Like most fledgling musicians, John Ondrasik (aka Five For Fighting) grew to be successful – radio play, an appreciative audience, rubbing elbows, and maybe even collaborating with heroes who inspired him. Thanks to impactful No. 1 hits such as “Superman” and “100 Years,” Ondrasik has certainly had that success and been able to establish himself as a working — and, importantly, evolving — artist. But he’s also accomplished a great deal more during the 15 years of his recording career.
Ondrasik used his formidable position — more than 2.5 million albums sold and stature as one of Billboard magazines Top 5 Adult-Contemporary artists of the 2000s — as a launching pad that’s taken him well beyond the charts. In 2012 he’s a philanthropist and an in-demand public speaker. “I’m very lucky,” Ondrasik says. “For over a decade I’ve been able to make my living as a songwriter and be able to practice my craft. I could’ve been one of those guys who, yeah, had some potential, wrote a few good songs but never was allowed to have that public hearing. I DID have the gift of being heard. I caught the falling star. Obviously you have to do the work and have the tenacity to face the hurdles along the way — everything has to align,. Then, if it does, you can embrace success as an opportunity to do something even more with it.”