“Before I started elementary school my older brother was into Switchfoot. So I was about 4 years old and I was like, oh my gosh, these guys are so cool, and the music is so awesome.
They were the first rock n’ roll sounding band I’d ever heard, I remember their sound was really distinctive, and even from a young age it broadened my senses because I realized that music doesn’t have to sound a certain way to be good, you know? As I got older and started digging into the lyrics I realized there were all different kinds of messages I could identify with in music. It opened up a whole new world to me, I recognized other values of music, like the therapeutic aspects of music and the ways it can be like a healthy escape.
Their music has helped me get through multiple challenging times in my life. Even recently, last year, my family went through a pretty tough time, it was a confusing time for me. And being a person of faith, and in ministry, when difficult times happen you think about questioning God. Like why is this happening to me? Listening to some of Switchfoot’s songs that dig in to those kinds of issues helped me understand how I was feeling and helped me talk to God about that. They encouraged me to just hold on, to keep hope. You know hope is one of their biggest themes, it’s one of the biggest reasons they do music, to give hope an anthem.”