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Hawk Nelson is a Christian rock band hailing from Peterborough, Ontariomarker. The band has become very popular in the Christian music scene and was voted "Favorite New Artist" by CCM Magazine in their February 2006 Reader's Choice Awards. In 2006 Hawk Nelson won a #1 spot on VH1's top 20 video countdown with "The One Thing I Have Left" music video.

Biography

Prior to the formation of Hawk Nelson, Dunn, Clark, and Paige had formed the Peterboroughmarker-based group called Swish (they also used the name Reason Being briefly), while Biro sang lead vocals in a four-piece group called the Cheese Monkeys from Planet Nine from Barrie, Ontariomarker.

After the band formed, they played and toured independently in Ontario, Canada, before being signed with Tooth & Nail Records, largely on the recommendation of Trevor McNevan, the lead singer of fellow Tooth & Nail band Thousand Foot Krutch. McNevan, also from Peterborough, Ontariomarker, is credited with discovering the band. In July 2004, Hawk Nelson released their major label debut Letters to the President. It was produced by Aaron Sprinkle and McNevan, who also co-wrote the album's fourteen songs. He has also appeared on some of the band's songs, as well as in their video for the song "California".

The band has achieved some success in the mainstream as well. They portrayed The Who on an episode of the NBC drama American Dreams, and they recorded a song named "Bring 'Em Out" for the 2005 motion picture Yours, Mine and Ours featuring Drake Bell. This song and another hit song "The Show" were both used on Sunday Night Football commercials. "Things We Go Through" from Letters to the President was also featured in Yours, Mine and Ours.

In October 2005, the band re-released Letters to the President, with new material including their cover of The Who's "My Generation", three acoustic versions of some of their hits, and a limited edition cover. Hawk Nelson plays the party band for the film Yours, Mine and Ours (2005). Their songs "The Show" and "Something on my Mind" were featured in the game Thrillville in 2006.
Bassist Daniel Biro


The band released their second studio album, Smile, It's the End of the World, on April 4, 2006. The album was also co-written by Trevor McNevan of Thousand Foot Krutch. The album won a GMA Canada Covenant Award for "Modern Rock/Alternative Album of the Year" in 2006. The album's first single, "Everything You Ever Wanted", went on to hit #1 for 9 weeks on the R&R Christian CHR chart, and was the fourth most-played song of 2006. The band spent the summer of 2006 touring the major Christian music festivals, and also took part in Jeremy Camp's Beyond Measure tour. Hawk Nelson released a three-track Christmas EP titled Gloria on November 21, 2006, and in winter of that year they toured with TobyMac's Winter Wonder Slam tour along with The Afters, Family Force 5, and Ayiesha Woods.

Bulletproof Records and producer Ralph Sall have assembled the compilation Charlotte's Web: Music Inspired By The Motion Picture featuring music by Christian artists including Hawk Nelson, Amy Grant, and Billy Ray Cyrus, which was released December 12, 2006. In addition, Bob Carlisle, Leigh Nash (Sixpence None The Richer), and The Send have all contributed exclusive tracks.

Hawk Nelson performed in 2006 on the Fringe Stage at Creation Festivalmarker Northwest, then again on the main stage at Creation in 2007. They performed sometime between July 25-July 28, 2007, at Creation Festivalmarker Northwest on the Main Stage, and they played again on the Fringe Stage at Creation Festivalmarker Northeast sometime between June 27-June 30, 2007. In 2007 (and again in 2009), Hawk Nelson performed at Winter Jam with a variety of other Christian bands, which were Newsong, Jeremy Camp, Steven Curtis Chapman, Sanctus Real, and Britt Nicole. Also, Hawk Nelson toured with MxPx, Run Kid Run, Project 86, The Fold, and The Classic Crime on the Tooth and Nail Tour ( Green Tee Show Photos.

Aaron Tosti left the band to pursue other musical ventures and Justin Benner replaced him on the drums. Justin had toured with Hawk Nelson before with The Send.

Hawk Nelson's third full album, Hawk Nelson Is My Friend was released on April 1, 2008, and was co-written by Trevor McNevan of Thousand Foot Krutch, Raine Maida of Our Lady Peace and Richard Marx

In 2008 the band also contributed a cover of "Don't You ", originally by Simple Minds, off the Don't You Forget About Me: The Covers EP.

The band headlined their own tour, the Green T Tour, which also featured Capital Lights and Run Kid Run ( Green Tee Stage Show Photos). They headed out for another Faith Nights Baseball Tour this Summer.

Hawk Nelson was nominated for a Grammy for Best Recording Package, for their Hawk Nelson Is My Friend album.

Hawk Nelson is involved in a campaign called the One Little Miracle Campaign pairing with Toms Shoes and the Ronald McDonald House.

In 2009, they were on the Winterjam tour [Winter 2009]and the Rock and Worship Road Show Tour [Spring 2009].

The band is currently touring with Skillet from October through December on their Awake and Alive Tour along with Decyfer Down and The Letter Black.

On July 21 Hawk Nelson released their second single from Live Life Loud called "The Meaning Of Life", and on August 8, their song "Alive" began to be played on Christian Radio.

They released their newest album, Live Life Loud on September 22, 2009, and is now available on iTunes.

