David L. Cook was born on November 11, 1968 in Pascagoula, Mississippi.
After two years, his family moved to Fort Lauderdale, FL.
He began his professional career at the age of 5, while singing with his family, The Legendary Christian Singers, The Cook Family
Seen here circa 1974 on his way to his first TV performance as an entertainer
on the Ralph Emery Show. in Nashville TN.
David L. Cook in 1969 watching his family performing on stage at
The Grand Ole Opry
(Picture circa 1898)
The Cooks became one of the first regular gospel groups to perform on the Grand Ole Opry.
enjoying some of his early success.
Seen here at age 15 with his
DeTomaso Pantera GTS
Barely able to reach the peddles and already an accomplished songwriter and performer.
David L Cook seen here at 14 years of age composing a television theme song at New River Studios in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
David's high school picture.
David's high school formal picture.
After Davids parents' divorce, the group continued without Donnell, but in 1980,
the group disbanded because of June's health issues.
He continued singing both gospel and secular music.
In the early 80's David was already a popular teenage heartthrob and was already touring around the world.
David's career and life almost came to a screeching halt in 1984 when at 16 years old was hit head on by a drunk driver.
The accident left him in serious condition.
But he survived!!
7 - Emmy Awards and 18 Nominations
3 - Hall of Fame Inductions
8 - Telly Awards
11 - Dove Award Nominations
9 - CGMA's
3 - Prestigious Manitoba Awards
9 - ROBI Awards
Multiple industions into various music 'Hall of Fame's'
(WCMA, CGMA, ICGMA + others)
Christian Music Pioneer Award by Agape
(Some awards by birth name and some pseudonyms)
Additional awards include
'Male Vocalist of The Year' 'Comedian of The Year' 'Entertainer of The Year'
& so much more...
When most kids graduate from high school, they are usually still trying to figure out what they will be doing for a career. When David L. Cook graduated he had already been performing professionally all over the world, for more than a decade.
David L. Cook on his way to the Grammy Awards
David L. Cook getting ready for his very first solo performance at the Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale, FL
David L. Cook worked with the USO Tour.
Seen here in Zimbabwe
Always wanting to better himself, David has always had a thirst for knowledge and learning.