David Roland Cook was born on 20 December 1982, in Houston, Texas, USA, and is a singer and songwriter, probably best known for winning “American Idol” during its seventh season. After this win, he also released a self-titled debut album which became very popular and was certified platinum. The various efforts he’s made have helped put his career to where it is now.
How rich is David Cook? As of early-2016, sources estimate that his net worth is at $5 million, mostly earned through a successful career in the music industry. Prior to “American Idol”, he was already playing for bands and had made a few recordings. He currently has four solo albums post-competition and continues to work, increasing his wealth further.
David Cook Net Worth $5 Million
David had an interest in music at a young age, and was already singing in elementary. At the age of 13 he was given his first guitar and started performing in choir and musicals while he was attending Blue Springs South High School. He also played baseball, but after an injury decided to focus more on music. He was able to get a theatre scholarship at the University of Central Missouri, but eventually abandoned theatre to study graphic design, then after school, he moved to Tulsa to try and pursue a career in music.
Even during high school, he was already playing in bands. His first band was Axium, which went on to get a bit of popularity, producing three albums which were “Matter of Time”, “Blindsided” and “The Story Thus Far”. Unfortunately, the band broke up in 2006 and Cook joined Midwest Kings, becoming a bassist, but he even released a solo album entitled “Analog Heart”. Eventually, while being the accompaniment to his brother at an American Idol audition, he would go on and do an audition himself. He continued to make consistent and impressive performances on the show, singing songs including “Day Tripper”, “Dare You To Move”, “Little Sparrow” and “All Right Now”, and gained significant recognition not only for his voice, but also for his unique renditions of the songs he performed. He won with 56 percent or 12 million votes, over runner up David Archuleta.
Just a week after winning the competition, David broke various Billboard records such as having 11 songs debut in the Billboard Hot 100 charts, the most of any era since The Beatles had 14 songs in the charts. During his first album, Cook worked with a variety of bands and released the first song “Light On’ which went on to become a platinum single, and eventually the album itself sold over one million units certifying it platinum. He then went on a tour called “The Declaration Tour”, and soon after started working on his second album “This Loud Morning”. After releasing and touring for the second album, he went on and performed in the 11th season of American Idol, stating in an interview that he was without a recording contract, and was releasing a new song; eventually Cook signed a deal with Warner/Chappell Music. His Album “Digital Vein” was released in 2015.
For his personal life, it is known that Cook was dating “American Idol” alum Kimberly Caldwell, but it ended in 2008. He would then marry his long-time girlfriend Rachel Stump in 2015. During 2009, Cook started cancelling dates on his tour because of his brother dying of brain cancer. He wrote and sang the song “Permanent” as a tribute.
Holds the record for most downloaded song from American Idol (2002). His song, "Time of My Life", has been downloaded more than 300,000 times.
Had eleven songs entered in the Billboard Hot 100 and fourteen songs on the Hot Digital Songs lists. His eleven songs on the Hot 100 chart are the most songs in a week by any artist in the Nielsen Music era.
On May 21, 2009, David performed the song "Permanent" from his self titled, major label debut CD on the Season 8 American Idol finale. The audio of that performance was sold as a download on Itunes, with 100% of the proceeds being donated to Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2).
David formed a band in his junior year of high school called Axium. They recorded 3 albums - "Matter of Time" (2002), "Blindsided" (2003), "The Story Thus Far" (2004), and 4 live CDs, "Cain's Ballroom Recordings" (2003), "Live @ Fishbonz" (2004), "Alive in Tulsa @ The Venue" (2004) and "Welcome to the Funeral" (live, 2006).
One of Axium's songs, "Hold", from their "Blindsided" CD was picked up by AMC Theatres Movie Tunes and was played nationwide on over 20,000 screens prior to the movie previews.
Axium was named one of the top 15 independent bands in the country in the "Got Milk?" independent band contest. Axium also was chosen as the best band in Kansas City in 2004.
Is the first Midwestern and first rocker to win American Idol.
Asked out American Idol (2002), Season 2 alum, Kimberly Caldwell, while on the red carpet, before the show's seventh season finale, after hearing she liked him. They dated until they broke up before the holidays. Rumors emerged saying she cheated on him, however, Kimberly has denied it, and her rep has confirmed that they are still friends.
Has a dog named Dublin.
Best friend on American Idol (2002) was Michael Johns. They did different types of dances on the American Idols LIVE! Tour during the final number, which resulted in a lot of attention from the fans, who dubbed them "Mavid".
Video for "Light On" placed number #28 on VH1's Top 40 Videos of 2008.
Music video for first song "Light On" debuted on VH1's Top 20 Countdown at #1 in its first week of voting.
He began singing in second grade, when his elementary school music teacher gave him a solo in a school choir performance.
While in college, he was a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity.
Had a specially made white Luna Apollo Electric Guitar.
David's brother passed away at 11:52pm Eastern, May 2, 2009. David was scheduled to fly to Washington D.C., to be a part of the Race For Hope-D.C., a fund raiser for research and development of a cure for brain cancer on May 3, 2009. David participated in the race as a tribute to Adam.
Was a bartender in Tulsa, Oklahoma when he tried out for American Idol (2002).
[About the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2008]: This tour is interesting because there's something for everybody. We've got country, we've got R&B, we've got rock, we've got Michael Johns and his mustache. It's all...well, everything except the mustache is a plus.
The difference between David Cook now and David Cook a year ago is...shorter hair. It's interesting. There's a lot of ancillary things surrounding me that are extremely different. My mom and my brother still make fun of me on a routine basis, so not much has changed.
At the last minute I decided to do it. Andrew and I were in the same group of four for the first audition and he didn't make the cut. It was very awkward. I turned to him and said, 'Is this something you want me to do? Because if you don't, I won't.' And his response was, 'If you don't, I'll beat your ass.' So it's entirely his and my mother's fault that this happened to me, and I'm very grateful.
I think marriage is a long way off for me. I'm 25 years old and I've got the world to learn. But I think eventually I would love to settle down and have a family and bring some kids into the world. Time will tell.
I'd feel the exact same as I feel today: that I'm just a goof who got lucky.
If you can't feel thousands of people screaming for you, then you're in the wrong business.