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Tom Cochrane

Tom Cochrane

Thomas William "Tom" Cochrane, OC (born May 14, 1953) is a Canadian musician, best known for his hit songs "Life Is a Highway", "Lunatic Fringe", "Human Race" and "I Wish You Well". Cochrane fronted the Canadian rock band Red Rider and has won seven Juno Awards. He is a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, an Officer of the Order of Canada, has an Honorary Doctorate from Brandon University and is an Honorary Colonel in the Royal Canadian Air Force. In September 2009, he was inducted onto the Canadian Walk of Fame.AwardsJuno Awards:2003 - Canadian Music Hall of Fame Inductee1992 - Songwriter of the Year1992 - Male Vocalist of the Year1992 - Single of the Year ("Life Is A Highway")1992 - Album of the Year (Mad Mad World)1987 - Composer of the Year1987 - Group of the Year (Tom Cochrane & Red Rider)Juno Award nominations:2008 - Adult Alternative Album of the Year (No Stranger)2000 - Best Male Artist1996 - Male Vocalist of the Year1996 - Album of the Year (Ragged Ass Road)1993 - Songwriter of the Year1993 - Best Selling Album [Foreign or Domestic\] (Mad Mad World)1993 - Canadian Entertainer of the Year1992 - 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 Year1987 - Canadian Entertainer of the Year (Tom Cochrane & Red Rider)Grammy nominations1993 - Life Is A Highway (Best Rock Vocal performance)ASCAP Awards1993 - Pop Music Award (Life Is A Highway)2007 - Most Airplay Award (Life Is A Highway)SOCAN Awards2008 - Country Award (Life Is A Highway - Rascall Flatts version)2003 - National Achievement Award2003 - 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")Television and movies"Lunatic Fringe"- Matthew Modine film Vision Quest"Lunatic Fringe"- Smugglers Blues episode of Miami Vice feat. Glenn Frey"Human Race"- Miami Vice"Not So Far Away"- Keanu Reeves film Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure"Vacation (In My Mind)"- Baywatch."Friendly Advice"- Used in a bar scene in Melrose Place."Ragged Ass Road"- Due South"Life is a Highway"- used in the film Cheaper by the Dozen"Life is a Highway"- Disney/Pixar Cars"Life Is a Highway"- American Idol several occasions"Life Is a Highway"- Canadian Idol"Life Is a Highway"- Nashville Star"Big League"- Canadian Idol"Life Is a Highway"- Clash of the Choirs"Life Is a Highway"- 2008 "Employee Transfer" episode of The OfficeAdditional career highlightsIn 1985, Cochrane participated in the recording of the Northern Lights song "Tears Are Not Enough" with proceeds to Ethiopian famine relief.In 1987, Cochrane produced the Grapes of Wrath's second album "Treehouse". It became their breakthrough album and included the hit song "Peace of Mind".In 1992, Cochrane sang the Canadian national anthem before game 2 of the 1992 World Series at Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta when The Toronto Blue Jays beat The Atlanta Braves 5-4 on their way to winning their first World Series.In the fall of 1989 Tom made his first of many trips to Africa with the faith based NGO organization World VisionIn the 90's, Cochrane performed at the Kumbaya Festivals in Toronto. The annual concerts were AIDS/HIV fundraisers organized by singer/songwriter Molly Johnson.On September 4, 1995, Cochrane's "I Wish You Well" became the first Canadian song to debut at #1 on the RPM Canadian Pop 1999, Country singer Chris Ledoux released a version of Cochrane's "Life Is a Highway".In June 1999, Cochrane was involved in a light plane crash in Montreal, after his plane's engine stalled just after take-off. No one was injured.In November 2002, Cochrane performed his song "Just Like Ali" before the legendary Muhammad Ali during a halftime event at a Toronto Argonauts CFL game at Skydome in Toronto.In December 2003, Cochrane traveled to Kabul as the key musical guest for a CBC special called, Rick Mercer's Christmas in Kabul.In 2005, Cochrane released the Holiday song "Christmas All The Time".On January 13, 2005, Cochrane and his wife Kathleene spearheaded the "Canada For Asia" benefit concert in support of tsunami relief in Asia. The concert, which was produced and televised by CBC TV, raised over $4 million in pledges.On July 2, 2005, Cochrane kicked off the Canadian edition of the Live 8 benefit concerts in Barrie, Ontario, performing his hits "Life Is A Highway" and "No Regrets". The Live 8 concerts took place in the G8 states and in South Africa to pressure world leaders to