Return to David Cook Southern rocker David Cook never intended to audition for Idol. (He only went to the Omaha call to support his brother.) But his rendition of “Livin’ On a Prayer” was the godsend that earned him his ticket to Hollywood, where he ultimately won the 2008 season. His debut single “The Time of My Life,” which debuted at No. 3, was one of a record-breaking 11 songs he had that hit the Billboard Hot 100 after his win. And although his self-titled album David Cook, which he dropped that November, sold more than one million copies and reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200, his following album sold much more modestly. In 2012, he revealed he’d parted ways with his label and began releasing music independently, while also recording with his band Midwest Kings. Cook, who married his longtime girlfriend Rachael Stump in 2015, self-released a new six-song EP, Chromance, in February. Next up for the Missouri-raised singer: a Broadway debut as Charlie Price in Kinky Boots on April 3.