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Tom Cochrane

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Tom Cochrane (born May 14, 1953) is a Canadian singer and songwriter, whose story-telling songs have earned him the nickname "The thinking man's rocker". Perhaps his best known song is the hit single "Life Is a Highway".

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Biography

Cochrane was born in Lynn Lake, Manitoba to Violet and Tuck Cochrane, a bush pilot. The family relocated to Etobicoke, Ontario when Tom was four years old. He purchased his first guitar at age 11 by selling a toy train set. In the early 1970s, he was performing in coffee houses across Canada. He eventually made his way to Los Angeles where he found a job writing theme music for My Pleasure is My Business, a Xaviera Hollander movie. Unable to find steady income from music, Cochrane returned to Toronto where he drove a taxi cab and later took a job on a Caribbean cruise liner to help pay the bills. Cochrane went back to Los Angeles in 1976, trying to sell his songs to publishers but without success, and returned to Toronto in 1977. Cochrane walked into the El Mocambo club one night in Toronto and came across a band of locals calling themselves Red Rider. After an audition, they agreed to Cochrane joining the band as lead singer and songwriter.

After the Red Rider era, Cochrane set off on his soloist path again. In 1990, Cochrane took his family to West Africa where he helped to raise awareness and money for the World Vision famine relief organization. That experience shaped his next album Mad Mad World which contained the internationally acclaimed hit single "Life is a Highway".

The three-CD box set Ashes to Diamonds, including material by both Red Rider and Cochrane as a solo artist, was released in 1993.

In 1995, he released Ragged Ass Road and followed that with a Canadian tour in 1996. The tour resulted in Songs of a Circling Spirit, a live CD and multi-media package of previously released material.

In June 1999, Cochrane was involved in a light plane crash in Montreal, after one of the wings came off in a grove of trees. Fortunately, no one was injured.

At the 2003 Juno Awards, Tom Cochrane was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. The special award ceremony took place April 5 2003 at Casino du Lac-Leamy in Ottawa, Ontario.

In December 2003 he was one of the musical guests on a CBC special called, Rick Mercer's Christmas in Kabul.

Discography

See Red Rider for list of albums released when Cochrane was a band member in the 1980s.

Cochrane's music has appeared in a number of television shows:

Awards

Tom Cochrane has been nominated for and received a number of awards in the music industry.

Juno Awards

Cochrane has received seven Juno Awards:

  • 1997 - Best Album Cover (Songs of a Circling Spirit)
  • 1992 - Songwriter of the Year
  • 1992 - Male Vocalist of the Year
  • 1992 - Single of the Year ("Life Is A Highway")
  • 1992 - Album of the Year (Mad Mad World)
  • 1989 - Composer of the Year
  • 1987 - Group of the Year (Tom Cochrane & Red Rider)

Cochrane has also been nominated for the following Junos:

  • 2000 - Best Male Artist
  • 1996 - Male Vocalist of the Year
  • 1996 - Album of the Year (Ragged Ass Road)
  • 1993 - Songwriter of the Year
  • 1993 - Best Selling Album [Foreign or Domestic] (Mad Mad World)
  • 1993 - Canadian Entertainer of the Year
  • 1992 - Producer of the Year ("All The King's Men")
  • 1990 - Group of the Year (Tom Cochrane & Red Rider)
  • 1990 - Album of the Year (Tom Cochrane & Red Rider - Victory Day)
  • 1990 - Canadian Entertainer of the Year (Tom Cochrane & Red Rider)
  • 1989 - Group of the Year (Tom Cochrane & Red Rider)
  • 1989 - Canadian Entertainer of the Year (Tom Cochrane & Red Rider)
  • 1987 - Composer of the Year
  • 1987 - Canadian Entertainer of the Year (Tom Cochrane & Red Rider)

SOCAN Awards

Tom Cochrane has also received the following awards from SOCAN:

  • 2003 - National Achievement Award
  • 2003 - Classic Award ("Life Is A Highway")
  • 1997 - Pop Music Award ("Dreamer's Dream" and "Wildest Dreams")
  • 1996 - Pop Music Award ("I Wish You Well")
  • 1993 - Pop Music Award ("No Regrets")
  • 1992 - Pop Music Award ("Life Is A Highway")

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