David L. Cook
|David L. Cook|
David L Cook
|Born||November 11, 1968|
|Origin||Mississippi, United States|
|Genres||Gospel music, Inspirational|
|Occupations||Christian music singer, songwriter and comedian|
|Labels||Bang Records, Mountainview Records, DLC Records|
David L. Cook(e) (born November 11, 1968) is an American Christian country music singer-songwriter, comedian and a multiple Emmy Award and Telly Award winner. Born to Donnell and June Cook (née Mercer), David is the oldest of six children.
Cook has written over 2,500 songs, including Drop that Rock, which was featured on his album In the Middle of It All and garnered a Dove Award nomination for Christian Country Album of the Year in 1999.
In all of Cook's overseas recordings his name appears with an "e" at the end of Cook to distinguish it from his work in the United States. The male members of The Cook Family Singers have always used just their middle initials as a trademark, a trait beginning back in 1885 when the first such group was formed.
"Cook was born in Pascagoula, Mississippi; after two years, his family moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Cook began his musical career at age five, singing with his family's group, The Cook Family Singers. After his parents divorce, the group continued without Donnell, but in 1980, the group disbanded because of June's health issues. Cook continued singing both gospel and secular music.
Early in life, Cook was abused by his father, who had a severe drinking problem; when intoxicated, the father would become violent towards the family. After many years of this abuse Cook developed many psychological problems that ended up following him through to his life as an adult. Cook developed a severe dissociative disorder and psychogenic amnesia. He recalled having periods of "missing time" but never really understood the cause. In 1990, doctors finally diagnosed the disorders after Cook experienced what they thought was a severe stroke and was rushed to the Coral Springs Medical Hospital in Fort. Lauderdale. Cook checked himself out of the hospital and disappeared from his Florida home and was found five months later in a Charlotte, North Carolina, hospital with similar health complaints. Cook had been around Charlotte for five months and no one realized that there was anything wrong with him until he started developing stroke symptoms again. Doctors finally realized that Cook's problems were not organic and sent him to see specialists. Cook had no recollection of leaving Florida, nor what he had done during his five months in Charlotte. When asked, he stated that, "It was like someone switching off a light and then switching it back on. "
Cook's story has been told through different media. The 700 Club did a full-length documentary on Cook that was aired worldwide. Cook himself wrote the religious self-help book Inspirational Words, which outlines his ordeal and how he overcame the disorder.
On November 11, 2009, Cook was diagnosed with a parathyroid tumor in his neck. Doctors assessed that the tumor was pressing against Cook's vocal cords making it virtually impossible for him to perform. Cook credits his good friend Matt Dudney, son of Country music legend Barbara Mandrell for insisting that he seek medical attention from professionals at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee to insure he was receiving the best care in the field of vocal assessments.
His first solo Christian album, Come Follow Me, was released in 1985. The album was written and produced by singer/producer Frank X. Loconto, a former member of the group Lane Brothers. In 1986, he signed with the American Musical Academy of Arts Association (AMAAA) and released another album, Personal Feelings.
In 1997, Mountainview Records released his In the Middle of it All album, which earned Cook a Gospel Music Association Dove Award nomination for Christian Country Album of the Year in 1999. However, after a fallout with Mountainview records in 1999, he started his own record label called DLC Records. It was during this transitional period that Cook created a comedy character, named Mortermer Crabbottom, in the tradition of comedic country alter egos like Jim Nabors' eccentric Gomer Pyle persona. Cook even recorded an album in character, Split Personality, based on the life and times of Mortermer Crabbottom growing up in the fictitious town of Crabbottom USA. In 1999, the Country Gospel Music Association inducted Cook into its Hall of Fame, along with Loretta Lynn, Barbara Mandrell, Andy Griffith, Jody Miller and Lulu Roman.
