Five for Fighting, presented by 97.3 KBCO, will perform on the Main Stage at the 34th Annual A Taste of Colorado, produced by Downtown Denver Partnership, on Sun., Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Five for Fighting burst on the music scene 15 years ago with his Grammy Award-nominated hit “Superman (It’s Not Easy).”
Never has the phrase “he shoots, he scores” been more applicable than when mentioning rabid hockey fan and chart-topping singer/songwriter John Ondrasik. The Los Angeles native, who goes by Five for Fighting (a five-minute penalty for on-the-ice fist-a-cuffs), has been a mainstay on mainstream radio since he signed his first deal in 1997 with “Message For Albert.” His follow-up, “American Town,” is the album that really took flight, as the aforementioned “Superman (It’s Not Easy)” went Platinum, as did the album. The song, which hit the airwaves the same week his daughter, Olivia, was born, was #1 on Adult Top 40, #2 on Hot AC, and in the Top 40 Top 10.
Popular albums include 2004’s “Battle for Everything,” which spawned the two-time platinum song “100 Years.” Other hits have included “The Riddle,” “World,” “Chances” and “What If.” His music has been featured in 350 films, TV shows and advertisements, ranging from the “The Blind Side” to “Hawaii Five-O.” He has also written tunes for other artists, including Josh Groban and The Backstreet Boys.