In the 1980’s Tom became a part of a popular Toronto rock band by the name of “Red Rider. He soon became lead singer of the group and together, they released a total of five albums and one collection album.
Eventually Red Rider became known as “Tom Cochrane & Red Rider” as they released one of their hit albums, “Victory Day” in 1988. The following year they played various songs with the Edmonton Symphony and recorded their last album “Tom Cochrane & Red Rider The Symphony Sessions”. Tom then decided to go single and he released his own album, which contained his hit single “Life Is A Highway”, from the Cd “Mad Mad World” in 1991. He has released six other albums since then which are Ragged Ass Road (1995), Songs Of A Circling Spirit (1997), Xray Sierra (1999), Tom Cochrane & Red Rider Anthology (2002), Trapeze (2002) and No Stranger (2006).