“Records are going to sell or not sell, but raising that money for cancer research puts everything in perspective—it makes you realize what really matters.”
David Cook is a singer- songwriter based in Nashville, Tennessee. David has been a staunch supporter of brain cancer research since 2009, participating every year in the Race for Hope-DC, rappelling down a skyscraper in San Diego as part of ABC2's Over the Edge for Brain Cancer and hosting other various fundraisers all in memory of his older brother, Adam, who passed away from the disease. David Cook and his fans hit an amazing milestone in 2014, celebrating $1,000,000 raised for brain cancer research. ABC2 is honored to have David as our partner and we look forward to achieving many new milestones together in the future.
After fronting a Kansas City-based bar band for 10 years, in 2008 he accompanied his brother Andrew to auditions for American Idol, auditioned himself on a whim and wound up winning the competition. His self-titled major label debut album released later that year sold 1.5 million copies, and though the follow-up, 2011’s This Loud Morning, debuted in the Top 10, he once again wound up as an indie artist. As one door closed, another opened, and David moved to Nashville in 2012 and forged a new career as a songwriter while continuing to tour as well.
In 2014, he began the process that led to the recording of Digital Vein. The album’s most personal song is the poignant “Home Movies.” As David recalls, “Not too long ago, I had the chance to look over old photos with my family, and that brought back memories of my brother Adam. The experience got me in a certain mindset, and I consciously wrote that song about growing up and spending time with my older brother, who passed away of brain cancer in 2009. He’s been a part of every record I’ve made, but with ‘Home Movies’ especially, there’s a tangible aspect.”
Since Adam’s death, David has devoted himself to fighting the disease, to the extent that philanthropy is now as important to him as his music.
“I think I would have been involved either way,” he says. “But seeing what he went through, and what his wife and his kids all went through, touched me deeply. And that’s another avenue where the fans have been insane. We crossed the million-dollar threshold last December, which is unfathomable to me still. Records are going to sell or not sell, but raising that money for cancer research puts everything in perspective—it makes you realize what really matters.”
In 2018, David came out with his latest EP, Chromance. With CHROMANCE, he is starting fresh. “I was a ‘rock’ guy, but the further away I’ve gotten from that, the more I’ve opened up and found inspiration in the peripherals. I wouldn’t have had the courage earlier in my career, but now I have the confidence to go after the sound I want.”
If putting out an EP wasn’t enough to keep Cook busy, in April 2018 he headed to the Great White Way for his Broadway debut in KINKY BOOTS as Charlie Price. After rave reviews, David is reprising his performance as Charlie Price in the Tony Award-winning musical “Kinky Boots” at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre for a limited run through September 9 – get your tickets today at kinkybootsthemusical.com.