Singer/songwriter John Ondrasik, also known as Five for Fighting, the band name under which he records and performs, will release his sixth studio album on September 17, 2013. The soon to be titled album was produced by Gregg Wattenberg (Phillip Phillips, Train) & Derek Fuhrmann (Phillip Phillips, O.A.R).
Ondrasik has spent the past decade writing deeply personal songs that invoke the human spirit, including the classic “100 Years” and “Superman” (It’s Not Easy). Billboard.com will exclusively be premiering/streaming the first single, “What If” which carries on with the tradition of Five for Fighting’s cultural introspection as Ondrasik poses the question, “What if we could truly understand each other’s experience? Would our stereotypes and preconceptions change? Would compassion overcome insecurity and ideology? What if you were me? What if I were you?”
“What If” will be available for purchase June 11, 2013.
Five for Fighting has sold millions of albums and singles over its storied career. The critically acclaimed debut album, Message for Albert, was released in 1997. Five for Fighting’s breakthrough came in 2001 with the Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling song “Superman” from the platinum certified America Town. “Superman”(It’s Not Easy) was a chart-topping hit at both Top 40 radio and at Hot AC. Already climbing the charts prior to 9/11, “Superman” (It’s Not Easy) went on to have a life of its own, becoming a song of healing for the nation. In 2004, Five for Fighting recorded the platinum-certified album, The Battle For Everything, which yielded the retrospective double-platinum hit, “100 Years,” a song that has become a part of the classic American songbook and spent 12 weeks at #1 at Hot AC. With the 2006 release of Two Lights, featuring “World,” the hit song “The Riddle,” and “Freedom Never Cries,” Five for Fighting continued to craft songs with material drawn from personal experience in regards to love, war, culture, family, humanity and mortality. 2009’s Slice yielded the certified gold hit “Chances” which was featured in Oscar winning film The Blind Side. In all, Ondrasik has placed Five for Fighting songs in over 350 films, TV shows and advertisements, from HBO and the History Channel to ESPN.