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Jon Foreman
Jon Foreman, April 2008.jpg
Jon Foreman in April 2008
Background information
Birth nameJonathan Mark Foreman
Born (1976-10-22) October 22, 1976 (age 42)
San Bernardino County, California
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, guitarist
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1996–present
Labelslowercase people
Associated actsSwitchfoot, Fiction Family

Jonathan Mark Foreman (born October 22, 1976) is an American musician, the lead singer, guitarist, main songwriter and co-founder of the alternative rock band Switchfoot. He started Switchfoot in 1996 with drummer Chad Butler and his brother Tim Foreman on bass guitar.

Personal life

Foreman was born in San Bernardino County, California, but his family moved to Massachusetts and Virginia Beach during his childhood. There he became fast friends with Todd Cooper, who encouraged him to learn guitar.[1] Cooper was later a guitar tech for Switchfoot, although he left in 2005 to pursue his own musical career.

After several years, Foreman and his family moved back to Southern California, this time settling in San Diego. He graduated from San Dieguito Academy in the North County Coastal area of San Diego, California. Foreman attended UC San Diego and later dropped out to follow his singing career.[2]

Foreman married Emily Masen in 2002, and the couple had a daughter in 2012.[3]

One of Foreman's favorite pastimes is surfing,[2] and when not on tour, he resides in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, a small suburb of San Diego, California.[3]

Foreman is a committed nondenominational Christian; however, his goal with Switchfoot has always been to make music for all people. "For us, these songs are for everyone. Calling us 'Christian rock' tends to be a box that closes some people out and excludes them. And that's not what we're trying to do. Music has always opened my mind — and that's what we want".[4]

Foreman's father, Mark, serves as the senior pastor of North Coast Calvary Chapel, along with his mother, Jan.[5]


Foreman cites Elliott Smith,[6] U2,[2] The Police,[6] James Taylor,[6] The Beatles, Radiohead,[7] Bach, Ronny Jordan, Miles Davis, Keith Green, Nirvana, Johnny Cash,[2] Bob Dylan,[2] and Led Zeppelin as some of his musical influences.[8] In 2001 he was awarded the "Les Paul Horizon Award" for the most promising up-and-coming guitarist at the annual Orville H. Gibson Guitar Awards in Los Angeles.[9]

Side projects

Jon Foreman performing with Switchfoot in 2015
Jon Foreman performing with Switchfoot in 2015

Besides being the main songwriter for Switchfoot, Foreman has also made musical contributions away from the band, including writing with San Diego/Orange County based singer and songwriter Molly Jenson.[10] Foreman has also contributed to the books The Art of Being [11] and New Way to be Human,[12] the latter written by producer Charlie Peacock. He also appeared on Relient K's 2007 album, Five Score and Seven Years Ago, lending his vocal talents to the song "Deathbed". In September 2009, Jazz musician Karl Denson released the album "Brother's Keeper" in which two songs were co-written by Foreman, and one song, "Drums of War", was solely written by Foreman.[13] Foreman also provided his vocals in accompaniment with Denson on the song "Drums of War".[14] He collaborated with Ryan O'Neal for the Sleeping at Last song "Birthright".[15]

Fiction Family

In 2006, Foreman and Nickel Creek member Sean Watkins started collaborating on a duo project originally called "The Real SeanJon", which was later renamed "Fiction Family".[16] Their self-titled debut, Fiction Family, was released on January 20, 2009.

"The album was recorded and written in parts because Nickel Creek and Switchfoot are both hard working, touring acts, we were rarely home from tour at the same time," says Foreman. "Consequently the tracks were passed back and forth between Sean and I. Whoever was home from tour would chip away at the songs with no real expectations at all, mainly just for ourselves and for the love of the song I suppose. We came up with a few cowboy rules for the project: No double tracking. No pussyfooting. No tuning of vocals."[17]

In November 2012, the band released an extended play titled Holiday EP. Their second studio album, Fiction Family Reunion, was released on January 29, 2013.

Solo projects

Foreman has also worked on various solo projects, independently releasing four EPs, titled Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer. For the project, Foreman teamed with Credential Recordings in a partnership with Switchfoot's imprint record label, lowercase people records.[18] In October 2008, Foreman released a collection of songs from his seasonal EPs along with two new tracks. The collection is entitled Limbs and Branches. In April 2009, he was GMA Dove Award-nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year.[19]

In November 2014, Foreman announced four EPs under the name The Wonderlands. They are titled Sunlight, Shadows, Darkness and Dawn, and contain 24 songs across the four albums; one for each hour of the day. They were released in 2015.[20][21] The records were a collaborative effort among many producers. Foreman recorded vocals backstage before Switchfoot concerts.[citation needed] All four EPs were mixed by Future of Forestry's Eric Owyoung.[22]

Songwriting style

Foreman's songwriting tends to be very dynamic, and he often employs a wide range of different instrumentation, including, but not limited to: guitar, violin, cello, trumpet, mandolin, sitar, flute, saxophone, clarinet, synthesizer, piano, miscellaneous percussion, and harmonica. Foreman has always aimed to use interesting instrumentation when writing for Switchfoot, mostly on some of the band's first albums such as The Legend of Chin, New Way to Be Human, and Learning to Breathe.

Solo discography

Extended plays

Box sets / compilation albums


Other appearances


  1. ^ Interview with Todd Cooper[dead link]
  2. ^ a b c d e "JON FOREMAN BIOGRAPHY". Retrieved September 22, 2014.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 1, 2015. Retrieved 2014-09-21. Jon Foreman Bio
  4. ^ "Switchfoot steps toward stardom". Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  5. ^ [1] Staff of North Coast Calvary Chapel
  6. ^ a b c "The Dark Horse: Joan of Arc, Elliot Smith and Me". The Huffington Post. Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  7. ^ "Switchfoot Evicted By Radiohead, Embraced By Rock Radio". MTV News. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  8. ^ QUESTIONS ABOUT THE GUYS[dead link]
  9. ^ Switchfoot Archived May 11, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ "Molly Jenson (Maybe Tomorrow review)". March 6, 2009. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011.
  11. ^ "The Art of Being Book". Archived from the original on May 16, 2013. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  12. ^ "New Way to Be Human: A Provocative Look at What It Means to Follow Jesus". WaterBrook Multnomah. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  13. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  14. ^ "Review of Karl Denson's Tiny Universe "Brother's Keeper". Retrieved March 8, 2012.
  15. ^ O'Neil, Ryan. ""Birthright" & how it was made". Archived from the original on April 2, 2015.
  16. ^ "Nickel Creek official website". Retrieved March 8, 2012.
  17. ^ "Exclusive: Nickel Creek, Switchfoot Members Start New Band". Spin. October 3, 2008. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  18. ^ Jon Foreman from Switchfoot to release solo EPs + MP3 Archived February 16, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. - Published November 27, 2007 (retrieved April 21, 2009)
  19. ^ Kim Jones. "40th Annual Dove Awards Nominees & Winners". Retrieved April 24, 2009.
  20. ^ "The Wonderlands, A Musical Planet of Songs for Every Hour of the Day". Land of Broken Hearts. Retrieved 11 March 2015.[permanent dead link]
  21. ^
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