40 David Cook Quotes On Careers & Music

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David Cook is an American rock singer and songwriter. He is most famously known for being the winner of the 7th season of the widely celebrated singing TV competition show ‘American Idol’.

After winning the show, Cook released his self-titled debut album which notably has gone Platinum certified by the ‘Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)’, sold over a million copies in the U.S. alone, and netted two hit songs in the top 20 on the prestigious ‘Billboard Hot 100’ charts.

Cook started out his career as a musician with his high school band, releasing 3 studio albums and 4 live albums before making his first solo independent album ‘Analog Heart’. Throughout his music career, Cook has amassed many awards, including the ‘Teen Choice Awards’ and ‘Nashville Music Awards’.

We’ve put together this collection of the best David Cook quotes:


40 David Cook Quotes On Careers & Music

1. “Digital Vein had something in it, sonically, that felt like a path that I had plenty more to explore.” – David Cook

2. “I spent a majority of my life in Kansas City, so I am a Chiefs and Royals guy.” – David Cook

3. “Where the big changes were was that it muddied the finish line. I went through the writing and recording process without a real idea of what the end result was going to be. Will this get released in 2020? Next year? At all? What will touring look like on the other side of this, and how will we support this record?” – David Cook

4. “I actually got to write with one of my musical heroes, a guy named Raine Maida from Our Lady Peace. I got to sit down and write some songs with him, and that was pretty heavy.” – David Cook

5. “I think my experience with Idol reinforced my confidence in my ability.” – David Cook

6. “I never want to play a show where it feels overly programmed, processed, and all that. For anybody that comes to one of our shows, the goal for me is to make sure that’s their show. That nobody else is going to see that show ever again. You know what I mean? I try to make it different every day.” – David Cook

7. “To have something of that caliber acknowledge me as a singer and performer was huge. And so, of course, that confidence carried through into songwriting.” – David Cook

8. “I got to play with ZZ Top and introduce Bryan Adams and George Michael. And to have it all topped off by me winning ‘American Idol?!’ It’s pretty absurd.” – David Cook

9. “I absolutely think the Seattle grunge sound was instrumental to my music education.” – David Cook


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10. “I’d imagine it has, although I’m relatively unaware of how. Honestly, it seems like a fruitless exercise to try to evaluate it.” – David Cook


11. “I learn things from each record, which I then try to utilize on the next one.” – David Cook

12. “I have to be involved. Whether it’s me writing by myself or with other people, I definitely want to have my hand in the creative process. That’s part of why I got into music in the first place.” – David Cook

13. “And if you know what a song is talking about, it can only help your performance.” – David Cook

14. “My first active participation in music, though, was in 2nd grade.” – David Cook

15. “I got to sit down and write some songs with him (Raine Maida), and that was pretty heavy. I listened to Our Lady Peace growing up. It got me through the teenage angst.” – David Cook

16. “I think at some point, I just stop working on them. And then, months or years after they’re released, I’ll hear something that I wish I could add or take away.” – David Cook

17. “There’s more life experience and observation the further down the line you get. And as those storylines and inspirations expand, the music sort of follows along with it.” – David Cook

18. “Any sort of realization that I could find a career in this really didn’t occur until Idol. Up till then, I had operated on the premise that I loved playing music, but the chances of it turning into a career were somewhat far-fetched. Life had a different plan, though.” – David Cook

19. “I’ve been riding that wave ever since. Not with arrogance or anything. Just knowing that I can bring something to the table, creatively.” – David Cook


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20. “Luckily, I wasn’t too far down the road when the pandemic began, so I was able to alter course without any real ramifications to the process.” – David Cook


21. “I think each record is its own thing. But “Chromance” and “The Looking Glass” do have a connection where I think there were things I discovered on “Chromance” that then inform “The Looking Glass.” Different sounds and dynamics that open you up to completely new musical landscapes.” – David Cook

22. “Digital Vein, as a title, was a tip of the cap to my first ever solo record, Analog Heart. Those two records felt intertwined in how their recording processes felt. Just pure joy and exploration and excitement.” – David Cook

23. “I think the main undercurrent of this record is about hope, leaning into whatever the good things were that existed during these last 15-16 months. I know that in my case, that was the only thing that kept me from being eaten alive by my anxiety and worry.” – David Cook

24. “No firm plans, but I enjoy making records, both full-length and EPs. There’s a creative fulfillment to making them that I’m not willing to give up, even if the industry seems shifted back towards singles.” – David Cook

25. “Sometimes I won’t write for a month, and then all of a sudden, It’s 3 songs in a week. I try to just remain open to it as it comes and not try to force it.” – David Cook

26. “There’s definitely a visual aspect and an emotional aspect to a song. And that harks back, for me, to theater.” – David Cook

27. “I’m definitely an overall picture thinker.” – David Cook

28. “Some of the best rock shows I ever saw were those appealing to all your senses.” – David Cook

29. “I’m grateful I get to make music for a living and that’s more than enough.” – David Cook


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30. “As far as songwriting goes, I think with each record, you see the blinders open up a little more.” – David Cook


31. “I think the actual process stayed pretty similar. It was more of an issue of being aware enough to pack masks and hand sanitizer as well as guitar cables and microphones, you know?” – David Cook

32. “I used to work for the Royals for like five years in the suites department and in the stadium club restaurant.” – David Cook

33. “My earliest encounter with music was really just growing up watching my Dad noodle on the guitar around the house. He had this beat-up, Frankenstein-Esque acoustic he’d play on while watching TV.” – David Cook

34. “I was worried, once the pandemic began, that it would be too difficult to find enough inspiration to write about. But leaning into that feeling yielded more fruit than I’d expected. And the recording process wasn’t too different.” – David Cook

35. “I’m not sure a song like “Strange World” exists the way it does if I don’t learn something from trying new things on a track like Warfare.” – David Cook

36. “On the contrary, I think Digital Vein opened me up to the idea that my definition of rock up to that point needed some expanding. So, I feel like what I’m doing now feels, in a way, more rock than anything I’ve done before.” – David Cook

37. “I think every good song tells a story, as ambiguous and vague as it may be.” – David Cook

38. “I’m admittedly a record guy. Singles and I are a different beast.” – David Cook

39. “I think the future is whatever I’m willing to make it.” – David Cook

40. “My Mom had busted me singing to myself while getting ready for school one day, and reached out to my music teacher to let her know that maybe I could sing. So my music teacher put me in the school Christmas play and gave me a solo.” – David Cook



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Zisilia Alvsa is a writer for Wealthy Gorilla. Friends often call her Zii. She is a girl from Jakarta, Indonesia who currently lives in Bali. Zii loves photography and travelling.


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