Jerome Fontamillas

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Jerome Fontamillas
Jerome playing guitar for Switchfoot
Background information
Birth name Jerome Earl Fontamillas
Also known as Romey, Music Chef
Born (1967-06-20) June 20, 1967 (age 51)
Pasay City, Philippines
Origin San Diego, California, U.S.
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar, keyboards
Years active 1989–present
Associated acts Mortal, Fold Zandura, Switchfoot

Jerome Fontamillas (born June 20, 1967)[1] is an American musician. Fontamillas has played in several bands, notably with industrial rock[2] band Mortal and alternative rock band Fold Zandura, with longtime musical partner Jyro Xhan. Since 2003, he has played the keyboards, the guitar and other instruments, as well as sung backing vocals in Switchfoot, with which he has released seven studio albums.

Early life and education[edit]

Fontamillas was born on June 20, 1967 in Pasay City in the Philippines. When he was three years old, his family moved to the United States, where they lived in Chicago and then California. He started taking piano lessons when he was a child.[1]

In 1985, Fontamillas graduated from Monterey Bay Academy in Watsonville, California.[citation needed]


In 1988 Fontamillas, Jyro Xhan, Ray Tongpo and Wilson Peralta released a six-song demo tape, titled Wish Fifteen, on Blue Genius Music as Mortal Wish. Four years later they signed with Intense Records and changed their name to Mortal. Fontamillas would continue to play with Mortal until 1996 and played in Fold Zandura, also with Jyro, between 1995 and 1999.[citation needed]

In 2000, Fontamillas quit his day job and started touring with Switchfoot shortly before the release of their third album, Learning to Breathe. He became an official member of the band in 2003. His first release with Switchfoot was their 2003 break-through album The Beautiful Letdown.[1]

In 2002, Jyro and Fontamillas released a Mortal reunion album, Nu-En-Jin.[1]

Fontamillas is also a producer for the following independent acts:[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Fontamillas is a Seventh-day Adventist.[3]

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



  1. ^ a b c d e "Jerome Fontamillas". Land of Broken Hearts. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Nu-En-Jin Overview". Retrieved July 2, 2008. 
  3. ^ "We need more music that is passionate and meaningful and honest" (Press release). Archived from the original on 2008-08-28. 
  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.