NEW YORK (AP) -- "American Idol" winner David Cook has fueled his anguish over his brother's brain cancer into a song that appears on his namesake debut album.
The 25-year-old Cook was a working musician/bartender based in Tulsa, before capturing the "American Idol" crown in May. He has 13 songs on his new album, including the gut-wrenching ballad "Permanent" about his brother Adam's health battles.
Cook recorded the track in two takes, and then says he called his father and wept openly for about 10 minutes.
Cook says that anytime a musician can create something where what's in your head actually comes out the way you originally heard it, it can be overwhelming.
The album "David Cook" was recorded in a span of 10 weeks and is packed with power ballads that accentuate his voice.