What does a real relationship between real-world people and a real-world God look like?
This is what Hawk Nelson explores in their seventh studio album: Diamonds.
“Diamonds talks about how God can use pressure, struggle, trials and stress in our life and make it into something stronger and more beautiful,” lead singer Jon Steingard said. “Just in the same way that diamonds are made. It’s a big comfort to me when I’m in those times to remember that hardships have a purpose and aren’t without meaning. A diamond is strong. It reflects light. It doesn’t have any light of its own, but it reflects the light that it receives.”
This group of four guys has won the hearts of thousands since its debut release in 2004. Originating from Ontario, Canada, they've been awarded two Canadian GMA awards, multiple GMA Dove Award nominations as well as a JUNO nomination. The band was also once voted CCM Magazine fans voted them as their "Favorite New Artist" in their Reader's Choice Awards.
Never in his wildest dreams did Zach Williams think that he would be in this
place of writing and recording music in the Christian music industry, especially
from years of hard living on the road while in a rock & roll band. He thought his
life was fulfilling and he was doing what he had always wanted to do, but that
left him empty, lonely, and further away from God and his family than ever
before. For years he sought meaning and fulfillment in the unhealthy, and
sometimes dangerous, lifestyle he was living. He eventually found refuge in a
fellow band mate, thanks to their countless late nights on the road talking about
God, faith and what their lives could actually be like beyond the band.
“Even though I grew up going to church every Sunday as a kid, even though I
knew right from wrong and said I was a Christian, there was absolutely nothing
about the way I was living that reflected these things,” Williams shares. “It took a
trip to Europe in 2012 to stop me dead in my tracks and show me just how lost I
really was.” That year, with his wife by his side, his faith became real to him and he found renewal by dedicating his life to Christ. He hasn’t looked back since.