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The Song of the Week

19 April 2010



Though I love David Archuleta’s music, there are one or two songs on his self-titled debut album that are not my favorites. However, one of these songs has grown on me. Actually, it was watching David sing it ‘live’ that really made the difference. Now this song is one of my favorites to watch David perform in concert. Some of you may be surprised, because I know this song is a big fan favorite for many.

The Song of the Week is…


“Barriers” was written by Wayne Wilkins, Steve Kipner and Steve McEwan for David’s self-titled debut album which was released in November 2008. The song was produced by Wayne Wilkins and Steve Kipner for Jive Records. They also wrote David’s hit single, “Touch My Hands.”

Wayne Wilkins, well-known songwriter/producer:

  • wrote hits like Jordan Sparks’ “Battlefield”
  • wrote the single “Unwritten” for Natasha Bedingfield and co-wrote her song “These Words” with Kipner.

Steve Kipner, multi-platinum songwriter/producer:

  • wrote “Genie in a Bottle,” Christina Aguilera’s first hit single
  • wrote The Script’s “Breakeven” and “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved”
  • wrote “Live Like We’re Dying” for Kris Allen, American Idol season 8 winner

Steve McEwan, British hit songwriter, artist, and musician:

  • has written songs for many country music artists, including Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill and Keith Urban
  • has also written with rock and pop stars Roger Daltrey, James Morrison and James Blunt
  • played guitar and sang on albums with pop star Robbie Williams

“Barriers” is an upbeat pop song about breaking up with someone because it isn’t working anymore. Too many hurtful things have gone on for too long. It’s time to say goodbye and stop all the hurt and lies, and even though breaking up is painful, it is time to move on.

David sings “Barriers” with so much emotion and conviction you might think he is singing from personal experience. Yet he has often said that he has never had a girlfriend. It’s hard to believe when you hear him sing this song—so great is his ability to make the lyrics come to life! As many have noted, David really knows how to ‘sell a song.’ He certainly sold me on “Barriers.”

David’s album version of the song “Barriers” with the lyrics provided:

Credit: allstartwilight

What was it about David’s live performance of “Barriers” that made me change my mind about this song? You be the judge, as you listen—and watch—David on stage. I love this performance because of his hand gestures and facial expressions. That’s what I love most when he sings “Barriers.” Yes, the voice is amazing, but he is even more fun to watch! 😉

David Archuleta singing “Barriers” in Columbus, Ohio, solo tour, March 6, 2009:

Credit: emilyluvsarchie

Hope everyone has a nice week ahead of them. 🙂
Take care,

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  • minja | 1 | 19th April 2010 at 4:09 pm |

    I think “Barriers” is a hip, sophisticated song. I especially like the background vocalizations which give the song a distinctive beat. When I saw David sing “Barriers” in Reno, he brought the house down with the ‘muscle arm’ gesture. What a stage ham! Thanks, bigarchiefan, another great Song of the Week!

  • Katheryn | 2 | 21st April 2010 at 12:00 am |

    Thanks for posting, Katie. I love this song! Right from the beginning it was one of my favorite cuts off David’s album. The song has a very soulful vibe, and I have long believed David loves singing it. I agree with Minna that “Barriers” is hip and sophisticated, and I wish Jive would have released it as a single.

  • kimbee | 3 | 21st April 2010 at 12:10 pm |

    I know I’m late to comment but I really love this song. Katheryn, it was my favorite song posted when snippets were first released. All the buzz was over My Hands and Touch My Hand which are not album favorites of mine but I have come to LOVE them both after hearing David perform them live.

  • minja | 4 | 21st April 2010 at 12:29 pm |

    Katheryn & Kimbee, you have touched on an interesting aspect of David’s singing. When he loves a song, he will sell it to a live audience. No doubt about it! He even made bigarchiefan change her mind about “Barriers.” So, hearing him in concert is a big factor in his ‘fame and fortune’ as a recording artist. Luckily, he also has that rare musicality that lets him improvise a tune that he must perform it over and over again, keeping it fresh and new for the audience.