David Archuleta Releases Memoir Of Soul, Song And The Power Of Perseverance

Chords of Strength: A Memoir of Soul, Song and the Power of Perseverance

American Idol Season 7 Top 2 Finalist, David Archuleta, is releasing his first book, a memoir of his musical and personal journey to date, on June 1st!

I know I will be purchasing this book. David has so much to offer  – his enormous vocal talent combined with his genuine strength of character is a rarity in the music business.

Sometimes when I watch the music award shows, the polluted musical nonsense  masquerading as “freedom of art and expression” is enough to make me cringe.

Is the ability to plant your two feet on stage and just sing from your heart becoming a lost art?

Oh wait, David Archuleta can do this!  Jason Castro can do this, David Cook can as well and so can Michael Buble and Josh Groban.

And, let’s not forget Britain’s Got Talent winner, Susan Boyle, who’s first CD out-sold everyone’s CD during the Christmas/Holiday season.

Thankfully, there is light at the end of the dark tunnel as many more pure and true vocal artists begin to emerge and thus discovered, hopefully marking an end the to flash in the pan music stars and their equally flash in the pan songs.

So, in the spirit of musical excellence, I truly hope that everyone rushes out and purchases many copies of this book to give as gifts. David Archuleta is a rare gem and I ache for the day when I can see vocal excellence comparable to his on live television once again.

Pre-Order is available on Amazon now!

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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

25 Responses to “David Archuleta Releases Memoir Of Soul, Song And The Power Of Perseverance”

  1. MasterClassLady, thank you as always for sharing this news about David. I have the book on order for myself and I’ve volunteered to get a few to International fans. I can’t wait.

    And I also can’t wait to hear vocal talent FROM David Archuleta on my TV screen again. Hope it happens soon.


  2. I always appreciate your articles and opinions about one of the best vocalists today, David Archuleta! I love him and what he stands for and his magnificent talent!!


  3. MasterclassLady, It’s always a pleasure to read your opinions regarding the VOICE ! David Archuleta and his music should be on TV, and in everyones musical library. This young man is the whole package! Voice, personality, and gorgeous good looks!🙂


  4. i ♥ you. that is all.


  5. Thanks MasterclassLady. Have ordered a “few” so far, actually sending a signed copy to a fan in Hong Kong:) I am really looking forward to reading it. David never disappoints! Oh, and to be able to enjoy him on television would be divine! This next tour should be something!!


  6. Yes david is a “rare gem” thanks for the write up. Can’t wait to read this book.


  7. Thanks for your support of David. I’m looking forward to David’s book and plan to gift it to others. Also can’t wait for his new music which should be coming out soon.


  8. MCL, thank you so much for this article on David’s upcoming book. I have ordered
    mine from Amazon and I hope many fans will get theirs too. I know it will be worth
    the wait for this one and also for his new music. He is working so hard to come up
    with something he can really be proud of. Again, I sincerely appreciate your great
    thoughts on this amazing artist.


  9. Yes David Archuleta is a “rare gem” in this crazy music industry.

    Have ordered a few copies of his book – I can’t wait to have it in “My Hands”. My favorite song by the way!!


  10. Always enjoy your views and insights, but especially regarding David. Can’t agree with you more on the state of the current music scene – a stark contrast from when I was a kid growing up, singers who could actually sing, imagine!

    But as you mentioned, there are some rays of hope, and David being one of the brightest.

    Am very much looking forward to his book and next album. And many thanks to you for your continual support of David.


  11. Hey MCL, it’s always a pleasure to read what you have to say about David Archuleta. I cannot wait to read Chords of Strength.


  12. I’m with Janey I ♥ you that is all…


  13. haha GEMzone. i see you🙂


  14. I love it when I hear someone understand and repect David’s talent and character. He is truly a stand out artist in this crazy music business that I feel has gone by the wayside. He is truly a gift to us all.


  15. archuletafansgermany May 18, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Very very well said!!! David is a rare gem, in every aspect, and it’s good to see him getting support from pros like you, MCL! ♥ Thank you!

    Also this description : “…musical nonsense masquerading as “freedom of art and expression”…” simply hits the nail on its head! I long for the day true, pure artists like David will get as much attention from people and media as those auto-tuned, hyped up and sexed up “stars” we see on TV and hear on the radio these days…


  16. Thanks so much for your constant support of David. He is indeed a rare gem. Can’t wait for the book! and the new music!!! so excited!!!!🙂


  17. It amazes me how many people agree with us as to David’s singing talent and I too am disppointed that we don’t get to see him on TV frequently. How do we get the message out there? I’m tired of Adam Lambert, Justin Beiber, Miley, etc. I do NOT see them as good role models…. for instance: Adam’s “sex” display on the award show, Justin’s arrogance at such a young age, and Miley (still loved by young girls) now setting an example of how to be Britney. UGH!!!!!
    We want David…..we want David…..we want David………..


  18. MCL, you are much loved by the fans of David Archuleta. Thank you for your support of his amazing talent and character. I can’t wait to read COS. It’s going to be a “don’t put down until finished reading” book. I’m just sure of it.

    BTW, love your site and have been coming since season 7, even though I just lurk. Your critiques are so appreciated. Thank youW


  19. Cannot wait for this.


  20. Is the ability to plant your two feet on stage and just sing from your heart becoming a lost art?

    Oh wait, David Archuleta can do this! Jason Castro can do this, David Cook can as well and so can Michael Buble and Josh Groban.

    MCL, this was just so worth repeating! I totally agree with you.

    David is just a sweet, honest young man. I hope the business never changes him. Stand By Me remains my favorite performance, although Imagine also moves me.


  21. I always love reading what you have to say, especially about David A. I will be looking forward to reading your thoughts on the book. I’d love reading your highlights/general impressions of it. You are always so generous in sharing your thoughts with us, so thank you.

    Also, Scott MacIntyre has an album out called “Heartstrings”. It’s available on iTunes as well as through Scott’s official website (scottmacintyre.com). Have you listened to it yet?


  22. MCL…I too always love to read what you have to say about David…because you appreciate the “singer.”
    My first words to myself upon seeing David during his AI audition was, “he’s a singer’s singer”… your technical reviews and overall appreciation of David as “artist” point to that, and are valued by his fans.
    As I watch all the “techno-performances” which get more and more carried away with gimmicks…just because…the technology exists, I guess..David and the like are a lost art and a treasure. I’m not completely archaic…I like choreography etc.
    But for me, there is no substitute for the singer making us “feel” by…just…singing.
    David has the instrument, musical ear, heart & soul connection to a song’s message and a beautiful way of communicating it.
    Can’t wait to read COS and your review. David has already inspired me with many of his pearls of wisdom; I’m sure the book will have much more.



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