who rose to fame after winning the seventh season of American Idol in 2008.
Prior to Idol he released an independent album entitled Analog Heart.
This was followed by his post-Idol major-label debut David Cook which was released on November 18, 2008 and has since been certified platinum by the RIAA.
His second major album This Loud Morning was released on June 28, 2011.
He was also an avid baseball player (pitcher) during high school and once gave up a home run to Albert Pujols in an American Legion Baseball game. He earned a theater scholarship to the University of Central Missouri, but he abandoned theater after two semesters, graduating from the school in 2006 with a degree in graphic design.
He performed Bon Jovi's "Livin' On a Prayer" for his audition.
For his first Hollywood audition, Cook performed "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" by Bryan Adams, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar.
On the second song in Hollywood, he sang "I'll Be" by Edwin Mc Cain.
Cook took advantage of the decision to allow contestants to play musical instruments.