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After gaining a foothold within the contemporary Christian music scene, Switchfoot went mainstream with 2003’s THE STUNNING Letdown, a double-platinum album that straddled the line between sacred and secular rock and roll music. Years before Switchfoot’s industrial discovery, though, the group battled to produce a dent within the San Diego region, where vocalist/guitarist Jonathan Foreman, bassist Tim Foreman, and drummer Chad Butler started playing jointly in 1996. The lineup logged many displays under its first name, Chin Up, before implementing the Switchfoot moniker and appealing to the eye of vocalist/songwriter Charlie Peacock. Although Peacock agreed upon the music group to his very own label, Re:Believe, Switchfoot were shifted to the roster of Sparrow Information pursuing Sparrow’s acquisition of small label. Now agreed upon to 1 of the biggest Christian brands in the united states, Switchfoot briefly tabled their programs to attain out to a broader viewers. Their initial two albums, The Tale of Chin and New Method to End up being Human, were advertised almost solely toward Christian listeners, who required an immediate sparkle towards the band’s music. Keyboardist Jerome Fontamillas became a member of the music group for 2000’s Understanding how to Breathe, which discovered Switchfoot taking even more actions toward a mainstream alt-rock audio. Breathe became a transitional record for the group, generating a Grammy nomination for Greatest Rock and roll Gospel Recording and offering over 500,000 copies, therefore achieving gold position. Its success, in conjunction with the band’s existence around the strike soundtrack towards the 2002 film A Walk to keep in mind, arranged Switchfoot up for a wholesome major-label run. THE STUNNING Letdown, Switchfoot’s debut recording for Columbia Information, was issued through the springtime of 2003. It displayed the quartet’s complete development from a Religious group to some mainstream rock work, eventually earning dual platinum product sales and creating two Best 20 strikes: “Dare You to go” and “Designed to Live.” Switchfoot came back in Sept 2005 making use of their 5th record, THERE IS NOTHING Sound, which debuted at number 3 in the Billboard 200. THERE IS NOTHING Sound went yellow metal, sparked another radio strike in “Superstars,” and was the initial Switchfoot recording to add the task of extra guitarist Andrew Shirley (previously a member from the modern Christian group ALTOGETHER Individual), who’d been a touring person in Switchfoot since 2003. Throwing away short amount of time, the music group came back towards the studio room with veteran U.K. manufacturer Tim Palmer to begin with focus on its 6th record, one that discovered the people broadening their musical range. The ensuing Oh! Gravity. made an appearance on the tail-end of 2006. A season afterwards, Jon Foreman announced the band’s decision to keep Columbia and type its label, lowercase people information. At exactly the same time, Foreman started launching a string of single EPs, all of them called after a particular time of year. He also created Fiction Family members, a folk-pop part task, with Nickel Creek guitarist Sean Watkins. Fiction Family’s self-titled debut premiered in January 2009. Also in ’09 2009, Switchfoot released the studio room recording, Hello Hurricane. Made by the music group, alongside Mike Elizondo, it received the 2011 Grammy Honor for Best Rock and roll Gospel Album. Almost a year following the band’s Grammy earn, Switchfoot came back with Vice Verses, an recording that highlighted the band’s tempo section. The recording performed well, striking number eight around the Billboard 200 and achieving number 1 on Billboard’s Christian Albums graph. It also gained the music group a 2013 GMA Dove Honor nomination within the category of Rock and roll/Contemporary Track of the entire year. While on tour in 2013, Switchfoot produced a film known as Fading Western, documenting the band’s lifelong like of browsing. Their next recording, also entitled Fading Western, got in January 2014. It noticed the music group freed from the normal constraints from the three-minute pop track, experimenting with uncommon devices and musical textures. Later on that Sept, the group a released a brief EP of supplemental materials from your project, Fading Western: The Advantage of the planet earth – Unreleased Tunes. In 2016, Switchfoot shipped their tenth full-length record, Where in fact the Light Shines Through. The record featured creation from John Areas (THE STUNNING Letdown, THERE IS NOTHING Sound, Oh! Gravity.) and included the singles “Live It Well” and “Float.”

