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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  • I can’t wait for the new EP on April 16th- David! Beautiful artwork and wonderful album title- love it! Reds Turn Blue, Strange World, I can’t wait to hear Fire on March 19th! I’m so happy and excited for you! Congratulations! The Looking Glass 💙💜❤️🥰😍😘💕🎶🎵🎸👏🙌🏻🤘🏻

    • Sothia Chhoeum
  • Dave , I just love the title of your New EP The Looking Glass and the artwork for the cover is just beautiful . Looking forward to hear the new single in March and the getting to hear the whole EP on April 16th . I’m so excited and happy for you !!

    • Paula D Stearns
  • Woah information overload today …. excellent day to be a David Cook fan! Amazing EP artwork, visually stunning and such a great title too

    Then the ‘Europe’ stage it …… we’ll hold on as long as needed for you to make it over here, but this stage it will be all kinds of awesome!

    And then Fire released in March ….. hugely exciting. Can it be April yet?! 😁.

    • Kaz Miller
  • Wow! So much information today. Makes this snow day better. That EP artwork is 🔥🔥🔥. Love it! Something different from you. Loving it! It’s going to look Awesome on the merch. Won’t have ur face staring back at ppl anymore when I wear ur tees 🤣. Can’t wait to hear this EP & the new single coming out next month. Exciting times ahead. Also, Thanks for the Stageit shows. It’s the one good thing to look forward to during quarantine ❤💗❤

    • Grace Calculli
  • Thank yOu David fir sharing the excitement you’ve been carrying around!! I’m very impressed w your artwork.. I know there’s a deeper meaning behind “The Looking Glass”! Live performance on SPIN Noise Pollution Series .. March 15 7pm ET via #Twitch .. CAN’t Wait !! I’m so happy you’re back at it .. with all the gloom surrounding this pandemic.. you’ve stayed positive.. giving us all something to look forward to with your Stageit Shows and knowing you’re doing what you love w ANDY .. has made all the difference fir me! Hopefully soon ?.. youll be streaming live full band .. in the mean time we will all stay connected until the day we can have a real M&G .. chatting and HUGGING again! Missing those times !! Carry on my Rock Shining Star 🌟

    • NyCAROLE