Christian band hawk nelson to present concert at Wayland

Release Date: March 12, 2008

PLAINVIEW – Christian pop-rock band Hawk Nelson will present a concert at Wayland Baptist University’s Harral Auditorium on Friday, March 28, in conjunction with the university’s annual Big Weekend college preview event.

              The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. with opening act Run Kid Run, then Hawk Nelson takes the stage. Tickets are $10 for the concert, free for Big Weekend attendees who register ahead.

              Formed in 2004, Hawk Nelson has sold nearly half a million albums in its short lifespan and landed personal appearances on major television and motion picture projects.  Their song “Bring ‘Em Out” was featured with NBC’s NFL Sunday Night Football campaign in 2007.

              Originating in Canada, the band enjoys a camaraderie among its members and its audiences, with fans flocking to their MySpace and Facebook sites. Their third album, “Hawk Nelson is My Friend” celebrates the importance of relationships. It is set to release April 1 on Tooth & Nail Records, with the first single “Friend Like That” already playing on Christian radio.

“Going into this record, we sat down and thought about how we’ve always had this mentality of not so much winning fans as making friends,” says band frontman Jason Dunn. “We want to be clear that we're all about being on the same level as the audience.”

Besides Dunn, the group consists of bass player Daniel Biro, guitarist Jonathan Steingard and drummer Justin Benner. The group garnered two Dove Award nominations from the Gospel Music Association in 2007, and a Juno Award nomination in Canada for Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year in 2007.

Their stop in Plainview represents an early leg on Hawk Nelson’s Green T tour, which kicked off March 1 and will be in many cities across the U.S.

Opening band Run Kid Run hails from Illinois, a four-piece pop-rock band sporting huge hooks, infectious melodies and uplifting lyrics. Their debut album “This is Who We Are” was released on Tooth & Nail Records in summer 2006. Their sophomore effort, “Love at the Core” will be released at the end of April 2008.

The band includes David Josiah Curtis on vocals and guitar; Neil Endicott on guitar and vocals, Paul Stewart on bass guitar and Matt Jackson on drums.

“‘This Is Who We Are’ is about finding your true sense of self, and then holding on to that with all you have,” says Endicott. “We want people to have something they can listen to that makes them feel better about whatever is going on in their life.”

Tickets for the concert are available at the WBU Bookstore in Plainview, Mardel in Lubbock and Lifeway Christian Stores in Lubbock and Amarillo. Tickets will also be available at the door if the concert is not sold out.