In 2012 Cook co-wrote the piece Hands of Hope with fellow performers, David Meece and Bruce Carroll. The song was a current day remake of "We Are the World" which featured many famous voices from the music industry. The song was recorded by the Charlotte Civic Orchestra and featured the voices of: Babbie Mason, Christy Sutherland, David Meece, Caroline Keller, Fantasia Barrino, Gayla Earlene, Joshua Cobb, Paul Zeaman, Blues legend Kat Williams and many of the former PTL Singers from the Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker show. Cook is credited along with producer Elddy Trevino and Corey Williams with the arrangements and production of the song. The song went number one on the charts and remained there for two weeks. The song was used as the theme song for Turning Point Centers for Domestic Violence. On May 5, 2012 NATAS announced that the song Hands of Hope garnered Cook, Meece and Carroll the Emmy nomination for best Arrangement/Composer of a television theme song.
In August 2007 David joined in partnership with the Firebird Arts Alliance. Cook was asked by David Tang, president of Firebirds, to write and produce a theme song for the television series New South Crossings. The theme song was called, "Meet Me at the Crossroads". Cook won an Emmy Award on January 24, 2009 for his work on the series audio and soundtrack. Cook is also credited as one of the shows associate producers.
Cook appeared in the episode entitled, "Master Class". In this episode Cook was seen working with younger artists such as the Whippersnappers and Caroline Keller. Cook shows them the ins and outs of working together musically and during the episode they perform the actual theme song for the series. On June 27, 2010, Cook won another Emmy award, this time for writing and singing the theme song, Meet Me At the Crossroads
In August of 2013, Cook began working on his new television series called "Written N Black & White." Cook is listed as one of the stars of the show along with fellow comedian, Trina Jeffrie. The two play an interracial newlywed couple who are comedians and their parents are clueless of the marriage. Other cast members include comedian J-Red, recording stars Christy Sutherland and Lee Young with character actress, Dot Gregory. Although the series is said to take place in New York, the actual taping is done in South Carolina at the former PTL Studios which housed Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker's daily shows back in the 1980s.The show is directed by Dale Hill who produced all of the Bakker's former series.The shows director is Emmy Award winner, Chris Nowels of IHN Productions.
Awards (Partial listing from 1997 to present)
Over the years, Cook has been decorated with many prestigious awards such as the 2005, Christian Comedian of the Year, 2006 "Media Personality of the Year", "Comedian of the Year" and "Christian Country Entertainer of the Year. "
In January 2009, Cook won an Emmy Award for his work on the series, New South Crossings and he took home his sixth career win Emmy for the composing and arranging of Meet Me At The Crossroads in June 2010. Cook was nominated on May 6, 2011 for three Emmy Awards for the documentary, "The Award Goes To: A Look Back at the Legends and on June 18, Cook won the Emmy for Outstanding Excellence in a Live Event
In 1999 Cook started DLC Records after leaving the number one Christian country music label, Mountainview Records. He left the label because of contract disputes and mis-management by label executives. While on the label Cook had taken his 1999 project, In The Middle of it All all the way up the charts garnering several number one singles, a Dove Award nomination and became the number one selling Christian country artists of all time.
He incorporated, Cook Enterprises which administered all of his musical contracts and personal business affairs which included a children s television show development agreement with his management group, Five Star Music which produced a weekly show called, Crabbottom USA. The show was taped at local television station, WHTV TV-39, a Nashville Tennessee based station.
Cook's enterprising nature has been apparent since his childhood. In 1988 he incorporated Cook's Car Care Company in the Fort Lauderdale area. Eventually he transferred his interests to family members. The company is still in business today under different ownership. Cook incorporated Cook Productions International in 1989 with his business partner Edward Cook. Cook sold his interests in 1992 which dissolved the Florida division.
In 2004, Cook was presented with the opportunity to become the CEO and controlling partner for the International Academy of Music Arts and Sciences, International, (also known professionally by its acronym) IAMAS Corporation. Years earlier, the company merged with its daughter company, The American Musical Academy of Arts Association. This proved to be a profitable move because the entertainment industry was flourishing due to the upswing in Christian based music demand and distribution opportunities. This was also profitable because the IAMAS Corporation was able to use its history in the entertainment industry as a door to help boost other smaller companies into existence. However, in 2004, the entertainment industry took a huge hit with the incoming markets of Napster, iTunes, and Amazon.com. IAMAS, no longer able to compete with the cheaper forms of distribution decided to sell off only it's American division and retain its overseas holdings. Since the IAMAS Corporation had handled Cook's contracts since his families retirement in 1980, Cook offered to buy the company for an undisclosed amount. His offer was accepted and he officially filed for corporate status on November 24, 2004.
