows in five countries, may I challenge you to also do what you can to elevate your show of support to our troops and their families at home and a broad. God bless them. God bless America!

First stop of the military tour in Bahrain was a success. Aside from the amazing time performing, thought I’d share some side pics: We saw the Grand Mosque there, visited the Tree of Life– a tree growing out in the middle of nowhere in the desert, and also got a tour from some of the service men of where they work. I’ll make sure to post pictures of some of the performing, and with the service men and women later

Long ✈️ to go see and perform for the troops. :)



Bring Him Home snippet:

Crush snippet:

Meet and Greets:

NSA Bahrain has amazing photos on their Facebook:

Jason Hewlett has been giving us wonderful updates on his blog and Facebook. Here are some excerpts:

US Troops Tour – Day 2 in Bahrain

To watch these Troops laugh gigantic hearty belly laughs (mostly coming from Dan Clark’s hilarity, and sometimes mine), is one of the greatest experiences I’ve had as a performer. To know that David Archuleta can sing and touch their hearts in such a way that it brings tears, Dean Kaelin’s piano and guitar accompaniment raises the level of emotion and beauty in the song and message, Dan Clark’s mastery as Emcee and Inspirational Speaker, delivering a message as only Dan can, with over-the-top stories, hilarious delivery, and powerful life-changing emotion.

And so our Military Tribute Tour brings a new level of helping them feel appreciated. They say, “Thank You for coming to us, this was so amazing, the best show we’ve ever seen!” That’s what’s so great about our show, is that all of us have a way to connect with someone in the audience, and it is joyous.

From there we went to the larger camp, and had our show in the evening. It was received with a standing ovation and many appreciative audience members. We expressed our love and they showed it right back. It was so cool. Many people have asked to hear David’s singing of “Bring Him Home”, it was captured on video in only a portion but can be seen on my FB Page if you want to check it out, Dan’s team did a great job with our first video we’ve sent out. Many have asked if we can do any LiveStreaming or other uploads – unfortunately we have to be very careful what we post and send out, so thank you for understanding to in order to protect everyone here!

What a long, tiring, wonderful day it was. Early flight out the next morning to the next stop: KUWAIT.

US Troops Tour – First Full Day

With little sleep, no bags or luggage, confused and dazed, we had an incredible First Full Day on our Tour in a fascinating place: Bahrain.

Literally, my face just melted right off, so gross, people were screaming….

And then I realized they were screaming for David Archuleta, who was walking innocently behind me. It’s like Beatlemania with him. Man, this guy is popular everywhere in the whole wide world! Not sure if anyone could be more deserving of success and adoring fans than David, he’s a legitimately kind, spiritual, determined, talented, and calculated person. I’m learning a lot just being around this kid (I call him a kid because I’m like an old man compared to his youthfulness, and to me it’s a term of endearment. But let’s be real, he’s now a man and even requested a razor at the front desk of the hotel in order to shave his manly beard growing in, since DELTA lost our luggage. I offered my razor but it still had some coarse back hairs stuck in it and he started crying….not really but that would be hilarious).

This morning we went shopping for Ramadan appropriate clothing. David found a nice outfit for the show tonight and looked dashing.

Our Show went off huge with the audience. Dan Clark opened with a few great stories, including his world famous “Puppies for Sale” from the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and then brought David Archuleta to the stage with Dean Kaelin. They did one number, “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and crushed it. Apparently this wasn’t the same type of audience we’ll see every time, as it was all families with little kids, but I think everyone who came was there to see David. The women were taking photos, girls standing on chairs – Teeny Boppers – feeling like old times pre-mission, seeing the manchild work his magic with the music. It was beautiful.

Dan told a few inspiring stories, David sang “Everybody Hurts”, “Imagine” and “Crush”, and then I’d return to do my Journey, Guns n’ Roses, Chipmunks, Gangnam Style, and whatever else could keep the kids attention on the front row.

David closed us out with “Hero” and “Bring Him Home”. He’s certainly a talent!

After the standing ovation and signing some items we brought to give away, including David’s CD’s, my DVD’s, and Dan’s cool hats he got made for this Tour:

…we were privileged to meet the amazing people in our audience, sign autographs, give hugs, take pictures, and many thanks from an appreciative audience of brave men and women serving our Country so valiantly, we had another most wonderful opportunity to go perform a late night fireside for our Church members congregated in the area, a 9:30 PM uplifting message of faith and inspiration this Thursday night, prior to their Friday sabbath worship (changed from Sundays traditionally due to local customs). Dan motivated, taught, and inspired, Dean played a medley of hymns that brought me to tears, I made them laugh and think about what God sent us here to do that only we can do, and David wrapped up the evening with a most powerful testimony and hymn.

What a wonderful day!

US Troops Tour: Leg 1 – Bahrain

Don’t Expect Luggage To Arrive

Hoping we get our gear, we are all in the same outfits now for 60+ hours. Stinky! But the shows must go on, hoping Dean gets his keyboard, but luckily he’s a genius and can figure out all of the songs for David, and as we all know, David can sing the phone book anyway.

Let the Tour begin! More photos coming soon.

Performing for the US Troops at Wartime

American Idol Finalist, and one of the world’s most beloved young singers, David Archuleta, is on this trip. Actually, we may have been upgraded to First Class at the airport because David is with us! You would have thought the Pope was out for lunch in Rome walking through the Salt Lake Airport with David. I kept pushing people away, shouting, “Just let the boy sing, give him space to breathe and catch the next note!” I think I’ll be his bodyguard on this trip since he’s so shy, kind, and fits in my carry on. Playing keyboard and guitar for David will be the Vocal Coach of The Stars, Dean Kaelin, who’s pupils have gone on to fame and fortune for 2 decades. It is a power packed line-up. And then I’m here, too. The 3D’s and a J.

The show will flow as follows: Dan Clark will Emcee with his incredible humor and motivational stories, David Archuleta will then sing inspirational songs such as “Imagine”, “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, and “Bring Him Home”. The audience will be sobbing by the time I come out on stage, at which time I will attempt to bring them to laughing hysterically.

Dean Kaelin also blogs on his Facebook!

Dan Clark’s facebook updates on the background for the tour:

Check out the Armed Forces Entertainment poster.

From @Mhae92:

@DavidArchie “Falling Stars” is now playing again on the radio here in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia :D They always play ur songs!

From @Mhae92:

OMGSH the radio here Jeddah, Saudi Arabia is playing The Other Side of Down by @DavidArchie :D cuz i requested it!!

Tell us what your favourite David Archuleta song (from his 3 albums) is & why! The first 20 to post their responses who get 10 likes from friends across the Middle East region will get the latest David Archuleta album ‘The Other Side Of Down’ + a super cool calendar. Note: Fake/Ghost fans & likers will be disqualified. ☺

Take part on Sony Music Middle East’s Facebook

From @Mhae92:

Now on the radio Jeddah, Saudi Arabia “Look Around” by @DavidArchie :D

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