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David Archuleta


Dec 15, 2018 – 7:30 PM

250 River Road
Athens, GA 30602 Map

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David Archuleta: Singing on stage at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles was a moment David Archuleta will never forget, but there were a number of pivotal moments that happened in his (even) younger days, and he'll never forget any of them either, including singing for the first season "American Idol" contestants in Hollywood in 2002, when he was just 11 years old.

The David Archuleta story began on Dec. 28, 1990, the day David was born to Jeff and Lupe Archuleta in North Miami, Florida. His father was a jazz musician who was always playing the trumpet around the house. His mother was a singer who performed locally with her three sisters in a group known as the Mayorga Sisters. David always enjoyed music, but wasn't particularly fond of his dad's jazz trumpet playing, covering his ears "because it was so loud."

But then came one of those pivotal moments, when David was six years old and watched a videotape with his younger brother as his family was relocating from Florida to Utah. It was the 10th anniversary concert of the stage musical "Les Miserables" and David became captivated with the music, playing the tape over and over, memorizing each song, complete with cockney accents. Then he discovered and fell in love with other musicals like "Evita" and "Into the Woods." He also listened to his mother's Selena and Gloria Estefan albums, but he didn't pay attention to radio much and wasn't really aware of pop music, until he watched the first season of "American Idol."

He was first mesmerized by Tamyra Gray when she opened the Top 30 semifinals with her outstanding performance of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going." It was the first time he was aware of how expressive and soulful music could be, and what it was like to vocalize emotions. This was perhaps the most pivotal musical moment of his young life, the first step on the path that led him to who he is today, a musical prodigy, the runner-up for the seventh season Of "American Idol" and the newest artist signed to 19 Recordings/Jive.

After David started watching "Idol," his father bought recording equipment, hooked it up to his computer, and recorded David singing "God Bless America," "I Will Always Love You," and "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going." When a friend of the Archuletas saw that "The Jenny Jones Show" was looking for "Future Latino Stars," she urged Jeff and Lupe to have their son try out. Based on a performance over the phone, a producer booked 11-year-old David to sing "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" on Jones' show.

During that August 2002 performance, David met another young singer, AJ Gil, a finalist on the first season of "Idol." Returning home to Utah after the Jenny Jones experience, Jeff decided to drive to Hollywood the next day and surprise David by taking him to the first season finale of "Idol" at the Kodak Theater. He bought tickets on eBay, picked them up in Las Vegas, and then drove on to Hollywood.

It was during this trip that David met up with AJ again. Gil insisted David sing "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" for Tamyra Gray. With Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini gathered around, the 11-year-old prodigy delivered, and his father captured it all on the video that has become an online classic.

Next, David tried out for "Star Search." The show didn't contact him the first season, but during the 2nd season, asked David to submit videos of him singing the Smokey Robinson/Jackson 5 song "Who's Lovin' You" and Billy Gilman's "One Voice." This time he was invited to compete on the show and appeared on three episodes in early 2003, winning the Junior category. A year later, he was invited back to compete against other winners. But this second run on "Star Search" was more difficult. David had been ill for a few months with appendicitis and bronchitis. Several weeks into his second "Star Search" experience, the Archuletas realized something was definitely wrong with David's voice.

A renowned ENT doctor in Beverly Hills diagnosed David with vocal paralysis and said the only options were either surgery or vocal therapy. They tried the latter, and after a frustrating couple of years of time and patience with the vocal therapy, the efforts worked and David was able to regain his ability to sing with confidence and endurance.

David continued to watch "American Idol" and thought about auditioning, but didn't believe he was "good enough." It was a moot point, because he was too young to try out. In the summer of 2007, at the tender age of 16, he was finally old enough, and his friends and family urged him to audition. He had to quit his job as a techie at a local amphitheater in Murray, Utah, and almost didn't go to try out because he was looking forward to this summer job.

Ultimately, David and his father went to the San Diego auditions. During the first round, while auditioning with other people, the producers dismissed the entire row and David walked away. "I'd been waiting in line for two days, and in 30 seconds it was all over," he says. "Then I heard someone say, 'Wait, come back.' I didn't think they were talking to me, so I kept going. And they said it again, 'Wait! Come back here!' I turned around and they said, 'You're through.' It was such a shock!"

The rest, as they say, is history. Simon, Randy and Paula sent David to Hollywood, where he made it into the top 24, then the top 12, and after never being in the bottom three, into the spectacular season finale.

Now David has had three songs debut at once on The Billboard Hot 100, is getting ready to tour the United States this summer as part of the "American Idols Live!" tour and is already recording his first album. Unforgettable moments? There are many more to come, for this is just the beginning of a long, successful career for the talented teen who captured the imagination of over 30 million "American Idol" viewers.

