David Cook


Following in the rock 'n' roll footsteps of Chris Daughtry comes a former bartender whose raspy voice and rock star demeanor earned him well-deserved prominence in the seventh season of American Idol. David Cook was born on December  20, 1982, in  Houston, Texas. Growing up in Blue Springs, Missouri, David was a musical kid, strumming his first guitar at the age of two. He and a friend started a band, Axium, during his junior year of high school. David served as the band's lead singer and guitar player. The band, which was together from 1999 to 2006, released four albums, was voted one of the top 15 independent bands in the country in a nationwide contest and was declared to be Kansas City's best band in 2004. After the breakup of Axuim, David toured with the band Midwest Kings and was featured on their 2005 EP Incoherent with Desire to Move On. In between band gigs, David tended bar at several Tulsa nightclubs. The singer/guitar hero released a solo album in 2006, Analog Heart, which was named the best locally-produced independent album of the year, according to the Urban Tulsa Weekly. When American Idol came to Omaha, Nebraska, looking for new talent, David didn't plan on auditioning, only tagging along with younger brother Andrew. His rendition on Bon Jovi's 'Livin' on a Prayer' earned David the 'golden ticket' to Hollywood and his shot at reality TV history.

David Cook

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