It all started in 2003 in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada where Daniel Biro and Jason Dunn first played as SWISH before changing the group name after signing with Tooth & Nail Records via the patronage of Thousand Foot Krutch frontman Trevor McNevan, who's remained a friend and collaborator. Doors quickly flew open for the group, which was named Favorite New Artist by CCM magazine. Hawk Nelson has been nominated for a Grammy, Juno and GMA Dove awards, and its 2006 sophomore album Smile, It’s The End Of The World, was named Modern Rock/Alternative Album of the Year at the GMA Canada Covenant Awards. The video for its song "The One Thing I Have Left" hit No. 1 on the VH1 Top 20 countdown, and the songs "Bring 'Em Out" (recorded for the film "Yours, Mine and Ours") and "The Show" have been used in commercials for NBC's "Sunday Night Football." Hawk Nelson also portrayed The Who in an episode of the NBC drama "American Dreams."
With all of their successes Hawk Nelson has also continued to give back to the community and those less fortunate. They partnered with TOMS shoes to provide shoes to children in Haiti as part of TOMS “One for One” initiative. For the band’s effort, every pair of shoes purchased via Hawk Nelson’s website equals a pair of shoes that TOMS donates to a child in Haiti towards the band’s ongoing involvement with the Hands & Feet Orphanage. Hawk Nelson has also partnered with TOMS to release a shoe designed by the band in the fall of 2009.
Live Life Loud followed 2008's Hawk Nelson Is My Friend and its Grammy-nominated album package. The band decided to go back to where it all began and closed ranks in its current home base of Nashville. As Biro explains, "We were like, 'OK, what do we want to do. Forget what everyone else is saying. Let's go back to square one when we were in the garage and the church basement and find out what we love about doing this.' Let's just do what we've done, but do it better. “I think it was a normal re-evaluation point a lot of bands go through around this point in their careers."
"There's nothing better than starting a song, new or old, and having people sing or shout it back to you," Biro says. "When they know it and they feel it, that's when it feels like a success."
Hawk Nelson entered a different chapter in the band’s history in 2012 as they announced their new lead singer Jon Steingard. No stranger to their fans, Steingard has been the guitarist for the past eight years. Hawk Nelson will continue with members Daniel Biro (bass), Justin Benner (drums) and Steingard (guitar, vocals).
Former frontman Jason Dunn announced his departure from Hawk Nelson earlier in 2012 to pursue his solo project, Lights Go Down.
“I am blessed to announce that Hawk Nelson will be fronted by none other than the talented Mr. Jonathan A. Steingard,” states co-founder and bassist Daniel Biro. “The chemistry we share as a band cannot be fabricated. In other words, we know we have something special here. We’re very excited to be working on a bunch of new songs for everybody. It’s a new day, and we want to make the most of it.”
“Moving forward, I couldn’t be more excited to step into the role of lead singer,” shares Steingard on his new role.
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|Letters to the President||2004||Tooth and Nail Records|
|Smile, It's the End of the World||2006||Tooth and Nail Records|
|Gloria EP||2006||BEC Recordings|
|Hawk Nelson Is My Friend||2008||BEC Recordings|
|Live Life Loud||2009||BEC Recordings|
|Crazy Love||2011||Tooth & Nail Records|