Cook, became the president and CEO of the Charlotte Civic Orchestra in 2005 and although he retired as CEO in 2011, Cook remains on the board as an adviser. The organization is a 501(c)(3) company and consists of all volunteers. In January 2011, Cook, and several other corporate CEO's launched the Artists Music Guild. The organization is a network based company that connects artists with industry professionals who advise them and lead them in the proper course for career mapping. Cook is listed as the executive board president.
Artists Music Guild
Cook and other entertainment industry insiders started the Artists Music Guild in January 2011 to reduce the risks of artists being taken advantage of in a predatory industry. On November 11, 2011, The Artists Music Guild held its inaugural convention at the historic Heritage USA complex; former home of the Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker's world renowned PTL show in Fort Mill, South Carolina. The inaugural convention was filmed for a PBS Special entitled, "A Walk Through the History of Music in the United States" and had over two thousand people in attendance. Cook's stated that his main goal for making the Heritage USA the official home of the Artists Music Guild's convention was to heal the broken people who were affected by the fall of PTL. The convention reunited several of the former PTL Singers such as Toni Bogart, Brian Keith, Lee Young and Sandy and Russell Hosey. Also in attendance were many of the employees who lost their jobs amidst the sexual and financial scandal which caused the fall of the Bakker's ministry. Cook further stated that "by reuniting these individuals who have not performed together in over twenty plus years it would allow them to come together on their own terms and walk out of the complex without someone telling them they could never come back. It was the ultimate form of healing the hurts from the past."
On October 3, 2012, mainstream media reported that Cook had been killed in an accident in Winston-Salem, NC. The report said that Cook had been struck by a car and had expired. Web crawlers picked up the story and the rumors went nationwide. The story was later confirmed to be that of a David Lee Cook who worked as a Department of Transportation worker who had been killed while removing a tree from the road during hazardous conditions. The original news organization released an explanation story after finding out of their mistake.
- The Telly Awards Official Winners. "The 29th Annual TELLY Awards". Telly Academy. Retrieved 2008-06-24. "Cook wins multiple Telly Awards"
- "Emmy Award Winners". National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2009-01-25. "Cook wins Emmy Award for his work on the television series, New South Crossings"[dead link]
- "WOW Lyrics". Wow Lyrics. Retrieved 2008-02-08.Partial listing of David L Cook lyrics and songs
- "The Dove Nominees – The Phantom Tollbooth". GMA. Retrieved 2008-02-01.Dove Award nomination for Christian Country Album of the Year.
- "Highland Cathedral – Phil Coulter – Listen and discover music at Last.fm". Retrieved 2011-04-24.David L Cook(e)'s work overseas
- "Phil Coulter – Coulter Classics CD Album". Retrieved 2011-04-24.Cook's overseas work
- "CD Baby: DAVID L COOK: Come Follow Me". CD Baby. Retrieved 2008-02-08.The history of the "L"
- "davidlcook.com". The 700 Club. Retrieved 2008-11-18.David L Cook's life story told on the 700 Club
- "David L. Cook MP3 Downloads – David L. Cook Music Downloads – David L. Cook Music Videos – David L. Cook Pictures – MP3.com". mp3.com. Retrieved 2008-02-01.
- "David L. Cook Biography – AOL Music". AOL Music. Retrieved 2008-02-01.
- "Broward Health". Coral Springs Medical Hospital. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved 2008-02-01.
- "www.amazon.com". Retrieved 2010-11-19.Inspirational Words
- "| | David L Cook | | Home | |". Davidlcook.com. Retrieved 2009-12-10.Cook's Medical Problems
- "Frank Loconto's Singing Rosary". Frank X. Loconto. Retrieved 2008-02-01.
- "Lane Brothers (RCS Artist Discography)". RCS. Retrieved 2008-02-01.[dead link]
- "Gomer Pyle, U. S. M. C. in Jump The Shark". Jump the Shark. Archived from the original on October 31, 2007. Retrieved 2008-02-10.Jim Neighbors as Gomer Pyle
- "CD Baby: DAVID L COOK: Split Personality". Retrieved 2008-02-01.
