David Archuleta, the doe-eyed runner-up from the seventh season of “American Idol,” appears Monday at the Warfield in support of his new album, “Christmas From the Heart.” The 18-year-old singer’s second release this year features his golden-voiced takes on a handful of seasonal standards such as “The First Noel” and “O Holy Night,” as well as a new song called “Melodies of Christmas.” He called us last week from his family’s home in Murray, Utah, to talk about his career so far, holiday plans and dream about Bob Dylan.
Q: Are you already over this whole Christmas thing?
A: Christmas isn’t here yet.
Q: I know, but you’ve had to think about it since October when the album came out.
A: Oh, yeah. I’ve actually been celebrating Christmas since the summer because we had to start recording in July. But it’s been good. It’s helped me really think about what Christmas is all about.
Q: Was it hard to go in the studio and sing “O Holy Night” while you were wearing flip-flops and shorts?
A: It was interesting, to be sure. In some studios we had the Christmas lights up just to get in the mood.