Joey Cook is an artist in every sense of the word…
From her authentic personality to her true-to-self style to her rock star talent, Joey embodies the fun and fluidity of the music industry that we pack stadiums to see.
Before being cast as the “quirky character” in Season 14 of American Idol, Cook was a busker on the streets of New Orleans. Armed with her accordion and lively spirit, she entertained countless tourists.”I really just played the Game of Thrones theme song over and over” she quips about that time.
It was during this season that her family, who loves reality shows, convinced her to audition for American Idol “on a whim.”
“Realistically, I didn’t think anything was going to happen,” Cook says “There’s no way they’re going to let this girl with blue hair and an accordion be on here. That’s not a thing!”
As we all know, they absolutely did.
Joey explains that she filled the role of the “quirky character” on the popular series and it worked for her.
Since that time, she has grown an evolved into a strong, unique artist in her own right, with talent reaching far outside the small box of reality TV.
Directly after the show, Postmodern Juxebox, the rotating musical collective founded by arranger and pianist Scott Bradlee in 2011, reached out to Cook after hearing her perform one of their songs on AI.
They invited her out to LA where she recorded three videos with them back to back and subsequently went on several tours with the band.
Fast forward to the cusp of quarantine, Joey decided to get sober “for the first time in my life.”
She describes the time as “brutal…I was a high functioning addict.”
One would think that was hard enough to face right before a global lockdown but then…”I decided to get divorced from my partner of eleven years.”
It was then Joey moved into an apartment by herself for the first time and it was there out of the heartbreak, she began to write.
The songs she penned during that time quickly grabbed the attention of a studio that invited her to come record what she calls her “bedroom” songs.
“Because of the isolation, I came out of it with so much material.”