Switchfoot is an alternative rock band that was formed by brothers Jon and Tim Foreman and their surfing buddy, Chad Butler in 1996. The guys formed a band (originally known as Chin Up) and they released three albums before making their major label debut in 2003 with “The Beautiful Letdown”. The double-platinum album straddled the line between sacred and secular rock music. It represented the quartet’s full evolution from a Christian group to a mainstream rock act. Following the release of The Beautiful Letdown, the band temporarily stopped playing at Christian festivals and doing interviews with Christian organizations, as they found the speculation about their faith to be distracting from the music. Three years later, they went back to headlining at large Christian-based music festivals, and also agreed to be featured on the June 2006 cover of CCM Magazine after declining the opportunity for years.
In 2007, Jon Foreman announced the band’s decision to leave Columbia Records and form its own label, lowercase people records. In 2009, the band announced that lowercase people records was licensing the new album, Hello Hurricane, to Atlantic Records, ensuring “these tunes are heard around the world.” To help promote this new release. On December 1, 2010 it was announced that Hello Hurricane had been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album. It won the Grammy on February 13, 2011.