New music from David Hernandez – ILY
David Hernandez has new music and it’s powerful stuff.
“Growing up, I was only taught the dynamic and gender roles between a man and a woman…” says Hernandez. “There was never any rule or guide book on how two men can coexist in a romantic relationship. Navigating it on my own has been challenging, especially when many people in the world still continue to view same sex relationships as not normal.”
The ILY video, shot by Arno Diem, depicts two people in a relationship that are struggling with each other’s shortcomings and insecurities. They visit a therapist, played by Alexa Abraxas, and discover that through the heartache, they share a common thread of love for one another and that for many, it’s the obstacles we overcome that make a relationship stronger.
Kingdom tells the story of a relationship that Hernandez allowed to wreck his whole world.
“I think it’s safe to say most of us have had lustful relationships or hookups where maybe we weren’t thinking too clearly…” explains Hernandez. “Where we were doing things we normally wouldn’t do or acting in ways that made us look crazy.”
Hernandez admits that he’s been in several relationships where he has sacrificed his self-worth and mental health to be with the person.
“We all learn and grow from our experiences…” continues Hernandez. “One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned is how all is fair in love and war. I’ve made the mistake of offering up everything I’ve worked so hard for to another person. Looking back now, I can finally recognise how sad and pathetic I was, but the lust was already in full effect.”
“I hope listeners will learn from my experiences and that it maybe saves them from being taken advantage of by unworthy people…” adds Hernandez. “A healthy relationship is one where each person gains something from the union. It should never about losing a part of yourself.”
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.”