Exclusive: Alexander Cardinale Premieres Heartwarming 'Made For You' Video

Inspiration strikes artists in different ways at different times. The singer-songwriter Alexander Cardinale is at his most creative when he's barely conscious. "A lot of ideas seem to come to me in a half-asleep fogginess," he tells Billboard. "Music, too. It seems so perfect half awake, I can hear the entire instrumentation."

Cardinale's music has appeared in a number of TV shows -- One Tree Hill, Rookie Blue, 90210 -- and he's currently opening for Melissa Etheridge on her This Is M.E. Tour. Today Billboard is exclusively premiering the video for Cardinale's affectionate track "Made For You." Watch below.

"Made For You" is the lead single from Cardinale's Digital Youth EP. It's sweet and unabashedly sentimental, full of clean strums, golden backing vocals, and declarations of eternal love. The tune came together with the help of Morgan Taylor Reid. "I bring everything to Reid to try to recreate what I've heard in my head," Cardinale says. "He always ends up making it way better, because he always has amazing ideas. Our writing collaborations seem to always get better. Which is why I continue to write exclusively with him, and he's the only one I'll let produce me.”

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The video revolves around a pair of childhood friends who keep returning to a special tree that they've loved since they were young. The two eventually become romantically tangled. The clip was filmed in Monterey, CA, where Cardinale is originally from. Once the couple grows up, they are played by the singer's real-life brother and sister-in-law.

The Cardinale/Etheridge tour has a few dates remaining. Check those out below:

12/04/14, Austin, TX
12/06/14, Thackerville, OK
12/07/14, Tulsa, OK
12/09/14, Mesa, AZ
12/11/14, Santa Ynez, CA
12/12/14, Los Angeles, CA

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