The alternative rock band Switchfoot was formed in California, in 1997. The current lineup includes Joe Foreman, Tim Foreman, Chad Butler, Jerome Fontamillas, and Drew Shirley. The band is particularly famous for such songs as “Meant to Live”, “Dare You To Move”, and “Stars”. The band earned numerous awards, including a Grammy and 12 San Diego Music Awards.
The band is very famous for their so-called Switchfoot sound. A thick guitar sound mixed with electronic improvisations and light ballads. The name Switchfoot comes from the surfers’ language. It describes the process of the surfer switching feet in order to achieve a better position on the surfboard. The band members were big fans of surfing ever since they were children. Using such name for the group meant, as per the band members words, switching gears to get a new approach to music and life.
The band was initially called Chin up. The first lineup included John and Tim Forman and Chad Butler. After giving several concerts in 1997, the band members met Charlie Peacock and signed a deal with his label Re:think Records. That’s when the band changed the name to Switchfoot.
Switchfoot gave their first concert at Sun God Festival at the University of California in San Diego. The first three albums were released with Re:think Records. The first one, The Legend of Chin (1997), wasn’t successful. However, the next to LPs New Ways to Be Human (1999) and Learning To Breathe (2000) managed to get into the charts. The latter sold over 500,000 copies in the USA and was nominated for a Grammy as the Best Rock Gospel Album.
In 2002, Mandy Moore sang Switchfoot’s song “Only Hope” in the movie A Walk to Remember. After the movie was released, Mandy Moore and John Foreman recorded four more songs.
In 2003, the band released the next album The Beautiful Letdown. It was their most commercially successful album to date. The LP sold over 2.7 million copies worldwide and was twice certified platinum by RIAA. It topped the Billboard Christian Albums Chart.
Switchfoot went on to record 6 more albums, the latest one being Where the Light Shines Through (2016). It reached the 10th spot on Billboard 200. The band continues to record new songs and performs live.