drop the debt of the world's poorest nations, increase and improve aid, and negotiate fair trade rules in the interest of the poorest countries.In 2006, Rascal Flatts recorded Cochrane's "Life Is A Highway" for the animated Disney motion picture "Cars". The song became a major hit on both the Pop and Country charts in the U.S. and Canada.Cochrane joined Rascal Flatts onstage to perform "Life Is A Highway" before a sold-out crowd at Rexall Place in Edmonton on February 24, 2007."Life Is A Highway" was also performed on "America's Got Talent" by Jason Pritchett in the Semi-Final round in July 2007.In 2007, Score Golf Magazine ranked Cochrane as Canada's #1 celebrity musician golfer. His close friends Gil Moore of Triumph and Alex Lifeson of Rush were ranked #2 and #4 respectively.In December 2007, Cochrane inducted Canadian Superstar Gordon Lightfoot into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Toronto. Cochrane performed Lightfoot's "Early Morning Rain" during the tribute.In February 2008, Cochrane and John Mellencamp toured Canada together performing at major arenas as part of a 12-date double-bill.At the 2008 Juno Awards, Cochrane inducted Triumph into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Cochrane's longtime friend Gil Moore is a member of the recently reunited Canadian rock band.In 2008 & 2009, Cochrane performed free concerts at the Glen Abbey Golf Club in Toronto during the RBC Canadian Open PGA Tournament.In 2008, Cochrane recorded "Old Man" for the Neil Young tribute album "Borrowed Tunes II".In October 2008, Cochrane performed his song "Big League" at the Vancouver Canucks home opener in honour of Luc Bourdon, a promising young defenseman killed in a motorcycle accident in June 2008.In July 2009, Cochrane was invited by his friend Mike Weir to play in the inaugural "Mike Weir Charity Classic" with Michael Jordan, Kevin Costner and several PGA Stars.In 2008 & 2009, Cochrane qualified for and participated in the Canadian Senior Men's Golf Championship, the Ontario Senior Men's Golf Championship and the Ontario Men's Mid-Amateur Championship.In September 2009, Cochrane was inducted onto Canada's Walk of Fame and received a star on the sidewalk in Toronto's theatre district.In October 2009, Cochrane's Life is a Highway was voted #1 road song of all-time in the Econo Lodge "Travelin' Tunes" online survey of more than 20,000 people.On November 23, 2009, Cochrane received SOCAN awards for 5 of his songs reaching more than 100,000 plays on Canadian radio including Lunatic Fringe, Big League, Boy Inside The Man and I Wish You Well.On November 26, 2009, Cochrane joined World Vision President Dave Toycen to launch "Five for 5" campaign at a media event in Toronto. Cochrane urged Canadians to take 5 minutes to do 5 things to save a child's life.On December 12, 2009, Cochrane & Red Rider performed at a massive outdoor celebration to conclude Day 44 of the Olympic Torch Relay on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper addressed the crowd during the event.On February 15, 2010, Cochrane & Red Rider performed at Molson Canadian Hockey House in Vancouver during the 2010 Olympic Games. Cochrane was part of a legion of Canadian Music Stars who performed in Vancouver during the games.On February 18, 2010, Cochrane was invited to be a part of the charity recording remake of K'Naan's song Wavin' Flag in support of the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Canadian Music Hall of Famer Bob Ezrin produced Young Artists for Haiti's version of the song featuring many of Canada's biggest names in music. The song debuted at #1 on the Canadian music charts in March 2010.On April 23, 2010, Cochrane performed at the 2010 Canadian Olympic Committee's Hall of Fame Induction dinner. Cochrane joined other Canadian stars including Sarah McLachlan, Simple Plan, Ginette Reno, the Canadian Tenors, Annie Villeneuve and Nikki Yanofsky.In April, 2010, Canadian Country singer Jaydee Bixby's version of Cochrane's song Boy Inside the Man made the Top 20 on the Canadian Country Music charts.In May 2010, the debut CD by Andrew Cole, "Why We Wonder" is set for release. Cole is managed by Tom Cochrane's wife, Kathleene Cochrane. The album features a cover of Cochrane's "Out of My Head".In July 2012, Cochrane performed at the 20th annual Telus World Skins Game in Halifax, Nova Scotia in support of the IWK Health Centre Foundation.


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