The band whose name is taken from a surfing term, Switchfoot, is a San Diego-based Grammy nominated alternative rock band is best known for their unusual three-guitarist line-up to deliver the unique “Switchfoot Sound” – described by many as “a melodic crunch of densely layered sound featuring some electronic experimentation, and often driven by hard-charging guitar riffs”.
The band consists of Jon Foreman on vocals and guitar, Tim Foreman on bass and backing vocals, Chad Butler on drums, Filipino-American Jerome Fontamillas on guitar, keyboard and backing vocals and Drew Shirley on guitar. Switchfoot’s first big mainstream break came when four of their songs were included in the 2002 movie A Walk to Remember. This led to their first major label debut, The Beautiful Letdown, in 2003, which sold more than 2 million albums in the US alone and produced 2 Top 10 Pop and Modern Rock singles “Meant To Live” and “Dare You To Move”. The band’s 2005 album Nothing Is Sound debuted at no. 3 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart and promptly went gold; yielding the radio hit “Stars”.
The band’s studio effort, Oh! Gravity. was released in 2006 and has been extremely well received by music lovers – debuting at no. 18 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart, with over 1 million plays on Youtube for their video “Awakening” in less than 3 months.
Switchfoot has won multiple awards for their unique brand of music, notably awards from the ASCAP, the GMA Dove Award and San Diego Music Awards. The band has sold over 5 million CDs worldwide and received a Grammy Nomination for Best Rock Gospel Album.
Apart from composing good music, Switchfoot has been actively involved in a number of humanitarian causes, including DATA, Bono’s THE ONE Campaign, the Keep A Breast Foundation, Invisible Children and To Write Love on Her Arms. Switchfoot has also fronted the Switchfoot Bro-Am Surf Contest, benefit contest and concert run by the band to raise money for organizations serving homeless kids the band’s hometown of San Diego and starting the online magazine Lowercase People.