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Birth and Early Life of John Ondrasik: John Ondrasik was born January 7, 1968 in Los Angeles, California. He grew up in a musical family and began studying piano at the age of 2. Later, Ondrasik taught himself to play guitar and began writing songs. He enrolled in college at UCLA as a math major, but John Ondrasik also continued to pursue his musical dream in his spare time. Recording as Five for Fighting: John Ondrasik adopted the stage name Five for Fighting. It comes from a phrase used when a hockey player is sent to the penalty box for five minutes after fighting on the ice. Ondrasik thought it would be a more memorable performing name than his own. Sometimes Five for Fighting refers to a band, but most often it is taken to refer to John Ondrasik himself. The first Five for Fighting album, Message for Albert, was released in 1997. The sound is a sort of intelligent piano-infused pop echoing Billy Joel and Ben Folds. Quote from John Ondrasik: Describing his approach to music on his official web site: "Being in a band, you spend a lot of months on a bus rolling through America. Unless you do that you don't' have a sense of the expanse and the differences that make it so great. My music just comes from my experience putting the miles on tires." Pop Star in Wake of September 11, 2001: Five for Fighting's second album America Town was released in September, 2000. Initially, the album languished, but the ballad "Superman (It's Not Easy)" began to draw attention. It was climbing the pop charts when the horrific terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 took place. "Superman (It's Not Easy)" soon was adopted by rescue workers and emergency workers as an anthem to ease the burden of their work. Eventually the song hit #1 on the Adult Top 40 chart, and America Town went platinum. Top Five for Fighting Songs: - 2001 - Superman (It's Not Easy) - #1 Adult Top 40 - 2004 - 100 Years - #1 Adult Contemporary - 2006 - The Riddle - #4 Adult Contemporary

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