David Cook: The Idolator Interview

Becky Bain | April 28, 2011 11:00 am

David Cook may have the fame and the fans, but the one thing he doesn’t seem to get enough of these days is sleep. “I’m just coming out of zombie land,” he tells us with a laugh during our interview with him at the Beverly Hilton. (Check out our photo shoot with Cook at the posh hotel.) “I’ve got tomorrow off, and I’m sleeping as long as humanly possible.”

Before the pop-rock singer finally got some well-earned Zs, we had the chance to talk to him about the meaning behind the title of his new album This Loud Morning, how his writing style his changed over the last three years and which Season 10 Idol contestant has got his vote. Watch our sit-down with Mr. Cook below!

It’s been over two years since the release of David’s first post-American Idol self-titled album, and he’s slowly but surely returning back to the spotlight — besides recording a cover of Simple Minds’ “Don’t You Forget About Me” as Idol‘s exit song for this season, he’s currently making the promotional rounds for his new album’s lead single, “The Last Goodbye”, which was co-written by Ryan Tedder. “Ryan’s great,” David tells us about the hit maker. “We share a Tulsa connection. We had a little bit of a rapport just from that.”

This Loud Morning, which David boasts is his 10th album overall (keep in mind he had several independent releases before appearing on Idol) drops June 28. See what David has to say about it:

Aside from music, Cook’s other passion in life is his charity work. “It’s definitely something I want to do, but just as importantly, it feels like something I should do,” he says. “To be able to have this platform where I can be a small proponent for change, I welcome that, I love that. It’s probably one of the more rewarding aspects of this gig.”

Though he puts 100% of his energy into everything he does, David also allows himself to unwind just a bit. When we ask the former bartender what kind of drink he still enjoys making, Cook deadpans, “My favorite drink to make is the one where you take a bottle of Miller Lite and pop the tab off it, and drink it.” We’d still gladly tip him for that!

Head to David’s official site and follow him on Twitter, and pre-order his new album, This Loud Morning.