Return to David Cook

David Cook, who will be headlining a show on November 8 at the World Café Live (3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, 215-222-1400www.worldcafelive.com) has a CV that is similar to that of many of acts that perform at the venue and, at the same time, very dissimilar.

Cook is a singer-songwriter who is equally at home performing with a band or doing solo shows with just him and his guitar. That’s the similar part.

On the other hand, not many acts can match some of Cook’s other entertainment accomplishments. He was the winner on Season 7 of “American Idol” in 2008. Earlier this year, Cook played the leading role in the Broadway production of “Kinky Boots.”

Cook immediately launched to stardom following his Season 7 American Idol title. He broke several Billboard chart records when 14 of his songs debuted on the Hot Digital Songs chart and 11 of his songs debuted on the Hot 100 and went on to sell more than two million albums — including his certified platinum eponymous album. His 2015 studio album, “Digital Vein” debuted in the Top 5 on the Billboard Pop Chart.

When Cook performs at the World Café Live, he will not be an American Idol reliving his past, a Broadway star or a sensitive singer-songwriter sitting on a stool accompanying himself on acoustic guitar. He will be a rock musician touring in support of a recently-released EP. His new record “Chromance” was released in February 2018.

“‘Chromance’ is my most recent collection,” said Cook, during a phone interview last week. “I’m certainly still pushing that one. But, at the same time, the momentum is heading forward – on to the next one. I’ve got a band behind me on this tour – but it’s still an acoustic tour.”

Cook suffered a bit of a setback recently that almost jeopardized the tour.

“I broke my hand two weeks before the tour started,” said Cook. “I’d like to have an exciting story about how it happened, but it just took place when I was letting the dogs out. I broke my left hand – and I’m left-handed. Fortunately, I avoided needing surgery.”

On February 15, 2018, it was announced that Cook would be making his Broadway debut playing Charlie Price, in Kinky Boots on April 3, 2018, and would play a limited run through May 5. Cook returned to Kinky Boots for a second limited run from July 17-September 9, 2018.

A few weeks ago, Cook announced that he would release his brand-new single “Death Of Me” on October 26 to coincide with his highly-anticipated fall “Acoustic Tour.”

“I finished my Broadway run with ‘Kinky Boots’ and went home to Nashville,” said Cook. “I wanted to write a song, record it and out it out to accompany the tour. I got in the studio in Nashville and it took just three days for the whole thing. It was self-produced. I try to bring in universal themes. This song is about rebellion.

“This tour is kind of a mix of new stuff and older material that we’ve been playing for 10 years. Trying to re-work the older songs for an acoustic tour was a fun challenge. And, it’s fun to get to perform these songs in a fresh light.”

Cook’s songs and his diverse career stages have brought him fans from all walks of life.

“With ‘American Idol’ and ‘Kinky Boots,’ it’s been a unique career path,” said Cook. “What ‘Idol’ has done for my career has been immeasurable. ‘Idol’ at its best is a great avenue to find new talent.”

Video link for David Cook — https://youtu.be/koKubQMiQe4.

The show at the World Café Live, which has Matt Hires as the opening act, will start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $28.