Switchfoot started out with Jon, Tim, and Chad - three guys from San Diego who love to play music, surf and honor their Creator. The three grew up on the beaches of San Diego, surfing since their early teens, competing in national amateur surfing championships and earning product endorsements from Redsand Clothing, DSO sunglasses and REEF shoes. As long as they have surfed, they have also played music. And, while the guys have been friends for years, the band was not formed for quite some time. In the great tradition of overnight success stories, it was a crude demo recorded in Jon's bedroom only a few months after they started playing together that found its way to producer Charlie Peacock's home in Nashville. The originality of the music and the honesty of the lyrics captured him immediately. Shortly after a personal meeting with Tim, Jon and Chad, Charlie signed the band to his boutique label that is part of music giant, EMI Music.
The close friendship between Chad, Tim, and Jon has developed throughout the years on the road and has translated into Switchfoot's compelling live performances. Jon, Tim, and Chad have played music to crowds in Europe, Hawaii, Alaska, and all across the continent supporting their albums The Legend of Chin, New Way To Be Human, and Learning To Breathe.
In 2001, Jerome Fontimillas, one of the musical masterminds behind the groups Mortal and Fold Zandura, joined the band playing keys, guitar, and singing background vocals. Jerome's influence isn't hard to miss in their live performances and on The Beautiful Letdown.
In 2003, Drew Shirley started touring with the band playing guitar, and officially joined Switchfoot in 2005 with the release of Nothing Is Sound. Drew was the lead guitar player of All Together Separate before they disbanded in 2002.
Switchfoot has accomplished many things during their 11+ years as a group. Just a few of their highly looked-up accomplishments are listed below, but even more important than any awards are the things they do to help others and make a difference in the world around us.
Switchfoot has and continues to support many non-profit organizations including Habitat For Humanity and To Write Love On Her Arms. They founded the Switchfoot Bro -Am, a benefit surfing contest and concert held annually in the band's hometown of San Diego, CA. They also created the organization lowercase people, which publishes a quarterly online magazine, and raises money for a Justice Fund serving third world communities around the world.
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