Local News

  • The Georgia Bulldog football team, gearing up for the January 1 Sugar Bowl game against the Texas Longhorns, is set to start practice.  From UGA Sports Communications... Friday, Dec. 14 – Closed practice with no media availability    Saturday, Dec. 15 – Closed practice with no media availability   Sunday, Dec. 16 – players off   Monday, Dec. 17 – 11:15 am – Coach Smart press conference (team meeting room on 1st floor); 11:40 am – select players available on second floor lobby *TBA periods open for viewing; no post-practice interviews   Tuesday, Dec. 18 – Closed practice with no media availability   Wednesday, Dec. 19 – 11:45 am – Signing day press conference with Coach Smart (team meeting room on 1st floor) *TBA periods open for viewing; Coach Smart post practice   Thursday, Dec. 20 – TBA periods open for viewing; select defensive players available post practice   Friday, Dec. 21 – TBA periods open for viewing; select offensive players available post practice   Saturday, Dec. 22 – Closed practice with no media availability
  • The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating what might have been the attempted abduction of two students on a Jackson County school bus. The bus driver tells investigators an older white man, balding with gray hair, approached the bus at a bus stop on Jett Roberts Road in Jefferson, asking for two children by name. The driver says he did not recognize the man as a parent of either of the children and kept the students on the bus. He says  the man drove off in a gray four-door car. Police were, at last report, trying to find the car and the driver. 
  • Two days of candidate qualifying come to a close in Barrow County: today is the last day to sign up to run in a special election that will be held in March of next year. Political hopefuls are qualifying to run for the District 3 seat on the Barrow County Commission; the winner of the March 19 election will fill the unexpired term of former Commissioner Roger Wehunt, who announced his resignation last month. There is an evening meeting of the Athens-Clarke County Planning Commission, a 6 o’clock session at the Government Building on Dougherty Street.  The Athens-Clarke County Board of Assessors meets this afternoon, 5 o’clock at City Hall. Hall County Commissioners will take up two big development proposals at tonight’s meeting in Gainesville: Commissioners are also expected to make an appointment to the Hall County Planning Commission. The last Commission meeting of the year is set for 6 o’clock at the Hall County Government Center in Gainesville.  There is talk of consolidating Pre-K classes in Madison County, with the Madison County School Board looking at reducing Pre-K costs by putting the classes under one roof in Danielsville. The estimated construction price tag: just over $1 million.
  • It took authorities two days to find Jerome Mobley after he allegedly shot his ex-wife to death. It took a jury in Walton County just 18 minutes earlier this month to convict him of murder. And a judge quickly sentenced him to life in prison plus 75 years without the possibility of parole after the verdict was announced, District Attorney Layla Zon said.   Evidence presented at the trial showed that Mobley drove to Katie Mobley's house in Social Circle on the morning of April 18. There was an exchange of gunfire, according to testimony. Jerome Mobley fired twice with a 12-gauge shotgun, with one shot hitting her. His ex-wife fired five times, one shot hitting Jerome Mobley in the leg. Responders said she was dead at the scene. He left the scene and was found two days later in a backyard on Hestertown Road. When he realized he would be captured, Mobley shot himself with the shotgun he was still carrying and blew off the front of his face. He underwent facial reconstruction surgery at Grady Memorial Hospital. Prosecutors also presented threatening text messages between the Mobleys as well as recorded interviews with their two children, according to Zon.
  • The Franklin County School Board will search for a new school superintendent: the Board says the contract of current Franklin County Superintendent Wayne Randall will not be renewed. Randall (pictured above) has been the head of the school district in Carnesville since 2006. The Clarke County Board of Education is meeting this evening: 6 o’clock at the HT Edwards Building on Dearing Extension in Athens.  The meeting agenda is below... Meeting Opening    Recognition of Achievements and Awards    Amend and/or Adopt Agenda    Public Comments    Information Items 1. Head Start/Early Head Start Policy Council Report 2. SPLOST Report 3. Athens Community Career Academy Report 4. Parent Advisory Board Report    Board of Education Committee Reports 1. Finance Committee 2. Government Relations Committee 3. Policy Committee 4. Property Committee    Boards of Community Committees 1. Athens Area Community Foundation 2. Community Oversight Committee 3. Envision Athens 4. Foundation for Excellence in Public Education 5. Georgia School Boards Association          Minutes of Previous Meetings 1. Work Session Meeting – November 1, 2018 2. Board Workshop – November 2-3, 2-18 3. Regular Meeting – November 8, 2018    Financial Report    Policy 1. Policies/Regulations/Exhibits to be Posted for Public Review for Four Weeks: There are no new policies to be posted for four weeks.    Policies to Adopt/Rescind: Policy ICKA - Religious Beliefs (New) Policy BBFA - Local School Governance Teams (New) Policy GBAB - Pay for Performance (Rescind) Policy GBE - Professional Personnel Assignment (Review) Policy GBL - Professional Personnel Tenure (Revise) Policy GBRB - Professional Personnel Time Schedules (Revise) Regulation GBRB-R(1) - Professional Personnel Time Schedules (Rescind) Policy GDB - Paraprofessional Positions (Rescind) Policy JR - Student Records (Revise) Regulation JR-R(1) - Student Records (Review)    Superintendent’s Report    Consent Agenda CA______1. Approve Field Trips CA______2. Approve 2019-2020 & 2020-2021 Academic Calendars CA______3. Approve 2019-2020 Program of Study CA______4. Approve the Annual Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance Plan and Selection Criteria for Head Start/Early Head Start CA______5. Approve Surplus Technology for Sale and/or Disposal CA______6. Approve Network Switch Upgrade CA______7. Approve Playworks Contracts with Five Schools CA______8. Approve Phase IV Furniture Purchase for BHL & Coile CA______9. Approve GaDOE Facility Safety Grant      Personnel Recommendations 1.Approve Personnel Recommendations    Executive Session 1. Evaluation of the Superintendent    O. Other Agenda Items 1. Approve Superintendent Contract N. Adjournment

