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David Archuleta Retrospective Series Part Twenty-Four: “I’ll Be”


By Pamela Pike and Rosanne Simunovic


Mall of America without music

Pamela Pike’s Recollections

“I’ll Be” is a song written and sung by American singer Edwin McCain. The song was released in January 1998 as the first single from his second album, Misguided Roses.
It peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became a Top 10 hit.

Over the years is has become a popular wedding song, but Edwin McCain revealed in an interview the track was not intended as a love song but more of a kind of a Hail Mary prayer for him at a time when he was struggling with some personal problems.

This is a perfect song for David Archuleta to sing as he gives it a soulful, emotional, enduring heartfelt interpretation. David is not just a singer/songwriter, he’s a storyteller and his music appeals to us all with a down to earth charm.

David is super talented and doesn’t use stage antics to bring his audience into the music; he uses the music to bring into his audience. He also has this great ability to put emotions into words that can reach out far beyond a single performance. He keeps music simple and is able to wrap us around his finger. His attitude of performing and his willingness to embrace and connect to his fans is second to none.

No matter how many times you hear David sing “I’ll Be” he is so good he raises goose bumps. David opens his heart to the audience obviously loving this song as much as his fans.

David’s acoustical emotion packed performance gives you a musical euphoria with his amazing vocals. He presents his fans with what they want, his powerful voice and contrasting emotion instinctively draws in his audience. What he does best and what he appears to especially enjoy the most is expressing heartfelt passion through his songs.

David never over sings and delivers vocals to suite the song, he speaks straight from his heart; this gift explains why his music will endure and why his performances are so easy to hear.

David’s one of a kind, a rare and engaging talent with an impressive style and imagination. My heart is bursting with anticipation and joy to see what he brings to music on his return.


In School

Rosanne Simunovic’s Recollections

As always, I have relished the opportunity to read Pamela’s background summary of the songs featured during this Retrospective Series.

However, her informative synopsis behind the birth of “I’ll Be” really intrigued and resonated with me. Sometimes, when one listens to a song, one has to wonder: “What was the driving force behind the creation of this composition”. So, thank you, Pamela, for sharing this information with us.

Who has not struggled with personal problems? It’s something that we all have to live with and try to overcome in our day-to-day lives.

David understands this and uses his vocal power, sensitivity and musicality to create a strong, enduring bond between himself and his adoring fans.

This song has never sounded more believable, more passionate and sincere; David possesses all these characteristics in his daily life and these human elements are seamlessly carried over to his musical life.

His voice is a force – the purity, the shape of his phrases, the technical brilliance are second to none. None! And, when you add the human element, the spirituality that forms the root of every song David sings, then one is left with a flawless, heart-stopping musical experience.

David was only 16-years-old when he performed this song. Most 16-year-old male vocalists are still trying to find their voices. However, in David’s case, it almost appears as if THE VOICE found him. For many, perhaps, can technically sing as well as David, but rarely can a singer move and stir souls like David is so capable of doing.

THE VOICE is a gift that David has cherished, nurtured and nourished with absolute reverence and respect. And the music world is a much better place because of David’s devotion to his music.

Thank you, David, for your tender, earnest and gorgeous performance of this beautiful song.

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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

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