At their concerts, the Christian rock band Hawk Nelson encourages teenagers to “live life loud.” For this band, it means more than just making a bunch of noise.
“The phrase seems to encompass the overall theme for the band,” bass player Daniel Biro said. “One of the messages that we share with teenagers is that they are never too young to start making a difference in this world. Treating others with kindness and being faithful in the little things are ways to impact people for Christ. We always want to encourage students to be different from the rest of the world and to live a life that makes a bold stand for Christ.”
In addition to Biro, the band is made up of lead singer Jason Dunn, guitarist Jonathan Steingard and drummer Justin Benner.
Wherever Hawk Nelson performs, their goal is to provide students and young adults a life-changing encounter with God.
“We like to write songs that relate to situations we’ve experienced,” Biro said. “A couple of our songs are about difficult situations, such as my parents’ divorce when I was a teenager. There was definitely a period of my life where I didn’t want to forgive my mom. With maturity, God showed me that I had to forgive her. By sharing difficult experiences through songs, we hope to minister to others who are also dealing with tough times.”
While touring across the country, the band also takes time out of their touring schedule to visit with sick children and their families at Ronald McDonald Houses.
In an effort to encourage young people to reach out and make a difference in the lives of others, band members often share about a variety of missions organizations at their concerts.
Hawk Nelson is committed to raising awareness for the Hands and Feet Orphanage in Haiti, started by Mark Stuart of Audio Adrenaline. By partnering with TOMS Shoes for every pair of shoes sold on the band’s website, a pair of shoes is donated to a child in Haiti.
They have also teamed with the Mocha Club, which is an online community of people who give up the cost of two mochas each month ($7) to help fund relief and development projects in Africa. The donations from their recent tour led to sponsorships for about 200 children and provided medical treatments for more than 100 children infected with HIV.
“We’ve really felt compelled to do more than just have an entertaining concert,” Biro said. “We want to use our platform to make a difference in this world. As Christians, we’re called to be the hands and feet of Jesus and to help widows and orphans in need.”
More than having a passion for music, the group has a calling to touch lives, Biro added.
“There is nothing more fulfilling than impacting lives for Christ,” Biro said. “We always encourage teenagers to find something they are passionate about, whether it’s drawing, writing, cooking or sports, and to use those talents for God’s glory. I think that God can take that little spark of willingness and a desire to be used for His glory and do amazing things.”