Five for Fighting is the stage name of American singer-songwriter John Ondrasik. He is best known for his piano-based rock, such as the Top 40 hits "Superman (It's Not Easy)", "100 Years", and "The Riddle".
John Ondrasik was born on January 7, 1965 in Los Angeles, a child of a musical family. In his early years, Ondrasik learned the piano and in his teens he learned to play the guitar and started to write music. While he also learned to sing opera briefly, he soon decided that he would like to be a singer/songwriter. Ondrasik graduated from UCLA with a degree in applied science and mathematics. While in college he continued to pursue music in his spare time. He adopted the name "Five for Fighting," which is an expression in hockey. Ondrasik is a lifelong fan of the NHL's Los Angeles Kings.