Bulldog News

  • The Georgia Bulldog football team, gearing up for the January 1 Sugar Bowl game against the Texas Longhorns, is set to start practice.  From UGA Sports Communications... Friday, Dec. 14 – Closed practice with no media availability    Saturday, Dec. 15 – Closed practice with no media availability   Sunday, Dec. 16 – players off   Monday, Dec. 17 – 11:15 am – Coach Smart press conference (team meeting room on 1st floor); 11:40 am – select players available on second floor lobby *TBA periods open for viewing; no post-practice interviews   Tuesday, Dec. 18 – Closed practice with no media availability   Wednesday, Dec. 19 – 11:45 am – Signing day press conference with Coach Smart (team meeting room on 1st floor) *TBA periods open for viewing; Coach Smart post practice   Thursday, Dec. 20 – TBA periods open for viewing; select defensive players available post practice   Friday, Dec. 21 – TBA periods open for viewing; select offensive players available post practice   Saturday, Dec. 22 – Closed practice with no media availability
  • Tim Bassett has died: Bassett was an all SEC center for the Georgia Bulldog basketball team, one of the first black Bulldog basketball players in the early 1970s. The Washington DC native, who went on to a career in the NBA, was 67 years old.  Bassett’s season rebounding totals in 1972-73 (368) and 1971-72 (337) rank No. 3 and No. 6, respectively, in the Bulldogs’ record books. He also is No. 2 in career rebounding average (13.6 rpg) and No. 10 in career boards (705) despite playing only 52 games over two seasons.    Bassett’s single-game career highs – 36 points against Kentucky on Feb. 19, 1973 and 22 rebounds versus South Alabama on Dec. 6, 1971 – both rank No. 14 all-time in Georgia Basketball history.   Bassett was drafted by the NBA’s Buffalo Braves and the ABA’s San Diego Conquistadors and chose to sign with San Diego. He played for the Conquistadors for two seasons before helping the New York Nets to the 1976 ABA Championship while averaging 9.0 ppg and 8.4 rpg. The ABA and NBA merged following that season and Bassett went on to play with the New York/New Jersey Nets through 1980 before completing his NBA career with the San Antonio Spurs.   Prior to arriving in Athens, Bassett earned first-team Junior College All-America after leading the College of Southern Idaho to a runner-up finish in the 1971 NJCAA Tournament.   After retiring from basketball, Bassett worked with Athletes Helping Athletes, an organization devoted to bettering the lives of special needs athletes, as a member of their training team for over 30 years. He also worked with Heroes & Cool Kids, a non-profit group co-founded by former New York Jets star Bruce Harper that offers a variety of youth mentoring programs.
  • ATHENS – The difficulties of playing cornerback in football increase exponentially as one moves up the ranks. Nobody has to remind Tyson Campbell of this reality because he lived it this past season. Campbell, who signed with Georgia as a 5-star prospect out of Fort Lauderdale this year, earned the rare distinction of becoming not only a 10-game starter for the Bulldogs as a true freshman corner this season, but a first-game starter, as well. Campbell That Campbell did NOT start the last three games of his freshman season is equally notable. But he’s choosing not to make a fuss about either designation. “It was tough, it was fun,” Campbell said of his first season as a college football player. “But, at the same time, it was a wake-up call, a learning experience. I feel like I learned a lot about football. And, you know, it’s just an all-learning year for me to get ready for next year.” Indeed, Campbell got the proverbial trial by fire this season playing the corner opposite of All-American and Jim Thorpe Award recipient Deandre Baker. From the outset, he found himself — and his side of the field — under attack. Campbell was exploited in the second game of the season at South Carolina as veteran receiver Bryan Edwards beat him twice for touchdowns. He also struggled in games against LSU and Auburn. There were good times as well, though. Like the trip to Missouri in Week 4 when Campbell scooped up fumble on one bounce and returned 64 yards for a touchdown. That would end up being a short day for Campbell, however, as he suffered a shoulder injury in the first half and did not return. His replacement that afternoon was redshirt freshman Eric Stokes, who did some great work in relief.  