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David Cook

David Cook (and yes, the same David Cook who launched into stardom following his American Idol Season Seven win – breaking several Billboard chart records when 14 of his songs debuted on the Hot Digital Songs chart and 11 of his songs debuted on the Hot 100) certainly knows his way around a good song. His first album, Analog Heart, came out pre-Idol, and his last album, Digital Vein, nicely book-ended that chapter of Cook’s career, a chapter during which he sold more than 2 million albums (including his platinum-certified eponymous album) and, collectively, more than 5 million tracks (including two platinum-certified singles) worldwide.

David continues to find success, not only for himself, but also as a writer for other artists and touring throughout the world.  2018 brought an exciting new EP from Cook – Chromance. “I was a ‘rock’ guy, but the further away I’ve gotten from that, the more I’ve opened up and found inspiration in the peripherals. I wouldn’t have had the courage earlier in my career, but now I have the confidence to go after the sound I want.”  A fan of both Massive Attack and Nine Inch Nails, Cook always admired how they pushed the envelope and brought pop elements into rock music. “I used them as a bedrock for Chromance and how I wanted the record to feel.”

If putting out his 2018 EP wasn’t enough to keep Cook busy, that same year he headed to the Great White Way for his Broadway debut as Charlie Price in KINKY BOOTS. “I’ve had conversations about finding creative outlets outside of being a musician, but the timing was never right.” While Cook was excited about his first starring role, he was also aware the message behind KINKY BOOTS was timely and relevant. “I was honored to be part of the show and get to work with so many amazing people. I love the collaborative aspect of theatre too, the idea of being part of a creative team and working it out in front of an audience each night.”

Another passion of Cook’s is his work in behalf of organizations such as the National Brain Tumor Society, a Washington DC-based nonprofit that drives cutting-edge research and treatments for brain cancer and brain tumors. “I’ve been very involved with this cause and am very grateful that my career has allowed me to do that. I lost my brother Adam to a brain tumor in 2009; every year I am part of the Race for Hope-DC and, together with my fans, have raised over $1.5 million for brain cancer and brain tumor research through this and other fundraising projects. Far and away, that is the proudest of all my achievements.”

Cook is well aware, and grateful, for the breaks American Idol has brought his way, and for the opportunities he continues to have. He has no plans to slow it down. “I love creative endeavors. I like starting with nothing and then finishing with something that didn’t exist before. That’s my favorite thing about creating new music. I love being able to put something artistic out in the world for people to enjoy.”

In 2020, David released two new singles. The first, Reds Turn Blue, is a nod to the manic highs (reds) and lows (blues) of anxiety, something David has struggled to overcome since his season seven win on American Idol. As David told “This song became a therapeutic process for me, as a way to personify my anxiety and make it something other than me — which, in an odd way, has helped me navigate my relationship with it.” To capture that struggle, David worked with artist Justin A. Nixon to create a visual that was, “sci-fi and sinister” but left open-ended to represent “that constant battle between anxiety and myself.”  And the second, Strange World, is “my homage to this year,” said David. “Staring out of windows at the world outside, feeling disconnected from it, and trying to find those moments that would normally exist outside, inside. “Both singles, along with the driving Fire are from his  EP The Looking Glass, released in April 2021. 

In April 2022, David released his latest single, “TABOS” (This’ll All Be Over Soon). The single’s release coincided with his return to the American Idol® stage to perform for their special 20th-anniversary reunion show. 

Tonight’s Preshow The Band CORDERO

Hailing from West Michigan with groovy bass lines, clever hooks and soaring harmonies, The Band CORDERO has come to play. The group came together in the spring of 2022 to combine their pop-rock sensibility with sassy but sincere songwriting. Runner-up of the Grand Rapids’ local battle of the bands, The Band CORDERO received high praise from Local Spins stating they, “Pulled out all the stops with a high energy and engaging set, ending with a standing ovation.” With their highly anticipated debut single release hot off the press, Falling For You, takes their magnetic synth-pop vibes into your listening space. Follow them on their socials to stay up to date and see where they are performing next.”


