Hawk Nelson is a Christian rock band hailing from Peterborough, Ontario. The band has become 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.
The band played independently in Peterborough, Ontario under the name SWISH for a few years before they 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, Ontario, 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.
The band released their second studio album, Smile, It's the End of the World, on , 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 , 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 , 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 Festival Northwest, then again on the main stage at Creation in 2007. They performed sometime between -, 2007 at Creation Festival Northwest on the Main Stage, and they played again on the Fringe Stage at Creation Festival Northeast sometime between -, 2007. In 2007 (and again in 2009), Hawk Nelson performed at Winter Jam with a wide 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 newest 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
The band also contributed in 2008 a cover of "Don't You (Forget About Me)", originally by Simple Minds, off the Don't You Forget About Me: The Covers EP.
The band has recently finished their headlining 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, but lost to Metallica.
Hawk Nelson has started a new campaign called the One Little Miracle Campaign pairing with Toms Shoes and the Ronald McDonald House.
They have finished up the Winterjam tour and are currently travelling with the Rock and Worship Road Show . Hawk Nelson released their new single "Live Life Loud" for their upcoming album. The song can be bought on Amazon or iTunes.
The band will be touring with Skillet from October through December on their Awake and Alive Tour later this year along with Decyfer Down and The Letter Black.
On July 21 Hawk Nelson released their next single from Live Life Loud called "The Meaning Of Life," and on August 8, their song "Alive" began to be played on Christian Radio.
Jason Dunn - lead vocals, piano (since 2003)
Daniel Biro - bass, backing vocals (since 2003)
Jonathan Steingard - guitar, backing vocals (since 2004)
Justin Benner - drums (since 2008)
Dave 'Davin' Clark - guitar (2003-2004)
Matt 'Matty' Paige - drums (2003-2005)
Aaron 'Skwid' Tosti - drums (2005-2007)