Jon was born in San Bernardino, California and grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, Norfolk, Virginia and later, in San Diego. Jon has always been comfortable in the spotlight... even as a young boy. Once, when his father took him to a local parade, Jon got lost. His dad searched everywhere for him but at last, he finally found him, at the end of the parade, marching with everyone else. Jon has also been singing for a long time, ever since he was a kid. He says he remembers singing for the first time at Disneyland, the happiest place on earth! Jon wanted to be a professional soccer player when he grew up. At the suggestion of a friend, Jon learned to play the guitar in Junior High, and later, helped his brother Tim learn to play the bass.
Jon loved surfing and he surfed all throughout high school, often competing in surfing events. During his high school years, he and Tim played in a variety of local bands, most famously their band 'Etc'. 'Etc' released a self-titled demo (of which only 1000 copies were made), but soon disbanded.
Jon then attended college at UCSD, majoring in Economics and studying music. He formed the band Chin Up (with Tim and a friend from high school Chad Butler) and the band was quickly signed to an indie label called Re:think, where they changed their name to Switchfoot and recorded an album. As the band began to grow and become more successful, Jon dropped out of college to pursue music full time.
In January of 2002, Jon married his wife Emily Masen (her sister is Sarah Masen, who was a recording artist on the Re:think label).
Jon can play the guitar, the keyboards, the piano, the drums, the harmonica and the trumpet. He has also contributed his voice to a variety of bands in the music scene. Jon is a gifted writer and he has been involved in several books (The Art of Being, New Way To Be Human and Be The Change). He is an extrememly talented songwriter and he will often write a song a day. Jon also enjoys philosophy and says that if he were not in the band, he would want to be teaching a philosophy class.
Though Jon was still making music with Switchfoot, he eventually decided to start two side projects, in addition to his work with Switchfoot. With his friend Sean Watkins from Nickel Creek, Jon started a new band called Fiction Family (previously titled "The Real SeanJon"). The band hopes to release an album sometime in 2008. Jon also began a solo career, releasing two acoustic EPs, with two more on way. He uses these side projects as a vehicle to get out his songs that don't fit with the "Switchfoot sound".