Switchfoot Biography


Jon Foreman – vocals, guitar
Tim Foreman – bass
Chad Butler – drums
Jerome Fontamillas – guitar, keyboards
Andrew Shirley – guitar

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 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 15 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 published a quarterly online magazine, and raised money for a Justice Fund serving third world communities around the world.


Switchfoot is a surf term that is used when a surfer changes foot position on the board, gaining a new perspective. This is how Tim, Jon, Chad, Jerome, and Drew approach their music and their lives - you'll hear in their music quick changes of style, while their lyrics reflect a life lived from a different perspective than many modern rock bands.


-3 ASCAP Awards: "Best New Artist" (1997), "Impact Award" for Jon Foreman (2006), and Top 50 list of Most Performed songs of 2005 "Dare You To Move" (2006)
-Grammy Award: Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album for Hello Hurricane (2011)
-Grammy Nomination (Learning To Breathe)
-11 San Diego Music Awards including "Best New Artist" (1997), "Album of the Year" (2003, 2007, 2010), "Song Of The Year" (2004), and "Artist of the Year" (2011)
-9 GMA Dove Awards including "Artist of the Year" in 2005
-Jon Foreman, 2001 Gibson Guitars' Les Paul Award for "Most Promising Up-And-Coming Guitarist"
-Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award (2005)

-2.6+ million copies sold of The Beautiful Letdown (certified Double Platinum)
-Over 500,000 copies sold of Nothing Is Sound (certified Gold)
-Over 500,000 copies sold of Learning To Breathe (certified Gold)
-Over 1 million copies sold of DVD "Live in San Diego" (certified Platinum)

-Performances on many late night shows including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Show with David Letterman
-5 songs featured in and on the soundtrack to the motion picture "A Walk To Remember" (soundtrack certified Gold)
-Exclusive song "This Is Home" featured in and on the soundtrack to the motion picture "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian"
-Songs featured in the motion pictures "Elektra", "Bella", "The Ultimate Gift", and "To Save A Life"
-Switchfoot songs featured on countless TV shows (including "Dawson's Creek", "Party of Five", "Felicity", MTV's "Tough Enough", "One Tree Hill", "Smallville", "Grey's Anatomy", "Army Wives"), and TV movies (including Disney's "Model Behavior")
-"Dare You To Move" performed on American Idol Season 7 by winning contestant David Cook
-Exclusive song "Out Of Control" featured in and on the official television soundtrack to "Hawaii Five-O"
-Several songs used throughout ESPN broadcasts of College Football games, including exclusive video footage of the band peforming their songs

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