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The Vancouver punk-pop quartet Hedley are led by frontman Jacob Hoggard, who first rose to national prominence as a finalist during the 2004 season of the television talent contest Canadian Idol. Though voted off the series in its penultimate episode, Hoggard proved a major fan favorite, guaranteeing significant media exposure for his subsequent pursuits. In 2005, he formed Hedley with guitarist Dave Rosin, bassist Tommy Mac, and drummer Chris Crippin, all of whom previously teamed in the Vancouver band Everything After. The band generated a healthy buzz at the Canadian Music Week 2005 media showcase and, soon after, signed a demo deal with Universal Music Canada. After Hedley cut three songs with producer Brian Howes, the label extended an LP deal, and the band's self-titled debut followed that fall, generating the radio hits "Trip" and "On My Own." The album quickly went platinum as a third single ("321") entered heavy video rotation on MuchMusic, and Hedley spent the summer of 2006 supporting Yellowcard and Matchbook Romance on a North American tour before their album hit U.S. stores in September. The band's popularity in Canada didn't translate into American success, however, and Hedley returned home to work on a sophomore effort with several co-writers. Largely recorded in the beachfront community of White Rock, British Columbia, Famous Last Words arrived in October 2007. The dance-punk-infused The Show Must Go followed in 2009. Also that same year, the band released the singles compilation Never Too Late. In 2010, Hedley released the live CD/DVD Go with the Show.

Hedley originally consisted of Jacob Hoggard, Kevin Giesbrecht, Kevin Heeres, Ryan Federau, and Brandon McKay. The band wrote many songs such as Gunnin' and Brave New World (which were later recorded by the current Hedley). The original band bet Jacob Hoggard $150 that he wouldn't make it past auditions for Canadian Idol. Hoggard proved them wrong making it to the top three before being eliminated from the competition. However, shortly after the members decided to go their separate ways, but the band re-formed not long after, with Hoggard as the only original member.

Hedley is a Canadian pop rock band comprising lead singer Jacob Hoggard, (who was placed 3rd during the second season of the reality TV series Canadian Idol in 2004), Tommy Mac on bass, Dave Rosin on guitar and Chris Crippin on drums
The current band retains the original name of Hoggard's pre-Canadian Idol group, although the membership has changed
The band originated in Abbotsford, British Columbia
They were named after the town of Hedley, British Columbia, a name chosen after members heard that it was for sale for $346,000
While the idea of buying the town ran its course, the name remained
There are also rumors that the name "Hedley" originated from Hedley Street in Abbotsford, the hometown of Jacob Hoggard
Hedley performed their hit song "Cha Ching" at the closing ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver
In 2010 the band signed an American record deal with Island Records
After an interview Jacob confessed to being influenced by the band Jimmy Eat World and Steven Tyler

 

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