David Cook announces "The Looking Glass" EP available April 16, preceded by third single "Fire" out March 19

NASHVILLE, TENN. – Musician/actor David Cook’s highly anticipated EP The Looking Glass will be released on April 16, 2021. The six-song set is preceded by three singles: “Reds Turns Blue” and “Strange World” in 2020, and “Fire” to be released on March 19, 2021.

The EP was recorded in Nashville with producer Andy Skib. Although the songwriting and recording process began before COVID, its effects were felt throughout the process – the inability to play the new material on the road, challenges of safer at home and social distancing guidelines to write and record – and is even reflected in some of the songs.

Last year, David gave fans a preview of the new material with the release of two singles. The first single "Reds Turn Blue," released in June 2020, 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 People.com, “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 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.”

The third, and final, single from the EP, “Fire” will be released on March 19, 2021. The song is about starting over – taking something, or someone, important to you, and building something new around it. “The song actually started as more of a slower ballad,” said David. “It wasn't until we got into the actual recording process that my producer, Andy Skib, pushed for it to be sped up. It gave the track such a different energy. One that I can't wait to dig into live.”

With touring on hold for the moment, it will be a while before fans can hear these songs in person, but David has continued to perform online including an upcoming livestream performance on SPIN's “Noise Pollution” series on Monday, March 15 at 4 pm PT / 7 pm ET via TWITCH.

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  • New CD is almost here. So sxcited for the release and hopefully hearing all the new music on April 3rd in CT. This show has been postponed twice due to the pandemic but fingers crossed it will happen this time!

    • Judith Ann Salvetti
  • Cant wait for this! I rooted for you all through your season on American Idol and voted like crazy for you. Have loved your music ever since. You also have the same bday as my now 16 yo daughter! Keep on singing on! You’re amazing!!!

    • Anna Therrien
  • So excited to hear the whole EP! Sooner rather than later….🌷

    • PurpleTulip
  • Loving the artwork and EP title, congratulations to the designer on a phenomenal work. Will be interesting to see the correlations you feel between the brilliant designs for the artwork, the curious EP title, and the complete songs from your take. So excited for the release of your “Fire” March 19th and all the exciting things happening through the release of “The Looking Glass” April 16th. This is going to be a fun & busy 55 days, hope you enjoy it as much as everyone else will. Thank you for giving so many reasons to smile!

    • Carolann Hynes
  • So much cool stuff happening! Artwork for EP is very intriguing, kudos to the designer. Love the EP name “The Looking Glass”. So many thoughts of what could be Dave’s meaning behind it. And, very excited to hear “Fire” March 19th!!
    Perfect way to keep the COVID blues away!! 👍🎶

    • Deb Quimby