Pop singer and American Idol alum David Hernandez has released the uplifting new single “Shield (Coat of Armor),” inspired by a USO tour in the Middle East. The singer told Billboard he was humbled to meet servicemen and women and wrote this track in a session with his producer Eddie Wohl and Daniel Braunstein.
“I thought it was so incredible to shake hands with the people that make everything possible for us,” Hernandez said. “It got me thinking about all of the ways we as a human race should stand by each other and raise one another up.”
He added, “We all go through tough times and need someone to be our ‘shield’ to protect us or a shoulder to lean on, no matter what kind of dark place we might be in.”
When asked whether he’d be tuning into the Idol reboot (March 11 on ABC), Hernandez enthusiastically answered, “Yeah! Of course. I love Idol! It gave me so much experience and taught me so much as an artist. I really love watching the new batches of singers come along and do the same thing I did years ago,” Hernandez said. “It was a pivotal point in my career that I will never forget and am always grateful for.”
Check out the music video for “Shield (Coat of Armor)” below: