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It's Everything About David Cook
There's this one song that make my heart beat faster every time I hear it...
I loved it back then when Mariah Carey sang this song and now, with David Cook I love it even more...
"Always be my Baby"
This Lens is everything about the new singer of my favorite song, David Cook. You can find here his personal profile, his background, his songs, the lyrics, links to downloads, videos... and more!
Welcome to my DAVID COOK Lens.
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.
Born in Houston, TX in 1982, Cook grew up in Blue Springs, MO and first began singing in various elementary school concerts.
During high school, Cook participated in the drama program and appeared in many musical productions.
In his junior year of high school, Cook formed the band Axium along with a classmate and performed with the band throughout his time at college, even releasing two independently produced albums that garnered some national recognition.
Although he attended the University of Central Missouri on a theater scholarship, after two years he switched degree programs to graphic design.
After graduating college in 2006, Cook parted ways Axium and moved to Tulsa, OK to pursue his musical interests. While there, he worked as a bartender and performed with the band the Midwest Kings.
In 2006, Cook released an independently produced solo album, 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 and was pulled off Amazon.com not long after being listed as the site's number one seller.
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Initially, Cook came to the Idol auditions to support his younger brother Andrew, who did not make the cut. However, after getting encouragement from his brother, Cook sang Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer" for the judges and was accepted into the Hollywood round of competition.
A guitar player since age 12, Cook took advantage of the show's new rule change allowing vocalists to play instruments, and for many of his subsequent performances accompanied himself on guitar.
Although he did not receive much attention on American Idol at first, his third week's performance of Lionel Ritchie's "Hello" drew raves from the judges, who praised him for taking an R&B song and turning it into a post-grunge power ballad. It was a formula that Cook would repeat with much success a few weeks later with 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, during the competition Cook was taken to the hospital 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 two 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 vote to win.
His version of the winning Idol single "Time of My Life'" was released on iTunes the following day.
His full-length major-label debut is expected to drop in late 2008.
Always Be My Baby - by David Cook
David Cook's performance is also a tribute for his brother, Adam, who is battling advanced cancer which has also affected his spine.
David was holding his tears at the time he looked at his brother at the audience area.
Here's what the Idol judges said after his performance:
"You're ready to make an album, you're a hot recording artist" - Randy Jackson
"That was pretty awesome. That song could be a movie soundtrack right now. Really, really good." - Paula Abdul
"It was original, it was daring and this is a sign of a great potential artist-someone who takes risks." - Simon Cowell
For the Billboard chart week ending May 25, 2008, a week following Cook's American Idol victory, Cook broke several Billboard chart records. Most notable was his record shattering feat of having eleven songs debut on the Hot 100 that week, beating the previous record set by Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana) in 2006 when she had six songs debut on the chart. Cook's first single, "The Time of My Life" led the pack, debuting at #3 on the Hot 100. Cook's eleven charting songs also gave him the most songs by one artist on the Hot 100 of any week in the Nielsen SoundScan era (which began in 1991), and the most of any era since The Beatles placed 14 songs on the chart the week of April 11, 1964. In addition, that same week Cook also broke the record for the most debuts on Billboard's Hot Digital Songs chart, where he placed 14 debut entries, the record of which was previously six set by Bon Jovi in 2007. Cook's 17 entries had a combined total of 944,000 digital downloads in the first week of selling. The song also reached #61 in the UK due to downloads alone.
Cook has also signed an endorsement deal with Skechers that will run through December 2009.
At the 2008 Teen Choice Awards, Cook won the Best Reality/Variety Star award, alongside Lauren Conrad of The Hills.
Cook's photo is also featured on the cover of The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2009, along with President Barack Obama and Senator John McCain.