His new song “Shield (Coat of Armor)" was released in February.
San Diego favorite David Hernandez is back tonight for his "Soul Sessions" at Martinis Above Fourth. This American Idol contestant has a distinct voice that is both smooth and soulful.
Hernandez began singing at the age of six from his childhood home in Arizona. Theater and showmanship have always been in his blood. Not only did he immerse himself in local theater as a teenager, he also began writing songs.
It wasn’t until 2008 that Hernandez became nationally known as a talented artist when he auditioned for season seven of American Idol. That was something he had frowned upon at first, but he finally caved and went before the judges.
“It was a total game-changer,” he told us in 2016, “It literally put me on the map and also helped me in the last nine years to consistently work, and release music on my own terms, you know, and just be authentic to myself.”
This was an important audition not only to potentially become a part of the iconic reality series but for him personally since he wasn’t out publicly.
“When I was on Idol almost ten years ago, it was a whole different ballgame I feel,” he said, “I mean...the people that were gay and out had already been established and they had already done their thing in the industry, whether it was acting, or music--whatever it was entertainment-wise. And those people were then, you know, coming out and all that kind of stuff. Nowadays, I feel like it’s so much more accepted and not such an issue, which I think is a beautiful thing.”
Hernandez came out to the world in 2016 with the release of his hit “Beautiful” which he debuted right here in San Diego at Rich’s Nightclub.
In February 2018, the handsome crooner released another song, this one titled “Shield (Coat of Armor).”
You can join David as he makes his return to Martinis; he will cover songs and new original pieces.
Accompanied by piano, this acoustic set takes you on a journey through old-school to modern soul music.
David Hernandez: Soul Sessions is Thursday, March 22, 2018, 8 pm, at Martinis Above Fourth.