Every now and then, a powerfully gifted performer emerges and resonates well beyond his exceptional voice. He puts forth a shining example of kindness and humility. He taps into his talents to lift up those who are in need. And, above all, he nurtures a deep spirituality that is an inspiration to all who follow him.
For fans like author Pamela Pike, such is the impact of breakthrough American Idol star David Archuleta, whose musical genius catapulted him to fame at the young age of sixteen. Today, he continues to create phenomenal music, while also serving as a rare role model for a life lived with integrity, charity, faith, and heart.
Through Our Eyes, Pike’s rousing tribute to this exceptional young man, explores Archuleta’s profound and singular musical craft, as well as his exemplary code of living. Through interviews with the performer’s colleagues, an overview of the star’s numerous charitable acts, essays from passionate fans of all ages, and an intimate portrait of the author’s own discovery of the American Idol contestant with the gentle soul, this tender testament to the influence of one exceptional individual is certain to capture the heart of anyone who has been struck by him.
Beginning with a probing look at our country’s fascination with celebrity, Pike makes a case for those high-profile personalities who use their prominence for a greater good. Pike then explores the role of social media in fandom, including the wealth of videos on You Tube, as well as Archuleta’s congenial Twitter posts. From there, Pike details the impressive charity work undertaken by the young star, including his involvement with Do Something and Rising Star Outreach.
The author also shares insider interviews that Pike has conducted with leading figures in the music industry who have worked closely with Archuleta including: Michael Orland, associate music director of American Idol; photographer Jake Chessum, who shot “The Other Side of Down”; Dean Kaelin, Archuleta’s voice coach; and songwriter/arranger Kurt Bestor.
Through Our Eyes culminates with the author’s personal journey of discovery, and how she came to understand the uncommon character of this shining star. Relating her experience of watching him perform songs like “Imagine,”
By casting a spotlight on Archuleta’s depth of spirituality and generosity of hope, Through Our Eyes offers an inside look at a beautiful soul with a brilliant future, portrayed with a stirring emotion that will move anyone who appreciates David Archuleta’s rare gifts of music and heart. Readers will relish every page of this joyful tribute.
Through Our Eyes: A Fan's Perspective on Artist David Archuleta
Author: Pamela Pike
Published: July 2011
About The Author
Pamela Pike was raised in Southern California, moving with her family to the area just after the opening of the Disneyland theme park. After leaving college and moving to Los Angeles to find a job, she proceeded to work in the medical field for more than 40 years. Pike began posting on various David Archuleta fan sites in 2008 and writing articles about him in 2010. She enjoys spending time with her extended family that includes nine nieces and nephews, 20 grand-nieces and nephews and one great-nephew, ranging in age from less than a year to 52.
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