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David Cook

The winner of the seventh season of Fox's American Idol competition, David Cook is a rock-oriented vocalist with a bent toward a commercial post-grunge sound. Although born in Houston, Texas in 1982, Cook grew up in Blue Springs, Missouri, where he first began singing in various elementary-school concerts. The budding musician then participated in his high-school drama program and appeared in many musical productions. During his junior year of high school, Cook formed the band Axium along with a classmate and performed with the group throughout his college years, even releasing two independently produced albums that garnered some national recognition. Although he attended the University of Central Missouri on a theater scholarship, Cook switched degree programs after two years and studied graphic design instead. After graduating in 2006, he parted ways with Axium and moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma to pursue his musical interests. While there, he worked as a bartender and performed with the band the Midwest Kings.

Cook released an independently produced solo album, 2006's Analog Heart, before auditioning for the 2008 season of the Fox vocal competition American Idol. (Not surprisingly, Analog Heart began to sell online during Cook's time on American Idol; it was ultimately pulled from Amazon.com not long after being listed as the website's number one seller.) Initially, Cook came to the Idol auditions to support his younger brother Andrew, who did not make the cut. However, after gaining encouragement from his brother, Cook sang Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer" for the show's judging panel and was accepted into the competition's Hollywood round. A guitar player since age 12, Cook took advantage of the show's new rule allowing vocalists to play instruments on-stage, and for many of his subsequent performances accompanied himself on guitar.

Although he did not receive much attention during American Idol's early stages, his third week's performance of Lionel Ritchie's "Hello" drew rave reviews from the judges, who praised him for transforming an R&B song into a post-grunge power ballad. It was a formula that Cook would repeat with much success a few weeks later, when he performed a rock arrangement of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" borrowed directly from a recording by former Soundgarden vocalist Chris Cornell. Also bringing some extra attention to Cook was the revelation that his older brother was battling cancer. Sensationally, Cook was taken to the hospital during the competition for treatment for high blood pressure and heart palpitations, purportedly caused by stress over his brother's situation. However, he quickly returned to the show and dismissed the event as a minor precaution.

Often referred to as "the Battle of the Davids," the 2008 finale of American Idol pitted Cook against 17-year-old wunderkind David Archuleta, who many critics and fans predicted would beat the elder Cook. However, on May 21, 2008, Cook ultimately received 56 percent of the final vote and was crowned the winner. Two weeks later, 11 songs by Cook entered the Billboard Hot 100, an unprecedented feat that nearly doubled the chart's previous record.

His full-length major-label debut was released six months later, featuring collaborations with artists like Chris Cornell, Collective Soul's Ed Roland, and Our Lady Peace's Raine Maida. The album was certified platinum in early 2009, just as the new season of American Idol was starting up. Cook toured for much of the year and began working on material for his second album, This Loud Morning, after the show wrapped up in December. As before, he called upon a number of co-writers for help, working with everyone from Ryan Tedder (who helped write the lead single, "The Last Goodbye") to Johnny Rzeznik. Recording sessions began in June 2010, with the album hitting stores one year later. ~ Matt Collar, Rovi
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His American Idol version of Music of the Night is, for me, the best version of that song and the reason I like him to this day.
Its a good song
This song was on his debut album.
Maybe they updated pandora? It's stinks, I love to read the lyrics and see who wrote the song. :(
@beeballman9 5 @xfanfiction l o v e r x

From my experience you can only see lyrics on certain songs. I don't know. It may be different with you two
I can't see the lyrics either!! Why is that?!
I would be really grateful if someone replied to this! I had pandora and used it a lot on my iPod touch but we were moving into a house that didn't have wifi yet and I ended up getting an iPhone 5s. I just downloaded pandora but I can't see any lyrics! Did pandora do a new update? Is it my iPhone? Am I just not seeing the right thing to click? I would be grateful if someone helped me!
Say I phone 5 times
Pick color
Post on 5 songs
Look under your pillow
very nice ... i love it!
I love this song and follow me and David Cook have been on American idol
And that cover is Don't You (Forget About Me)
David Cook's voice is so addictive and soothing at the same time. Love this cover so much!!!
OMG the music of the night is best one yet Wow I can't believe its him!
Love all your songs
his music of the night single is his best song ever :D
AMAZING
This song: music of the night, the beauty of this song, no words
This is he first time I have heard of David Cook. He has a great voice. Keep singing David.
nesa.clark91
I live under a rock. This is the first time I've heard this young man and he is spot on. Fabulous!
A huge fan of his music. I've gotten to see him in concert twice, quite amazing!
Don't You Forget About Me.....will you call my name.....
Not bad
amazing songwritter
This is such a beautiful song in many different ways!
I can tell he's from American Idol. Those prejudice judges always pick attractive people. Check out The Voice for true auditions.
lbjdirect4
Gotta say, this guy has a great soul and musical voice ...I voted for him all the way and glad he's doing his thing!
Follow me u need someone to talk to read my bio
Not my fav. singer, but the song is sooooo cute!
He does such a great cover of this! I love phantom of the opera♡
Gerald Butler is way better
He'd be a great Raoul.
Two smoking hot words: Gerald Butler. But I kinda like Cooks version better....
turtleluver8 2
Gerald Butler is still the best but he this guy is pretty good
I can not believe we can not purchase David's version of this! Has anyone had any luck? If so, please share with the rest of us, please!
Love him
actually i do like him better than M.Crawford.. . . . . . a lot
famousroses
I Freaking Love David Cook.
Two words to describe him: Awe. Some. Wirtziegirl, I think he lives in Memphis.
holy crap I almost like him better than Michael Crawford! he should sing some of the music made for Raul:)
I love phantom of the opera one of my fav movies and I love listening to the music David cook is pretty good!!
maeflower816
Can't tell a difference from the professional s ! ! !
Didn't realize time. Pandora hav to go ' get ready will katchup with ya later!!<3u;) ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Later❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ D a v i d Cook he Rocks:)
Ohh this is a great song thx!!;) sad;)
Love this song!! Wondering where he lives???;-p
Still mad;( who r u today?
tiffinijense n 8 5
I LOVE LOVE LOVE his voice he has such good tune!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! !
candhcampos
I saw him live at the State Fair, really good voice!
irc673
Wha...Wha... W h a t ? Do my ears deceive me? The next Phantom?;)
Music of the night from phantom! Love his voice for this song. He is wonderful with his vocal range!
elena.johnso n 2 3
I have seen David Cook 3 times in concert and I got to meet him on the 2nd one!!! I can genuinely say he is one of the nicest, most humble people to ever walk the earth!! i will never get bored of his music or him haha best AI EVER
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