Influenced by his drummer father, Randy Cooke picked up the drums as a child, learning and playing as part of a local drum corps before joining his own funk/reggae band as a teenager. After high school, he took his talents to the recording studio and the national stage, recording and/or touring with many acclaimed Canadian singer/songwriters and bands, quickly emerging as one of Canada's top touring/session musicians.

Cooke eventually relocated to Los Angeles and has since leant his talents to Dave Stewart of Eurythmics, Ringo Starr, Five for Fighting, Kelly Clarkson, Hilary Duff, Smash Mouth, Natasha Bedingfield, Ian Gillan (of Deep Purple), Joss Stone, Colin Hay (of Men at Work), Pointer Sisters, Colbie Caillat, Mick Jagger, Ashley Tisdale, David Archuleta, The Veronicas, K'naan, Mandy Moore, Taylor Hicks, and many more.