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Five for Fighting is the stage name of U.S. 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 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.

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