David Roland Cook (born December 20, 1982) is an American rock singer-songwriter, who rose to fame after winning the seventh season of the reality television show American Idol. Prior to Idol he released an independent album entitled Analog Heart. This was followed by his post-Idol major-label debut David Cook which was released on November 18, 2008 and has since been certified platinum by the RIAA. His second major album This Loud Morning was released on June 28, 2011.
Cook was born in Houston, Texas, raised in Blue Springs, Missouri. His parents are Beth Foraker (née Frye) and Stanley Cook. He is the middle of three brothers – the late Adam Cook being older and Andrew younger. He is of German, Irish, and English descent.
Cook's interest in music began at a young age. He began singing in second grade, when his elementary school music teacher, Mrs. Gentry, gave him a part in a school Christmas performance. He proceeded to perform in virtually every Christmas and PTA program. He received his first guitar, a Fender Stratocaster, at the age of 13.He also participated in choir and drama programs in middle school and high school. At Blue Springs South High School, he performed in musicals, including The Music Man, West Side Story, and Singin' in the Rain. In addition to this, he was an active member in the Blue Springs South High School National Forensics League (or NFL), where he qualified for the national tournament twice for duo interpretation, an event that relies on performance and interpretation of a literary work.
He was also an avid baseball player (pitcher) during high school and once gave up a home run to Albert Pujols in an American Legion Baseball game. After an injury, he focused more on music. He earned a theater scholarship to the University of Central Missouri, but he abandoned theater after two semesters, graduating from the school in 2006 with a degree in graphic design. While in college, he was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa. After his college graduation, he relocated to Tulsa, Oklahoma to pursue a career in music, telling his mother, "I just want to give myself until I'm 26 years old to get a job.
Tying the 2nd place on Forbes' Breakout Stars of 2008 list with David Archuleta.
Ranked 6th on Entertainment Weekly's Breakout Stars of 2008 list.
Rushed to hospital due to heart palpitation and high blood pressure a few hours after American Idol aired on April 1, 2008 but only go to ER after the show ended.
Signed an endorsement deal with shoe giant Skechers in July 2008 to advertise its line of casual footwear.
Only days after his crowning as American Idol winner, his single 'Time of My Life' tops the iTunes chart.
His winning song, "Time of My Life" was written by American Idol Songwriting Competition winner Regie Hamm.
Starting from the Top 12 week, he wore an orange wristband in support of a 7-year-old fan Lindsay Rose who suffers from leukemia.
Almost missed American Idol audition because he planned a trip to China.
Before winning American Idol, he had won several competitions with his debut independent album "Analog Heart" in 2006.
Said that his favorite quote is "Pain don't hurt" from Patrick Swayze's line in "Roadhouse".
Cited his musical influences as Our Lady Peace and Big Wreck.
Joined Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity while in college.
Was an avid baseball player while in high school.
Come Back To Me
Never really said too much
Afraid it wouldn’t be enough
Just try to keep my spirits up
When there’s no point in grieving
Doesn’t matter anyway
Words could never make me stay
Words will never take my place
When you know I’m leaving
Try to leave a light on when I’m gone
Something I rely on to get home
One I can feel at night
A naked light, a fire to keep me warm
Try to leave a light on when I’m gone
Even in the daylight, shine on
And when it’s late at night you can look inside
You won’t feel so alone
You know we’ve been down that road
What seems a thousand times before
My back to a closing door and my eyes to the seasons
That roll out underneath my heels
And you don’t know how bad it feels
To leave the only one that I have ever believed in
Sometimes it feels like we’ve run out of luck
When the signal keeps on breaking up
When the wires cross in my brain
You’ll start my heart again
When I come along
The Time Of My Life
I’ve been waiting for my dreams
To turn into something
I could believe in
And looking for that
On the horizon
I couldn’t see it
Until I let go
Gave into love and watched all the bitterness burn
Now I’m coming alive
Body and soul
And feelin’ my world start to turn
And I’ll taste every moment
And live it out loud
I know this is the time,
This is the time
To be more than a name
Or a face in the crowd
I know this is the time
This is the time of my life
Time of my life
Holding onto things that vanished
Into the air
Left me in pieces
But now I’m rising from the ashes
Finding my wings
And all that I needed
Was there all along
Within my reach
As close as the beat of my heart