Jacob Hoggard

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Jacob Hoggard
Jacob Hoggard in performance (2008).jpg
Background information
Birth name Jacob William Hoggard
Born (1984-07-09) July 9, 1984 (age 33)
Surrey, British Columbia
Origin Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada[1]
Genres Rock, pop[2]
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano
Years active 2004–present
Labels Capitol Records
Universal Music Canada
Associated acts Hedley

Jacob William Hoggard (born July 9, 1984) is a Canadian singer and songwriter. He finished in third place on the second season of Canadian Idol, in 2004. He is the lead singer of the rock band Hedley.

Early years[edit]

Hoggard was born in Surrey, British Columbia, and raised in Abbotsford[3] and Surrey.[4] He learned to play piano at the age of four from his aunt, and taught himself guitar at the age of 12. He was educated in Surrey, British Columbia at Senator Reid Elementary School and Mennonite Educational Institute, Yale Secondary School in Abbotsford and at L A Matheson Secondary School.[5] He formed the band Hedley with four friends; the name was inspired by a small mining town in Canada which the group had learned was available for sale in its entirety. 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.[citation needed] Jacob married his highschool sweetheart in 2005, which ended in divorce in 2009.[6]

Canadian Idol[edit]

Week Theme Song choice Artist Result
Audition N/A "Forever in Blue Jeans" Neil Diamond Advanced
Top 32 N/A "Only the Good Die Young" Billy Joel Advanced
Top 10 Canadian Hits "Put Your Head on My Shoulder" Paul Anka Safe
Top 9 British Invasion "Space Oddity" David Bowie Safe
Top 8 Rock & Roll "Everything" Lifehouse Safe
Top 7 Lionel Richie "Brick House" Lionel Richie Safe
Top 6 Gordon Lightfoot "Sundown" Gordon Lightfoot Bottom 2
Top 5 Summertime Hits "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" Aerosmith Safe
Top 4 Standards "Straighten Up And Fly Right"
Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole
Top 3 Judges' Choice "If You Don't Know Me By Now"
"I Want You To Want Me"
Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
Cheap Trick


When he returned after Canadian Idol, he and his former band mates decided to go their separate ways. A re-formed Hedley, with Hoggard as the only remaining original member on vocals, Dave Rosin on guitar, Tommy Macdonald on bass, and Chris Crippin on Drums, then released their self-titled debut album Hedley on September 26, 2005; their second album, Famous Last Words, was released on October 30, 2007. Their third album, The Show Must Go, was released November 17, 2009. Their fourth album, Storms, was released November 8, 2011. Hoggard was also featured as one of the Young Artists for Haiti, one of many Canadian artists who sang on the charity single "Wavin' Flag". He was featured from 1:34 to 1:36; their fifth album, "Wild Life", was released November 11, 2013. Jacob Hoggard was the host to the 2015 Juno Awards. Hedley put out their sixth album Hello on November 6, 2015, which includes hits like Lose Control, Hello, and Lost in Translation.


  1. ^ "Jacob Hoggard". CTV.ca. 2008-01-16. Retrieved 2011-02-07. 
  2. ^ "Famous Last Words by Hedley on Apple Music". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2016-08-14. 
  3. ^ "Official site of Canadian Idol - CTV's search for Canada's best". CTV.ca. Retrieved 2011-02-07. 
  4. ^ "Interview: Hedley Refuses to Be Idol". Dose.ca. 2010-03-24. Retrieved 2011-02-07. 
  5. ^ "Jacob Hoggard", Movie Tome. Retrieved 2007-11-19.
  6. ^ Stevenson, Jane (December 29, 2009). "Hedley singer gets personal with new CD", London Free Press. Retrieved 2011-12-18.

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