Hedley is a punk-pop quartet from Vancouver with Jacob Hoggard leading the band. Jacob Hoggard was first introduced in 2004 at the Canadian Idol when he made it to the final three in the contest. Although he was voted out in the second last episode but the fan base that he had already gathered followed him to his subsequent pursuits. Because of this fan following he got a lot of significant media exposure.
Hedley came into being in 2005 when the former members of the band Everything After joined Jacob. The former members Dave Rosin, Tommy Mac and Chris Crippin joined Jacob as the guitarist, bassist and drummer respectively. The band originated in British Columbia. They were named after a town in British Columbia called Hedley. The band on its formation successfully created a buzz on the media showcase ‘Canadian Music Week 2005’. They soon signed a demo agreement with Universal Music Canada. The demo deal was then extended to an LP deal after the experience of making three songs with the producer Brian Howes.
Hedley’s music has been praised with a lot of awards and nominations. They won four Much Music Video Awards in 2008 for the ‘Best Video - For The Nights I Can't Remember’, ‘Best Director - For The Nights I Can't Remember’, ‘MuchLOUD Best Rock Video - She's So Sorry’ and ‘Best Cinematography - For the Nights I Can't Remember’. The band garnered three awards including Chart Topper Award, Song of the Year and Fans Choice Award all for one song “For the Nights I Can't Remember”. In addition the band also won two Juno Awards for ‘Video of the Year’ in 2011 and ‘Pop Album of the Year’ in 2012.
The band released their debut album titled Hedley in 2005. The album produced radio hit songs such as “On My Own” and “Trip”. The album soon went platinum after its release. The singles from their debut album gained a lot of fame. Four of the singles made it to the top of MuchMusic Countdown including "Trip", "Gunnin", "On My Own" and "321". “Street Fight” was the last single of the album the album that was booming on Canadian Singles Chart as well as MuchMusic Countdown. In 2006, Hedley signed an agreement with Capitol Records and completed their tour in the US where they opened for the American pop punk/alternative rock band Yellowcard. Hedley released its second album in 2007 with the title Famous Last Words in 2007. After ten days of its release, the album went platinum. The first single “She's So Sorry" of the second album was quite successful on the MuchMusic Countdown.
Hedley released their third album by the name The Show Must Go with hit singles that were successful on the Canadian Hot 100 and MuchMusic Countdown. Their first live album Go With the Show was recorded during their Canada tour. In 2010, Hedley played for the closing ceremony of the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. In order to create their unique identity as a musically diverse band, they experimented with the elements of pop and rock music.
The fourth album Storm released in 2011 debuted second on the Canadian Albums Chart with twenty-three thousand copies marking Hedley’s highest album chart peak. It achieved the gold status by Music Canada in 2011. The fifth album was released recently in year 2013 under the title “Wild Life”. Keith Sharp writes in his review on Music Express that Hedley’s music includes great numbers. The songs are so amazing that one automatically exclaims ‘hit record’ while listening to his songs. He quotes the example of ‘Anything’ as one such song. One of Hedley’s fans writes in her review about his concert that “Two hours of Hedley isn't enough time when all their songs are so great”. The band is scheduled for a concert in Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre. Get your Hedley tickets as soon as possible to sing and dance to his music that is ‘so great’.