John Ondrasik-led pop act Five For Fighting will release its sophomore album, "The Battle for Everything," Feb. 3 via Aware/Columbia. First single "100 Years" is off to a good start at U.S. radio outlets and is No. 14 on Billboards Adult Top 40 chart and No. 28 on the Adult Contemporary tally.
The 12-track set was largely produced by Bill Bottrell (Sheryl Crow, Tom Petty) and finds Ondrasik (vocals, piano, guitar) backed by bassist Curt Schneider and guitarist Andrew Williams. "My goal was to leave it all on the table as a writer and allow Bill to push me as a singer and musician," the artist says. Reprising his role on Five For Fightings 2001 debut "America Town," producer Greg Wattenberg was behind the boards for two cuts, including the single.
Ondrasik is confirmed to appear Feb. 3 on NBCs "Tonight Show With Jay Leno" and Feb. 6 on CBS "Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn." Small-venue acoustic shows in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston and New York are being eyed for the second week in February.
Here is "The Battle for Everything" track list:
"NYC Weather Report"
"The Devil in the Wishing Well"
"If God Made You"
"Angels & Girlfriends"
"One More for Love"
Breaking Benjamin derived their name from an incident when singer Benjamin Burnley was covering a Nirvana song during an open mic night at a club when he dropped the microphone to the ground, breaking it.