Donors 2023-24

Platinum ($10,000 and above)

  • Marshall Community Foundation
  • The Cronin Foundation
  • Binda Foundation (Guido and Elizabeth Binda Fund)
  • Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs 
  • Marshall United Way 

Gold ($5,000 to $9,000)

  • Battle Creek Community Foundation 
  • Joseph and Carolyn Palchak
  • Marshall Rotary Club
  • Omega Healthcare Investors

Silver ($2,500 to $4,999) 

  • Richard and Phyllis Rabbideau
  • Dr. and Mrs. Jim Dobbins 
  • Eaton Charitable Fund 

Diamond ($1,000 to $2,400)

  • Arts Midwest Incorporated
  • James and Nancy Cracraft
  • Youngish Professionals Committee 
  • Dr. David M. Komasara
  • Marshall Area Economic Development Alliance
  • Darling & Company Theatrical and Event Management 
  • HLR Scoopers LLC DBA 
  • Cold Stone Creamery of Kalamazoo 
  • Harold and Bonnie Kloosterman
  • Richard and Barbara Newman
  • Red Squirrel Fund 

Emerald ($500-$999)

  • Dr. and Mrs. Eric Ebner
  • Jeffrey and Julie Greene 
  • Jim and Patty Melluish
  • Juanita Armstrong 
  • Mrs. Barbara A. Cooke
  • Jim and Karla Anderson
  • E. Michael and Alicia Beck
  • Mary Ellen Brown
  • Helen M. (Peg) Gates
  • Judith Huggett
  • Mr. and Mrs. Norman Kinney
  • Dr. and Mrs. Karl Loomis
  • Peter and Marielle Loonen
  • Dennis and Jeannie McClain
  • Ben and Amy Roosevelt
  • Julia Shirk
  • Shawn Simmons
  • Kelly and Patty Williams 

Ruby ($250 to $499)

  • Tony Wawzysko
  • Charles and Shirley Cook
  • Mr. Paul Davis
  • Martin Erickson and Alison Shaw 
  • Dennis and Connie LaFleur
  • Dave and Barb Crowle
  • Harold Belcher
  • Brenton and Catherine Burtrum
  • Jackson & Jackson LLC
  • Ron Kustra
  • Dr. and Mrs. Mark Machalka
  • Park and Carol Owens
  • Steve and Ann Rhodes
  • Rosemary Davis Realtors
  • Schmick Law Offices PC 

Garnet ($100-$249)

  • David and Kathy Davis
  • Dr. and Mrs. Randy Davis
  • George and Marijke Guerin
  • Adam and Paula Haybach
  • David and Miriam Hinske
  • Georgia Marsh
  • John and Ann Miller
  • Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Neidlinger
  • Vicki Strand
  • Catherine Swender
  • Terranova Theatre Collective, Inc.
  • Mike and Cathy Galloway
  • Frank and Sue Boley
  • Gary and Betsy Crist
  • Janice Darling
  • Ralph Duel
  • Mrs. Penny Kinter
  • John Sherwood and Kim Forde
  • Richard and Diane Thompson
  • State Farm Insurance
  • Rick and Carole Huggett
  • George Zollner
  • Arathi and Maddur Badarinath
  • Laura Bartlett and Mathew Eggleton
  • Barb and Darryl Bradley
  • Mrs. Marilyn Burke
  • Russell and Mary Jo Byrne
  • Craig Carrel
  • Alan Claus
  • Dr. and Mrs. William J. Comai
  • Paul and Susan Concannon
  • John and Sue Crapo
  • Angela Dawson
  • Hon. Samuel Durham, Jr. and Teresa Horvat Durham
  • John and Sue Erickson
  • Tim and Denise Fitzgerald
  • Susan Gates
  • Joseph Hansson
  • Don and Dianne Jewett
  • Whitney Jonas
  • Chris and Amy Jones
  • Jeff and Sharon Karns
  • Joe Kelleher
  • David Kennedy and Jeanne Manley
  • Lyn Leonard
  • Daniel and Heather Luciani
  • Bill and Angela Mabin
  • Bruce and Vicki McConnell
  • McShane & Bowie, P.L.C.
  • Gregory Minor, RPH
  • Douglas and Claudia Murch
  • Alan and Linda O’Leary
  • David and Mary Jo Ours
  • Marty and Lucy Overhiser
  • Duane and Sidney Paradine
  • Thomas and Mary Jo Petredean
  • Kenneth and Deborah Pierce
  • Rodney and Amy Prahl
  • Jason and Angie Rapelje
  • Gary Reed and Doris Schoening
  • Steven and Carol Riggs
  • Jack Rocco
  • James and Elizabeth Roth
  • Mary Ann Ruesink
  • DuWayne and Jean Schuler
  • Patricia Sheets
  • Mark and Susan Stuart
  • Susan Stults
  • Mike Sullivan and Phyllis Mazure
  • Ryan and Karolina Traver
  • Scott and Pamela Wolfersberger 
  • Joseph and Lynne Wynne
  • Mr. and Rev. John Yakimow
  • Jim Youngdahl

