American Idol winner, David Cook, takes acoustic tour to M-Shop


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David Cook won the seventh season of “American Idol” with 12 million votes.

Tana Gam-Ad

Alternative rock singer-songwriter and winner of American Idol’s seventh season, David Cook, will be dropping by the M-Shop on Sunday night accompanied by fellow rock singer, Tyler Boone.

Cook will be coming to Iowa State fresh off the release of his new single “Death of Me” which dropped on Friday. The acoustic tour will be his fourth major tour, promoting the release of his latest EP “Chromance,” which was released in February.

Born in Texas and raised in Missouri, Cook moved to Oklahoma after graduating college to pursue a career in music. Eventually, he competed on American Idol and won back in 2008 with 12 million votes, besting runner-up and well-known pop singer, David Archuleta.

Cook’s post-Idol career took off, starting with breaking a number of Billboard chart records. Cook beat Miley Cyrus’s previous record of most songs to debut on the Hot 100 chart by having 11 songs debut on the chart that week in May of 2008.

Additionally, his very first single “The Time of My Life” debuted at No. 3 on the same chart. 

He has since worked with a number of well-known artists throughout his career such as Jason Wade from Lighthouse, David Hodges from Evanescence, pop rock singer Gavin DeGraw and many others. All together, Cook has sold more than 5 million tracks worldwide.

“Chromance” is Cook’s fifth album, his second album as an independent artist after leaving RCA Records. According to his website, the album’s name is a combination of the words “chrome” and “romance” which is supposed to represent his vision behind the EP, having all tracks on it represent a different shade of love.

“Chromance” blends alternative and classic rock with modern cinematic music in a very palatable way.

Each song is distinct and tells its own story, lyrically, while the music of the tracks themselves focus on the energy that comes from the steady and well-placed drum beats and the guitar riffs.

The songs maintain the harder rock aspect of their genre, but the combination with the more meditative sound of cinematic pop makes for an album that draws people in.

Another recent accomplishment of Cook’s was his Broadway debut in April as Charlie Price in six-time Tony Award winning play, including Best Musical, “Kinky Boots.”

He took the stage as a lead and performed alongside actor and singer Wayne Brady and Kirstin Maldonado of Pentatonix for two separate limited runs that lasted through September.

M-Shop co-director Matt Schroeder expressed his expectations for the performance.

“We are excited. It’s going to be a good show and it really is pretty cool that we got someone who won American Idol,” Schroeder said. “Rock fans, alt-rock and pop-rock fans are really going to love him.”

Tickets are $20 for ISU students and $25 for the public. VIP tickets are $80 for ISU students and $85 for the public and will include a meet-and-greet with David Cook as well as a photo with him. All tickets can be purchased at the M-Shop box office or online via