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.
However, his very first actual television appearance was when little David appeared in America's homes on the television show The Electric Company
in November of 1971.
At 3 years of age he was already working with Morgan Freeman, Rita Moreno. Mel Brooks & many others!
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 now well known television theme song at New River Studios in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
This was but just one of many that David had already written and would be added to the thousands of songs to date, he has composed.
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 leading him to becoming one of the most prolific songwriters in the county
and a multi-platinum recording artist.
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 and went on to...
7 - Emmy Awards and 18 Nominations
3 - Hall of Fame Inductions
14 - Gold Albums
19 - Platinum
2 - Grammy's (under pseudonyms)
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
Always wanting to better himself, David has always had a thirst for knowledge and learning.
David L. Cook worked extensively with with Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller & Lucille Ball on the Bob Hope USO Tour.
Seen here in Zimbabwe
The "Cook" in Davids name isnt just for music, he is also a rather accomplished chef!