Quick Facts


Full Name Switchfoot
Awards Grammy Award for Best Rock Gospel Album
Music Songs Dare You to Move, Meant to Live, Your Love Is a Song, Dark Horses, Love Alone Is Worth the Fight, This Is Home, This Is Your Life, Only Hope, When We Come Alive, Mess of Me, Where I Belong, We Are One Tonight, Who We Are, Let It Out, Stars, You Already Take Me There, Chem 6A, Oh! Gravity., More Than Fine, The Sound, The Shadow Proves the Sunshine, Bullet Soul, Awakening, Ode to Chin, Gone, Enough to Let Me Go, Living Is Simple, Against the Voices, Head Over Heels, Dirty Second Hands, Lonely Nation, Company Car
Albums Fading West, Hello Hurricane, Nothing Is Sound, The Beautiful Letdown, Vice Verses, Learning to Breathe, The Legend of Chin, Oh! Gravity., New Way to Be Human, The Best Yet: Live, Where the Light Shines Through, The Best Yet, Eastern Hymns for Western Shores, Vice Re-Verses, The Edge of the Earth, Backstage E.P., The Early Years: 1997–2000, Switchfoot: Live – EP, Best of Bootlegs Vol. 1, iTunes Sessions, Fading West (EP), 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Switchfoot
Nominations World Music Award for World’s Best Album, GMA Dove Award for Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year


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#Fact
1 kicked off their Music Builds tour benefiting Habitat for Humanity - official tour is from August - October 2008 [April 2008]
2 Starting their first world tour. [September 2004]
3 On Up in Arms tour around the US [May 2008]
4 Are named after a surfing move
5 Are a Alt Rock Band who are Christian by faith not by genre.
6 Is a San Diego based band.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sonshine 2016 performer: "Live It Well", "Float", "Dare You to Move"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2010-2012 TV Series performer - 3 episodes
The Footy Show 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Cabin in the Woods 2012 performer: "The Sound John M. Perkins' Blues"
Conan 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Grey's Anatomy 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs 2009 TV Special performer: "Bullet Soul"
WWE Raw 2009 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Vampire Diaries 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
To Save a Life 2009 performer: "Dare you to Move"
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian 2008 performer: "This Is Home"
Soul Searching 2007 Video documentary performer: "This Is Your Life"
Cover Art 2007 TV Series short performer - 1 episode
The Ultimate Gift 2006 performer: "On Fire"
One Tree Hill 2003-2006 TV Series performer - 3 episodes
The 4400 2005 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Smallville TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2005 producer - 1 episode, 2005
Charmed 2005 TV Series 1 episode
Elektra 2005 performer: "Sooner or Later"
A Ring of Endless Light 2002 TV Movie performer: "You Already Take Me There"
A Walk to Remember 2002 performer: "Learning to Breathe", "I Dare You To Move", "You", "Only Hope"
Dawson's Creek 1998-2001 TV Series performer - 4 episodes
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye 2000 TV Movie arranger: "Chem 6A" / performer: "Chem 6A"
The Wonderful World of Disney 2000 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sonshine 2016 Switchfoot
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2014 TV Series

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fading West 2013 Documentary story

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fading West 2013 Documentary

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Everything to Lose 2003 Documentary short composer: rock music

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2005-2014 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guest / Themselves - Musical Guests
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2004-2013 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guest / Themselves
Conan 2011 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2003-2011 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guest / Themselves
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf 2010 TV Series Himself
JBTV 2010 TV Series Themselves
The Best Hit USA 2005-2010 TV Series Themselves
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2010 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guest
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien 2009 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guest
Battleground Earth: Ludacris vs. Tommy Lee 2008 TV Series Themselves
Call + Response 2008 Documentary
39th Annual GMA Dove Awards 2008 TV Special Performer
A Tribute to Les Paul 2007 TV Special
Cover Art 2007 TV Series short Themselves
Late Show with David Letterman 2004-2007 TV Series Themselves
CD USA 2006 TV Series Themselves
Walmart Soundcheck 2006 TV Series Themselves
Last Call with Carson Daly 2006 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guest
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 2004-2005 TV Series Themselves / Themselves - Musical Guest
The 32nd Annual American Music Awards 2004 TV Special Themselves
Now That's What I Call Music! Vol. 2 2004 Video Themselves
Switchfoot Live in San Diego 2004 Video documentary Themselves

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#Quote
1 We have the best jobs in the world because we play music for a living and love doing it, but we didn't get into this to try and sell something. For us, it's about communicating and connecting with people on a different level.
2 I talk about it quite a bit in interviews and from the stage, but I'm careful not to be annoying about it. We've never really been a political band. Our songs are more about the politics of the heart than they are about foreign politics. I don't think we can solve the outside problems until we solve the ones within.


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