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‘Winter in the Air’: David Archuleta says Christmas concerts are his ‘favorite shows’

David Archuleta is touring in support of his holiday album “Winter in the Air.” (Courtesy of Robby Klein)

David Archuleta loves Christmas.

He’s released two holiday albums during his career.

And a deluxe album of “Winter in the Air” is now out, with three new tracks.

“It’s so fun, and it’s my favorite shows to do,” Archuleta says during an interview from Nashville, Tennessee. “Christmas music feels great no matter how old you are. At the concerts, the audience is singing the songs, bopping their heads and having a sacred moment with me. It’s incredible.”

Archuleta will bring his Christmas tour to the South Broadway Cultural Center on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

The new tracks on the deluxe version are “Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole, an a cappella version of “Still Still Still” and a cover of NSYNC’s “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays.”

“I just did the video for that song, and it’s a goofy song,” he says. “It has cheesy Christmas sweaters.”

Archuleta rose to fame during his time on the seventh season of “American Idol” in 2008.

He would end up placing second, behind David Cook.

His self-titled debut album debuted at No. 2 in 2008.

Since then, he’s continued to write songs and tour.

His latest pop song, “Paralyzed,” gave him a newfound freedom.

” ‘Paralyzed’ was a bit of a venting song. I get frustrated watching myself hesitate so much, and not let go of things from the past that I know I should,” he says. “A lot of those past things are fears, anger, resentment, and I see how they all form excuses in my mind of why I can’t move forward. I watch as missed opportunities fly by and I just do nothing, because I freeze. It gets me so frustrated. This song is the battle with those paralyzing thoughts and I intend to be the victor.”

Archuleta has embraced his new writing process.

“I let it flow more,” he says. “I still feel like I use a lot of my head and I want to use more of my heart when I write. I don’t know if it’s just a safety guard and I’m afraid of being too vulnerable.”

Archuleta plans on releasing a few more singles before deciding his next move. He has enough material written now for his next album.

“People listen to singles and playlists more now,” he says. “I’m leaning that way.”

Archuleta is also looking forward to returning to New Mexico because he feels a spiritual pull.

“I’ve been to Santa Fe, and while I was there did some genealogy,” he says. “It’s a place I think I’d like to live. I’m sure my ancestors are from there.”

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