David Archuleta's new album tackles his period of 'emptiness'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 18) — "American Idol" Season 7 runner-up David Archuleta will be tackling an unsure period of his life, he shared on Wednesday.

Speaking to CNN Philippines' The Source, Archuleta, 26, said he "lost himself" shortly after his rise to fame.

Archuleta, then 17, came in second to David Cook on the seventh season of "American Idol."

"The year after 'American Idol' and towards the end of 2008, I was like, why do I feel so empty?" Archuleta said. A native of Utah, he professes to the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church.

Archuleta has released a total of six studio albums, although he took a two-year hiatus in 2012 to do volunteer work at the Chile Rancagua Mission in Santiago, Chile.

"It just made me realize being happy, being filled isn't about how many people know you, how many people are screaming your name, buying your music, how popular you are I thought it was about that," Archuleta said of the break in Chile.

"I felt like I found what mattered most. More than about music, it's about connecting-making it not about you but about giving, about serving other people and helping them connect to something that's bigger than all of us," he added.

Archuleta's release of his seventh album, "Postcards in the Sky", coincides with his concert in Manila on Friday.

"I thought I'm doing what I love, and I feel happy... The new music I've been recording is a lot about that... what was I filled with," he added.

Related: David Archuleta returns to Manila for concert

This is the singer's sixth visit to the Philippines. In 2012, he released the album "Forevermore," where he recorded covers of famous Filipino songs some of which he will perform on Friday.

"I'll be showing some of the old songs and the OPM (original Pilipino music) songs, and some of the new songs... kind of like a taste for the Filipino fans. I hope to come back after for a more full show as well," said Archuleta.

The "American Idol" runner-up also performed an excerpt of a song, "Invincible," from his new album.

David Archuleta's concert will be held on October 20, 8:00 p.m. at the KIA Theatre in Cubao, Quezon City.