Featuring: Jason Wade of Lifehouse and Jon Foreman of Switchfoot
Although Lifehouse and Switchfoot have been touring together on the “Looking For Summer Tour” for over a month now, last night at the House of Blues in Houston, the two bands took the stage together for the first time.
This past Friday, the bands released a special collaboration entitled, “Shine Like Gold” — a song they wrote and recorded together. The intent here was to take action in aiding those devastated by Hurricane Harvey. 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. To date, the song has raised $54,000 for flood relief initiatives in Houston.
In “Shine Like Gold”, we see Lifehouse frontman, Jason Wade and Switchfoot frontman, Jon Foreman, trading off verses and then coming together in harmony for a beautiful chorus.
Jason Wade, Lifehouse:
“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, Switchfoot:
“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 to celebrate HOPE in the midst of tragedy.”
Prior to the House of Blues show, the bands went to NRG Stadium Shelter to bring some songs to folks who’ve been displaced out of house and home.
‘LOOKING FOR SUMMER’ TOUR remaining dates:
Sept. 08 — Mandalay Bay Beach — Las Vegas, Nev.
Sept. 09 — Greek Theatre — Los Angeles, Calif.
Sept.10 — The Masonic — San Francisco, Calif.
Check out our interview with Jason Wade.
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