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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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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
luckyheartz7 7
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
luckyheartz7 7
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
100 years to live it makes me happy and sad at the same time :)
Man this song is one of my favorites and somehow it brings a tear to my eye
SEX?
there's more to this than love. WORLD
tomorrow's calling
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't read this you will die in two days. Now that you've started reading this don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on five songs in the next 143 min. when your done press F6 an your lovers name will pop up on your screen in big letters. Trust me it works
If you don't have anything nice to say don't say it at all
martin.buini c k i
bad
lyndsduda
I love this song it's really pretty! But it's nice to know that we can live forever some day in the Paradise God promises us!! :) for more info go to jw.org it's a really sweet website!
My great uncle Warren Smith lived to be 100. He passed away suddenly last year. He was a wonderful man. This song is his song!
19tnevil5
Give for fighting is a great song look it up on youtube
two song, 100 years
superman
love this song
I like the Original version better
Never heard of him before this. Really good singer.
Never heard of it
thanks
smw1979
You are bad make it more exiting
I'm eleven love this song
lueftchenlis a
this
Raise your glass
E wise your glass
Most people don't like this guy at least people my age! But I love him!! ��
486981743
Pass it on guys
486981743
SHUT UP DCSS NOW
Amazing
Who doesn't love rhis song
Please follow me!!! I follow back! If you follow me your very smart. Also, your awesome. :D
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