In his new single, “Beautiful”, American Idol’s David Hernandez sings about struggling with low self-esteem, a condition that has plagued him all his life. “It’s something I inherited,” he says. “My mom had me at 16. Trying to figure out your identity while raising another human is incredibly challenging.” He recalls witnessing all of her ups and downs and says he has experienced them too. “I was down on myself the day I recorded the song,” he admits. “My skin was breaking out and I remember thinking, real music stars aren’t suppose to have these kinds of problems. I had lost a bunch of weight too, due to stress and not eating regularly. I was in a funk from some failed business relationships and my music seemed to be at a stand still. There is so much pressure in this industry to be perfect and deliver amazingly every time. While I know it isn’t reality, a few pitfalls allowed me to give into the negative thoughts in my mind. It wasn’t until I recorded the track and listened to it back that I thought, ‘Well, damn, this song should empower me to realize that I don’t need to be perfect’.” Written by Mark Grilliot, Adrian Newman, Ryan Stewart, and Stephen Werner and produced by Grilliot, David Hernandez’s “Beautiful” is available on iTunes now.
At the start of his recording career, Hernandez was signed to a major music label. He explains the struggles that come with catering to industry executives’ high expectations: “Labels were always telling me to be me but then expected me to fit their mold of what David Hernandez was suppose to be. It was challenging. Even though I was physically fit, I didn’t have the strength to stand up for myself because I always feared I would get dropped.”
With its uplifting verses and anthemic chorus, “Beautiful” encourages listeners to celebrate their so-called flaws by finding the beauty in their imperfections. The song also promotes unity of people from varying races, religions, body types, and sexual orientations.
“What a wonderful place the world would be if we all looked a little deeper and appreciated one another as special and beautiful in our own unique way.”
Directed by Printz Board from Black Eyed Peas, the song’s music video depicts the spectrum of diversity. It features a deaf man, an athlete with a prosthetic limb, and interracial, gay, and elderly couples. “These are people who have overcome challenges in their lives,” says Hernandez. “They embody the song’s powerful message.”
David Hernandez began singing at age six, starring in musicals and performing with various theatre companies. At fifteen, he began writing original music and recording his arrangements. In addition to American Idol, he has showcased his talents on The Ellen Show, The Today Show, MTV’s TRL, EXTRA, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, Teen Choice Awards, Idol Tonight, FOX-TV’s Idol Gives Back. He was also named among TV Guides’ Sexiest Stars.
Now that he’s an independent artist, a great deal of his struggle has been feeling that he is battling for pop stardom on his own. He says “Beautiful” also reminds him how lucky he is to have a strong support system backing him up.
“It’s important to have people on your side. I’m thankful for my beautiful mom and all the amazing friendships I’ve cultivated over the years. They give me a reason to be excited about the next chapter in my career.”