"Idol's" Hernandez' Almost-Pro Past

3/6/2008 2:00 PM PST
David Hernandez is no newcomer when it comes to the music biz, TMZ has learned -- we're told that he worked with Universal Records before his "Idol" turn, and we've uncovered video of the vocal powerhouse messing around in an NYC sound house just pre-"AI."

Hernandez originally worked with Universal, but the label suddenly dropped him before he was discovered anew by Vocal Chills Management, another NYC-based artist management company -- that's Jacob Madrid, another Vocal Chills artist, he's vamping with. Right now, of course, David might be better known for his smooth chest -- but his smooth vocals should count for something, too.