The 27-year-old, who's music has a soul and rock blend, stopped by the The Early Show Saturday Edition's "Second Cup Cafe" to perform songs from his new album, "Everything She Was."
Hoge has tapped into the industry's hottest producers, including hit song magnet Ne-Yo, who put his smooth R&B spin on "Beautiful Distraction," as well as One Republic's Ryan Tedder, who helped write "Take It Or Leave It."
Riding an emotional rollercoaster, Hoge suffered from heartache, but his lyrics for "Everything She Was" benefited from it.
"Like other people, I've had a whole bunch of those (good and bad relationships)," says Hoge on his official Web site. "I like to write songs about love and all the good and bad stuff that comes with it."
A native of Franklin, Tenn., Hoge followed his dream to pursue a music career and headed to Nashville, the epicenter of country music-making.
Although he's not a country artist, Hoge eventually found his niche when he moved to Los Angeles, where he befriended Ne-Yo, and the two started making music together.
A personal relationship later tore at his heartstrings, and Hoge headed back to Nashville, where he joined Epic Records and released his debut single, "360."
For business reasons, Hoge was let go from Epic, but that didn't slow him down. He toured relentlessly around the country without a record label but with a corporate sponsor, trying to get his name out on the music scene.
While on the road, he also recorded his "Bedroom Sessions" EP, which gave him a career boost. Doors opened for him yet again, and he landed a record deal with Blackledge Music.