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.
Early music career
David Cook formed a band with his friend Bobby Kerr while at high school. The band was initially named Red Eye, later changed to Axium. He wrote his first song, titled “Red Hot”, when he was fifteen. He was encouraged by Evan Sula-Goff of 8stops7 to make an album when he went to Cook’s school to judge a contest, Mr. Jaguar, where David Cook and his band performed Guns N’ Roses’ “Paradise City”.
Cook originally did not plan to try out for the show. He went to the auditions in Omaha, Nebraska initially to support his younger brother (who did not make it to Hollywood ) and then, prompted by mother and brother when a show producer noticed him, David auditioned himself. He performed Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ On a Prayer” for his audition. For his first Hollywood audition, Cook performed “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” by Bryan Adams, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar. On the second song in Hollywood, he sang “I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain. Cook took advantage of the decision to allow contestants to play musical instruments.