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David Cook Describes How Music Helped Him Heal After His Brother's Death (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 28th 2011 2:45PM
David Cook performs 'The Last Goodbye' on 'Today'Winning 'American Idol' in 2008 was a dream come true for David Cook. It made him famous and drove his self-titled major-label debut to platinum status. But tragedy struck Cook's personal life in 2009, when he lost his older brother, Adam, to brain cancer. Cook said Tuesday on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) that the music helped him through the ups and downs of the past few years.

"It's everything," said Cook. "This new record, especially, was more of a therapeutic outlet than I think I envisioned when we were going into the process." Cook took a year and a half to write and record the new album, 'This Loud Morning,' which was released Tuesday. He said it allowed him to delve a little deeper into some of those personal issues and to put them into the music.

Cook also played the first single from the album, a radio-friendly rocker called 'The Last Goodbye,' which was released in April.

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