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Five For Fighting

Five for Fighting is the one-man band of John Ondrasik, who rose to fame in 2001 on the strength of the pop/rock ballad "Superman (It's Not Easy)." Although originally released in 2000, the single became popular after the events of September 11, 2001, which shone new light on Five for Fighting's tale of flight, insecurity, and heroics. Another Top 40 hit, "100 Years," followed three years later, thus cementing Five for Fighting's status as one of the decade's leading balladeers.

Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, Ondrasik started his musical training when he was only two years old. His mother, a piano teacher, gave him lessons, and he began turning his attention to guitar at the age of 13. He taught himself to use the latter instrument and soon began writing music. Somewhere along the way, he also took vocal lessons in opera. After discovering that opera wasn't his cup of tea, Ondrasik shifted his focus once again, this time turning to artists like Billy Joel, Journey, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, and Earth, Wind & Fire for inspiration.

Using the stage name Five for Fighting -- a term he appropriated from ice hockey's rule book -- Ondrasik made his major-label debut in 1997 by releasing Message for Albert. He then left the roster of his original label, Capitol Records, and signed with Columbia before issuing America Town. Released in 2000, the album furthered Ondrasik's themes of love and life while adding a political spin, a combination that yielded warm reviews but sluggish sales. America Town might have been another strong outing from a talented (yet commercially invisible) songwriter were it not for the tragic events of September 11, 2001, and the nation's subsequent embrace of the delicate piano ballad "Superman (It's Not Easy)." Five for Fighting performed the song at the Concert for New York City that winter, and America Town went platinum several months later.

While it was a bittersweet way to find fame, the single's success gave Ondrasik the artistic license he'd always craved. When The Battle for Everything appeared in early 2004, it was Five for Fighting's most stylistically ambitious and lyrically bold recording to date. It also yielded another high-charting single, "100 Years." 2006's Two Lights continued Ondrasik's exploration of blue-collar America by focusing on love, mortality, war, and family. A concert album entitled Back Country Live arrived in 2007, followed by Slice -- featuring several songs co-written by musical theater composer Steven Schwartz -- in October 2009. Ondrasik reunited with producer Gregg Wattenberg -- who had previously worked with Ondrasik on America Town -- for his sixth album release Bookmarks. Released in September 2013, the album was preceded by the single "What If." ~ Charlotte Dillon & Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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Man I love this song sooo much my daddy passed when I was seven and he just 46... I love you daddy! ❤️ RIP
Love this song������
Or are you ready
Or are you ready yet?
Love this song
Friend happy
Benten
Hi you show teenwolf
Lo Love this Song . Crying now. Charles Joseph
moxieangel7
So sorry for your loss charlesborde l o n 1 9 4 4
I love this song.God Bless All . My heart is broken by the lose of my Life my Wife passed away in 18 days I can not get over it . Ii am still crying I say God Take me to to the Love of my Life Julie Joanne.
Kiss your left hand 10 times
Say your crush's name
Say your name
Post this on 15 other songs and your crush will ask you out in 2 days
Follow me on IG spc_villamor
Nice song
Like this song :)
aulbree13
Austin Cook, Friday
drapp0015
I'm 45 for a moment...cha s i n g the years of my life...
Jarod this is for you I love you baby boy I want you forever
aortizfamily 9 3
Say your name, pick a day of the week, post this on 5 songs your crush will ask you out
We do not ALWAYS HAVE 100 yrs !! GOOOO!!!
Pretty song--an Americana fairytale, perhaps?
As


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nadibird
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works.
Don't read this because it actually works. You wil
F**k uou
Nice
nknapp8
always on the verge of optimism and melancholy
jk im not him XD
i luv u 2 slapple2000 :)
Love this song!
These guys are great.
beautiful songs <3
100 years is enough
Kiss your left hand
Say your crushes name
Close your hand
Pick a school day
Say your name
Post this on 15 different songs
Your crush will ask you out
skyhughes
I LISTEN TO THIS SONG SIINCE 100 YEARS AGO LOL
skyhughes
ON MY MOMS PROFILE
43 years to go ! If i go befor its been a great. Run man!
Yes!!
chrisd619
Instead of polluting Pandora with inane comments about commenting 10 times for the best day of your life, lets crowd the comments with Five For Fighting! Pass this comment on, spread the word!
Only live one life to live so be happy and enjoy each day to the fullest. Also make sure you are with the right person and that you are absolutely in love. Novneed to hurt and break someones heart!!
Awesome
It's not easy!
This freaked me out this isn't fake apparently if you copy and paste this in 10 comments in 10 minutes you'll have the best day of your life tomorrow you will either be kissed it asked out if you break this chain you'll see a little girl in your room tonite in the next four minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry
This freaked me out cause it really work if u post this a least 5 times you will be kissed,asked out or just have the best day tmrw if not the complete opposite will happen death or just a really bad accident post this 5 times don't try to call it a bluff cause it ain't
Don't read this because it actually works.You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. tomorrow will be your life. however if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. you started reading this so don't stop. this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary because it actually works.....*s i g h * I'm sorry about this.....
Love Superman It's Not Easy








John Ondrasik puts so much emotion into his songs. It's hard to find any other band that can do that as well as Five For Fighting.

Follow me and I'll follow back!
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He is not something bed and watch movies with me his killer and the other day he was not a bad
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works.
#NoWastingTi m e
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