Just a Minute With: "American Idol" David Cook

Thu Nov 20, 2008 6:08am EST
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) - It's been six months since David Cook was crowned the latest "American Idol" but after a summer "Idols" group national tour, he had only six weeks to put together his debut album.

Cook, 25, who was working as a bartender while trying to break into the music business, talked to Reuters about his self-titled album, which was released this week, and his hopes for the future.

Q: How different is this first album from the David Cook we saw on "American Idol".

A: "In the show, we had a different set of boundaries -- Mariah Carey songs one week, songs from your birth year another. With this record I was able to make my own rules ... Lyrically the songs have a mature angle but there is a youthful energy to the record because we had to do everything quickly. I think the time worked out in our favor. We wanted the record to come out of the gates with all guns blazing, and it does."

Q: You wrote or co-wrote 10 of the 12 songs on the album and some of them are very personal.

A: "Family is very important to me and 'Heroes' is a pretty accurate vibe to that. 'A Daily AntheM' ... all fell into place very organically and I finished the song before I realized it was about my brother Adam. 'Permanent' (also about Adam) is bare bones, piano, strings and vocal. I figured out through the process of making this record that sometimes the most powerful songs don't have all the bells and whistles on them."

Q: "American Idol" viewers heard about Adam's battle with brain cancer on the show. How is he doing?

A: "Adam's good. He is plugging along. We remain cautiously optimistic."   Continued...