Jerome Fontamillas

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Jerome Fontamillas
Jerome playing guitar for Switchfoot
Background information
Birth name Jerome Fontamillas
Also known as Romey, Music Chef
Born (1967-06-20) June 20, 1967 (age 46)[1]
Pasay City, Philippines
Origin U.S.
Instruments Guitar, piano, vocals, bass accordion, MC-909, drums, synthesizer, CMI programming, mellotron, Electro 2, Korg Kaossilator
Years active 1989–present
Associated acts Switchfoot, Fold Zandura, Mortal

Jerome Earl Fontamillas (born June 20, 1967 in Pasay City, Philippines)[1] is a Filipino American musician. Jerome has played in several bands notably with industrial rock [2] band Mortal and Fold Zandura, with long time musical partner Jyro Xhan. He currently plays with alternative rock band Switchfoot as a guitar and keyboard player.

Early life and education[edit]

In 1985, Fontamillas graduated from Monterey Bay Academy in Watsonville, CA.


In 1988 Fontamillas, Jyro Xhan, Ray Tongpo and Wilson Peralta released a six-song demo tape called Wish Fifteen on Blue Genius Music as Mortal Wish. Four years later they signed with Intense Records and became simply Mortal. Fontamillas would continue to play with Mortal until 1996 and played in Fold Zandura (also with Jyro) between 1995 and 1999.


In 2000, Fontamillas quit his day job and ended up joining and touring with Switchfoot shortly after the release of their third album, Learning to Breathe. His first release with Switchfoot was their 2003 release, The Beautiful Letdown. In 2002 Jyro and Fontamillas released a Mortal reunion album called Nu-En-Jin.

Fontamillas is also a producer for the following independent acts:

Personal life[edit]

Fontamillas is a Seventh-day Adventist Christian.[3]

He married his wife Kristi, who is a photographer,[4] in December 2005. The couple has two sons, Parker Lennon (born 2010)[1] and Jackson (born on October 2, 2013).[5][6]



  1. ^ a b c "Jerome Fontamillas". Land of Broken Hearts. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ Nu-En-Jin Overview - (retrieved July 2, 2008)
  3. ^ "We need more music that is passionate and meaningful and honest." (Press release). 
  4. ^ "Kristi Fontamillas Photography". Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Twitter / switchfoot: Huge congrats to Jerome - he's ...". Twitter. September 27, 2013. Retrieved September 28, 2013. 
  6. ^ "A New Addition to the SF Family; Fading West Tour Preview; LOBH Inteview". Land of Broken Hearts. October 7, 2013. Retrieved October 8, 2013.