A long and fascinating career characterized by creative adventurousness and musical and personal integrity have made Tom Cochrane a highly deserving recipient of 8 Juno Awards, Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Walk of Fame, and a prestigious Officer of the Order of Canada.
From 1980-84 Red Rider released four acclaimed studio albums that married imaginative musicianship and lyrical workingman eloquence. Songs like “Lunatic Fringe” and “White Hot” are still relevant today, and they brought Red Rider significant sales and rock radio play in Canada and the U.S. “Lunatic Fringe” went on to become one of the most played songs in history on American Rock Radio. With the release of “Boy Inside The Man”, Symphony Sessions and later the iconic “Big League” off of Victory Day , coupled with energy packed shows, Tom Cochrane and Red Rider’s career touched on legendary status.
Cochrane’s solo career quickly took him to new heights. His 1991 tour de force, Mad Mad World, became of the biggest-selling Canadian records of all time, scoring diamond status in Canada. It’s rootsy powerful sound traveled well, thanks to the smash hit single “Life is a Highway” and the album notched over 3 million in international sales and began to cement Tom’s place as a Canadian icon.
Throughout his career, Tom Cochrane has thrown his support behind a wide range of worthy causes. He has traveled the world, Africa 8 times, on behalf of World Vision, helped spearhead Canada for Asia, entertained the troops in Afghanistan and continues to lend his support to several other causes.
A down to earth Canadian prairie boy at heart Tom now divides his time between the tour bus, the city, and his beloved studio/retreat “Layastone” on the shores of Georgian Bay. His passion for life and music has not waned and he is currently writing in anticipation of his next project.