David currently lives in Los Angeles. He was born to Stan and Beth Cook in Houston, TX, but grew up in Blue Springs, MO. David states that he has been singing since he was in the 2nd grade. He tried his hand at the violin while in 7th…more
David is the first American Idol to appear as the Saturday Night Live musical guest before his album was released.
When David shot the music video for Light On it was 31 degrees outside, and, according to David, he was freezing.
David's video for his newest single Light On was released on Sunday, November 23, 2008 on VH1, and it was also the number 1 video for that week. The album sold 280,000 copies its first week.
David's debut album, David Cook was
released November 18, 2008. One of the tracks, Permanent, was written for David's brother, Adam, who has been fighting cancer.
David aspired to becoming a professional baseball player, but in his own words, "my fastball wasn't fast enough and I couldn't hit to save my life."
David Cook received almost 100 million votes the night he became the 2008 American Idol.
Rob Cavallo, a Grammy-winning producer who has worked with artists such as Rock and Green Day, produced Cook's debut album, David Cook.
David Cook set a Billboard record when 11 of his American Idol performances debuted in the Hot 100 list.
David gets his inspiration from his older brother Adam, and his younger brother, Andrew.
David had a #1 hit single on iTunes entitled "Time of my Life". This song is the song David performed on American Idol when he found out that he had won.
In 2006, David released a solo album entitled "Analog Heart".
He was in a Guitar Hero commercial, which premiered during the American Idol 2008 finale on May 21, 2008.
On March 11, 2008, David began wearing an orange wristband during his performances on American Idol. The wristband is a tribute to Lindsey Rose Belcher, a 7 year-old fan who has leukemia.
If he could perform at any venue, he would do so at the Sprint Center in KC.
The person he would most like to meet is Keira Knightley.
If he had 24 hours to do whatever he wanted, he would watch 24.
He believes that no one can say that they had worked harder or wanted to be on American Idol more more than he did.
His advice to future American Idol contestants is to take time to enjoy the experience and not just experience it.
The first concert he ever attended was that of Crossroads at Metcalf Mall in KC, KS.
If he could change one thing about himself, he would like to have washboard abs.
The toughest obstacle in his life was being confident enough in himself to chase his dreams of being a musician.
He sang in a talent show when he was a kid and he froze in the middle of the performance when he didn't know the second verse to the song.
He considers himself a word nerd; he likes doing crossword puzzles.
The proudest moment in his life is graduating from college.
If he couldn't sing, he would like to be able to fly or be good in the culinary arts.
His good luck charm is his left arm tattoo.
List of Songs Sung on American Idol:
February 19, 2008 - Happy Together by The Turtles
February 26, 2008 - All Right Now by Free
March 4, 2008 - Hello by Lionel Richie
March 11, 2008 - Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles
March 18, 2008 - Day Tripper by The Beatles
March 25, 2008 - Billy Jean by Michael Jackson
April 1, 2008 - Little Sparrow by Dolly Parton
April 8, 2008 - Innocent by Our Lady Peace
April 15, 2008 - Always Be My Baby by Mariah Carey
April 22, 2008 - Music of the Night by Andrew Lloyd Webber
April 29, 2008 - I'm Alive by Neil Diamond
April 29, 2008 - All I Really Need is You by Neil Diamond
May 6, 2008 - Hungry Like the Wolf by Duran Duran
May 6, 2008 - Baba O'Riley by The Who
May 13, 2008 - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by Roberta Flack (Simon's Choice)
May 13, 2008 - Dare You To Move by Switchfoot (David's Choice)
May 13, 2008 - I Don't Want To Miss a Thing by Aerosmith (Producer's Choice)
May 20, 2008 - I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For by U2
May 20, 2008 - Dream Big by Emily Shackelton
May 20, 2008 - The World I Know by Collective Soul
All his goals in life revolve around being happy. David believes that the journey to these dreams are what it is all about.
He thinks his friends would be surprised to know that he owns albums by Sarah McLachlan.
Before performing, he always stretches out his hamstrings to relax.
When he auditioned for the 7th Season of American Idol at Omaha, he sang Bon Jovi's Living On a Prayer.
He auditioned for the 7th season of American Idol at Omaha and his audition number was 36214.
