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Left to right: Thomas MacDonald, Jacob Hoggard, David Rosin, Christian Crippin
|Origin||Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada|
|Genres||Rock, pop, Punk, alternative punk, alternative rock|
|Labels||Universal Canada, Capitol, Island|
|Past members||Ryan Federau
Hedley is a Canadian pop-rock group originating in Abbotsford, British Columbia that formed in 2003. They were named after the unincorporated community of Hedley, British Columbia, a name chosen after members heard that it was for sale for $346,000.
Hedley is known for its singles "Never Too Late," "Cha-Ching" (performed at the closing ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver), "Invincible," and "Kiss You Inside Out", and for the band members' philanthropic work as ambassadors for the charity Free The Children.
- 1 History
- 2 Band members
- 3 Discography
- 4 Awards
- 5 Influences
- 6 Philanthropy
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
2004 - 2005 : Original line-up and Canadian Idol
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 into the top three for Canadian Idol. Hoggard proved them wrong making it to the top three before being eliminated from the competition.
2005 - 2008 : Hedley and Famous Last Words
Their debut single "On My Own" reached number 1 on the Canadian Singles Chart and the follow-up "Trip" peaked at number 11. The singles "On My Own", "321", "Trip", and "Gunnin" topped the MuchMusic Countdown. Their last single, "Street Fight", off of their self-titled debut album was successful on both the MuchMusic Countdown and the Canadian Singles Chart. Their first single from their album Famous Last Words, "She's So Sorry", achieved much success on the MuchMusic Countdown.
In the summer of 2006, they signed a record deal with Capitol Records in the United States where they completed a tour opening for Yellowcard. Hedley released their second album, Famous Last Words, on October 30, 2007. It went platinum ten days after release. The first single from the CD, "She's So Sorry", was released to radio on August 21, 2007. The video was shot in Toronto, Ontario, and premiered on MuchMusic on September 20, 2007.
An American compilation of singles was released in the US by Universal Music on May 19, 2009 entitled Stronger Me.
2009 - 2011 : The Show Must Go and Go With The Show
On November 17, 2009, Hedley released their third studio album The Show Must Go. The first single "Cha-Ching" peaked at number 6 in the Canadian Hot 100. The second single, Don't Talk To Strangers peaked at number 11 on the Canadian Hot 100, and at number 1 on the Much Music Countdown. The third single "Perfect" peaked at number seven in the Canadian Hot 100, and also peaked at number one in the Much Music Countdown. The fourth single off the album was "Hands Up".
Hedley have finished their tour across Canada in support of their new album The Show Must Go which was released November 17, 2009. On November 16, 2009, Chart Attack reported, "Fefe Dobson and Stereos will be along for the whole trek, while Faber Drive and Boys Like Girls will support on select dates." A live album entitled Go With the Show was recorded during this tour.
In 2010 the band signed an American record deal with Island Records. The album was originally to be released in the US on October 12, but instead was released on December 7, 2010, containing the bonus tracks "I Do (Wanna Love You)" (a re-arrangement of the song "For the Nights I Can't Remember") and "Color Outside The Lines". The band also toured the US to promote the album.
The band played at the closing ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
2011 - 2013 : Storms
The album sees the group experimenting with elements of pop and rock music to create their most musically diverse soundscape yet, as well as the one with most overt pop overtones. Debuting at number two on the Canadian Albums Chart (edged out only by Michael Bublé's Christmas), it is also Hedley's most successful album thus far. The album debuted at number two on the Canadian Albums Chart, selling 23,000 copies. This was the biggest debut of the week, behind Michael Bublé's holiday album Christmas. This album marks the band's highest album chart peak. On November 23, 2011, the album was certified gold by Music Canada. Hedley won the Juno Award for Best Pop Album at the 2012 awards. The track "Beautiful" was first released on Hedley's live album Go With the Show in 2010. It was performed at the Metro Centre in Halifax. A Jumbotron video was also recorded and can be seen on the DVD, as a special feature. The album produced two top-20 singles, "Invincible" (featuring rapper P. Reign on the single release) and "One Life", before being re-issued in 2012 with the hit single "Kiss You Inside Out". This last was met with critical acclaim and netted the band their highest chart peak to date.
On May 5, 2011, Hedley confirmed that they were back in the studio recording a new album. The first official single from the album, entitled, "Invincible", was released on iTunes (Canada) on August 23, 2011. The single has yet to be released on iTunes in the US. An official music video for the song was released on September 6, 2011.
