• by: Tamela Meredith Partridge for The Times, Ottawa

    Singer-songwriter David Cook knows what it takes to reach an audience — and keep fans coming back for more.

    “Music has always been a way for me to connect,” Cook said in a recent phone interview with The Times. “From an early age, I watched my dad play guitar and both my parents listened to a variety of music. I was brought up on a steady diet of country and classic rock, so music was always around and a connection point to other people.”

    The 31-year-old Missouri native — who will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, in the Ottawa Township High School auditorium as part of the Starved Rock Country Concert Series — was the seventh season (2008) winner of the popular television show "American Idol."

    “I grew up in the Midwest music scene,” said Cook. “It has some of the nicest and most loyal fans in music. Having the opportunity to come out and play for them in Ottawa is a big honor.”

    Cook’s show is the third in a series of five Starved Rock Country Concerts for 2014.

    "I hope the fans leave at the end of my concert thinking they got more than expected or paid for,” Cook says. “In today’s music market, everything is so accessible online now. I firmly believe we’ll put on a show in Ottawa that’ll capture something they won’t ever get on YouTube.”

    Read More: 'Idol' talk: TV show champ Cook will perform Aug. 15 in Ottawa

  • Massapequa - On July 18, rock singer-songwriter David Cook played a free concert at John J. Burns Park in Massapequa, New York, as part of the "2014 Music Under The Stars Summer Concert Series."

    Read more: Review: David Cook pours heart and soul at Long Island, New York show

  • David travels overseas today where he will have the honor of performing for military personnel and their sponsored guests at bases across Europe.

    And here's some more news we know you'll be excited to hear ... fans everywhere can look for new music from David to be available later this Summer! And stay tuned for additional tour dates!

    Don't want to miss a thing? Be sure you're following David on Twitter, Facebook and/or MySpace, and check in regularly here on DCO for news and updates.

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    The 2014 Race for Hope-DC kicked-off led by David and
    hundreds of brain tumor survivors, supported by nearly 12,000 participants!

    The 2014 Race for Hope in Washington D.C. was another huge success this year, with nearly 12,000 attendees and more than 600 different hard-working teams collectively raising a grand total of over $2.25 million by race day to benefit the National Brain Tumor Society and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure.

    David, as Team Captain, accepts
    recognition for being one of the top
    fundraising teams again this year!
    David Cook and his Team for a Cure's 300-strong contingent, helped raise an amazing $88,500+ (not including team event and t-shirt proceeds, which have yet to be added) in donations by race day. Over the past five years, David and his fans have raised nearly $1 million for brain cancer research through the Race for Hope and other fundraising projects!

    Wanting to recognize and thank his fans for their continuing support and generosity, David spent time the Saturday before the Race with 200 Team for a Cure members able to attend an exclusive Team event that included a Q&A and short acoustic session at The Hamilton in Washington, DC, where prizes were also given out to top Team fundraisers. It was a memorable afternoon for everyone!

    To learn more about the Race for Hope-DC, David's Team for a Cure, and to make a donation, please visit

    Photos courtesy of: Cindy Vasko
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