'American Idol' alum Paul McDonald gets revenge in 'Slow Rising' video: exclusive

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'American Idol' alum Paul McDonald gets revenge in 'Slow Rising' video: exclusive
BIRMINGHAM, AL - JUNE 18: Paul McDonald performs at Saturn Birmingham on June 18, 2015 in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by David A. Smith/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 07: Singer Paul McDonald attends the John Varvatos' new book 'John Varvatos: Rock In Fashion' launch party at John Varvatos Los Angeles on November 7, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 19: Singer Paul McDonald attends 'Unlikely Heroes' Recognizing Heroes Awards Dinner and Gala at The Living Room at The W Hotel on October 19, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Redmond/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 18: Singer Paul McDonald attends the '20/20' album release party with Justin Timberlake at El Rey Theatre on March 18, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 07: (L-R) Singer Nikki Reed and musician Paul McDonald perform during Joe Fresh at jcp launch event on March 7, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for jcp)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Actress Nikki Reed (L) and singer/songwriter Paul McDonald arrive at the United Nations Foundation's 'mPowering Action' Innovative Mobile Platform launch party at The Conga Room at L.A. Live on February 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 2: Singer/songwriter Paul McDonald arrives at the Zappos.com Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon on December 2, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for Rock 'n' Roll Marathon)

The new video for East Nashville singer-songwriter Paul McDonald's single "Slow Rising" is here.

Billboard has the exclusive premiere of the video, shown below. The video follows the release of the American Idol alum's solo EP Once You Were Mine, and comes in anticipation of his next full-length in 2016.

Exclusive: 'American Idol' Alum Paul McDonald Premieres New Song 'Bright Lights'

Lyrically, the song is about the slow realization that the person you're with is taking advantage of you. "This is my heart you're breaking, this is my love you're taking / Slow rising, but I'm waking up," McDonald sings. The vivid clip envisions the revenge plot that "Slow Rising" deals with.

Watch the clip for "Slow Rising" below.

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