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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)

Comments

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.
Follow for follow (Read my bio please)
This is s**t
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They are so amazing. I love that all their songs have a message! They were one of the first Christian bands that I fell in love with... Still love their music today! :)
Switch foot >>>♡♡♡♡ they're amazing.
This freaked me out. This isn't fake. Apparently, if you copy and paste this on ten comments in 10 minutes, you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either be kissed or asked out. If you break this chain, you will see a little girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry.
kushina337
Small vill bought me here
taragarner46
This song is from 'A Walk To Remember'. AHHHHHHHH I can't even.
I'm going to see them in tennessee, in december after Christmas... . a t a winter conference
This song brings back memories :)
i love their new album :D
I WASNT meant to live
Love alone is worth the fight.
They came to my town for their Documentary showing and concert!! So AMAZING!!!
Say iPhone 5 times
Pick a color
Post this on 5 other songs
Look under your pillow
missrebekah9 9
Don't believe the system's on your side...
I'm learning to crawl.
SWITCHFOOT.. . . . . . . F 4 F
"Your" Love ... Is ... A .. Symphony
......... All around..... Me ... Running
Through ... Me .. "Your" Love is a
Melody ..... Underneath .. Me ........
...... Running to me .... "Your" Love
Is ... A .... Song ....
Follow for follow
ejimmie47
Luv switchfoot. Plz follow
This song...gerd gerd gerd. Memories though...
maeflower024
:-( sad
katie.glenn8
I love Switchfoot. Such a cool band with a great testimony.
I have been listening to this band since I was 4.....i'm 11 now!!! Switchfoot is my all time favorite band!
alondra_rios
Love alone is worth the fight! One of the best songs for switchfoot after dare you to move and GONE ( which I My favorite song in the world) :)
flashingstre a k s
#hell naw jesus christ
jocey1111
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Switchfoot linkin park green day Hollywood undead I love follow 4 follow
Great song there I have cd on a wow cd
Love them
Looking for .... "You" .....
I . Am . Restless . ... I. Am. Restless
............ . . . . . I. Am. Restless ............ . .
nicko252008
GAY!
Evention TV anyone? ��hahah no? Just me? Ok then..
Jesus is coming soon!
SWITCHFOOT<3 I ADORE THIS BAND SOOOOOO MUCH !!!!
I love this song, Meant to Live. We are all mean to live. There is a difference in being alive, living and staying alive, surviving, if that makes sense. Switchfoot was the first band, I listened to I think lol.
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