- Has been singing since he was in the second grade.
- Former member of bands Axium and MWK.
- Released an independent solo album Analog Heart in 2006.
- Winner of Season 7 of American Idol (2008); runner-up was David Archuletta.
- Beth Foraker — Mother
- Kimberly Caldwell — Ex-significant Other
- Adam Cook — Brother
- Andrew Cook — Brother
- Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, Missouri, United States (2006)