Jonny Hawkins was born on 28 October 1986 in Texas, United States. He is most famously known as the longtime drummer for the rock band titled Nothing More. Hawkins eventually became the group’s lead vocalist and frontman and successfully led the band to release multiple singles and albums throughout the years. Their first album titled “The Flew Not Fleeting” was released with him as the lead singer of the band. He started playing music when he was a young child and met his guitarist Mark Vollelunga at a Church camp.
Jonny Hawkins is a famous American rock singer born on October 28, 1986. He was born in Texas, United States. When he was younger, his mother passed away from cancer. Hawkins has two sisters named Jessie and Jenna.
In 2003, Hawkins formed the American rock band titled Nothing More from San Antonio, Texas. The band spent most of the early 2000s recording independent albums and having a hard time finding a steady record label interest. A few years after the band was formed, Jonny Hawkins decided to take over as the band’s frontman and vocalist, after being the drummer of the band for nearly a decade.
Hawkins managed to stabilize the band’s core lineup along with other members Mark Vollegunga on guitar, and Daniel Oliver on bass. The band funded and recorded their fourth studio album out of their pocket, and spent three years using the album to gain the attention of Eleven Seven Music Records, a record label that eventually signed the band to a five-year recording contract upon hearing the band’s album. Their album titled “Nothing More” became their debut breakthrough release, and in 2014 they had multiple singles charting, including songs such as ‘This is the Time (Ballast),’ which was number one on the Mediabase Active Rock chart.
The band planned to release a follow-up album in 2016 while touring, and in September of 2017, they released their fifth album and the second on a major record label. The album was titled “The Stories We Tell Ourselves”. The lead single peaked on the Mainstream Rock chart, and the release of the album earned the band three Grammy nominations; ‘Best Rock Album’ for the album, ‘Best Rock Performance’ for their song ‘To Go War,’ and ‘Best Rock Song’ for the same song. The band continued to make music and released hit singles titled ‘Do You Really Want It?’ and ‘Just Say When’ in 2018. In 2022, they have announced that they will be working on releasing another studio album.
The band releases a more funk-inspired album titled “Shelter” with vocalist Josh Klaus, and bassist Matt Reynolds.
The band finds success in the release of their album “Save You/Save Me” and tours with Thirty Seconds to Mars.
They release their first album titled “The Few Not Fleeting,” with Hawkins as the new lead.
The band releases their fifth album titled “The Stories We Tell Ourselves,” which debuts at number 15 on the Billboard 200.
After the success of their albums, the band tours North America and plays the opening act for the band Ghost.
Why We Love Jonny Hawkins
Philosophers inspire them
Hawkins explained how the band loves to be inspired through filmography and storytelling, and how visual media communicates concepts. He noted how certain directors and philosophers like Alan Watts have affected their songwriting.
They advocate for mental health
Hawkins is known to have struggled with depression in the past, and his sister struggles with bipolar disorder. The band uses songs and visual aids to help raise awareness for mental illness in many of their songs and performances.
He likes to read
He has noted how a lot of their musical influences derive from books they have read, and films they have seen. This includes work by people such as Eckhart Tolle, Stanley Kubrick, and Dustin Kensrue.
5 Surprising Facts
His songs have meaning
Hawkins has noted that his songs are usually inspired by real people, for example, the single ‘Jenny’ is inspired by his aunt who struggles with schizophrenia.
He tried out for the choir
Before he started drumming, he admitted how he actually tried out for the choir in school but did not get very far.
He isn't religious
When Hawkins was younger, he challenged the religious ideas that he was raised with, and that ultimately helped him build a path to music.
He had stage fright
Before deciding to be the frontman for his band, Hawkins battled stage fright.
Their success was uncommon
The band’s success came as a surprise, especially in an internet era where recorded music is driven by hip-hop and electronic pop.
Jonny Hawkins FAQs
How long is the Nothing More concert?
At about four minutes per song, this can make a typical show anywhere from one hour to two hours long.
Who is opening for Nothing More in 2022?
Supporting their latest tour are musicians such as ATREYU, with Warrior ft. Travis Barker, and rising female-fronted band Eva Under Fire, who recently released their song ‘Blow.’
Is Nothing More a metal band?
The band can be described as alternative rock, hard rock, progressive metal, and heavy metal. Their music has been described as a having hardcore and progressive rock outlook.
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