Thursday, September 2, 2010
SAU On The Lawn Spotlight...Hedley
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 the 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 and was 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 2005 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 success on the MuchMusic Countdown. They have toured with Simple Plan, Faber Drive, MxPx, Nickelback and Bon Jovi
In the summer of 2006, they signed a record deal with Capitol Recordsin 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.
On November 17, 2009, Hedley released their third studio album The Show Must Go. The first single Cha-Ching peaking at number 9 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 7 on the Canadian Hot 100, and also peaked at number one on the Much Music Countdown. The fourth single off the album was Hands Up.
Hedley recently finished their most current 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."
In 2010 Hedley is trying to make an attempt to break into the U.S market with the recent release of there beautiful single "Perfect" to ITunes and the release of there American Debut Album "The Show Must Go On" there poised to do just that
(For The Nights I can't Remember)