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Switchfoot Biography

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Birth Place: San Diego, California, United States
Years Active: 1996–present
Genres: Alternative Rock, Post-grunge, Christian Rock, Power Pop

Switchfoot is an American rock band from San Diego, California. The band's members are Jon Foreman (lead vocals, guitar), Tim Foreman (bass guitar, backing vocals), Chad Butler (drums, percussion), Jerome Fontamillas (guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), and Drew Shirley (guitar, backing vocals).

Re:think Records distributed the first three Switchfoot albums, “The Legend of Chin,” “New Way to Be Human,” and “Learning to Breathe.” Of Switchfoot's first three albums, “Learning to Breathe” was the most successful, being certified gold by the RIAA, and receiving a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Gospel Album.

Later on in 2002, Switchfoot's music was featured prominently in the movie “A Walk to Remember,” starring singer and actress Mandy Moore, who sang Switchfoot's song "Only Hope" during a scene in the movie. The movie's soundtrack album also featured a duet with Jon Foreman and Moore, as well as four other Switchfoot songs from the band's previous catalogue, in addition to Moore's cover of "Only Hope"

This recognition led to their major label debut, ''The Beautiful Letdown'', which was released in 2003. It went on to sell over 2.6 million copies and produced the band's best-known singles, "Meant to Live" and "Dare You to Move".

“Nothing Is Sound,” was released on September 13, 2005. "Stars" was released as the first radio single to promote the album, and was a solid hit on mainstream and alternative rock radio stations. "We Are One Tonight" was released as the second single in early 2006. The album debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, an all-time high for the band.

Switchfoot's next album, “Oh! Gravity.,” was released on December 26, 2006 to considerable critical acclaim. It entered the Billboard chart at #18.

They released “Hello Hurricane” in 2009 which was nominated for the Best Rock Gospel Album award for the 53rd Grammy Awards. It debuted at number 13 on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 39,000 copies. It has sold over 230,000 copies in the United States to date.