Five for Fighting will play at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall in St. Johns County

Having written some of the most recognizable songs that first rose to popularity in the 2000s, John Ondrasik has heard his music performed in remote places, including a Malaysian temple souvenir shop.

Ondrasik, 56, from California, is the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter known as Five for Fighting, according to his biography. Among other things, he wrote and performed the songs “Superman (It’s Not Easy)” and “100 Years”, and Five For Fighting’s work includes LPs such as “America Town” and “The Battle for Everything”, certified platinum.

He will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, and he spoke to The Record this week before launching his latest tour. For more information and tickets, visit A standard ticket costs $45.50 plus fees.

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Record: Do you have an example of an unexpected place where you heard one of your songs being played?

Ondrasik: Oh yeah. I remember I was in Malaysia…working off music, walking to this old temple. And I was surrounded by these wild monkeys. And the monkeys were quite aggressive. They were sort of trying to steal your wallet and they were kind of intimidating you. You have to climb 1000 steps and you climb to the top of this temple. …they had a little gift shop, and so we went to the gift shop to buy trinkets, whatever. And believe it or not, playing on the radio was “Chances”. …4,000 miles from home. And I remember I was looking at my friend, and we both looked at each other and said, “This is crazy.” So I think we got an idea of ​​how songs can travel around the world. I hope the monkeys liked it. Maybe that’s why they were mad at me.

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