Randy Cooke

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Randy Cooke
BornToronto, Ontario, Canada
United States
Years active1987–present

Randy Cooke is a Canadian-American drummer, percussionist, session musician, and touring musician.


Influenced by his drummer father, Cooke picked up the drums as a child, learning and playing as part of a local drum corps before starting his own bands as a teenager.[1] After high school, he took his talents to the recording studio and the national stage, recording and/or touring with the likes of FM, Lee Aaron, Strange Advance, Marc Jordan, Rik Emmett, Amy Sky, Sass Jordan, Kim Mitchell, Edwin, Alannah Myles, and Alanis Morissette, and quickly emerged as one of Canada's top session musicians.[2]

In 2004, Cooke relocated to Los Angeles and has since worked with some of music's biggest names. Shortly after his move, he was selected to record and tour with Dave Stewart of Eurythmics. Impressed, Stewart recommended Cooke to Ringo Starr, who was looking for a band to back him up as he began the promotional circuit for his solo album, Liverpool 8. Cooke got the spot and would accompany Starr on drums on The Rachel Ray Show and at the European Capital Of Culture Celebration, among other major appearances.[1] Since moving to the US, he has also toured and/or recorded with Five for Fighting, Kelly Clarkson, Hilary Duff, Smash Mouth, Natasha Bedingfield, Ian Gillan (of Deep Purple), Colin Hay (of Men at Work), Pointer Sisters, Colbie Caillat, Mick Jagger, Ashley Tisdale, David Archuleta, The Veronicas, K'naan, Mandy Moore, and Taylor Hicks.[3] He has also appeared on Jay Leno, David Letterman, Regis & Kelly, A&E Private Sessions, Larry King, CBS Early Show, The View, and Martha Stewart,[4] endorsed a brand of signature "Randy Cooke" drumsticks available at retail for leading manufacturer Regal Tip, and been featured as a drummer/percussionist on several major releases.


Year Artist Album Contribution
1997 The Miller Stain Limit Radiate Drums
2004 Kelly Clarkson Breakaway Drums[5]
2005 Len The Diary of the Madmen Drums[5]
2006 Chantal Kreviazuk Ghost Stories Drums, Percussion[5]
2006 Stacie Orrico Beautiful Awakening Drums[5]
2007 Ashley Tisdale Headstrong Drums[5]
2007 Five for Fighting Live: Back Country Drums[5]
2008 David Archuleta David Archuleta Drums[5]
2009 K'naan Troubadour Drums[5]
2009 Chantal Kreviazuk Plain Jane Drums, percussion[5]
2009 Five for Fighting Slice Drums[5]
2009 Jesse & Joy Electricidad Drums, percussion[6]
2010 David Archuleta Other Side of Down Drums[5]
2011 Kelly Clarkson Stronger Drums[5]


  1. ^ a b "Web Exclusive Interview Ringo Starr's Randy Cooke". ModernDrummer.com. Archived from the original on 2009-02-09. Retrieved 2011-02-04.
  2. ^ "Randy Cooke". DrumSoloartist.com.
  3. ^ "Randy Cooke". NME.com.
  4. ^ "Randy Cooke". DrummerWorld.com.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Randy Cooke". allmusic.com.
  6. ^ "Electricidad - Jesse & Joy". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved February 12, 2011.