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Jon Foreman
Jon Foreman

Jon Foreman


San Diego, CA USA

"Sometimes tension's a good thing. In fact, being pulled tight is the only way you can make a proper noise on a guitar or a violin. So if you feel pulled, that's not a bad thing."

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Jon's work combines: Music, Non-Profit Organizations, and Being Creative

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Day In The Life


I'm the lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter for the band "Switchfoot."

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    Says music was always a "diversion from class."

  • 2.

    He tried out a bunch of different degrees because he wasn't sure what he wanted to do as a "job."

  • 3.

    Knew that he loved music more than anything else, but figured he'd never make money playing music.

  • 4.

    Thought he'd be okay getting an economics degree and playing music as a side project, but then his band started taking off.

  • 5.

    Suddenly, they were living a dual life, trying to keep up with college classes while simultaneously touring.

  • 6.

    He used to think that the tension of not knowing what to do was a bad thing, but now says that that pain is a useful emotion.

  • 7.

    Says in the music business, it's hard not to let his work be dictated by what other people think of it.

  • 8.

    He's reached a point in his life where he asks, "Do I think this is awesome?" and if the answer is yes, he does it without worrying about any other opinions.