David Hernandez of Naked Boy’s Singing! and season seven of American Idol is releasing the first single from his long-awaited autobiographical EP “Don’t @ Me” – and Out Traveler has the exclusive video premiere below!
According to Hernandez, “When It Rains, It Pours” centers the emotional turmoil many people experience during tumultuous times – including his own.
“Anxiety, depression, and mental illness is a very real thing that is not discussed enough,” Hernandez tells Out Traveler. “When It Rains, It Pours’ is about feeling alone and building walls that you think are protecting you but only work to further isolate. It is important to acknowledge that you are struggling and to share your feelings with those you trust most. Allowing yourself to be vulnerable is the key to connectivity.”
For the video, Hernandez says he and cowriter and producer Trent Park sought simplistic yet powerful visuals, using the symbolism of water, fire, and air elements to depict the inner workings of David’s mind. The hole with a flame in his jacket illustrates David’s desire to fix what is burning him. The cable pulling him in different directions is meant to signify life feeling like a tug-of-war. The cat eyes exemplify David’s ability to present as happy and in control when underneath, he is not.
The end of the video, when Hernandez is dressed in all white, is intended to depict the moment when David Hernandez finally recognizes that the inner storm that is raging inside only exists because he has allowed it to.
Hernandez candidly reveals to Out Traveler the difficulties of his home life as a child.
“I had a rough childhood with little stability,” Hernandez says. “My mom had me when she was only 17 and there was always tension between my parents while I struggled with trying to please them both.”
And Hernandez admits those experiences still impact him to this day.
“Often, when I sink into my depression, it feels like a spiral that I can’t get out of,” he says. “I’m really great at hiding it, or at least, I think I am, but my close friends and family can tell when I’m struggling.”
Hernandez says he remains optimistic about the future and hopes his song helps others feel the same.
“Ultimately, I hope that whoever is out there, struggling like me, feels a little bit less alone when they hear the song”, Hernandez says. “I hope that it helps them to see that they are perfect just the way they are.”
David Hernandez’s “When It Rains, It Pours” is available now on Apple, Spotify, and all major streamers. You can view the official video for “When It Rains, It Pours” below.
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