Canadian Icon Tom Cochrane is a leader in Canadian music, known and loved throughout the world for hits like “Life is a Highway”, “Human Race” and “I Wish you Well”. Tom bought his first guitar at age eleven by selling a toy train set.
Twenty-five years ago today—on March 2, 1989—Tom Cochrane and Red Rider played the Orpheum with guests the Northern Pikes, a band from Saskatoon that I liked almost as much as the headliner.
Canadian Music Week is pleased to announce Tom Cochrane as a 2014 inductee to the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame. Cochrane is an award winning singer, songwriter, producer, activist and Canadian icon, and will be honoured amongst his peers at the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards gala.
Noted Canadian singer-songwriter Tom Cochrane has been a lot of places and seen a lot of things, but one of his most poignant experiences occurred when he spent two-and-a-half weeks traveling through Africa on behalf of World Vision in 1989 that included a stop in a Mozambique village.
On the evening of November 30, 2006, the day I got to meet and interview Tom Cochrane about his brand new album ‘No Stranger’, was the same night CJAY 92 was holding their 7th Annual Charity Rock Auction at Outlaws Niteclub.
When Tom Cochrane sings Life is a Highway, he does so with the recognition of life’s many potholes and myriad of detours. The argument could even be made that ol’ Tom took a wrong turn at some point. How else do you explain an eight-year gap between recordings?
Tom Cochrane has gone from “the lowest of the lows to the highest of the highs” this week. The Ontario-based rocker arrived in Rwanda on Monday for a five-day humanitarian mission with World Vision Canada.
He’s probably more comfortable in an old T-shirt and tattered blue jeans, but Manitoba’s own Tom Cochrane had no problem rockin’ the suit-and-tie set last night.
Tom Cochrane’s first album in eight years, “No Stranger,” and first for Universal Music Canada, debuted on the Canadian retail charts at No. 25 with first-week sales of just over 3000,
according to Nielsen SoundScan Canada. This week, it scanned just over 1400 copies.
Tom Cochrane ‘s in a good place. His first album in six years. No Stranger, is out today. He’s fresh from a summer in which his 1991 anthemic hit, Life is a Highway, was enjoying its second run in the Top 10 chart,at the hands of Rascal Flatts in the movie Cars.
If Tom Cochrane’s life really is a highway, he’s been at a rest stop for most of a decade. But he — and we — can thank Sam Roberts for getting him back in the driver’s seat. According to Cochrane, new CanRock king Roberts urged him to record again…
Canadian Music Hall of Famer Tom Cochrane initially wrote the song Glide as a career farewell, but he found the recording of it to be “too much fun” and made it a part of a his upcoming new album, No Stranger.
A comeback is only a comeback if you’ve actually gone away. So don’t refer to Tom Cochrane’s No Stranger, his first album of new material since 1998, as his comeback album. “It’s that old cliche,” Cochrane said yesterday, chatting with reporters about the new disc, due in stores next Tuesday.
Life is a highway, and Tom Cochrane’s best-known and most oft-played song has been riding it since it appeared on 1991’s Mad Mad World.
On his new release “No Stranger,” Tom Cochrane again explores the human condition from a third person narrative, but does it more intimately thanks to a reconciliation with an old friend.
Sitting in a Toronto Café, Canadian rocker tom Cochrane exudes a sincerity and a what-you-see-is-what-you-get demeanour rare in an industry dominated by self indulgence.
TORONTO-Despite being a major artist in Canada for 18 years and having significant stateside success previously, Tom Cochrane still lacks a commitment to release his new album, “XRay Sierra,” in the U.S.
TORONTO-With “XRay Sierra,” his first album of new songs in four years, Tom Cochrane makes the transition from heartland rocker to mature singer/songwriter. But the artist may face an uphill battle at radio, where it’s been six years since his last hit singles.
Four years ago, Tom Cochrane was cruising along life’s highway. He had left the Canadian band Red Rider and his solo debut, “Mad Mad World,” sold 2 million copies worldwide, while the single from the collection, “Life Is a Highway” was a Top 10 hit. But with that kind of success comes stress and demands, or in Cochrane’s words, some “Ragged Ass Road.”
Life Is A Highway for Canada’s Tom Cochrane. Tom Cochrane is Canada’s foremost traditional rock musician, and a humanitarian as well – with a love for the traditional Harley! Tom is one of the good guys! and he is a purist.
Can someone be somber and optimistic at the same time? If so, that’s the fragile balance Tom Cochrane’s trying to achieve on his latest release, Ragged Ass Road. In fact, dark, murky, ambivalent sludge coats almost every song on the new release.
‘Ragged Ass Road,’ was an intensely personal work. The album, which will be released in the US by EMI Music on Nov. 7, 1995, features the song ‘I Wish You Well’ which debuted at no. one on the Records’ contemporary album radio chart.
Ragged Ass Road – Taking that one giant leap from domestic success to international stardom can be a daunting task for any artist, no matter what your country of origin may be. For a Canadian, however, any designs on worldwide…
We interviewed recording artist Tom Cochrane while he was on Long Island recently. His solo debut album “Mad Mad World” features the current hit single “Life Is a Highway.” He is a very dedicated artist who does all his own writing and composing. He was born and raised in Manitoba, Canada. We enjoyed meeting him.
Tom Cochrane knew what he was writing about when he put those words on paper.
After cruising along for more than a decade as the front man for Red Rider — the Canadian band best know for the 1981 hit “Lunatic Fringe”
TORONTO – After the chart-topping Canadian success of Tom Cochrane’s album “Mad Mad World,” largely on the strength of its leadoff single, Life Is A Highway,” one could almost expect this would be the year of a long awaited U.S. breakthrough for the ex-Red Rider front man.
Former Red Rider vocalist Tom Cochrane said a fan encouraged him to play more Red Rider “covers” after a recent show. That comment is pretty indicative of what an enigma Cochrane is to American audiences. While mining multiplatinum awards and No. 1 records in his native Canada, he’s still looking for his breakthrough in the United States.
If “Life Is A Highway,” as Tom Cochrane’s break-through single suggests, then he’s finally riding it to the highest peaks of the Canadian music industry. Cochrane’s Mad Mad World has sold more than 600,000 units in Canada.
TORONTO–Internationally lauded Bryan Adams led the pack of Juno Award nominees at Canada’s 21st annual Juno Awards, held March 29 at the O’Keefe Centre here. But he was soundly beaten by local favorite singer/songwriter Tom Cochrane.
TORONTO–Ending recent rumors that Bryan Adams would not be appearing on the televised Juno Awards show, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has announced he will perform at the upcoming 21st annual ceremony March 29 here.