September 21, 2010





On Wednesday, September 29th, SWITCHFOOT will play a special concert at Belhaven University in Jackson, MS. All proceeds (after expenses) will be donated to the John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation and Development. A recent robbery severely impacted the Foundation’s music studio. Formed in 1983, the Foundation is dedicated to developing the lives of youth, leaders and the underprivileged in Jackson and around the world and advancing racial reconciliation.

“An Evening with Switchfoot and Dr. John M. Perkins” will feature a full-length set by SWITCHFOOT plus speeches by Dr. John M. Perkins, the civil rights activist whose autobiography, Let Justice Roll Down, inspired the band’s Top 10 Modern Rock single “The Sound (John M. Perkins’ Blues)” and SWITCHFOOT’s lead singer/guitarist, Jon Foreman. For additional details, visit or Fans can view “An Evening with Switchfoot and Dr. John M. Perkins” from anywhere in the world via Ustream, which will broadcast the event live at 7:00 p.m. ET on September 29th at

“The purpose of this night is to commemorate the unlikely partnership of a civil rights patriarch from Mississippi and a rock band from San Diego,” said Jon Foreman. “The concert will be a celebration of the life and words of John M. Perkins – a man who refused to believe that the present injustices are final. For me, this concert was born out of the song of a man who rose above his situation. A man who lived out what he believed: Love is louder than violence. Love is louder than hatred.

“My small hope is that this concert can raise funds for the John M. Perkins Foundation. They have a music studio that was robbed a few months back and, with the money we raise, we can get that program back on its feet. I’m hoping that this concert can be a lightning rod to attract the attention of more donors, and more folks who can partner with the JMP Foundation in and around Jackson.”

Foreman described his first meeting with Dr. Perkins in a recent article for The Huffington Post:

Dr. Perkins appears in SWITCHFOOT’s video for “The Sound,” which you can view at:

SWITCHFOOT – comprises Jon Foreman (vocals/guitar), Tim Foreman (bass), Chad Butler (drums), Jerome Fontamillas (keys/guitar) and Drew Shirley (guitar). The band’s latest record, Hello Hurricane, entered at No. 13 on The Billboard 200 and has met with widespread critical acclaim. SWITCHFOOT will launch a headlining North American tour on October 1st in Lynchberg, VA with The Almost opening on all dates. The band will also perform at the Austin City Limits Festival on October 10th.


For more information on SWITCHFOOT, contact:

Bobbie Gale
Big Hassle Media
p: 323-456-3490

or visit:

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“The Sound” is Stryker’s No. 1 Requested Song on KROQ!

Keep it up soldiers!
FIRST, head over and “thumbs up” the post, then leave a happy comment. LINK.

NEXT, keep it up and request the song on KROQ!

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Success Reports!

Hey Footsoldiers,

Here’s a quick update on some success stories we’ve had with our campaign.

“The Sound” and “Your Love Is a Song” are both in Alternative Addiction Radio’s Top 10 Requested list:

Request the songs here now to get them higher!

Next, “The Sound” is sitting at No. 5 on’s Alternative survey:

^This is HUGE, as these survey results get sent to record label executives. Be sure to fill out your surveys every week! (Instructions)

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Vote for “The Sound” and “Your Love Is a Song” on polls!

Hey friends. I thought we should start a radio poll thread in which we all share voting links for the two current Switchfoot radio singles: “The Sound” and “Your Love Is a Song.”

Currently, we have the following:

“The Sound”

+FM 1021 in Milwaukee
+WRRV Buzz Cut in New York

1. Sign up for an account on Be sure to indicate that your favorite music style is “Alternative”
2. There will be a list of songs that you flip through and rate on three scales: how familiar you are with the song, how much you like it, and whether or not you’re tired of hearing it on the radio. Once you reach “The Sound,” be sure to say you are familiar with the song, love it, and are not tired of hearing it on the radio

+Sirius Alt Nation

“Your Love Is a Song”

+Alternative Addiction (bonus: fill-in vote for The Sound)

If we all fill these polls out every day, we can do some damage.

So if anyone finds any other polls (online or otherwise) for us to vote on or call in and request, let us know, and we’ll add it to this first page. Let’s do this, Footsoldiers!

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“Your Love Is a Song” impacts radio!

Footsoldiers, as you know, “Your Love Is a Song” hit American pop radio today. We’re getting ready to roll it out to Hot AC, but just want to make sure you all know that “The Sound” is not going away. In fact, it is slowly chugging it’s way up the Alternative charts. Be sure to keep requesting it on “The Sound” Request Page.

We’ve also set up a similar page for “Your Love Is a Song” which will be added as more and more stations start to play the single.

Can’t wait to get this going, soldiers. Stay strong and stay classy. Things are on the up-and-up!

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Bro-Am Promotion!

Time to also kick “The Sound” promotion into high gear. As we all know, Footsoldiers, this week is Bro-Am week in San Diego. So, in honor of that, let’s attack the phones and request links of the Alternative stations in that area to raise awareness.

First off, request “The Sound” on 91x’s Really Big Countdown by emailing, subject line: Really Big Countdown Submission. If you live in the area, better yet, call in to request the song and let them know how excited you are for the Bro-Am! 570-191X

Next, use this eform to request “The Sound” on 949 KBZT. You can also call in: 619-570-1949

Let’s do this footsoldiers!

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Footsoldiers: “The Sound” music video YouTube Campaign

The Sound video campaign


“The Sound” music video has been released online. It is the time to START PROMOTING.

Within the first 48 hours, we have a pivotal role to play in making this video huge on Youtube. We’ve done it with “Mess of Me.” We can definitely improve on that and do even better with “The Sound!” We are the buzz makers; the fire starters. The video will speak for itself in the end, but we need to get it out there.

So here is what we need to do; these goals are based on the “Mess of Me” video campaign, but we may want to surpass these!

1. GOALS (48 hours)

1,500+ Ratings
1,500+ Favorites
5,000+ Comments
75,000+ Views

Note: Ratings are incredibly important on Youtube. The more ratings, the higher on search rankings videos get. This is the most important statistic on videos, so PLEASE RATE THE VIDEO.


The ultimate result we’re going for is to get the video featured regularly on Youtube’s front page. Once you start seeing “The Sound” on Youtube’s front page, we need you to CLICK into the video from the front page; what this will tell Youtube is that the video is being watched from the front page, prompting them to continue posting it there.

So that’s it friends! We really need to band together to make this video a success, so let’s get cracking!
We’ll see you on “The Sound” YouTube Comments!
– Jeanna ( and Job (

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