Members

Current members



Past members

  • Dave 'Davin' Clark - guitar (2002-2004)
  • Matt 'Matty' Paige - drums (2002-2005)
  • Aaron 'Skwid' Tosti - drums (2005-2007)


Discography

Albums

Release Date Album Title Record Label RIAA Certification
2003 Saturday Rock Action Independently Released
July 13, 2004 Letters to the President Tooth & Nail Records 750 000 copies
April 4, 2006 Smile, It's the End of the World Tooth & Nail Records 450 000 copies
April 1, 2008 Hawk Nelson Is My Friend Tooth & Nail Records/BEC Recordings 400 000 copies
September 22, 2009 Live Life Loud BEC Recordings/Tooth & Nail Records


EPs

Release Date EP Title Record Label Details
2004 California EP Tooth & Nail Records Second EP leading up to debut album
2005 Bring 'Em Out Tooth & Nail Records Third EP bridging first and second album, Digital EP only available on iTunes Store
November 21, 2006 Gloria EP Tooth & Nail Records Fourth EP, featuring Christmas songs
October 21, 2008 One Little Miracle EP BEC Recordings Fifth EP, featuring Amy Grant as part of their One Little Miracle Campaign iTunes Store
December, 2008 Let's Dance: The Remixes Tooth & Nail Records Remix EP featuring a remix by each member of the band, of the song Let's Dance
June 16, 2009 Summer EP Tooth & Nail Records EP for summer


Singles

Release Date Single Title Record Label
2004 Letters to the President Tooth & Nail Records
April 4, 2006 Zero Tooth & Nail Records
December 24, 2007 Friend Like That Tooth & Nail Records
June 23, 2009 Live Life Loud BEC Recordings
July 21, 2009 Meaning Of Life BEC Recordings


Songs on compilations

Year Album Song(s) Label
2005 X the album "California" BEC Recordings
2006 X the album "The One Thing I Have Left BEC Recordings
2006 27th Annual Covenant Hits "Every Little Thing" CMC Distribution
2007 X the album "Is Forever Enough" BEC Recordings
2007 X Worship "Everything You Ever Wanted" BEC Recordings
2007 Charlotte's Web "Everything You Ever Wanted" Sony Classical
2008 Canada Rocks "Friend Like That" CMC Distribution
2008 GMA Canada presents 30th Anniversary Collection "Every Little Thing" CMC Distribution
2008 X the album "The Show" BEC Recordings
2008 Wow Hits 2008 "The Show" Sparrow Records
2008 X Christmas "Gloria" BEC Recordings
2009 X the album "Friend Like That" BEC Recordings
2009 Sea to Sea: Christmas "Alleluia" Lakeside Media


Videos

  • "California" (Letters to the President, 2004)
  • "Every Little Thing" (Letters to the President, 2004)
  • "From Underneath" (Letters to the President, 2004)
  • "Letters to the President" (Letters to the President, 2005)
  • "Bring 'Em Out (live, featuring Drake Bell)" (Soundtrack: Yours, Mine and Ours, 2005)
  • "The One Thing I Have Left" (Smile, It's the End of the World, 2006)
  • "Zero" (Smile, It's the End of the World, 2007)
  • "Friend Like That" (Hawk Nelson Is My Friend, 2008)
  • "Live Life Loud" (Live Life Loud, 2009)


Awards

GMA Canada Covenant Awards
  • 2006 Modern Rock/Alternative Album Of The Year: Smile, It's the End of the World
  • 2007 two nominations: Modern Rock/Alternative Song Of The Year: "The One Thing I Have Left", and Recorded Song Of The Year: "Everything You Ever Wanted"
  • 2008 two nominations: Group Of The Year, and Modern Rock/Alternative Album Of The Year: Hawk Nelson Is My Friend
  • 2009 Modern Rock/Alternative Song Of The Year: "Live Life Loud"


GMA Dove Awards
  • 2009 nominee, Recorded Music Packaging: Hawk Nelson Is My Friend


Golden Ear Music Awards (Ignite Your Faith Magazine)
  • 2006 two wins: Best Band, and Best Male Vocalist: Jason Dunn


Grammy Awards


Juno Awards


VH1
  • 2006 #1 spot on VH1's top 20 video countdown with "The One Thing I Have Left" music video.


References

  1. News at Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved 2009-11-27.
  2. ChristianRock.net What's New
  3. "California" on YouTube
  4. "Every Little Thing" on YouTube
  5. "From Underneath" on YouTube
  6. "Letters to the President" on YouTube
  7. "Bring 'Em Out" on YouTube
  8. "The One Thing I Have Left" on YouTube
  9. "Zero" on YouTube
  10. "Friend Like That" on YouTube
  11. "Live Life Loud" on YouTube
  12. Hawk Nelson also received 2006 GMAC nominations for Group Of The Year, and Album Of The Year: Smile, It's the End of the World. GMAC 2006 Covenant Award Nominees. Retrieved 2008-11-11.
  13. Hawk Nelson also received a 2009 GMAC nomination for Group Of The Year. GMAC 2009 Covenant Award Nominees. Retrieved 2009-11-28.
  14. Hawk Nelson placed third in Best Song Of The Year: "Letters to the President" The Second Annual Golden Ear Music Awards, Christianity Today (2006). Retrieved 2009-11-28.


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