One of the most popular bands in the country, British Columbia’s Hedley, has just released its sixth studio album, Hello. Since its debut in 2005, Hedley has scored 16 Top 40 hits, received triple platinum certification for single “Kiss You Inside Out”, double platinum certification for two of its albums, and won a pair of JUNO awards. The band was one of the Canadian artists invited to perform at the closing ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. Last year, frontman Jacob Hoggard, a finalist from Canadian Idol, hosted the JUNO gala.
Hello sees involvement from the captain of Canadian dance pop, Ryan Stewart, as well as production wizard Brian Howes. Style-wise, the album continues Hedley’s tactful, on-track, branching from its roots in the pop punk era to the funky dance pop grooves of the 2010s. Title-track “Hello” is up to #38 on the Billboard Hot 100. In a recent interview with CBC professional journalist Ian Hanomansing, the band says the best way to experience and enjoy its music is to attend its shows. In the spring of 2016, to promote the new album, Hedley will be on tour with Carly Rae Jepsen and new sensation Francesco Yates. The group presents a not uncommon anomaly of enjoying massive superstardom within Canadian borders but not internationally. However, the band is content with such status and says it will continue chipping away at the global scene. Guitarist Dave Rosin puts it creatively, “We are perpetually the rock and slingshot being fired at a bowling ball, and I think we’re cool with that .” iTunes