Season 7 “American Idol” winner and former Tulsan David Cook returned to the reality TV show Thursday to perform “The Last Goodbye,” the lead-off single from his forthcoming sophomore album, “This Loud Morning.”
Executive produced by Matt Serletic (Rob Thomas, Matchbox Twenty, Collective Soul), “This Loud Morning” features tracks written and co-written by Cook along with many acclaimed songwriters including Tulsa native and OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder, David Hodges, Kevin Griffin and Marti Frederiksen.
Earlier this year, Cook recorded the farewell song for the 10th season of “Idol,” which can be heard every week this season. The song, chosen by “Idol” creator and executive producer Simon Fuller, is a remake of Simple Minds 1985 smash “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”.
Before the singer/songwriter/guitarist had “The Time of My Life” on the reality TV contest, Cook moved from his hometown of Blue Springs, Mo., to Tulsa to join regional band the Midwest Kings. By the time he auditioned for “Idol” in 2007, Cook had launched a solo career, playing a regular date every other Wednesday at Tulsa’s Gray Snail Saloon.
After winning the “Idol” crown in Season 7, Cook went on to sell more than 1 million copies of his self-titled debut album and set out on a yearlong nationwide tour in support of his multiple hit singles. Released Nov. 18, 2008, “David Cook” (19 Recordings / RCA Records) entered the Billboard charts at No. 3 and the digital album charts at No. 1, marking the best debut from an “American Idol” winner since 2006.
Collectively the songs from “David Cook” have sold more than 2 million tracks and ringtones combined. Cook’s coronation single, “The Time of My Life” was certified platinum and is not only the biggest single debut but the highest-selling coronation single in the show’s history.