Bro-Am, Journal, Tour


June 25, 2016 — Jon Foreman





Where The Light Shines Through is our tenth album as a band. It’s the most personal album of hope and struggle that we’ve ever made. Because these new songs mean so much to us, we wanted to find the perfect place to unveil them. We all came to the same conclusion – the only place to release these songs would be in our own hometown on our favorite day of the year: at the 12th annual SWITCHFOOT BRO-AM! This is a dream come true: to share our new album with our community first. To be able to give the new record to our hometown before we give it to anyone else. Even better, to give a portion of the record sales back to the BRO-AM Foundation. A free show for our hometown? A celebration of our community on the beach with surfing and rock and roll? All to celebrate and provide resources for underprivileged kids in our community? Yup. That sounds like Where the Light Shines Through.

The BRO-AM Foundation raises money for programs in our community that are serving at-risk youth. Hope deserves an anthem and the struggle for hope deserves to be celebrated. That’s why we started the BRO-AM 11 years ago – we wanted to join with the kids in our community who are fighting for hope, to come alongside of them and inspire them to keep going.

But the irony is that these kids have given me more inspiration than I could ever give in return. They have encouraged me to keep going. These children and their story give me hope. Gold, silver, and diamonds could never shine as bright as the eyes of a child. In the eyes of the underprivileged, I see the promise of Hope. Even in my own weakness, I feel the promise of strength. In the dried up rivers, I hear the promise of rain. In the darkest night, I see the promise of dawn.

The wound is where the light shines through.


Categories: Bro-Am, Journal, Tour

  • Thank you guys for everything you’ve done for StandUp For Kids over the years. I can honestly say that I’d likely be dead if it wasn’t for them. Thank you for helping them to help others like me.

  • Katie Bashlor

    This is the best album I’ve heard in a very long time. For me it is also an answer to prayer. I need to hula hoop to get in better shape. With this album, I can’t stop moving! Also, the words are inspiring. Thank you Switchfoot.

  • Christopher

    I just received “Where the Light Shines Through” in the post today!!! Yay!!! I thought that Switchfoot was a Christian band. I didn’t see any thank you to the King of Kings, Jesus Christ, in the linear notes. I finally surrendered to Christ in November 2015—“put down my sabre and stopped rebelling against the Lord” to paraphrase C.S. Lewis. I love the title “Where the Light Shines Through”!!!! Reminded me right away of 2 Corinthians: 5-7. I actually listened to you guys before I was saved, I was a Christian but not a follower of Christ in a real sense. Switchfoot, you definitely “planted seeds” along with many others to help me find the truth. I thank you and God for that!!!! Looking forward to seeing your show at ALIVE in Ohio in a few weeks! When you come to Pittsburgh in the fall, you might bring your surf boards, we got three rivers, but not much surf. Peace. By the way, my girlfriend really digs you guys!

    • John Trenter


      Please try to read between the lines to see SF’s great thanksgiving to Christ for His Kingship and praise and glory–they are artists who want to be ambassadors of drawing people to Jesus with metaphors and less direct ways of helping people to think about spiritual realities. in other venues such as Jon’s daily messages and so on he is more direct as he is on his solo projects. This approach is similar to some of CS Lewis’ and others’ works. There are plenty of bands in Christian music that are very direct in their music but perhaps not as creative and metaphorical and artistic, at least in my opinion. Bless you brother! All the guys in SF are awesome brothers in Jesus! I praise God for them and their Spirit-wrought work!!


      • Christopher

        Hi John
        I understand and appreciate your thoughtful reply.
        Like I mentioned in my comment, Switchfoot planted seeds for me. When I listen to the lyrics now as a new man in Christ, they take on a whole new meaning to me. I have listened to the new album many times in the last several days and it is awesome! I am looking forward to seeing Switchfoot perform in few days in Ohio.
        Yours in Christ,

        • John Trenter

          Thanks Christopher, yeah God uses them greatly to grow many into “the full maturity of jesus Christ.” As I grew in Christ over the last 20 years much of was due to God using my pastor and SF in combo sometimes even with the same messages in different formats on the same day, it was beautiful and I grew greatly in my love for jesus and what He did and will do in His love for me. Blessings! Enjoy the Ohio concert and I expect to enjoy Thurs at Sonshine in Wisc. this week with my fam.


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