This week Hawk Nelson released their sixth studio album, Made, on Fair Trade Services to rave reviews and praise from media and radio. The album debuted at No. 2 on the iTunes Christian & Gospel chart as well as in the Top 100 overall albums. This album debuted the new Hawk Nelson front man with longtime band guitarist Jon Steingard transitioning into the role.
The debut radio single "Words," which features Bart Millard (MercyMe), is currently at No. 1 Hot AC single for the third week in a row as well as No. 4 at AC Indicator, No. 8 at National Christian Audience and in the Top 15 on Soft AC and AC Monitored charts. Steingard wrote “Words” with Matt Hammitt (Sanctus Real) and Seth Mosley, the producer on the album.
The single is being heard on 105 stations including KLOVE, Air 1, SiriusXM, WAY-FM, Salem Music Network, KLTY – Dallas, KSBJ – Houston, The Fish – Atlanta, KTIS – Minneapolis, JoyFM – St. Louis, WGTS – Washington, DC, and The JoyFM – Tampa/Atlanta. Over the course of this week, the guys will be talking to more than 40 radio stations across the country.Watch the official music video from Hawk Nelson for "Words" here. You can also view story-behind-the-song videos here.
Media have raved about the new album, line-up and music behind Made. Check out some of the interviews with Steingard on JesusFreakHideout, NewReleaseTuesday Insider Podcast and this month's CCM Magazine. Here are examples of what the media are saying:
“Made is undeniably catchy, unabashedly truthful and honestly quite hard to stop listening to. It's easy to be a skeptic and write something off without giving it a chance, but when you do, you miss out on something special. Don't let that happen with Made, because you might just miss one of the best albums of the year.”
“It may be a new season, but what hasn't changed is the band's commitment to delivering melodic pop-rock with a deeper message and a focus on fun.”
“The new album is marked by positive and powerful pop anthems and lead single ‘Words’ is the best example. While the band still holds a bit of its youthful zeal, these guys have definitely grown up.”
“Made makes Hawk Nelson Fly"
“Their passion for God is as apparent as ever and this music is a great fit to CCM without sounding watered down or copycat.”
–New Release Tuesday
“Hawk Nelson have delivered one of the strongest (lyrically and musically) albums of the year so far. Well done Jon Steingard and the rest of the band for creating some of the most powerful songs of the year!”
-Indie Vision Music
“Made is one of my favorite albums of 2013. It is clear that the boys of Hawk Nelson are now men, and the album closer is a part of a picture of how far they’ve come as Christians and as people.”
-Christian Music Zine
ABOUT HAWK NELSON: This powerhouse, pop rock band has won the hearts of thousands since its debut release in 2004. Hawk Nelson has released five studio projects (Letters to the President, Smile It’s the End of the World, Hawk Nelson is My Friend, Live Life Loud, and most recently Crazy Love). Crazy Love produced a three-week No.1 single with the title track at CHR radio. In 2010, Hawk Nelson was also awarded two Canadian GMA awards. In 2011, Hawk Nelson released a Christmas EP. This year, the band was honored with four GMA Dove Award nominations as well as a JUNO nomination.