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Lifehouse and Switchfoot Release Song Benefiting Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

Lifehouse and Switchfoot Release Song Benefiting Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

After the devastating storm that struck Texas, Lifehouse and Switchfoot wanted to do something together to give back and wrote a brand new song titled, “Shine Like Gold,” which exclusively premiered on People.com. The track was recorded in Nashville and is now available for pay-what-you-want download, here. All proceeds from “Shine Like Gold” will be donated to aid Houston’s recovery in partnership with Food for the Hungry.

Lifehouse and Switchfoot are currently touring with each other for the first time ever on the “Looking For Summer” Tour. The bands will collectively be performing the song together at the September 5 House of Blues show in Houston, Texas.

On “Shine Like Gold” and the Houston show, Lifehouse’s Jason Wade said, “We can’t imagine what everyone is going through right now in Houston, but they’ve all been in our thoughts and prayers. We look forward to playing this show, standing alongside this amazing city and doing everything in our power to help. Jon and I started writing ‘Shine Like Gold’ at the beginning of this tour, but it wasn’t until we recorded it in Nashville that we really knew what it was about. Seeing all of these amazing individuals who’ve sacrifice for their neighbors, and stepped up in the face of extreme hardship has been so inspiring. This song is for them. All of the proceeds from this song are going to Houston for the unsung heroes that do the right thing when no one is watching. All the love.”

Jon Foreman of Switchfoot shared shared these sentiments: “Jason and I had always talked about writing a song together. When it finally happened, ‘Shine Like Gold’ became a song about everyday heroes fighting their way through the darkness toward the light. On the day we recorded the song, Hurricane Harvey began wreaking havoc in Texas. Sometimes you don’t know what a song is for until after its written. In this case it became crystal clear. As we watched our friends and family in Texas struggle through the aftermath of the hurricane, we knew exactly what we had to do. We LOVE Houston. Houston is resilient and will rebuild. We can’t wait to be in Houston next Tuesday to celebrate HOPE in the midst of tragedy.”

Multi-platinum award-winning rock band Lifehouse recently released their first hits compilation, Lifehouse: Greatest Hits, on CD and all digital retailers. The 18-track selection will include a multitude of their chart-topping hits, including “You and Me,” “First Time”, “Halfway Gone,” “Hurricane” and “Hanging by a Moment,” which was the most played radio track of 2001. To mark the release, Lifehouse, which includes Jason Wade (lead vocals, guitar), Bryce Soderberg (bass, vocals) and Ricky Woolstenhulme Jr. (drums, percussion), are co-headlining a U.S. tour with Switchfoot, which will wrap September 10 at the Masonic Auditorium in San Francisco after a show on September 9 at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles (tour dates below). Lifehouse includes singer/songwriter/guitarist Jason Wade, bassist Bryce Soderberg and drummer Rick Woolstenhulme Jr. Lifehouse’s music has always been radio-friendly, but the band’s success is as much for lead singer/guitarist Jason Wade’s “sonorous” vocals and spiritual songwriting as it is for the band’s well-honed cohesion as performers. Since 2000, Lifehouse has released seven albums that have cumulatively sold 15 million around the world.

Formed in San Diego in 1996, Switchfoot includes Jon Foreman (vocals, guitar), Tim Foreman (bass), Jerome Fontamillas (keyboard, guitar), Drew Shirley (guitar), and Chad Butler (drums). Since their start, the band has sold over 5.7 million copies worldwide of their first nine studio albums (including their 2003 double-platinum breakthrough The Beautiful Letdown and 2009’s Grammy Award-winning Hello Hurricane), racked up a string of Alternative radio hit singles, and performed sold-out world tours with over 4 million concert tickets worldwide.

Switchfoot released their latest album, Where The Light Shines Through, on July 8th, 2016 via Vanguard Records. Where The Light Shines Through is the band’s tenth album and the first since 2014’s highly acclaimed Fading West. The album was self-produced in collaboration with John Fields, who helmed the multi-platinum breakthrough The Beautiful Letdown.

For more information on Lifehouse, follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or visit LifehouseMusic.com.

For more information on Switchfoot, visit Switchfoot.com.

‘LOOKING FOR SUMMER’ TOUR:
Sept. 03 – Gillioz Theater – Springfield, Mo.
Sept. 04 – The Pavilion at Irving Music Factory – Irving, Texas
Sept. 05 – House of Blues – Houston, Texas
Sept. 08 – Mandalay Bay Beach – Las Vegas, Nev.
Sept. 09 – Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, Calif.
Sept.10 – The Masonic – San Francisco, Calif.

