David Anthony Hernandez (born May 31, 1983) is an American singer and the twelfth place finalist of FOX’s seventh season of the television series American Idol. He recently moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue his music career after his time on American Idol.
Hernandez was born in Phoenix, Arizona, but grew up mostly in Glendale. He was raised by his single mom, Spring Hernandez.His father is a truck driver and he has a younger sister named Alexandra, 8 years his junior.
On his American Idol “Fast Facts” page, David cites musical influences as: Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Alicia Keys, Anthony Hamilton, Michael Jackson, Peabo Bryson. When asked to list his top pop artists, he cites; Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Peabo Bryson. He also cites Fantasia Barrino and Kelly Clarkson as his favorite former American Idol contestants.Randy Jackson claimed after one of his performances on American Idol that Hernandez has a Stevie Wonder vibe coming from his singing style. Hernandez himself described his sound as pop and R&B influenced.
David Hernandez was once part of a singing group called Vinyl Four which consisted of four singers prior to his appearance on American Idol. The group performed on the cruise ships. Hernandez also has performed with the Latin/R&B bands Tribe 7 and Straight up. Prior to his participation on American Idol, Hernandez has performed at Urban Network Events, Arizona Idol and at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade. He was a finalist in Arizona Idol (the winner of the competition secures a chance to audition for FOX’s American Idol). After failing to take first place, he traveled to San Diego to audition successfully for the seventh season of American Idol.
Hernandez auditioned for American Idol season 7 at San Diego, California, singing “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” in front of the judges. All the three judges loved his audition and let him advance to the Hollywood round. In Hollywood, he sang “Love the One You’re With” for his audition and received unanimous praise from the three judges. Hernandez was finally chosen as one of the Top 24 semifinalists for season 7 (albeit with some hesitance from Simon).