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.

The 2nd hymn sung in Spanish was “I Need Thee Every Hour” credit: @Nellie1983

MP3 downloads from Abrra’s Candy Jar

Had an awesome time at the youth face2face chat. Here with the moderators Young Men’s General President Brother David L. Beck, Young Women’s General President Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson and Hermana Denisse Posse Lindberg. Thanks to those who tuned in last night and asked questions! Refreshing to open up and talk about my mission :) . If you couldn’t watch or want to watch again you can go

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Highlights

Highlights of chat by @LDSnet:

#LDSface2face if the #Savior stood beside! #twitterstake

#LDSface2face would I say the things I say if the Savior Stood beside me? @DavidArchie thanks for the great reminder!

Sweet get to hear @DavidArchie sing in spanish too! :)

#LDSface2face “I don’t know if you’d call my Spanish perfected” @DavidArchie

Haha it’s great when your parents don’t understand your spanish because it is a different dialect #LDSface2face

“Music helps me understand myself better” @DavidArchie #LDSface2face

Can you believe that @DavidArchie was known as the kid who didn’t talk? #LDSface2face

“Mormon missionaries are the ones with a nametag who ride bikes around and teach people about Jesus Christ and His gospel” @DavidArchie

I felt free and that I had nothing distracting me as a missionary #LDSface2face @DavidArchie

I love chile! I love the mountains surrounding me and helping me feel protected and secure @DavidArchie #LDSface2face

I am always going to talk about food because I am a foodie @DavidArchie #LDSface2face

Hotdogs with avacodos? Anyone else besides @DavidArchie like those? #LDSface2face

A mission is something I have always wanted to do @DavidArchie #LDSface2face

I was never satisfied with not going on a mission. I felt like there was something I needed from that experience @DavidArchie #LDSface2face

“I came here to help” @DavidArchie describing how it felt on the streets of His #LDS mission #LDSface2face

The gospel helps good people become better @DavidArchie #LDSface2face

Why was I willing to come here in the first place? Why did I leave all of that, why? To serve the Lord #LDSface2face @DavidArchie

Wow, cool arrangement of Called to Serve Him @DavidArchie #LDSface2face

@DavidArchie encourages us to remain onward ever onward as we glory in His name #LDsface2face

#LDSface2face In Chile people didn’t recognize me a whole lot, so I still got the door slammed in my face @DavidArchie

Because most people didn’t know who I was, just getting someone to listen without any expectation- it was a great door approach #LDSface2face

I sang with my companion because He had the same purpose that I did #LDSface2face @DavidArchie

I love watching people and observing people. You get to meet people and see how they are. #LDSface2face @DavidArchie

I have thought about learning more psychology, or sociology. anything with people watching @DavidArchie #LDSface2face

I have always wanted to understand other people #LDSface2face @DavidArchie

A lot of people try to tell you what will make you happy or feel good. Sometimes you believe them @DavidArchie #LDSface2face

Remembering who I am, that God has a plan for me, and that I am His son makes me feel good @DavidArchie #LDSface2face

My family, need to be with them @DavidArchie #LDSface2face

I don’t have to change my priorities for anyone #LDSface2face @DavidArchie

I would have liked to have study Preach my gospel more before the mission @DavidArchie #LDSface2face

#PreachmyGospel teaches you to be teachable #LDSface2face

keep in touch with God daily, go to church and pay attention, see how you can serve there @DavidArchie #LDSface2face

Going to the #LDS temple was a huge help to me as @DavidArchie prepared to serve a mission. How has it helped you? #LDSface2face

I need thee every hour, most gracious lord @DavidArchie #LDSFace2face

Even @DavidArchie needs Him every hour to help temptations lose their power #LDSface2face

The biggest thing everyone wants to feel and looks for is to feel loved. They want to have a reason that they are here @DavidArchie

The more you feel love the more you want to love other people @DavidArchie #LDSface2face

not thinking about yourself, focusing on serving other people is what brought me closer to God than anything else @DavidArchie

I wasn’t enough if I didn’t have the help of the Lord with me @DavidArchie #LDSface2face

Admit that you need the help of the Savior to love yourself and other people better @DavidArchie #LDSface2face

I had hard companions and I did get into arguments with them! Thanks for your honest answer @DavidArchie #LDSface2face

This just in @DavidArchie does not currently have a girlfriend #LDSface2face but he can’t help but want that!

I’ll keep searching for my kind of perfect #LDSface2face you can’t wait, you have to search for that kind of person @DavidArchie

Someone needs to love the Lord more than they love me. If they do that, then we can make the same kinds of goals @DavidArchie

I want someone who loves the Lord and who has virtue @DavidArchie #LDSface2face

The spirit makes a difference in music, and in friends #LDSface2face @DavidArchie

Hum your favorite Hymn just like @DavidArchie #LDSface2face

We’ll sing and we’ll shout with the armies of Heaven @DavidArchie #LDSface2face #twitterstake

Highlights of Spanish chat by @awwwrchuleta:

“i’m more confident now :’)”

“you’re never ready for a mission…”

“I still spend a lot of time in the Temple…”

“the most difficult thing for me was leaving my family because I thought “they need me”…

“it was not a sacrifice… how could it be a sacrifice such a great blessing?”

“there are times when you don’t get along with your companion…”

he also said that he didn’t understand how the Chilean people talked at first hahaha

I loved when he talked about how he gained confidence during his mission.

“sometimes I don’t know what to do..I feel lost… that’s when you can pray”

“Many times, we feel that when we have a dream, we need to leave spiritual things aside… but that’s not truth….

..God knows you, He knows what are your dreams… ”

“I was a surprise, having all these people knowing who I am, all the attention…

“…I was singing and my first cd came out.. it was a lot of stress..

“people used to tell me: now you’re going to be happy but i didn’t feel that way”

“there’s no music in my life without that spiritual side, for me…”

“For me, music is a responsibility that God gave me and I have to do it right…”

“I used to hide my flaws..”

The lady said a Q that was asked before and he said: ohh I already replied to that… and the lady: ohh sorry then.

dnfdsjfb he would like to write a book about his experiences during his mission.

to talk about the people he knew, the food…. jajajjaa

“Oh no I can’t watch TV… no, where’s my companion?” when he returned to his home ahhahahahaha

he said that he needed to read his scriptures and his little sister helped him with that. :3

he’s writing songs… in english and SPAAAANISSHHHH <3

songsssss , i like that "s"

he says he doesn't have a gf...

he said something like... "buuuuut emmmm yeah..... " sdnsjfns

"there were people who didn't know me but they were willing to listen to my singing"

He says it's ok to feel frustrated about things but "don't give up"

he was talking about things we know already... about not changing things of his past..

..because that's what made him the person he is now.

"I had that fear, i don't how to talk, how to teach, but when you're on your mission you're going to learn it...

...it's ok, you have your companion too...don't worry, you're going to be fine"

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And oh boy, are we fans in for a visual feast. ;)

David’s interactions with and sightings by others:

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Happy Easter!

Posted by davidbeyondborders at 9:04 am
Apr 192014

These were what @DavidArchie tweeted he did in the week leading up to Easter:

 

 

 

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