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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Slice

1. Slice

2. Note To An Unknown Soldier

3. Tuesday

4. Chances

5. This Dance

7. Transfer

8. Hope

9. Story Of Your Life

10. Love Can't Change The Weather

11. Augie Nieto

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Track List: Back Country Live

1. Freedom Never Cries

2. World

4. The Riddle

5. 65 Mustang (Live)

6. NYC Weather Report (Live)

8. I Just Love You

9. If God Made You

10. Easy Tonight

12. 100 Years

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Track List: Two Lights

1. Freedom Never Cries

2. World

3. California Justice

4. The Riddle

5. Two Lights

6. '65 Mustang

7. I Just Love You

8. Policeman's Xmas Party

9. Road To Heaven

10. Johnny America

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Track List: The Battle For Everything

1. NYC Weather Report

2. The Devil In The Wishing Well

3. If God Made You

4. 100 Years

5. Angels & Girlfriends

6. Dying

7. Infidel

8. Disneyland

9. Maybe I

10. The Taste

11. One More For Love

12. Nobody

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Track List: America Town

1. Easy Tonight

3. Superman (It's Not Easy)

5. Something About You

8. Out Of Love

9. The Last Great American

10. Love Song

11. Boat Parade

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Track List: Bookmarks

1. Stand Up

2. What If

3. Heaven Knows

4. Down

5. I Don't Want Your Love

6. Road To You

7. She's My Girl

8. Symphony Lane

9. You'll Never Change

10. Your Man

11. The Day I Died

12. Rebel

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Track List: Stand Up (Single)

1. Stand Up

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Track List: What If (Single)

1. What If

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DONT READ THIS. YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST POSSIBLE FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE. TOMORROW WILL BE THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE. NOW THAT YOU HAVE STARTED READING THIS. DONT STOP THIS IS SO FREAKY. But if you read this and ignore it, than you will have very bad luck PUT THIS ON 15 SONGS IN 143 MINUTES. WHEN YOUR DONE PRESS THE SPACE BAR AND YOUR CRUSHES NAME WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS ON THE SCREEN THIS IS SO CREEPY BECAUSE IT ACTUALLY WORKS
DONT READ THIS. YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEARE
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100 Years such a great song!!!!
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I hope he plans on making more music soon I just can't get enough.
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He fell of the face of Earth
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Follower would be nice:-)
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Superman might be my favorite song ever. I can't believe it was made before I was born!!!!!
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kahase
The best of all of them ����
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tasmas7mm
I love this guy so much he has an awesome voice
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@sophiadreki yeah right but this is a great song
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U r great
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Love
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@graceli166 childhood as f**k
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Great melody. Awesome work on the ivories. Great lyrics and vocals. It's a song that makes you think of the sadness the first responders must've felt upon arriving at the World Trade Center. They all wanted to do their job and not be heroes but they all knew that heroics was what was needed. God Bless NYC and the NYFD and NYPD.
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mickbaseball 9
What a great song
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my childhood... .
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Love this song❤️❤️❤️
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holier_than_ t h o u _ 3
Dude
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Kiss your left hand say your crushes name say a day of the week

Your crush will ask you out on that day if you repost this on 15 other songs
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love it!!! makes me cry!!! i know every word!!!! :)
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superman(its not easy)
100 years
chances
GOOD SONGS
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Love it
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I love this song best song ever
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I love their music the vocals and the piano are awesome one my favorite artists I can sing but I don't have the fingers to play piano or keyboard
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Great Music!!
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One of my favorites
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wcmorris2
Love 100 Years and The Riddle!
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Ks
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Ks
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I want to be someone superman !!!
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Beautiful.. chances are YOU wont love ME
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Freedom Never Cries - Wow!. pretty amazing song. We are so blessed to live in this country...
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i love him and his songs ps he is the best
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It doesn't matter what song I hear from five for fighting. All they will do is just put me into tears.
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There's never a wish.. Better then this. When you only got a 100 years to live. (Enjoy every moment you have and realise how great it is to even be were you are now. "There's still time for you")
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100 years :')
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I also like Superman (its not easy)
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I love 100 years.
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Beautiful lyrics. Love this song...inspi r e s you to enjoy every moment.
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To me this song is telling me there is so much to see in such little time. Is what I get out of there song 100 years
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Time is a blessing...l u p e
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Time...
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See!!!
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This song has alway summed it up...thank you.. lupe
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Not worth doing but cida cool but not qwit
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dannywhite74 3
I like this band cuz ima hockey fan
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Awesome
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Superman (it's not easy) and 100 years great songs love them both great band
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The song 100 years makes me cry every time I hear it
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God bless everyone , and if its Saturday, then Happy Sabbath everyone!!!�
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I love the song Superman (it's not easy). :'''''(. My Uncle James was buried to this song. It was his favorite song. He fought for years against cancer but finally gave in on October 28. I miss him so much. He loved superman. I cry when I see someone dressed as superman.
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