Randy Cooke is one of the busiest and most recorded drummers in Canada who now now makes his home Los Angeles, CA. There aren't many players that can boast being able to comfortably and convincingly slip in and out of musical genres the way Randy does. He keeps plenty busy in Los Angeles by being a first call session artist for recording artists, independant artists, television jingles and movie soundtracks. Randy's super-musical skills and ebullient personality make him a much in demand player, and he can currently be found on hundreds of cd's.
Randy's list of performing and recording credits also include work with artists: Mick Jagger, Ringo Starr, Hilary Duff, Kelly Clarkson, The Pointer Sisters, Jessie McCartney, Natasha Beddingfield, Mandy Moore and Ian Gillan. With over 20 Gold, Platinum, and MultiPlatinum awards to his credit, he's appeared on Country charts, Smooth Jazz charts, Rock, Pop-Rock, MOR, and Alternative charts.
Coming from a musical family, his Dad was a snare drummer with the Toronto Scottish Regiment Pipes And Drums in Toronto, Randy had an early start behind the drum kit. Randy joined the local drum corps and marching band named The Cadet Lancers of Etobicoke at the age of thirteen. At the age od 15, he received his first drum kit and began studying privately with Dan Bodanis and Rick Gratton who eventually offered him the opportunity to play with international blues recording artist Long John Baldry.
Randy counts Stewart Copeland and the music of The Police among his early influences. He also listened to and learned much from the R&B/Funk music of Earth, Wind & Fire, The Commodores, Michael Jackson and Kool and the Gang. Randy considers himself lucky to have hung out with other players who appreciate great Funk, Reggae and groove oriented music. He learned a lot by simply listening and playing along with the music.
Randy Cooke plays a wide array of A Zildjian, K Customs, K Zildjian, K Constantinople, A Custom and Oriental Effect cymbals.