TEDxMidwest - John Ondrasik - Where Songs Come From
Singer/songwriter John Ondrasik (a.k.a. Five for Fighting) has spent the past decade writing deeply personal songs that include social messages and invoke the human spirit. The band's breakthrough came in 2001 with the Grammy-nominated song Superman from the album America Town, which went platinum. Already climbing the charts prior to 9/11, Superman went on to have a life of its own, becoming a song of healing for the nation. Ondrasik joined superstar musicians for the now legendary post 9/11 fundraiser The Concert For New York, which paid tribute to all the firefighters, police officers and paramedics affected by the events of September 11th. Ondrasik is a passionate supporter of the US Armed Forces and annually creates free-to-soldiers albums titled CD For The Troops. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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