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Kansas City native reflects on winning American Idol while on tour with new EP release

by Rajah Maples

KHQA's Rajah Maples spoke exclusively with Kansas City native David Cook in St. Louis last month on the day of his new music release. Cook won American Idol in 2008.

St. Louis — 

A new season of American Idol will debut on KHQA ABC this Sunday at 7 p.m.

A Missouri native who won the contest 10 years ago is now on tour to promote his new EP.

KHQA spoke exclusively with David Cook in St. Louis last month on the day of his new music release.

It's been 10 years since the Kansas City native won American Idol, but he's busier than ever. 

He just released a new music EP called Chromance.

“I feel like it’s some of my strongest writing," Cook said. "I’m really excited about how the production went, how we were able to tell these stories in a different way.”

Cook now lives in Nashville, but he credits his success to his exposure to a melting pot of musical influences in the middle of the country.

“In Kansas City, I grew up I the rock scene there, but there was great rap," he explained. "There was great country music and kind of everything in between.”

American Idol will air on ABC beginning this Sunday after 15 seasons on Fox, which ended in 2016.

Cook said winning the contest in 2008 still feels surreal especially because the title only belongs to 15 musicians.

“That platform is just incredible," Cook said. "I’m glad to see it come back. I hope the American people can invest in these contestants cause there’s a lot of really great talent out there.”

Now American Idol has enabled Cook to carry out his lifelong dream.

“I just wanted to make music for a living," he said. "I wanted to be able to pay bills, have a place to live and just play music for a living. That’s all I wanted.”

Cook’s new music is available on iTunesGooglePlay and Amazon

As for what’s next for Cook, he plans to play Charlie Price in Kinky Boots on Broadway in New York City from April 3rd to May 5th.