DAVID ARCHULETA THE OTHER SIDE OF DOWN (ASIAN TOUR EDITION) ALBUM OUT NOW

The David Archuleta story began on Dec. 28, 1990, the day David was born to Jeff and Lupe Archuleta in North Miami, Florida. His father was a jazz musician who was always playing the trumpet around the house. His mother was a singer who performed locally with her three sisters in a group known as the Mayorga Sisters. David always enjoyed music, but wasn’t particularly fond of his dad’s jazz trumpet playing, covering his ears “because it was so loud.”

But then came one of those pivotal moments, when David was six years old and watched a videotape with his younger brother as his family was relocating from Florida to Utah. It was the 10th anniversary concert of the stage musical “Les Miserables” and David became captivated with the music, playing the tape over and over, memorizing each song, complete with cockney accents. Then he discovered and fell in love with other musicals like “Evita” and “Into the Woods.”  He also listened to his mother’s Selena and Gloria Estefan albums, but he didn’t pay attention to radio much and wasn’t really aware of pop music, until he watched the first season of “American Idol.”

He was first mesmerized by Tamyra Gray when she opened the Top 30 semifinals with her outstanding performance of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.” It was the first time he was aware of how expressive and soulful music could be, and what it was like to vocalize emotions. This was perhaps the most pivotal musical moment of his young life, the first step on the path that led him to who he is today, a musical prodigy, the runner-up for the seventh season Of “American Idol” and the newest artist signed to 19 Recordings/Jive.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Check out The Other Side Of Down: Asian Tour Edition which is now available at major record stores nationwide. It includes the new hit single, Everything and More.  It will also include four other tracks: Zero Gravity (from Spiderman), Love Don’t Hate, How To Breathe, and Wait. The repackage will include Karaoke versions and Lyric Booklet of the original music videos of: Crush, A Little Too Not Over You, Touch My Hand, and Something ‘Bout Love.

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DAVID COOK Wake up to THIS LOUD MORNING In stores July 6, 2011

Over the last few years, David Cook’s life has been punctuated by extraordinary highs and devastating lows. In short order, the 28-year-old singer, songwriter, and musician won the seventh season of America’s most popular television show, American Idol, rewrote chart history with a record-breaking 14 debuts on Billboard’s Digital Songs chart, released his self-titled major-label debut album in November 2008, watched it debut at No. 3 on the Billboard album chart, spawn two Top 20 singles (the platinum “Light On” and “Come Back To Me”), and sell more than a million copies, reaching platinum status. He immediately hit the road for his year-long “Declaration Tour” to support it. In May of that year, Cook’s older brother, Adam, who had been fighting a battle with brain cancer, died of the disease. On December 2009, one day after the tour ended, Cook traveled to New York City to begin writing the songs that would become his second album, This Loud Morning.

“I got off the road and all the things that happened that I hadn’t been dealing with while I was on the road reared their head,” Cook says. “So as I began writing these songs that would eventually make up This Loud Morning, the act of using these songs as therapeutic outlets became a major release for me, and I think the end result is a bit of up, a bit of down, and a lot of honesty.”

The result is a batch of deeply honest, emotional songs that “allow whomever’s listening to look through a window at the past two years of my life,” the Texas-born, Missouri-raised Cook says. “It’s probably the most therapeutic album I’ve ever written.” As Cook was writing the songs, a theme began to emerge. “There were mornings where I woke up and all I wanted to do was pull the blanket back over my head and try again tomorrow,” Cook says. That feeling inspired the album’s opening track, “Circadian,” as well as its closing track, “Rapid Eye Movement,” which includes a line from which the album’s title is taken: “Give me one more quiet night before this loud morning gets it right and does me in.” “I think everyone’s been at that point where they just feel, ‘Man, the world is loud,’ Cook says. “The only reprieve you get is when you’re asleep. I wanted to blend that feeling with the romantic idea that you can live your entire life during the hours you’re asleep — that there’s this pause button you can use to make sense of the world around you.”

Which is to say that just because This Loud Morning deals with some heavy themes doesn’t mean the album is a downer. “It’s actually more musically up-tempo than any of my previous album,” Cook says. “I felt like we created a decent base with the last record (2008’s David Cook) about where my heart was at musically. I’ve always enjoyed big sweeping choruses, stuff that kind of kicks you in the chest and knocks the wind out of you a bit. So with this album, I wanted to take that ideal and expand upon it — make the bigs a bit bigger and the smalls a bit smaller. I wanted it to be more intimate, but also more grandiose, and really stretch the boundaries of those two ideals.”

Cook’s growth as a singer, songwriter, and musician can be heard in every facet of This Loud Morning. “I feel that we were able to find the perfect landscape for these songs,” Cook says. “Each one is its own living, breathing thing. I’ve always approached making records the same way I’ve approached putting a band together: I’m not concerned with the best songs or the best musicians. I’m concerned with the right songs and the right musicians. My focus is to make great records and having something real and truthful to write about really helped. I feel like the growth in this record is musical, it’s lyrical, it’s emotional, and that what I’ve hit on is something that a lot of people can relate to.”

Having been a musician and performer since he was a teenager, Cook (who first picked up a guitar at age 12 and formed his first band at 15) is eager to hit the road to support This Loud Morning. “The last record took four and a half months from first day of writing to finished product,” Cook says. “So to go from that to taking a year and a half? I’m ready to play this record for people. I can’t wait to get on a stage, look people in the eye, and see their reaction, whatever it may be. Hopefully it’ll be hands in the air and singing all the words.”

Grab a copy of David Cook’s This Loud Morning (Standard Edition), available in music stores nationwide for Php430, starting July 6, 2011.

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DAVID COOK LIVE IN HANOI, VIETNAM VIA LIVESTREAM AT MYXPH.COM

Don’t miss DAVID COOK’s performance at the “H-Artistry” music concert at Hanoi, Vietnam to be broadcast tonight 10:10pm via live stream at www.myxph.com  and www.davidcookofficial.com

[VIDEO] DAVID COOK PERFORMS WITH PS22 CHOIR

David Cook met and performed with New York’s world-famous PS22 School Choir last week and performed The Last Goodbye, Rolling In The Deep, Livin’ On A Prayer, and Light On. Check out their amazing unplugged performance below and see photos at ps22chorus.blogspot.com.

David is now headed to Vietnam for the Asian launch of his sophomore album “This Loud Morning” which is set for release on June 28.

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DAVID COOK THE LAST GOODBYE MUSIC VIDEO AND VIETNAM VISIT IN JUNE

David Cook’s official music video for his 1st single “The Last Goodbye” off his upcoming sophomore album is finally out worldwide via  channel on YouTube . For those who haven’t seen it yet, you can now watch it below.

David invited the world famous NY PS22 School Choir to perform “The Last Goodbye” – and they accepted! Collaboration to happen on June 10. Click HERE to see his video invitation to PS22. He is also headed to Vietnam next month with X Factor UK’s Alexandra Burke for the Hennessy Artistry Series. Click HERE to see David’s announcement and his acoustic performance of his new song.


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