This powerhouse, pop rock band has won the hearts of thousands since its debut release in 2004. Hawk Nelson has released six studio projects (Letters to the President, Smile It’s the End of the World, Hawk Nelson is My Friend, Live Life Loud, Crazy Love, and Made). Over the years, Hawk Nelson has been awarded numerous Canadian GMA awards, GMA Dove Award nominations as well as a JUNO nomination.
Recently Hawk Nelson released Made, which debuted at No. 2 on the iTunes Christian & Gospel chart as well as in the Top 100 overall albums. The debut single from Made, "Words," featuring Bart Millard also went No. 1 at Christian radio. Hawk Nelson has also had much commerical success with their songs being featured on networks like NBC, WB, MTV and Nickelodeon.
Hawk Nelson introduced the new line-up with the release of MADE with new frontman, longtime Hawk guitarist Jonathan Steingard, bassist Daniel Biro and drummer Justin Benner. They've had their songs used in "Sunday Night Football" commercials, Nike NFL Rewind, and First Lady Michelle Obama's Big Day Out promotion in 2011.
Their debut radio single "Words" was written by Jon Steingard, Matt Hammitt (Sanctus Real) and Seth Mosley and features vocals by Bart Millard (MercyMe).
"Words" is also a great song to discourage bullying - making the most out of the words you use. This single went #1 at radio and continues to impact lives!
You can check out upcoming tour dates to see Hawk Nelson live here on their official website!
I have absolutely LOVED this most recent work of Hawk Nelson. I have a very eclectic collection in my home, varying from classical instrumental to hip hop to country to contemporary Christian music. My favorite genre is Christian music but even within that, between my husband and I we have over 200 CD's and I am so excited that my children, at only five and seven years old, are already showing an interest in music. And I am so excited to add Made to our music collection.
The first radio single, Words, really resonated with me and reminded me exactly how important words are, whether positive or negative. The newest single, Faithful, has become a quick favorite of mine absolutely! Other favorites from the CD include Outside The Lines, A Million Miles Away and Through The Fire.
Made is a perfect gift idea for this Christmas shopping season, as well as any other time of the year. While some of the topics are a little above my kids, they have been loving singing along to the songs and dancing around the house. A great group for people of all sizes to look up to! With a mainstream pop feel, I believe it will appeal to many listeners but especially those who like secular groups like One Direction. While it is different then previous works of Hawk Nelson (this happens when the lead singer departs of course), it was a very pleasant listening experience, with great lyrics, Christian Themes, and great ability to be sung along to.
I highly recommend this CD and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Made by Hawk Nelson at your favorite music retailer, from Fair Trade.
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