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Mike Terry, Deseret News
David Archuleta

David Archuleta recorded his Christmas CD, "Christmas From the Heart," in the middle of summer while on tour with Demi Lovato.

"Whenever I had a day off I just went and recorded Christmas music," Archuleta said with a laugh during a phone interview from New York. "So I had to get into the mood going from outside in the sun to inside the studio that was decorated with Christmas lights."

"It was really interesting to do all that in the middle of July and August," he said. "(The recording) was spread out, but it was a little difficult while I was on tour because my mind was so wrapped around the tour."

Archuleta said he also recorded songs before and after the tour.

"The first song I recorded was 'Joy to the World,'‚ÄČ" he said. "I had a lot of fun singing it. But some of the songs were more difficult because I was performing every night and didn't get much rest. But it worked out in the end."

Archuleta said all the 13 songs he chose for the CD were his favorites growing up.

"Songs like 'O Come All Ye Faithful,' 'Angels We Have Heard on High' and 'O Holy Night' were just songs I grew up singing every Christmas. So it was fun to do."

Furthermore, Archuleta worked with a great production and arrangement team that included Kurt Bestor and Sam Cardon.

"I worked with some awesome arrangers," Archuleta said. "I loved what Kurt did with 'Pat-a-pan.' But everyone I worked with was so great and made the session fun."

Archuleta's fans obviously like the CD. It peaked at No. 2 on Billboard's Holiday Albums chart and reached No. 30 on the Billboard 200.

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