Linn County Fair Artist Writes Song, Records Video Supporting Ukraine | Mid Valley Live

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John Ondrasik, professionally known as Five For Fighting, recently filmed a video with the Ukraine Orchestra that features his new song, “Can One Man Save the World?”

The song focuses on the bravery of Ukrainian President Volodymir Zelensky, who stands tall as Russia wages war on his country.

Five For Fighting will headline the main stage at the Linn County Fair at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, July 15.

The video was created at Kyiv’s Antonov Airport in front of Ukraine’s Mriya, the world’s largest cargo plane, which was heavily damaged by Vladimir Putin’s military invasion of Ukraine.

The song and video are available for download at bit.ly/3Ppjw6f.

Interested individuals can donate at saveourallies.org. All proceeds will go to Save Our Allies, which rescues and serves Americans and Allies in war-torn environments.

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On his website, Ondrasik called the event “a lifetime honor.”

“By sharing this musical collaboration on such hallowed ground, I have seen firsthand the courage and grace of the Ukrainian people, who, whether playing the violin or driving a tank, will not be deterred by the atrocities and attacks by Putin,” Ondrasik said.

Ondrasik said he started working with “Save Our Allies” after the US pullout from Afghanistan. He said he would like other artists to band together and create a concert similar to the 1985 Live Aid event later this summer to benefit Ukrainian relief and refugees.

“Can one man, one person save the world? Not only can’t they,” Ondrasik said. “Although this song recognizes President Zelensky and all Ukrainians, it is also about each of us. I believe that all of us, as free individuals and free nations, must do our part to ensure that liberty and freedom are defended when one of our sister democracies is decimated. As the last words of our video say: the story begins now. »

Ondrasik has had a long and successful music career, including her platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated album “Five for Fighting”. He recorded six studio albums, including two certified platinum, “America Town” and “The Battle for Everything”.

He wrote several Top 10 hits, including “100 Years”, “World” and “Superman (It’s Not Easy)”.

His music has been featured in numerous TV shows and movies, including “The Blind Side”, “Hawaii Five-O” and “Code Black”.

The concert at the fair is free with paid admission, although reserved seating is available at www.linncountyfair.com.

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