His musical influences are Our Lady Peace and Big Wreck.
The only formal singing training he has had was in school choirs.
Quote: "Pain don't hurt."
Male pop artist: Lenny Kravitz, Raine Maida, John Mayer.
Female pop artist: Mandy Moore
American Idol Judge: Simon Cowell because he is a smart aleck.
American Idol: Kelly Clarkson
David(On his status as a heartthrob): I've never ever looked at myself or thought of my self as that. I'm just this goober who likes crosswords and plays music. And that's really what I am. The whole rock-star mythos thing, man, does not apply to me in the least.
David: There's a million different ways to write a song. This is a brand-new game for me: I'm 25 years old, going on infancy.
David: I'm not trying to surprise people now: I'm putting out a rock record. I just want the songs to kick you in the teeth or make you want to cry - or do something drastic, like jump off a building. I want somebody to be exhausted when they're done listening.
David: The most embarrassing thing that I've ever done on stage, I was in a high school production of West Side Story wherein I had to dance and as America will soon find out if they haven't already, I don't dance, I'm terrible at it and I'm sure somewhere, there is a VHS copy of that floating around that will probably make its way, which is kinda' nerve-wrecking I must say.
David: The weirdest thing that I ever ate, I was at Church camp in Ohio I believe and everyday they would do these sermons that have themes and along with these sermons they had games for everybody to play and you could win cash if you won these games. I got entered into this contest where I had to chug a 20 ounce soda with a live widow and I was in a fight with around two other guys and I won, but I had to swallow a live widow.
David: The most interesting job I've ever had was, and I have Mrs. Hayes to thank for this, I was a mascot for Old Country Buffet in Independence Missouri; I was a bee for about six months, I quit not long after I got beat up in a baseball tournament.
David: My family has helped me pursue my dream, really in a number of anomies, you know immersing yourself into being a musician, the money's not always there. So financially my parents, my extended family, my friends have all been fantastic you know, it starts from my dad buying me my first Fender Starter Caster when I was 12 or 13 and buying me my Last Paul on my 21st birthday, to you know, my mom paying for gas to get me to gigs, it's pretty much across the board, my folks have certainly sacrificed, as well as pretty everybody in my circle.
David: You know I'm pretty much an open book and I'm kinda' weird, so I don't know if people would be very surprised with anything about me. I'm pretty much what you see is what you get.
David (on which previous "American Idol" contestant he thought he was most like): I would like to think that I'm a conglomerate of two, a mix of Bo Bice and Chris Daughtry, but who knows, people may think I'm just like Fantasia, I have no idea, I have none.
David: My favorite performer is probably Raine Maida from Our Lady Peace. I saw him in a show called Rockfest in Kansas City, maybe 2002? And he came out, and I remember specifically the entire performance, he didn't make eye-contact with any member of the audience, but it was the most engaging performance I've ever seen and so I just became kinda' enamored with his band and so I've always just been a huge fan of that guy.
David: I wanna become the next American Idol because it's an opportunity to do what I want to do for a living. Since I was about 13 or 14, the idea about being a musician has seemed like a top tier and that's what I wanted to do and when I got out of college, I had a decision to make on whether to get the job and make the money and get the family and do all that or really earnestly put the effort in trying to be a musician, so after graduating from the University of Central Missouri, home of the Fighting Mules, I decided to move down to Tulsa and decided to join the band down there for awhile and I just kinda' really immerse myself in trying to be a musician and trying to make it work.
David: I am an expert television watcher; I am also fantastic at sleeping and eating. Past that, they're not talents so much as skills. I studied graphic design in college.
David: I found out that I could sing when I was really little. I was singing in the bathroom, I remember my mom coming in and saying, 'David you actually have a decent voice." She then, being the mom that she is, took the lead and told my music teacher, Mrs. Gentry that I could sing and Mrs. Gentry put me in our Christmas pageant and made me sing a solo, so thank you Mrs. Gentry.
David: When I first found out that I made the top 24, uhhh... hmmm... it was vindicating. You see all these people put in all this work in trying to get into this point and uhhh... for the people that make it, it's a huge accomplishment, but you know, the days of living in ambiguity are soon far behind us, so it's cool.
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