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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 became a best-seller online during Cook's time on American Idol.) 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.

David Cook, his eponymously titled 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.

This Loud Morning debuted at seven on the Billboard Top 200 but it was the last he made for RCA. Cook parted ways with the label in 2012, resurfacing in 2013 with "Laying Me Low," a single released on Simon Fuller's new XIX Recordings; it peaked at 36 on the Billboard Pop Digital Songs charts. By the time he began working on a full album in 2014, Cook returned to independent status and he wound up releasing Digital Vein on his own Analog Heart Music imprint in September 2015. In early 2016, he returned to where it all started, mentoring a pair of semifinalists (C.J. Johnson and Olivia Rox) on the 15th and final season of American Idol. ~ Matt Collar
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Selected Discography

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Track List: This Loud Morning

Disc 1

1. Circadian

2. Right Here, With You

3. We Believe

4. Fade Into Me

5. Hard To Believe

6. Take Me As I Am

7. Time Marches On

8. The Last Goodbye

9. Paper Heart

10. 4 Letter Word

11. Goodbye To The Girl

12. Rapid Eye Movement

13. This Is Not The Last Time

14. Let Me Fall For You

Disc 2
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Track List: David Cook

1. Declaration

2. Heroes

3. Light On

4. Come Back To Me

5. Life On The Moon

6. Bar-Ba-Sol

7. Mr. Sensitive

8. Lie

9. I Did It For You

10. Avalanche

11. Permanent

12. A Daily Anthem

13. The Time Of My Life

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Track List: Digital Vein (Deluxe Version)

1. Heartbeat

2. Criminals

3. Broken Windows

4. Laying Me Low

5. Better Than Me

6. Carry You

7. From Here To Zero

8. Kiss & Tell

9. Wait For Me

10. I'm Gonna Love You

11. Wicked Game

12. Home Movies (Over Your Shoulder)

13. Where Do We Go

14. Firing Squad

15. But You Won't

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Track List: Don't You (Forget About Me) (Radio Single)

1. Don't You (Forget About Me)

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Track List: Laying Me Low (Single)

1. Laying Me Low

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Track List: The Last Goodbye (Radio Single)

1. The Last Goodbye

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Track List: The Music Of The Night (Radio Single)

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Track List: The Time Of My Life (Radio Single)

1. The Time Of My Life

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when I think of you I often hear music and souz my soul I want you be free like an eagle in flite
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Absolutely love this song
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Kiss your hand 10 times say your crushes name out loud and post this to 2 other staitions and the look in your hand
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Love this song
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olcpvideos
David Cook is a great singer!
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Wow David cook is such a dramatic singer! So great that he did this song from phantom of the opera!
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gypsyme3
CANT TOUCH THIS .. Mc hammer .. Love it .. Dancing on my deck !! Omg
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amazing
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David Cook amazing voice
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aprilcutiepi e 2 9
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured ( but you won't die ) in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. Post this on at least five songs in the next 143 minutes. When you are done press f6 and than your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
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e.c.walker46
I love his Music of the Night!
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bakkermath7
Little Sparrow!
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I love this song because when I have it on I think of my friend
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quinnkymbo
I love his voice. I hope he comes back and makes a great CD. I don't think he has gotten the credit he deserves as a singer.
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David is working on new album. Love this guys voice
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I love this guy, but I wish he would record better songs. He has the greatest voice.
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When I heard your very first audition song I predicted you would win! I love everything you do and hope to see you in concert soon! I did see the American idol tour, you are very talented.
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Great voice!!!
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Where did this guy come from? Normally I would be completely offended by a pop artist covering a Broadway classic in a varied style like this.....but G0D D@MN . . . .impressive!
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he rocks!!!!!!!
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David Cooks version of music of the night is absolutely fabulous. It is by far my favorite and it says a lot because Phantom of the Opera is my favorite musical. I saw him in concert and was absolutely blown away! OMG I love him
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tassainersev e n
Say iphone five times
pick Color
post on five other songs
Look under ur pillow
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I love this song so much that I love David crook too much now
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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.
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Its a good song
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This song was on his debut album.
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Maybe they updated pandora? It's stinks, I love to read the lyrics and see who wrote the song. :(
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@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
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I can't see the lyrics either!! Why is that?!
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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!
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carito9204
Say I phone 5 times
Pick color
Post on 5 songs
Look under your pillow
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very nice ... i love it!
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I love this song and follow me and David Cook have been on American idol
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And that cover is Don't You (Forget About Me)
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David Cook's voice is so addictive and soothing at the same time. Love this cover so much!!!
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OMG the music of the night is best one yet Wow I can't believe its him!
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Love all your songs
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his music of the night single is his best song ever :D
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AMAZING
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This song: music of the night, the beauty of this song, no words
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This is he first time I have heard of David Cook. He has a great voice. Keep singing David.
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nesa.clark91
I live under a rock. This is the first time I've heard this young man and he is spot on. Fabulous!
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A huge fan of his music. I've gotten to see him in concert twice, quite amazing!
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Don't You Forget About Me.....will you call my name.....
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Not bad
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amazing songwritter
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This is such a beautiful song in many different ways!
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I can tell he's from American Idol. Those prejudice judges always pick attractive people. Check out The Voice for true auditions.
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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!
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Follow me u need someone to talk to read my bio
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