Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Artist Alert: Jason Dunn Departing From Hawk Nelson [UPDATE]

This is the most shocking news in Christian music that I have heard in a long time. Jason Dunn, frontman and lead singer of Hawk Nelson, will be departing from the band he founded to focus full attention on a solo project! I could not believe this when I read it! Here is the official report:

NEWS SOURCE: Nashville Publicity
February 1, 2012

(NASHVILLE, Tennessee) -- After nearly a decade with Christian rock band Hawk Nelson, frontman and founding member Jason Dunn will depart the GRAMMY® and Dove Award nominated group on May 15th. Dunn plans to release his first solo project under the name Lights Go Down later this year.

Dunn spent the last few months recording at Profile Studios in Vancouver, B.C., with RIAA Gold-accredited record producer Steve Kravac (Blink 182, MxPx, Less Than Jake). Tentatively titled Abandon Progress, information about the album's release date and label and distribution plans are forthcoming.

Hailing from Ontario, Canada, Hawk Nelson signed to Tooth and Nail Records in 2004, and to date have recorded 5 full-length albums selling in excess of 600,000 units. A compilation album, The Songs You've Already Heard: Best of Hawk Nelson, is scheduled for release on March 27, 2012.

"I will miss playing music on stage with my friends, but really looking forward to the future with Lights Go Down," says Dunn. "I wish Hawk Nelson the very best with their future endeavors."

For more information, follow Lights Go Down on Facebook and Twitter.

Update: The band posted an official announcement on their website ( concerning Jason's departure:

We want to officially announce that Jason Dunn will be leaving Hawk Nelson at the beginning of May to pursue his solo career.

“For 10 years we have climbed this mountain together. Hawk Nelson has gone through thick and thin, challenges and blessings. Jason is a brother, and we will miss everything he brings to the band. We know that God has a plan for him as well as for the future of Hawk Nelson. We’re excited to share about the future of Hawk Nelson very soon, and we constantly give God all the praise and glory.”
-Daniel Biro, Jonathan Steingard, and Justin Benner


Renee said...

Whoa, that is shocking news! I wonder who could take over the lead vocals and still give Hawk Nelson that distinct sound? Very interesting...

Justin Morden said...

Yeah, it's going to be very interesting watching what will happen and who will take over. I'll be sure to post up that update once I get it. :)

Jesselyn said...

This is definitely very surprising! He is the last guy that I would expect to depart from a band.

CoUrTnEy said...

I was shocked honestly! I have loved Hawk Nelson since they started it will be different now.