SHAWNEE – David Cook, the 2008 winner of “American Idol,” will return to Oklahoma to perform at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at Firelake Grand Casino.
Born in Houston and raised in Blue Springs, Mo., Cook was working on his music career in Tulsa when he won a spot on the reality TV singing contest. Just a week after winning “Idol,” he had 14 songs on Billboard’s Hot Digital Songs Survey and 11 on the Hot 100.
His self-titled debut album, released last fall, has been certified platinum.
However, music wasn’t the only career Cook considered.
“I thought I wanted to be a pro baseball player, but my fastball wasn’t fast enough and I couldn’t hit to save my life,” he says in a news release. “Performing was the only thing I ever felt I was great at.”
Cook can credit his parents with enriching his musical beginnings. His parents had an “eclectic record collection,” so he listened to many different genres. And he grew up watching his dad play guitar. When he was in high school, he formed a band with a friend. He continued to focus on music.
After he graduated from Central Missouri State with a degree in graphic design, he chose to follow his passion for music rather than get a job in his degree field. He moved to Tulsa to pursue his music career.
When his brother Andrew went to try out for “American Idol,” Cook went along for moral support. He decided to tryout himself at the last minute. When his brother didn’t make the cut, Cook offered to quit too, but his brother and mother insisted that he go on. He emerged as a dark horse favorite and eventually won the contest.
For tickets or information, call 964-7263 or go to www.firelakegrand.com. Ticket prices start at $44.