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Five For Fighting

Five for Fighting is the stage name of U.S. singer-songwriter John Ondrasik. His latest work being 2013’s ‘Bookmarks’, his breakout into international success came with his 2000 album ‘America Town’, which went platinum in the U.S. due to the widespread acclaim of his song “Superman (It’s Not Easy)” in late 2001. His 2004 album ‘The Battle For Everything’ has also enjoyed considerable chart success in the U.S. Ondrasikhas released a DualDisc of his 2004 album as well, with has one side containing ‘The Battle For Everything’ in its entirety and the other side being a DVD containing bonus footage and the “100 Years” music video.

John Ondrasik was born in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. He grew up there in a musical family, with his mother teaching him the piano from the age of two. As a teenager, he learned how to play the guitar as well and started to write music. While he also learned to sing opera briefly, he quickly decided that he would like to be a piano playing popular musician along the lines of Elton John and Billy Joel. Ondrasik adopted the name “Five for Fighting” which is an expression in ice hockey when a player is sent from the rink by the referee for a major penalty. The name was used for the reason that it would be more memorable than his real name.

In 1997, his first album, ‘Message For Albert’, was released by EMI. Although not quite breaking through commercially, fans of modern singer-songwriter music provided a warm audience for Ondrasik. After the success of ‘America Town’, Capitol Records re-released this debut album to give it a more mainstream audience.

The three favorite songs of John from other artists are "One" by U2, "God Only Knows" by Brian Wilson and any song by Leonard Cohen.
The name "Five For Fighting" was adopted from an ice hockey term which means a five-minute penalty for fighting with another player.
In November 2007, Ondrasik helped in the release of a CD compilation for US military troops. The CD contains 13 songs and included his single "100 Years". These songs are also available for free download by any US military member.
The song "The Riddle" became Ondrasik's third Top 40 Hit of his career. It reached No.40 on the Billboard Top 100 Chart.
The song "Sister Sunshine" is part of the movie soundtrack of Raising Helen.
Their song "Something About You" is part of the movie soundtrack of Win A Date With Tad Hamilton.
Their song "Superman" was featured in an episode of Journeyman called "Emily".
John Ondrasik was given the opportunity to fill in for legendary radio host Casey Kasem as he took the week off.
They released their album 'The Battle for Everything' on February 3, 2004.
The album "The Battle for Everything" debuted at number 20 on the Billboard 200 album chart.
The song "The Riddle" took them three years to write.
Their song "100 Years" was a retrospective during Katie Couric's last day as host of "NBC's Today show."
Their song '100 Years' was played on a commercial for JP Morgan Chase.
This is Five For Fighting's Discography.
Message for Albert-1997
America Town-2000
The Battle for Everything-2004
Two Lights-2006

Their song 'Superman (It's Not Easy)' became popular following the September 11, 2001 attacks.
In 1997, "Five For Fighting" released their debut album 'Message For Albert.'
"Five For Fighting" is with Sony Records.

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