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He earned a theater scholarship to the University of Central Missouri, but he abandoned theater after two semesters, graduating from the school in 2006 with a degree in graphic design.
Cook even pulled “Archie” up on stage with him to sing the final song after he won. AVC: Ryan Seacrest commented on this only about a million times that season [Cook laughs.] but you were a bartender.
Since then, Cook has faced some personal tragedy—he was close with Johns, and his brother died of brain cancer—while releasing three albums, with a few hits like “Light On” and that Idol capper, “Time Of My Life.” Currently he’s on the road pushing his fourth album, Digital Vein, with new single “Criminals” and a ragged cover of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game.” During his tour stop at Chicago club The Abbey, Cook took some time to sit down with The A. Club after soundcheck to talk about what it was like to win American Idol. You went to the audition with your brother, so you weren’t even expecting to get dragged into this. I was bartending in Tulsa and doing the solo thing there.
Cook would later proceed to sing in almost all of the school programs.
At 13, he got his first musical instrumentーthe guitar.