Veteran actor/singer Jack Wagner has credited a "spiritual awakening" with inspiring him to return to music after a nine-year absence.

The former Melrose Place star, who scored his first U.S. chart hit with All I Need in 1984, admits he never expected to return to the recording studio following 2005's Dancing in the Moonlight, but he was taken by surprise last summer (13) when he found himself bursting with creativity.

The 54 year old says, "I never expected to want to write music again, want to record again, it's been years and years for me, so to have what I call a light go off, a spiritual awakening, back in August, 2013, I would literally sit in my room there and bang out eight new songs. For me, it was unexpected and a real, great journey so far (sic)."

Wagner released his comeback album On The Porch earlier this year (14).