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Cook happy on the road again

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by REBEKAH HAWK Special to The Press in Focus

David Cook, winner of the seventh season of "American Idol" who performs in concert, 8 p.m. Oct. 24, Musikfest Cafe, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, is in a performance groove.

"It's exciting," says Cook in a recent phone interview. "It's an opportunity to get on the road. It's nice because I'm more comfortable now that I'm settled in than when I was competing on the show."

The "show" is "American Idol." Since winning "American Idol" in 2008 at age 28, Cook had a record-breaking 14 debuts on the Billboard's Digital Songs chart, released his self-titled album that debuted at No. 3 and has had Top 20 singles. His second album was "This Loud Morning."

Cook has sold more than 1.5 million albums to date, two million tracks, and has two Platinum singles and a Gold single.

His TV show appearances include "Saturday Night Live," "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "The American Music Awards," "Good Morning America," "The Today Show," "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" and "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon."

Cook, originally from Kansas City, Mo, has toured all over the United States and has concerts scheduled until the end of next month.

He says he enjoys the smaller intimate settings like Musikfest Cafe. Performing is what makes him happy.

His concert is expected to include songs he's written, such as "Come Back To Me," "Light On," "Fade Into Me" and his latest, "Laying Me Low," the latter from his forthcoming third album, due out next year.

Cook has raised more than $3 million for brain tumor research and funding.

While Cook is considered a rocker, he can put a different spin on an eclectic range of songs as when he sang "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson and "Always Be My Baby" by Mariah Carey on "American Idol."

"Having the ability to rework some of the songs on 'Idol' was huge for me," says Cook. "I'm not sure how far I would have gone if those moments hadn't happened."

Cook never thought he was the best singer during the year he competed on "Idol," but what gave him an edge was how he could rely on his musicianship.

He received his first guitar when he was 12-years-old and was in his first band when he was 15. In addition to playing guitar and singing, Cook's learning to play the piano and drums.

The modest Cook admits that when he hears his own song on the radio he turns it off because he "doesn't like the sound of [himself]."

Cook enjoys going back on "American Idol," as when he debuted "Laying Me Low" last year for the show's 11th season.

"I love the relationship with the show," says Cook. "I lived in like a bubble with these people for about a year and it's nice to go back and see them."

Of the show's former host, Simon Cowell, Cook observes, "What he tells you on camera is what he tells you off camera."