David Archuleta Retrospective Series Part Nineteen: Gotta Get Thru This

By Pamela Pike and Rosanne Simunovic

Pamela Pike’s Recollections

“Gotta Get Thru This” is a title of a song by artist Daniel Bedingfield. It was released November 26, 2001 as a single from his album of the same name. It was one of the biggest hits in the UK and went to number one on the UK singles chart in 2001 and 2002. It was also his most successful US single peaking at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Jazz is inspired by one’s passion, and its unique expression is drawn from life experiences and human emotion and David’s much loved jazzy cover of “Gotta Get Thru This” is pure genius. He being so young and giving his heart and soul to make this song come across is phenomenal; you feel every line he sings, he really means it.

There are those moments that David and listeners are so into the music that time itself seems to be suspended. He can evoke vulnerability with a real sense of grace.

GTT not only shows how good he is, but how his talent extends far beyond one genre. David can sing circles around anyone today. He has learned to create something all his own with his dynamic style, lush voice, versatility and good looks.

He has achieved acclaim for his rich voice, and presence as a live performer. He has a great stylistic range with his powerful bluesy singing which is soulful and classy.

His singing is brilliantly relaxed and his tenderness and fire leaves you wanting more. David’s voice and personality give you a flawless pitch every time with precise diction and phrasing.

Conveyed in a variety of ways David can interpret emotion in a way only he can with his natural gift from inside. His voice has a smooth and sophisticated resonance which can be bluesy and soulful with a depth in range that appears as if it comes in a direction from the soul.

He can croon a ballad and articulate it in a unique way. He can also be strong and sassy that seems to come out of another place of uniqueness.

His fusion of jazz and pop that makes this song all his own suggests that his enormous talent is still on a rising arc of creativity.

Rosanne Simunovic’s Recollections

Well, well, well! What have we here? David showing yet another side to his ever expanding genre base.

By now, I have listened to David sing many songs in many different genres. However, “Gotta Get Thru This” has impressed me in a very different way. And in a very good way.

The jazz-infused, almost reggae feel to this song challenges David to explore the musical depth of his artistry. This is a very sophisticated song, one that would lose momentum and meaning on an artist who does not understand or appreciate the complexity of the interpretive delivery.

However, in David, this song has found a new and very comfortable, albeit magnificent, home – one with lots of creative decor within the walls of its foundation.

This song fully allows David to tap into his musical genius, to dig very deep and squeeze every ounce of artistic vision and skill.

His imaginative and perceptive approach is so well suited for this multi-dimensional song composition. The jazz idiom is an extremely complex genre and it requires a singer who, not only possesses a stellar technical foundation, but also is not afraid to take risks.

And David totally understands this – he is so fully “in the moment” when he performs this song and never allows his artistic focus or attention to detail to waver.

I also love how he explores the depth of his vocal range – in the first half of this song, we hear the richness of his lower range, yet, as the song moves along, his range ascends to his gorgeous head voice register.

David really knows how to utilize and mix the head voice component throughout his range, adding just enough chest voice to give muscle and verve to his vocal timbre. That seamless vocal quality is what sets David apart from so many of the other artists in the music business. Plus the very fact that he has the courage, confidence and chops to sing live! Yes, live and faultless!

The lyrics in this song come alive because David is the consummate storyteller. His narrative approach draws the listener in and one cannot help but be moved by the expressive manner in which he communicates this song.

This performance is an exceptional tour de force and quite possibly one of the most masterful performances I have ever seen from David.

And, considering the fact that everything he touches with his vocal gift is transformed for the better, that is saying a lot wouldn’t you say?

David – this was a Masterclass Performance. Standing O all the way!

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

6 Responses to “David Archuleta Retrospective Series Part Nineteen: Gotta Get Thru This”

  1. Pam, MCL. I remember the first time I heard David sing this. It was a livestream of Break the Silence for Invisible Children in Nashville. I was stunned, it honestly took my breath away. I was so surprised by the genre, truly a first! I must admit that it bothers me a little when fans express what they’d like to see David do in the future (seems like a lot of pressure to be constantly trying to please fans) but I will confess (just this once) that I’ve been known to say a little prayer that he delves more into this type of music. I really think he could make his mark in the industry. I can’t think of anyone who does it better.


  2. Ditto Janey! On all your comments…. I feel the same.


  3. Well pikepss, it looks like we’re the only 2 who think so, lol.


  4. Thanks ladies. Sorry for not responding sooner. Busy weekend here. Pam – thank you so much for inviting me to be part of David’s amazing journey. This song is truly beautiful. Janey – thanks always for your great comments and for your continued support.


  5. Haha, MCL, you don’t have to apologize for not responding sooner. I’m just happy that David is still on your radar. I still remember when you said you would support him until your dying day, so no worries, I know you’re good for it <3.


  6. Pam and Roseann….you never fail to capture my attention when you are reviewing David’s performances. I hang on your every word. I loved hearing David sing this song. I had never heard it before….but felt like it was a song that David made his own. I have been away from the computer for awhile so am late in reading your reviews. The list just keeps growing of songs I would love to hear David cover.

    Thank you for always making me feel so good, after reading your comments!!! I wish that David could read all the wonderful things your two have been saying about his songs and performances. Sooooooooon! 🙂


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