Sapphire ($99 and below)

  • Laura LeClear
  • Wines for Humanity LLC 
  • William and Gloria Clayborn 
  • Mrs. Carol Thrall
  • Peter and Janet Williams
  • Mike and Nancy Wojcik 
  • Donna Parr 
  • Ann Adams
  • Jack Bargo
  • Bob and Karen Blackman
  • David and Dorothy Brobst
  • Allen and Judith Byam
  • Brian and Alice Cain
  • John and Noreen Clifton
  • Jo Cooley
  • Chuck and Mary Crosby
  • David and Susan Fhaner
  • Richard and Judith Firlik
  • Alex Galarce
  • Jacob and Melissa Gates
  • Jeremy and Kathryn Grable
  • Brooks and Wanza Grantier
  • Dr. and Mrs. David Hogberg
  • Scott and Kelly Kennedy
  • Lynn Komasara
  • Barbara Leonard
  • Vladka Machalka
  • Stephen and Cheryl Marengo
  • Rob Massard
  • Mark Minkwic and MJ Harting-Minkwic
  • Bob and Sandy Mobley
  • Diana and Kent Morehouse
  • Donna Perry
  • Robin Rosenbaum and Steve Halstead
  • James and Sherry Schoch
  • Craig E. and Yalonda Sell
  • John Shabushnig and Victoria McGuffin 
  • C. Kim Shierk
  • Judith Smith
  • Richard and Liane J Smith
  • David and Susan Twiss
  • Sherie Veramay
  • James N. and Sally J. Young
  • Don and Dianne Backus
  • Amy Bazelon
  • Lori Watson and Mark Gardner
  • Sue Riippa
  • Douglas and Suzanne Burger
  • Edward and Pauline Crane
  • Rick and Feef Dillon
  • Janis Emery and Al Barney
  • Stephen and Diane Hanway
  • Adrian and Rebecca Harrell
  • Robert and Carolyn Holmes
  • David Krick
  • Carol Miller
  • Janette Shell
  • Ronald and Linda Smith
  • Robert and Laurie Swanson
  • Scott and Cheryl Switzer
  • Dr. and Mrs. John Tobin
  • Christopher Varvatos
  • Cyndee Walker
  • MikeWard
  • Robert West
  • Kimberly Case
  • Rebecca Baklund
  • Steve Damon
  • Tracy Schaffer
  • Cynthia Southwick
  • Drake Whelton
  • Verna Robinson
  • Gerald Rupp
  • Fran Pierce
  • Brendan Jones
  • Raven Kunesh
  • Randall Lake
  • Rachel Lenna
  • Adam Browne
  • William Potter
  • Jodi Haywood 
  • Ralph Miller
  • John and Pam Munsie
  • Robyn and Philip Murphy 
  • Morgan Olmstead