It goes without saying that when David Cook won the seventh season of American Idol in 2008, his world turned upside down.
“I was raised to live my life in a secure set of parameters for 25 years,” he says. “And then I had this once in a lifetime opportunity and was able to take advantage of it, and I had to rewire everything. I went from playing bar gigs for 10 years to all of a sudden traveling the world playing music. It was a pretty severe shift.”
But in the nine years since his Idol victory, Cook continues to evolve as an artist: He’s worked toward “finding new influences, finding new inspirations, and finding new ways to tell the stories that I want to tell.” Describing his last album, Digital Vein, as “the end of a chapter,” Cook is ready to make music with larger creative risks than ever before. To use his own simile, “Making music is kind of like pushing a boulder up a mountain.” So he hopes to “progress the boulder up the mountain” with his upcoming release.
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