David Cook w/ John Klemmensen and the Party

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These days David Cook, the talented rocker with the fiery vocals and searing songwriting skills, has entered an exciting new chapter marked by a newfound creative freedom and the maturity that comes with having a lot of life thrown at you. In the wake of Idol, Cook endured an emotional rollercoaster marked by career highs mixed with the devastating personal tragedy of losing his beloved brother Adam to brain cancer. He toured relentlessly and released his second RCA Records album, This Loud Morning, but when the dust settled, he found himself craving a major change. He discovered what he was looking for in Nashville's songwriting community and relocated to Music City in June 2012.

"The last year has been spent getting acclimated to Nashville, getting into writing circles here, writing for other artists and trying to find time to work on my project." The result is an impressive new collection of tunes teeming with a restless creative spirit yet anchored by an emotional gravitas that is compelling.

Cook's latest project is his 11th album and he's enjoying this new season. "If every record is a tight rope walk, this one doesn't have a safety net," he says with a grin. "I'm excited about it because if you're not willing to take the bumps and bruises that come along with maybe falling on your ass every once in a while, then you don't really deserve the rewards that come along with it on the other end. I'm enjoying the gamble. This is what it is. I'm throwing it out there. Hopefully people will love it and want to come along for the ride and have as much fun as we're having."

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