The punk-pop quartet Hawk Nelson formed in 2003 in Peterborough, Ontario. Originally comprising frontman Jason Dunn, guitarist Davin Clark, bassist Daniel Biro, and drummer Matt Paige, the group set things in motion with the release of their debut EP, Saturday Rock Action. Tooth & Nail extended a contract offer to Hawk Nelson, who issued their full-length debut, Letters to the President, in 2004.
Clark and Paige exited the lineup soon after, and with new guitarist Jonathan Steingard and drummer Aaron ”Sqwid” Tosti filling out the roster, Hawk Nelson made a cameo appearance in the 2005 Hollywood family film Yours, Mine & Ours, performing their song ”Bring ‘Em Out.”
In April 2008 they released Hawk Nelson Is My Friend (and featuring new drummer Justin Benner).
In early 2012, Dunn left the band, leaving Steingard to take over on lead vocals.