David Archuleta, Forevermore, You Are My Song

David Archuleta’s Masterclass Performance Of You Are My Song


You know a singer is doing something right when he can melt away all the stress and fatigue of the day, transporting you to another world of absolute bliss and harmony.

And no one does this better than David Archuleta. He has such a gift – a beautiful charismatic voice and presence that draws you in to every word he is singing.

In this music video, featured above, David performs a song titled “You Are My Song” from his OPM album, “Forevermore”.

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It is an absolutely exquisite vocal performance, highlighting the dimension and scope of David’s range. His vocals are pure and translucent, emanating straight from his heart to yours.

His ability to craft and stretch his phrases is testament to his enormous skill set as a vocalist. Listen to the manner in which he holds the note on the word “song” at the 1:35 mark – centering the head voice and then gently increasing the diaphragmatic momentum to crescendo on the note, followed by a decrescendo.

This is called messa di voce and very difficult for singers to master. Yet, he makes it sound so easy.

Thank you to Janey for sending this song my way.

This song and the entire album in fact is available at DavidArchuleta.Com and Amazon.Com.

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About Masterclass Lady

Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

7 Responses to “David Archuleta’s Masterclass Performance Of You Are My Song”

  1. Love this song. It was my favorite from the beginning. Thank You for the lovely review and support of David Archuleta.

  2. MCL. thank you so much for this post. I added your beautiful words to my origial article on FanScene. I took the liberty of clicking on the wiki link and found this description that others might find interersting:

    The messa di voce is universally considered a very advanced vocal technique. To be properly executed, the only feature of the note being sung that should change is the volume – not the pitch, intonation, timbre, vibrato, and so on. This requires an extremely high level of vocal coordination, particularly in the decrescendo, so the technique is not often explicitly called for and is rarely heard outside of classical music.

  3. Thank you all and for Janey for bringing this to my attention. As you can clearly see from the Wiki description, this is such a difficult technique to master and one of the first I teach my vocal students, regardless of age. They then learn how to turn their natural vibrato on and off – very important, as you know.

    David’s performance of this song was so beautiful. Made my day!

  4. MCL/Janey – Thanks Janey for bringing in that explaination of messa di voce. Doesn’t David do this technique all the time when he sings?

    This song is growing on me everytime I listen to it. Its amazing to think that he recorded the whole album in just 4 days, songs he didn’t know. My favorite song is “Reaching Out”. I pray David sings it when he tours again. The way he sings the word “way” is so yummy.

  5. Absolutely incredible!! Thank you for sharing this. Your explanation of the techniques that are sometimes simply taken for granted enhance the performances of true artists like David.

  6. thank you MCL for your review. I love reading your breakdown of each song. that note that you pointed out is my favorite part of the song. lol

    pouncer – i think he does. i esp liked it on the last note of silent night when he sang for the tabernacle choir.

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