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

Hoggard was born in Surrey, British Columbia, and raised in Abbotsford and Surrey. 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. 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. Jacob married his highschool sweetheart in 2005, which ended in divorce in 2009.

Canadian Idol

WeekThemeSong choiceArtistResult
AuditionN/A"Forever in Blue Jeans"Neil DiamondAdvanced
Top 32N/A"Only the Good Die Young"Billy JoelAdvanced
Top 10Canadian Hits"Put Your Head on My Shoulder"Paul AnkaSafe
Top 9British Invasion"Space Oddity"David BowieSafe
Top 8Rock & Roll"Everything"LifehouseSafe
Top 7Lionel Richie"Brick House"Lionel RichieSafe
Top 6Gordon Lightfoot"Sundown"Gordon LightfootBottom 2
Top 5Summertime Hits"I Don't Want To Miss A Thing"AerosmithSafe
Top 4Standards"Straighten Up And Fly Right"
Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole
Top 3Judges' 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.