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Hedley

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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