Created in the mid-1990s, Switchfoot is a mainstream Christian rock group from sunny San Diego, California. Influenced by the Beatles, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Michael Jackson, and Protestantism, the group’s sound is a mixture of genres with positive lyrics. The band began with vocalist Jon foreman, his bother Tim and drummer Chad Butler. After playing a handful of shows, representatives from Re:Think records signed the band to a record deal. They released 3 albums, which distributed to Christian outlets to the bands disapproval. Switchfoot felt the new records under their first label represented only half of who they were. They gained modest mainstream success when their music featured on the major motion film, A Walk to Remember.
Critics responded to their movie debut by inking them to a deal with, Columbia Records/SonyBMG. In 2003, they released their highly successful, The Beautiful Letdown. The new album featured a synthetic sound that departed from their previous music. This is attributed to keyboardist Jerome Fontamillas and the new layers he provided. “Meant to Live” scored huge with fans and still continues to play on radio stations. The next two singles “Dare You to Move” and “This is Your Life” continued their popularity leading to the record hitting double platinum status. They followed by releasing a compilation album of their first 3 records to the newly acquired fanbase.
In 2005, Switchfoot added another string player, and dropped, Nothing is Sound. The record proved thicker and darker than their last due to the addition of Drew Shirley and received modest success. Their single “Stars” shined on the album, receiving ample radio play. They followed the record with the Nothing is Sound Tour, which they recorded for a DVD. After being on the road, Switchfoot dropped their next album, OH! Gravity. The album received commercial acclaim reaching No. 1 on iTunes album charts. During this time, Switchfoot began interacting with their fans and opening up competitions for fans to record on their next record. One year later, Foreman announced the band severed relations with Columbia to release a different style of music.
After creating a label, Jon recorded solo projects and helped on a bluegrass album with Nicklecreek. In 2007, Switchfoot embarked on the “Appetite for Construction Tour” with similar religious rock bands, Reliant K and Ruth. 1 year later, the group recorded “This is Home” for the major motion picture Narnia. Sony then released a “greatest hits album” to make one final paycheck off the hit act.
In 2009, Switchfoot released, Hello Hurrican, the first of a series of albums the band had worked on. The group stated they had enough material for four albums and they wanted the fans to hear it. The first album released gained the religious rock band a Grammy. Two years later, Vice Verses released and received modest success. The group went on to produce several EPs, and appeared in the film, Fading West. Later in 2013, they released their ninth studio album with the same title as the movie. Since, the band continues to perform and write experimental new music.
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