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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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jaybug693
Kiss your hand
Say your crushes name
Close your hand
Say a weekday
Say your name
Post this on 15 other songs and your
Crush will ask you out
This freaked me out. This isn't fake. Apparently, if you copy and paste this on ten comments in ten minutes, you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either be kissed or asked out. If you break this chain, you will see a little girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry.
xodus832
anything from Cats?
prestonlewis 0 1 2 3
Hi this song sounds great keep them coming
This is my dad's favorite song
malcolmridin g s
This song is me
True. It's not easy to be me; but me being me is the only one, who I can truly be. ^_^
amazing song.
My fav song is 100 years
Dont read this cuz it actually works.you will be kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of your life.However if you will die now that you started reading you cant stop.This is scary post this on 5 songs in 134 minutes.when done press 6 and your lovers name will appear in big letters this is so scary cause it actually works!!!!!
Honestly the perfect song to convey my mood lately
Say iphone 5 times
Choose a color
Post 2 times
Look under your pillow
Say iPhone 5 times
Say a color
Post this on 5 songs
Look under your pillow
Fake sorry...
I cant believe I found this just now: http://clash o f c l a n s h e l p e r . c o m / - you receive free Clash of Clans gems instantly! It really works! (x7xZsjb2AK)
Great song
So
Sooooooooooo o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Hi
lydia82532
I like 100 years
Great song
jilly_single t o n
It Sounds John Meyer
Good
Awesome song, loooooovvvve it! :-)
This song is amazing and sounds real good on guitar!!
one of the reasons I love Pandora is that it exposes me to artists who had not previously been on my radar. I am very much aware now of this band and john ondrasik...a n d what a joy to discover to discover from the bio that he has co-written with Stephen Schwartz :-)
Although focused on the 15 year old teenager , this song is for all ages!. Excellent lyrics!. All should take heed!.
I can't stand to fly I'm not that naive
Say iPhone 5 times
Say a color
Repost on 5 other songs
Look under your pillow.
Wow guess ima 22 loser sorry. "Hi"
Mom 22 I love you guys
731103081
Singing with all your heart and you'll hear 5 for fighting<3<3 < 3
When ever I here the song chances in the movie blind side or just at all I just wanna cry
Anniversary
kdeloia32
@sofie rizo ..... Um that doesn't work ya know
edmoeduardo
Miss. Alot. Alexandra. I. Wana. Merrey. You
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible 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've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
I love this song.. even though i got told it was such a corney song.. whatever i like corney music lol :)
Say iphone 5times
Then say the color
Post this on 5 other songs
Now look under your pillow
I love this song SOOO SOOO much!!!!<3
maxteddy18
Say iPhone 5 times
Say the color
Post this on 5 other songs
Look under your pillow
maxteddy18
1 kiss your hand
2 say your crushes name
3 say your name
4 pick a day
5 post this on 15 other songs
6 on that day your crush will kiss u
1 kiss your hand
2 say your crushes name
3 say your name in your hand
4 pick a day
5 close your hand
6 Post this on 15 other songs than your crush will kiss u on that day
731103081
Counting the ways to Superman:-)
these guys are hit or miss. One of those bands where you buy the album and like 3-4 songs on the entire album. Lyrically very solid though.
love love love
gassga568105
say iphone 5 times say the color post this 5 times look under pillow
lstauffer01
100 years to live it makes me happy and sad at the same time :)
lstauffer01
Man this song is one of my favorites and somehow it brings a tear to my eye
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