'American Idol' Alum David Hernandez Unveils 'Kingdom: The Mixtape': Listen

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American Idol alum David Hernandez is letting us into his kingdom. The pop singer unveiled his first album in seven years, the self-released Kingdom: The Mixtape, on Monday (Oct. 1).

With collaborations from fellow American Idol alum Blake Lewis, he guarantees to embody an in depth vary of genres — highly effective ballads (together with “Break,” which paperwork his struggles with habit), soul and R&B-leaning tracks, and a few dance numbers. It additionally features a cowl of Hailee Steinfeld and Grey’s “Starving."

“I hope listeners hear a bit of my soul in Kingdom: The Mixtape,” David Hernandez advised Billboard of the album. “I hope they get the place I’m coming from, actually see me for who I’m, and that they, too, can relate to the songs. I would like the mixtape to be therapeutic, enlightening, and revelrous.”

The album’s paintings, fittingly, depicts a crown being held by a robotic hand — a metaphor, he says, for his complicated relationship to the music trade.

“I’ve listened to too many individuals’s opinions about when to launch, how, what photos and content material are acceptable," he provides. "I used to be simply over listening to what different individuals suppose I ought to do. One day I lastly stepped again and realized I had an excellent physique of labor that deserves to be heard, now.”

Listen to the album beneath: