What made 2008 stand out to you? To me, four inspirational, motivational, and historical individuals made 2008 a truly memorable year. Those individuals include Charice Pempengco, Mariah Carey, David Archuleta, and President Barack Obama.
Oprah called her “the most talented girl in the world.” I agree wholeheartedly.
Pop, R&B, hip hop, and gospel sensation Mariah Carey scored her 18th Billboard Hot 100 Singles #1 hit with the track “Touch My Body,” becoming the solo artist to gain the most #1’s and the second musical act to have the most #1’s in music history (the title goes to the Beatles). Carey scored her first #1 with “Vision of Love” in 1990 and has been composing, producing, and singing numerous other works. Several of her other #1 hits include the deeply moving ballad “Hero” (1993) and the smash-hit “One Sweet Day” (1995), that in which Carey collaborated with the boy band Boyz II Men. The track spent a total of 18 weeks at #1, a career highlight for both Carey and Boyz II Men. The release of “We Belong Together” (2005) from her highly acclaimed album “The Emancipation of Mimi,” also marked as a special moment for Carey, as it had spanned a total of 16 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. Mariah Carey, now happily married to actor, rapper Nick Cannon, and rumoured to be pregnant with her first child, has definitely made some astonishing accomplishments throughout her career. Mariah Carey has showed the world that even with troubles from her past, such as the racism that she experienced as a child for being multiracial, her parent’s divorce along with other family problems, the financial struggles that she underwent during her path to success, the oppression she experienced from a past marriage, and her once frequent inability to stop working, which lead to a reported physical and mental breakdown several years ago, one’s talent, ambition, and stamina can eventually lead to a future of numerous achievements and undeniable success. From being well-known for her vocal range, power, melismatic style, use of the whistle register, and songwriting abilities, Mariah Carey will forever be recognized as a respectable and praiseworthy singer, composer, and musician, among many vocations under her belt, who created music, her true passion since infancy, that transcended barriers including gender, class, and race.
Recent Utah-born pop singer, composer, and musician David Archuleta has been making headlines since early in 2008 merely for the passion he displays through his music, as witnessed on his highly acclaimed live performance of the 1971 John Lennon classic “Imagine” on the semi-finals round of the hit television series American Idol. Unlike a high majority of other teen pop stars, Archuleta manages to maintain his devotion to his religious faith while in the music business, by keeping his God-given talent the main focus of the public eye, as opposed to other factors of his status as a celebrity. For Archuleta, 2008 has been a big year. Right after becoming the runner-up to David Cook of his season of American Idol, he and nine other of the contestants of the program’s season in the top 10 ventured on the American Idols Live Tour 2008, performing in big sized stadiums and arenas across the United States and in one concert in Canada. In addition, Archuleta occasionally visited the studio to work on his highly anticipated debut album, went on frequent promotional trips, and tried his best to keep in touch with family, friends, and fans. Shortly after the Idols tour ended, his self-titled album David Archuleta was released in stores in early November. Archuleta, now a solo artist, attends countless events, goes to multiple interviews, and performs in numerous concerts to promote his work and share with the world his passion for music, all at the young age of eighteen. However, Archuleta’s rise to success didn’t happen overnight, as many have thought. He had been performing since the young age of nine in various community functions and won the televised junior singing competition, “Star Search,” at twelve. Unfortunately, Archuleta soon caught a serious case of vocal paralysis, preventing him from singing for an abundant amount of time. He was offered the option of a surgery, but refused as doctors said that it would be risky. Nonetheless, Archuleta remained determined and persisted in sharing his talent for music for family and friends. It wasn’t until his audition in American Idol that his talent was exposed to viewers of the hit series and eventually music executives of Jive Records, the music label that signed him. David Archuleta is a unique addition to the music world, for his positivity, serenity, confidence, modesty, and the undeniable talent that he naturally possesses. His pure, simplistic, and engaging performances truly captivate audiences of many different backgrounds, breaking boundaries between generations, leading to meaningful and memorable moments that will last a lifetime. He is a positive example of how an individual can share their talent with the world and still carry themselves with dignity and grace.
Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, needs no introduction.