Monday, April 14, 2008
Young Stars: David Archuleta and Miley Cyrus
Young stars are offering hope for the future, with a long overdue dose of positivity. David Archuleta, possibly...probably the next America Idol, is a great example of this. His performance of songs like "Imagine" and "Angels", and his attitude in general shows us he was already thinking about "giving back" even before the American Idol producers told him he had to for "Idol Gives Back" night. He chose to sing "Another Day in Paradise" partly, he said, "because it brings attention to those around the world who have nothing", and also sang one of his favorite songs John Farnham's "You're the Voice" with the line "we're all someone's daughter, we're all someone's son/how long can we look at each other through the barrel of a gun?" David Archuleta seems to understand the positive influence, and power popular music can have.
see youtube videos:
Imagine David Archuleta
David Archuleta Angels American Idol Top 8
American Idol - David Archuleta - Another Day In Paradise
David Archuleta (March 25) American Idol - You're the Voice
John Farnham - You're The Voice
Gone, but not forgotten American Idol contestant Josiah Leming is a talented songwriter, who's songs embody the spirit of Bob Dylan and John Lennon. He may not be at that level yet, but he is certainly showing the potential. See my article on Josiah Leming here http://jviz.blogspot.com/2008/03/josiah-leming.html .
It is easy to dismiss Miley Cyrus as a marketing concoction of Disney and her father...however, she has real talent. It has been a long time since a pop star has received media criticism for being "too nice", but if you ask me, Miley Cyrus has been nothing but a breath of fresh air! Here's her performance of "I Can't Wait (To See You Again) on American Idol.(posted by zammit at youtube)
Here is Miley Cyrus' spirited performance of "Start All Over" (hollywood records at youtube):
Notice how similar the upbeat sound is to bands like ABBA who have sold a billion albums literally, in some of their songs like "Tiger."(posted by swissprincess1974 at youtube)