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Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman Traces The Course Of A Day In THE WONDERLANDS, A Four-EP Series

Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman Traces The Course Of A Day In THE WONDERLANDS, A Four-EP Series

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On May 26, lowercase people records will release Jon Foreman’s The Wonderlands: Sunlight, the first in a four-EP series, digitally. See below for track listing. The ambitious solo project from the lead vocalist/guitarist of GRAMMY®-winning rock band Switchfoot has been 10 years in the making and will feature 24 songs in total – one for each hour of the day.

Jon Foreman's 'The Wonderlands: Sunlight'

Jon Foreman’s ‘The Wonderlands: Sunlight’

In total, 24 co-producers contributed to The Wonderlands series, including Paramore’s Taylor York, Grouplove’s Andrew Wessen, Mutemath’s Darren King, Jeff Coffin from Dave Matthews Band, Cubbie Fink of Foster The People, Noah Gundersen, Ryan O’Neal from Sleeping At Last and Eric Owyoung from Future of Forestry plus Neal Avron (Fall Out Boy, Sara Bareilles), who produced Switchfoot’s Fading West (2014) and Vice Verses (2011), and Charlie Peacock (The Civil Wars, Brett Dennen), who helmed several early Switchfoot albums and co-produced Foreman’s collection of four seasonal EPs. The Calvin College choir, based in Grand Rapids, MI, is also featured on the track “Mercy’s War,” which will appear on a future EP in The Wonderlands series.

“Caroline,” the first single from The Wonderlands: Sunlight, premieres today on Spotify. It can be streamed HERE and Foreman’s “Sunlight” playlist can be found HERE.

The Wonderlands pre-order launches today HERE, and includes packages and experiences unique to Jon and the project. Fans will be able to pre-order digital and physical sets of all four EPs as well as limited quantities of highly unique pre-order bundles – including an opportunity to surf on the beaches of San Diego with Jon Foreman – HERE.

Foreman explores his concept of The Wonderlands – “the river between the mountains of chaos and control” – in his latest piece for The Huffington Post piece, noting, “This is where relationships rise and fall. This is where empires succeed or meet their demise. Only time can tell which is a simple day-dream and which is a prophetic vision of the future. What a glorious terrible space – the borderlands between the mirage and the facts, between waking and the dream. This is where we live, and where the song is born.” Read the full article HERE.

“For years now, I’ve been working away on this: recording every chance I get – in studios, hotels and backstage green rooms,” says Jon Foreman. “But even though it’s a solo effort, I didn’t want to do it alone. I wanted sparring partners who would hit back with their own musical muscles. And so I enlisted my friends and heroes to join with me in creating this musical world. I began sending these songs to folks all over the world for them to produce. They would play drums, bass, clarinet, or tuba and send the song back to me.”

The collaborations ignited Foreman’s compositions, providing a rich sonic palette, as the songs contained on Sunlight demonstrate -from “Terminal,” a lushly layered rumination on mortality, to the anthemic “You Don’t Know How Beautiful You Are” with its ethereal backing vocals and striking percussion to the gentle “All of God’s Children.” Lead single “Caroline” poignantly captures a mixture of hope, fear and curiosity as Jon wonders what became of an old friend, who was last spotted on a perilous path.

“Growing up is a fragile time. Some of us naturally grow up faster than others, for others one tragedy or another forces us into adulthood prematurely. Maybe there’s a death in the family, maybe there’s abuse, or a breach of trust. Suddenly, the earth and stars are shaken and our young hearts bear the scars,” explains Foreman. “These are tragic days like a knife that severs childhood from adulthood. In an instant, the rest of your life is upon you and there is no return to childhood. Driven by fear and pain these scars can steer our course sometimes without our knowledge. They say your heart is where your treasure is – but if we’re aiming for short-term goals that consistently lead us astray, then maybe our hearts need to find a new compass.”

The digital release dates for the subsequent EPs in The Wonderlands series are as follows: Shadows – July 17, Darkness – September 4 and Dawn – October 23. A special 24-hour event is being planned to coincide with the release of Dawn, the fourth and final EP in the series. At physical retail, Sunlight & Shadows (combined) will release on July 17, while Darkness & Dawn (combined) will release on October 23.

“My world has always been mapped out by music,” explains Foreman. “Even when I was a kid, songs were my landscape – a place to run to, a place to figure things out, a place to express the inexpressible. With The Wonderlands, I wanted to create a planet of my own: a world built out of songs. My hope is that listeners will find a new landscape to call their own.”

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