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Switchfoot

After gaining a foothold in the contemporary Christian music scene, Switchfoot went mainstream with 2003's The Beautiful Letdown, a double-platinum album that straddled the line between sacred and secular rock music. Years before Switchfoot's commercial breakthrough, though, the group struggled to make a dent in the San Diego area, where singer/guitarist Jonathan Foreman, bassist Tim Foreman, and drummer Chad Butler began playing together in 1996. The lineup logged several shows under its original name, Chin Up, before adopting the Switchfoot moniker and attracting the attention of singer/songwriter Charlie Peacock. Although Peacock signed the band to his own label, Re:Think, Switchfoot were moved over to the roster of Sparrow Records following Sparrow's acquisition of the smaller label.

Now signed to one of the largest Christian labels in the country, Switchfoot temporarily tabled their plans to reach out to a broader audience. Their first two albums, The Legend of Chin and New Way to Be Human, were marketed almost exclusively toward Christian listeners, who took an immediate shine to the band's music. Keyboardist Jerome Fontamillas joined the band for 2000's Learning to Breathe, which found Switchfoot taking more steps toward a mainstream alt-rock sound. Breathe became a transitional record for the group, earning a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Gospel Album and selling over 500,000 copies, thus achieving gold status. Its success, coupled with the band's presence on the hit soundtrack to the 2002 film A Walk to Remember, set Switchfoot up for a healthy major-label run.

The Beautiful Letdown, Switchfoot's debut album for Columbia Records, was issued during the spring of 2003. It represented the quartet's full evolution from a Christian group to a mainstream rock act, eventually earning double platinum sales and producing two Top 20 hits: "Dare You to Move" and "Meant to Live." Switchfoot returned in September 2005 with their fifth album, Nothing Is Sound, which debuted at number three on the Billboard 200. Nothing Is Sound went gold, sparked another radio hit in "Stars," and was the first Switchfoot recording to include the work of additional guitarist Andrew Shirley (formerly a member of the contemporary Christian group All Together Separate), who'd been a touring member of Switchfoot since 2003. Wasting little time, the band returned to the studio with veteran U.K. producer Tim Palmer to begin work on its sixth album, one that found the guys broadening their musical scope. The resulting Oh! Gravity. appeared at the tail end of 2006.

Oh! Gravity. turned out to be Switchfoot's last album for a major label. Less than a year after its release, Jon Foreman announced the band's decision to leave Columbia Records and form its own label, lowercase people records. Columbia pulled together some of the band's greatest hits for a last-minute compilation, The Best Yet, while the band set to work on another record. At the same time, Foreman began releasing a string of solo EPs, each of them named after a specific season. He also formed Fiction Family, a folk-pop side project, with Nickel Creek guitarist Sean Watkins. Fiction Family's self-titled debut was released in January 2009, followed one month later by another Switchfoot album, Hello Hurricane, which won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Rock Gospel Album. Several months after the band's Grammy win, Switchfoot returned with Vice Verses, an album that highlighted the band's rhythm section. During 2013, while touring in support of Vice Verses, Switchfoot made a film documenting the band's lifelong love of surfing. Their next album, entitled Fading West, landed in January 2014. It saw the band freed from the typical constraints of the three-minute pop song, experimenting with unusual instruments and musical textures. ~ Jason Ankeny & Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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Track List: Dark Horses (Single)

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Track List: Fading West (Single)

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Track List: Who We Are (Michael Calfan Remix) (Single)

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1 kiss your left hand
2 say your crush's name
3 close your hand
4 pick a school day
5 say your name
6 post this on 15 different songs and the day you pick your crush will ask you out
Dont read this because it actually works .you will be kissed o the nearest friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if u don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 145 minutes when done press f6 and your lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
Don't read this because it actually works.You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life.Tomorro w will be the best day of your life.However if you do not post this you will die in 2 days.Now you started reading do don't stop.This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes.When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear in big letters...ac t u a l l y works!
I love to admit that this is an amazing song!
Kiss your hand two times and post this on two other songs. Then look under your pillow
F**KING GREAT SONG
Love this song��
Don't read this because it actually works.You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life.Tomorro w will be the best day of your life.However if you do not post this you will die in 2 days.Now you started reading do don't stop.This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes.When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear in big letters...ac t u a l l y works!
Love This song ��
Love this song love it
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works.
they have some good songs but seeing them live was really bad I was very disappointed
They have some really beautiful songs, go check em out!!! :)
Love this song but always forget the band name because I normally don't listen to them
We were meant to live for so much more
Awesome song made by an awesome band
Meant to live for so much more but....
seagenie628
you willl be kissed on the nearest friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of ur life. However if you don't post this you will die in the next two days. Now you've started reading so don't stop this is scary. put this on 5 songs in the next 143 min. when done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters.
You don't have to be Christian to love Switchfoot. I'm atheist and I still absolutely love them
maeflower024
If someone wants you to let u go, you have to. No matter how much u love them, such a sad sad song!!!!!!!
i love how in the beginning of the song the music switches to each headphone!
genevawacker
wow ! @melissa6453 6
Sorry guys, I just don't have peace about this band. I went to their website to learn more about them and no matter how much I read. I can't find anything confirming their Christianity . If this is a Christian band, then why aren't there any testimony's?
Everything I read is about music and their music career - Where is God?
Always always....mi s s
conetyfamily
Blue
Life. After. death
I'm lost today...lost lost lost
Don`t read this because it actually works. You will be kisses on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you don`t post this you will die in 2 days. Now you`ve started reading so don`t stop. This is scary. Put this in at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is scary because it works
lilraygonzal e z 5
You have awesome songs
@crazyemosqu i r r e l so you strike again....you really need some Jesus, sweetie :) HE LOVES YA!
I luv this band!
Switchfoot is my favorite band ever
SAW THESW GUYS IN CONCERT LAST NIGHT. (:
Switchfoot is my favorite band. I like every one of their songs.
Say I phone 5 5 times
Pick a color
Post this on 5 other songs
Look under ur pillow
You will be kissed the nearest Friday by the love of your life however if you dont post then u will die in two days. Now you started reading this so dont stop. Post this in six other songs and your lovers name will appear on the screen in large letters. It's scary but it works.
This album took me through some hard times. Great writing.
spalko16
I heard that Colton Dixon likes you so much
I feel like someone's out to get me.
Oh and don't read this because it's actually real. U will be kissed on the nearest Friday and tomorrow will be the best day of your life. If u don't post this in three songs though it wont happen. If u post it five times in 143 min and press f6 your crushes name will appear on the screen. It's true I'm not kidding
I saw then lastweek :3
If you have a crush 1 kiss your hand 2 say their name 3 say a date ex June 15 thy will kiss you then 4 post this on 15 different song
If you like Switchfoot then you're gonna love my band Army of Dipshits. We are a mix between your mom's pepperoni nipples and a baby seal.
I'm still here ! Angel
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually work
1kiss your hand
2say your crushes name
3close your hand
4pick a school day
5say your name
Post this on 15 different songs and the day you picked is the day your crush will ask you out
Put this on 5 songs an press f6 and ur lovers name will pop on ur screen
I love love love Switchfoot favorite band of all time and anyone who doesn't like them there is something wrong with you cause Switchfoot rules
@crazyemosqu i r r e l . You don't have to comment on artists if you don't like them you know... I love Switchfoot personally.
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