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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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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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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 u don't post this u will be injured in two days (u wont die). now u started reading this so don't stop. post this on at least 5 other songs in the next 143 minutes. when your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen. it is so scary it actually works!
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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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Love this song. Our children are 24, 20 and 15. we're 54. Parents are in their 70's. Song hits home.
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I'm listening to Superman (It's Not Easy) and I cry every time I hear it. My Uncle James had cancer died and this was his funeral song.
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ngold24
Follow 4 follow
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Love the song "100 years".
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9 ppoppol
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maeflower024
❤️❤️❤️❤️
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Sounds a lot like Dave Mathews! Like it !!!
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Love, love this song.
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I should probably hate this and call it cheesy.... but goddamn it I love it!
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I like the song 100 Years :-) :-) :-)
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I love this song
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I love this song so much that I love five for fighting too much now it came from the show smallville
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jsd375
Thats kinda harsh, Chris. Keep Going Kyle it will get better
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I love ur music keep going please my gf and me are suicidal and we lesson to this song 100 years and it kept us going
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This song is related to thousand years
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I love 100 years.
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I like your music
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I am so going to play this song at my wedding!!
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River flows in you.
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javier.javi. g u t i e r r e z
Chances... Chances are my depression is killing me. :(
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love the song! But cut out the chain comments please it's only for the gullible
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This is true, it's not easy to be me..
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Lyrics are so close to my heart ♡
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This is the best song I ever heard in a long time
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Kiss your hand 10 times report this 2 times look at your hand
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Is it just me or does F4F's singer sound like Bono from U2?
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I was at 911 and I still cry
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