'American Idol' Finalist Andrew Garcia Tells a Heartbreak Tale on 'Hurts Like Hell': Premiere

Andrew Garcia
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Andrew Garcia

Since R&B/pop singer-songwriter Andrew Garcia last released an EP two years ago (2015’s Hell & Back), he fell in love. Unfortunately for Garcia, that love broke his heart -- but on the flip side, that heartbreak resulted in a pretty incredible new EP titled Love Wounds, dropping Aug. 28.

"It helped me vent and cope with everything, through music,” Garcia tells Billboard of his forthcoming release. "I learned through my experiences, and I brought it to microphone and just let it all out. I’m not embarrassed to tell people I cry, I’m not embarrassed to let them know that love hurts like hell -- I’m just coping with it. And if you’re embarrassed and not gonna cope with it, you ain’t gonna learn somethin’.”

As the California native acknowledged, the kind of heartbreak he went through hurts like hell, which inspired the title of his Love Wounds track “Hurts Like Hell,” premiering today (Aug. 18) on Billboard, one week before the EP arrives. While the release covers every aspect of his relationship and subsequent breakup, “Hurts Like Hell” is perhaps the most reminiscent of the pain he experienced because of Garcia’s passionate vocals on hook as well as the rest of the song's tell-all lyrics.

"A part of me knows you’re coming back/ And a part of me knows you won’t,” Garcia sings before getting to the painful point, "It hurts like hell when I see you / And it hurts like hell when I don’t.” 

There’s no denying those are some put-it-all-out-there kind of lines, and Garcia asserts that he left nothing out when it came to speaking his mind. "I wanted to give something that let’s you know, 'Ooh, this guy ain’t over her, but she’s over him!’” he says with a laugh, indicating that the song really has helped his heart heal. 

Even so, he hopes fans appreciate his vulnerability because "I’m pulling back memories and bringing back all this pain.” He adds jokingly, "I’m like, 'Yo, they better love this, because I’m over here killin’ myself.’”



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Garcia says his experience as a finalist on Season 9 of American Idol helped him determine who he wants to be as an artist, and that’s someone who holds nothing back ("Whatever life throws at me, I just put out on record,” he says). And although Garcia has held true to that sentiment, he suggests that Love Wounds is his most personal collection of music yet. 

"I kind of look at things differently now,” he says. "I got a chance to learn from being in studios and making music to actually pour my heart out more than what I thought I could.”

Because he has given his all with the five tracks on Love Wounds, what Garcia ultimately hopes that listeners take away from his latest EP is that it’s okay to fall hard and lose love. "Life is a feeling process. We’ve gotta embrace these emotions and learn from them,” he says. "That's how we become better versions of ourselves. I hope there’s a song on here that’s similar to someone's experience. That is the biggest reward, for the music to help someone get through whatever situation they are in. I’m not doing this for nothing, it’s helping someone -- and it’s helping me.”

Take a listen to “Hurts Like Hell” below and don’t forget to check out the EP on Aug. 28.


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