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Monday, December 19, 2011

Forbes: David Archuleta Headlines First Ever Forbes Holiday Concert



…As his voice rang through the room, accompanied by only a keyboardist–and, at one point, a cappella – dozens of faces lit up with wonder. A singer was giving away music, and a news organization was hosting a concert… 



The Forbes building has been quite an eventful place of late. Had you walked into the lobby yesterday afternoon, for instance, you might have witnessed rapper Mac Miller’s chance encounter with Steve Forbes.
And had you stopped by the fourth floor newsroom on December 2nd, you’d have noticed perhaps an even more unusual scene: 60 reporters, editors, producers, salespeople and technologists gathered in a circle, watching a live performance by David Archuleta (see videos above and below).
The former American Idol star dropped by to play a handful of Christmas songs and talk about the business of holiday music. Archuleta knows plenty about both–he released a holiday album of his own, Christmas From The Heart, in 2009; this year, he’s featured on the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’sGlad Christmas Tidings.
Holiday music, of course, is a big business. Michael Buble’s Christmas has already sold over 1 million copies, spending the past three weeks atop the charts. Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber both pitched in with holiday albums of their own this year. For his part, Archuleta has been spreading cheer on the road, grossing $43,000 per night according to concert data provider Pollstar. But when I interviewed him, his mind didn’t seem to be on money.
“I feel like there’s something special about Christmas music,” he said. “You’re able to put your heart into it a different way than with other, just pop, stuff.”
Perhaps the earnestness of his tone convinced me, or maybe the string of lights adorning a nearby cubicle wall played to my sentimental side, but I believed him. Judging by the reactions of my colleagues bunched throughout the room, they believed him, too. After all, Archuleta had initially agreed to a simple interview. Though an impromptu performance was a lot more work, he happily accepted when I suggested the experiment.
As his voice rang through the room, accompanied by only a keyboardist–and, at one point, a cappella–dozens of faces lit up with wonder. A singer was giving away music, and a news organization was hosting a concert. Why was any of this happening?
A better question: Why not? The old business model is dying, both in journalism and for music. If there wasn’t room for moments like this in the past, good riddance. I can’t wait to see what else the new model will bring.


David on “Dapo & Friends Christmas”




Music producer, Dapo recently invited David Archuleta and other friends to his studio and created his first Holiday album titled, “Dapo & Friends Christmas”.
For this special album, made of 9 Christmas classics and one original, all produced and arranged by Dapo, David recorded “(Little) Drummer Boy”.
“I wanted to create a project where I could bring together some of my incredibly talented friends and share their gift of music with the world. This is a collection of some of my favorite writers and artists singing some of my favorite Christmas songs! I hope you enjoy listening to this collection of music as much as we enjoyed recording it. Next year I am hoping to do this again so I can include some people that due to scheduling and what not we weren’t able to this time around. I wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season, filled with peace and love. Enjoy!” – Dapo
 

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About the project:
“Dapo & Friends Christmas” features the vocal talent of friends: Max Schneider, Stacy Barthe, David Archuleta, Gaby Ramirez, Ginny Blackmore, Abraham McDonald, Nikki Flores, TC, Scotty Granger, and a jazz instrumental with bassist, Robert “Bubby” Lewis.
Dapo personally considers this project very special and plans to take it a step further next year with “Dapo & Friends Christmas: Volume 2″ followed up by hosting a Live Show that will benefit those in need during the Holiday Season.
Learn more about the project and the artists involved on dapoandfriendschristmas.com.

About Dapo:
Dapo Torimiro is a platinum-selling songwriter, producer, composer, accomplished pianist, multi-instrumentalist, Yamaha-edorsed artist and singer. Born and raised in Nigeria, Dapo got his start with the popular Nigerian Gospel/R&B group, Kush. Kush’s success brought him to the USA, where he now lives and works in California, collaborating with artists such as John Legend, Jesse McCartney, Jordin Sparks, and many more.
Dapo and David first worked together in 2008, for David’s debut album “David Archuleta”. Dapo played keyboards on the track “A Little Too Not Over You”, and also co-wrote and co-produced the song “Running”.
For the most recent news on Dapo, including “in the studio” updates and videos of his amazing instrumentation at impromptu mini-performances, visit dapomiroworks.com.

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