Stokes finished the Missouri game with four pass-breakups and blocked-punt touchdown. Campbell returned to the starting lineup the next week, but the competition with Stokes for playing time would continue. Finally, in the 10th game of the season against Auburn, Georgia coaches subbed in Stokes for a struggling Campbell after a second pass-interference penalty. Stokes finished the game, then started the last three for the Bulldogs. Speaking with reporters for the first time all season after the SEC Championship Game last week, Campbell has taken the demotion in stride and claims no hard feelings. “Not every job is secure,” Campbell said after Georgia’s 35-28 loss to Alabama. “You’ve always got to have that chip on your shoulder. Anybody can be replaced. I’m not mad or anything. I’m supporting my teammates. I’m just ready to move forward.” Campbell’s first season was definitely a rollercoaster. His season high for tackles came against LSU when he finished with 11. But part that was mainly because he was tackling receivers downfield. He finished with 42 tackles, which was fifth on the team, but ended up with only one pass breakup and no interceptions. Stokes had eight pass breakups, including one in the end zone against Alabama. “We’ve talked for a long time about we’re going to play the players that play the best,” Smart said after the Auburn game. “I still think Tyson Campbell is a really good football player.” Campbell feels like he has identified his primary problem. “I panic sometimes,” he said last week. “Other than that, I’m working real hard in practice and staying focused. I feel I’ve got a bright future and I’m not really stressing or worrying about anything.” Georgia’s coaches believe Campbell has a bright future as well. The reason he was in the starting lineup in the first place is his tremendous speed. A two-time state champion in the 100- and 200-meter at American Heritage High and remains one of the fastest players on the Georgia team. Meanwhile, Campbell’s getting a lot of help on his DB skills. Baker, who came to Georgia as a 3-star prospect out of Miami and didn’t start until midway through his sophomore season, is one of Campbell’s primary tutors. “He’s helped me develop a lot, taught me a lot,” Campbell said. “I’m like a sponge out there with Coach Tuck and Coach Smart and the older guys in the secondary. They all teach me a lot and I just take whatever they tell me and just try to input it into my game.” Georgia needs to Campbell to remain alert and motivated. Regardless of who starts the rest of the way at left cornerback, both he and Stokes are sure to be in the Bulldogs’ plans as Baker moves on to the NFL. Regardless of how it went this season, Campbell knows his script isn’t written yet. “It’s football,” he said. “Things are going to happen. It’s a rollercoaster. There’s going to be swings. … I just have to focus on what’s ahead of me now.” The post Georgia CB Tyson Campbell believes ‘rollercoaster’ season will only make him a better appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia Bulldogs senior defensive back Deandre Baker has been named to the 2018 Associated Press All-America First Team while sophomore left tackle Andrew Thomas has been included on the AP All-America’s Second Team.   Baker, a Miami, Fla., native, became the first Bulldog to win the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award last week for being nation’s best defensive back in college football. He was also a Walter Camp First Team All-American. Thomas, a native of Lilburn, Ga., was named to the Walter Camp All-America Second Team as well.   Baker becomes the first Georgia All-American from the defensive backfield named to the AP’s First Team since Bacarri Rambo in 2011.   A Miami, Fla., native, Baker has started all 13 games for Georgia and has 40 tackles and is tied for the team lead with two interceptions. He also has a team-best 10 pass break-ups. In addition, Baker has a forced fumble and has collected a fumble recovery for a defense that ranks 15th nationally allowing just 18.5 points per game.   Thomas, a native of Lithonia, Ga., has gotten the starting nod at left tackle for 12 of the Bulldogs’ 13 games, only missing the Middle Tennessee State game with an ankle injury. He has anchored an offensive line that leads the SEC in Rushing Offense at 251.6 yards per game and that currently features one senior, two sophomores and two freshmen as starters.    The Bulldogs are averaged 39.2 points per game during their second straight run to the SEC Championship Game and a their first invitation to the Sugar Bowl since 2008. Thomas and his offensive line unit were named a Joe Moore Award finalist for being one of the top offensive lines in the nation.   The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) All-America teams are expected to be released later on Monday. The Sporting News All-America teams are scheduled to be released on Tuesday and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) teams on Wednesday.   The No. 5 Bulldogs (11-2) will take on No. 15 Texas (9-4) in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, La., on Jan. 1 at 8:45 p.m. ET. ESPN will televise the fifth all-time matchup between the programs and the first matchup between the teams since 1984.