- "Platinum Heart Awards". Country Gospel Music Association. Retrieved 2008-02-01.
- Cook, David. "Hands of Hope Charts". Charles Brady. Radio Active Airplay. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
- Cook, David. "Hands of Hope". Charles Brady. Radio Active Airplay. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
- Cook, David L. "Cook, Carroll and Meece garner Emmy Nomination". Canyouhearmenow. NATAS. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
- "Firebird Arts Alliance> Major Projects> New South Crossings". Firebird Arts Alliance. Retrieved 2008-02-01.
- "nashville. emmyonline.org". Nashville NATAS.Cook receives Emmy Award nomination for New South Crossing theme song
- "Firebird Arts Alliance> Major Projects> New South Crossings". Firebird Arts Alliance. Retrieved 2009-05-06.David L Cook as one of the Associate Producers of New South Crossings
- NATAS Emmy Awards. "www.natassoutheast.tv". Retrieved 2010-05-07.Cook receives nomination for television theme song
- "David L Cook Receives Emmy Nomination : sogospel". Sogocity.com. Retrieved 2010-06-07. "Cook receives his 12th Emmy Award Nomination"[dead link]
- Cook, David L. "Cook works on new television sitcom". The Broadcast Group. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
- Hill, Dale. "Dale Hill directs new television sitcom". Artists Music Guild. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
- Nowels, Chris. "Nowels directs Written N Black & White". Artists Music Guild. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
- "INTERNATIONAL AWARDS". Country Gospel Music Association. Archived from the original on 2007-12-01. Retrieved 2008-02-01.
- "Eastern USA". Retrieved 2008-02-01.
- "International Country Gospel Music Association – ICGMA". International Country Gospel Music Association. Retrieved 2008-02-01.
- "nashville. emmyonline.org". NATAS. Retrieved 2009-06-04.New South Crossing Emmy Win
- "David L Cook Wins 6th Emmy : sogospel". Archived from the original on 2010-08-17. Retrieved 2010-08-14.Cook wins his 6th Emmy Award
- Cook, David. "The Award Goes To: A Look Back at the Legends". Emmy Awards. NATAS. Retrieved 4 July 2011.
- "http://enquirerjournal.com/view/full_story/13463471/article-Nominated-for-3-Emmys?instance=main_article David L Cook receives three Emmy nods
- "www.sunbiz.org – Department of State". Retrieved 2009-12-15.Cook's Car Care Company INC.
- "iamascorp.com". IAMAS Corporation. Retrieved 2009-12-15.IAMAS Corporation History
- "North Carolina Secretary of State". State of North Carolina. Retrieved 2009-12-15.IAMAS Corporation
- Charlotte Civic Orchestra. "charlottecivicorchestra.org". Retrieved 2010-01-17.Cook as president of the Charlotte Civic Orchestra
- "Meet Your Guild Board : Artists Music Guild". Retrieved 2011-03-19.Cook starts the Artists Music Guild
- Cook, David L. "Cook pens new management agreement". Britani Golden. Pink Hammer Entertainment. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
- Hammer, Pink. "Cook signs with pink Hammer Entertainment". Pink Hammer Entertainment. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
- "Cook Launches the Artists Music Guild". Artists Music Guild. Artists Music Guild. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
- Cook, David L. "Cook brings Artists Music Guild Convention to Fort Mill, SC". Rock Hill Herald. Retrieved 29 November 2011.[dead link]
- "Cook reunites former PTL Singers". Artists Music Guild. Fort Mill Times. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
- Cook, David L. "Cook rumored to be killed in accident". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to David L. Cook.|
- davidlcook.com David's official website
- All Music Group Cook's Bio and Discography on All Music Group
- AOL Music History Cook's Bio and Discography on AOL Music
- David on the 700 Club David's 1999 interview with the 700 Club
- David's official page on Myspace
- Artists Music Guild Official website for the Artists Music Guild
- The International Academy of Music Arts and Sciences Official website for the International Academy of Music Arts and Sciences
- Rhapsody Various music by David L Cook
- Firebird Arts Alliance New South Crossings television show