Switchfoot is a San Diego band that first came to fame as a Christian rock act, eventually branching out to a more mainstream audience. While they have retained elements of their faith-based music, Switchfoot's Grammy Award-winning alt-rock has been exciting fans for over a decade. Fans are especially excited about the release of their new album, Vice Verses, in June 2011. As of April, Switchfoot is currently finishing up the US leg of their tour dates, but will be heading to Australia, Asia, and Canada before the end of their 2011 concert schedule.
In 1996, brothers Jon and Tim Foreman - along with friend Chad Butler - got together to form Chin Up. They were soon signed to indie record label Re:think Records, which was quickly bought out by Sparrow Records, who wanted Switchfoot to be an exclusively Christian band. That meant that Switchfoot's first three albums -- The Legend of Chin, New Way to Be Human, and Learning to Breathe -- were released almost exclusively to Christian radio stations and stores that sold Christian tchotchkes. Despite the limited release, the album Learning to Breathe went gold and received a Grammy nomination. Even more amazing was when three of Switchfoot's songs were featured in the movie A Walk to Remember, with Mandy Moore even singing the song "Only Hope" in the movie.
The movie piqued the interest of several major labels, and Switchfoot was able to leave Sparrow and move to Columbia Records. Shortly after, the band picked up keyboardist Jerome Fontamillas and released their fourth album, The Beautiful Letdown, in 2003. The changes were exactly what the band needed as the album went double platinum while still retaining popularity in the Christian rock scene. Switchfoot saw a drastic increase in the crowd size on tour dates after the album's release, also indicating their widened audience.
In 2007, Switchfoot announced that they would be leaving Columbia and forming their own record label, lowercase people records. While building their own studio in San Diego, Switchfoot performed tour dates in support of various charitable causes until spring of 2008. After recording "This is Home" for The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, they released the album Hello Hurricane in 2009, which won a Grammy in 2011.
With the success of Hello Hurricane, fans can't wait to see what Switchfoot has in store on Vice Verses. In the meantime, Switchfoot is currently well into their 2011 concert schedule, with their next tour date at Australia's Easterfest. On April 28, they're headed to Singapore, then Indonesia, the Philippines, and Malaysia before heading to Canada on May 16. On June 15, Switchfoot will return to the US to play a handful of extended tour dates, with their concert schedule for 2011 ending in at the Awakening Festival in Leesburg, VA on September 23. With so many tour dates in 2011, be sure to check Eventful for Switchfoot's full concert schedule.
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