The band's fourth studio album, Storms, was released on November 8, 2011. This album consists of 12 tracks (17 on the deluxe edition). A music video was released for the album's second single "One Life" on December 14, 2011.
On May 18, 2012, Hedley released a new single called "Kiss You Inside Out", which was included on a 2012 re-issuing of the album, and a French version featuring additional vocals by Andrée-Anne Leclerc was also made available on iTunes.
2013 - present : Wild Life
On August 27, 2013, "Anything", the first single off Hedley's new album is available for download on iTunes. The album, entitled "Wild Life", was released on November 11, 2013. The album consists of 11 tracks (15 on the deluxe version).
- Jacob Hoggard – lead vocals, acoustic guitar, rhythm guitar, piano
- Dave Rosin – guitar, backing vocals
- Tommy Mac – bass, backing vocals
- Chris Crippin – drums, backing vocals
- Hedley (September 6, 2005)
- Famous Last Words/Never Too Late (October 30, 2007 Canada, 2009 US)
- The Show Must Go (November 17, 2009 Canada, 2010 US)
- Storms (November 8, 2011) 
- Wild Life (November 11, 2013)
- Go With the Show (November 9, 2010)
- Nominated for Rock Album of the Year (for self-titled CD; Nickelback's All The Right Reasons won), and New Group of the Year (won by Bedouin Soundclash) at the 2006 Juno Awards. They closed the show with their single "On My Own".
- Nominated for Favourite Canadian Group (won by Billy Talent), and they were nominated for Best Pop Video and Best Post-Production (won by Sam Roberts) for their video for "Gunnin'" at the MuchMusic Video Awards on June 17, 2007. They won Best Pop Video.
- Nominated for four 2007 Juno Awards. Their only victory was for their producer, Brian Howes (for "Trip", off the Hedley album). They were also nominated for the 2008 Juno Award for Group of the Year, but lost to Blue Rodeo.
- Nominated for two 2010 Juno Awards: Pop Album of the Year (won by Michael Bublé for album Crazy Love), and Group of the Year (won by Metric).
- Nominated for 6 awards in the 2010 MMVAs: Video Of The Year (won for Perfect), Post Production of The Year (won for Perfect), Cinematography Of The Year (lost to Trey Songz and Drake's Successful), Director Of The Year (lost to Billy Talent's Saint Veronika), Pop Video Of The Year (won for Cha-Ching), and Ur Fave Video (lost to Justin Bieber and Ludacris's Baby).
- Nominated for 5 awards at the 2012 MMVA's including: Video of the Year and Ur Fave Video of the Year (lost to Carly Rae Jepsen's Call Me Maybe), Pop Video of the Year and Cinematography Video of the Year (lost to Marianas Trench's Haven't Had Enough), for Invincible ft. P.Reign) and Ur Fave Artist of the Year (lost to Justin Bieber).
- Nominated for the following categories for the 2013 Juno Awards: Fan Choice Award, Album of the Year (for Storms), and Single of the Year (for "Kiss You Inside Out")
- Of the six nominations the group got for the 2008 Much Music Video Awards (MMVA), the group won four awards: Best Video - For The Nights I Can't Remember, Best Cinematography - For the Nights I Can't Remember (which defeated another Hedley effort, She's So Sorry), Best Director - For The Nights I Can't Remember, MuchLOUD Best Rock Video - She's So Sorry.
- Won 3 awards, all for the song "For the Nights I Can't Remember" : Fans Choice Award, Song of the Year, and the Chart Topper Award.
- Won a Juno Award at the 2011 ceremony for Video of the Year.
- Won a Juno Award at the 2012 ceremony for Pop Album of the Year, beating critically acclaimed releases by Avril Lavigne and Lights.
After an interview Jacob confessed to being influenced by the band Jimmy Eat World and Steven Tyler. He said, "Tommy came from metal background and I came in with Jimmy Eat World and Steven Tyler as being my biggest influences, and it somehow came together amazingly."
Since 2009, the members of Hedley have acted as ambassadors for Free The Children, an international charity and educational partner. Hedley also volunteered in two of Free The Children's international communities, first in the Maasai Mara, Kenya, in 2010 and later in Rajasthan, India, during the summer of 2011.
After experiencing the effects of poverty first-hand, Hedley involved its fans, explaining that "we were faced with the harsh reality that many people in impoverished communities are forced to live without the rights we take for granted here—such as health care. We returned to Canada resolved to take a stand and raise funds to help the families we met in the overall region." Through fan donations, the band raised $12,000 for health education in India.
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