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Switchfoot Re-Imagines “Meant To Live” With Jon Bellion

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Today (Jul 21), Grammy Award winning rock band Switchfoot drops a new version of their hit song “Meant to Live” featuring singer/songwriter Jon Bellion. The song originally debuted in 2003 on Switchfoot’s The Beautiful Letdown (Deluxe Version).

Years ago Jon Bellion mentioned Switchfoot in a tweet as an inspiration for a song he was working on. I hit Bellion back to tell him that I’ve loved his stuff for years. Fast forward to this year- when we started re-recording The Beautiful Letdown; we had a lot of friends reach out with stories about how that album had impacted their lives- one of those friends was Bellion. He had this wild idea of recreating “Meant to Live”, his own version – using just his voice and strings.
I wrote “Meant To Live” on a loaner guitar, on a borrowed couch, in a tear-down, rented house. Hearing Abbey Road strings playing a John Metcalfe arrangement with Bellion’s voice singing those lyrics was sublime. The moment felt like an arrival. It’s like I’m hearing the song for the first time, and I wonder who wrote it, and where music even comes from.
I hope this song greets you like you like an old friend. I hope this song gives you a deep breath. Maybe your heart rate slows, you close your eyes, and you’re reminded of a bigger story.
-Switchfoot

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