David Hernandez is giving us music for the summer
David Hernandez has new music and it’s a total summer bop.
The latest single is Boomerang.
“The vibe of the song is love all the way around…” explains Hernandez. “I wanted to show love in all different shapes and sizes.”
Who is David Hernandez?
David Hernandez began singing at age six, starring in musicals and performing with various theatre companies. At fifteen, he started writing original music and recording his arrangements.
He has released two albums, I Am Who I Am (2011) and most recently, KINGDOM: THE MIXTAPE, an album that included twenty original tracks, many of which reflected on the love and loss he experienced since rising to fame on American Idol.
To mark Pride Month 2020, Hernandez teamed up with Jacqueline Lord to cover True Colors – the iconic song first recorded by Cyndi Lauper in 1986.
Hernandez and Lord recorded their version and filmed the video clip during the Covid-19 lock-down.
“We’re living in trying times right now…” says David Hernandez. “This song speaks to being your authentic self and showing the world that you don’t have to hide in the shadows.”
“The song is a beautiful expression of camaraderie with one friend encouraging the other to find the courage and confidence to express their truth to the world…” adds Jacqueline Lord. “It delivers a positive message in this unprecedented time of negativity.”
“While competing on American Idol, I was outed online by Perez Hilton and forced to confront my True Colors…” explains Hernandez. “It was 2008, a very different time in LGBTQ equality and acceptance. I was young, impressionable and veterans of the music business were warning me that admitting that I was gay would destroy any chances of a music career. Ultimately, I decided being honest was the only way to go and after the dust settled, I can attest that allowing my true colors to shine made me a better man and artist.”
Produced by Alex and Deshawn Teamer and written with Michael Orland, Sorry is a metaphoric letter to those David has hurt in the past as well as those who have hurt him.
“Fifteen years ago, I met someone incredible…” recalls David. “I was just out of a break-up and not in the state of mind to realise how good this person was until it was too late. I broke their heart, lost them, and have never spoken with this person since but they are forever imprinted on my heart.”
“Most of us carry regrets in life…” continues David. “If someone passes away and you didn’t get to say your goodbye, it can have a lasting impact on your soul. We tend to let our egos get the best of us but later wish we could have said something sooner. In other cases, addiction can lead to mistakes and destroy a relationship. Changing your behaviour and apologising to yourself for the harm you caused is the first step. Trying to repair relationships is next but it isn’t always possible.”
The music video was shot in West Hollywood in the middle of the current pandemic. The crew was kept to a minimum with only David, director Derek Caldera and cameraman Arno Diem on set. They were careful to distance from one another and only shot in areas where there were no other people.
“It helps to convey the loneliness of being left with your thoughts after the one you love has left or you have left them…” explains David, describing the filming process. “It’s like your heart and soul have become this ghost town.”
“What I love about Sorry is I’m allowing myself to be vulnerable and I’m getting closer to speaking my truth…” says David. “It’s basically me admitting, Hey I fucked up. I am not perfect but I am trying to be better.”