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Zach Sobiech

Zach Sobiech

American singer
Zach Sobiech
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Intro American singer
Was Singer Songwriter
From United States of America
Type Music
Gender male
Birth 3 May 1995, Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA
Death 20 May 2013, Lakeland, Washington County, Minnesota, USA (aged 18 years)
Star sign Taurus
Genre:
Pop music
Instruments:
Cornemuse
Peoplepill ID zach-sobiech
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Biography

Zachary David "Zach" Sobiech (May 3, 1995 – May 20, 2013) was an American singer-songwriter and musician from Lakeland, Minnesota, who was a member of the band A Firm Handshake. The single "Clouds" gained extensive media attention on YouTube, prior to Sobiech's death from cancer in May 2013. It charted on the Billboard Hot 100, eventually becoming a hit also in the UK, Canada and France. "Clouds" hit #1 on iTunes in 2013.

Life and career

In his early years, Zach attended St. Croix Catholic School in Stillwater, MN (Class of 2009). He later attended Stillwater Area High School (Class of 2013). At age 14, Sobiech was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a bone cancer which mostly strikes children. CBS reported that during his treatment he underwent 10 surgeries and 20 rounds of chemotherapy. He started writing music after his diagnosis.

In May 2012 his doctors informed him that he had up to a year to live. Sobiech recorded the song "Clouds" about his battle with cancer, and released it as a YouTube video in December 2012. It went viral, surpassing 3 million views at the time of his death. It currently has more than 14 million views and counting.

A Firm Handshake

Prior to his death, Zach Sobiech formed the band A Firm Handshake with friends Samantha "Sammy" Brown and Reed Redmond. A Firm Handshake's first EP and only release, Fix Me Up, was released digitally in early 2013, charting in USA, the UK and Canada. The debut single by A Firm Handshake is "How to Go to Confession" featuring Sammy Brown.

Death

Sobiech died on May 20, 2013 of complications from osteosarcoma, at his home in Lakeland, an eastern suburb of Saint Paul, Minnesota, seventeen days after his 18th birthday. His funeral was held at the Catholic Church of St. Michael and he was later buried in St. Michael's Cemetery.

Tributes

Rainn Wilson's YouTube channel SoulPancake released a documentary about Sobiech, directed by director-actor Justin Baldoni, a part of its online reality series, My Last Days. The 22-minute episode of My Last Days: Meet Zach Sobiech has been watched more than 14 million times on the main SoulPancake YouTube channel. A further episode entitled My Last Days: Zach Sobiech, One Year Later was created to follow up with Zach's family and friends after his death.

Artists have released many tributes, including many cover versions of "Clouds"—with a prominent version of "Clouds" released on SoulPancake, featuring director Rainn Wilson himself, along with Bryan Cranston, Ashley Tisdale, Jason Mraz, Sara Bareilles, Colbie Caillat, Phillip Phillips, Passenger, The Lumineers and many others. The music video on SoulPancake presented in collaboration with Wayfarer Entertainment was directed by Justin Baldoni, produced by Baldoni and Ahmed Kolacek, with Fouad Elgohari as associate producer and Nick Pezzillo as editor. The video has been viewed over 5 million times on the SoulPancake YouTube channel.

On December 5, 2013 a choir of an estimated 5,000, sang Sobiech's hit song "Clouds" at the Mall of America. The event was organized by the KS95 Kids Radiothon in collaboration with the Children's Cancer Research Fund and Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare.

Zach's mother Laura Sobiech wrote a memoir about his life, Fly a Little Higher: How God Answered a Mom's Small Prayer in a Big Way. In early 2016, it was announced that Warner Bros. might be making a film based on Laura Sobiech's book. Justin Baldoni is set to direct and it might be called 'Clouds' after Zach's own song.

The movie Clouds was released on Disney+ on 16 October 2020. Production started on October 16, 2019 and was directed by Justin Baldoni. It was filmed in Montreal.

Legacy

Sobiech's family established The Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund at Children's Cancer Research Fund. In September 2015, Zach's fund reached $2 million and continues to grow.

Zach Sobiech discography

Amy

Single Year Peak positions Album
US
USRock
BEL(Wa)
CAN
FR
SWI
UK
UKIndie
"Clouds" 2013 26 3 29 14 26 73 50 8
Fix Me Up

A Firm Handshake discography

Extended plays

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
USDig.
USHeat.
USIndie
USRock
CAN
UK
UKIndie
Fix Me Up
  • Released: February 15, 2013
  • Label: Rock the Cause
  • Format: digital download
20 9 27 4 6 22 121 24

Singles

Single Year Peak positions Album
US UK
"How to Go to Confession"
2013 TBA
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 17 Oct 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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http://www.childrenscancer.org/zach
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http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20701996,00.html
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2013/05/20/teen-whose-song-touched-the-world-dies-of-cancer/
http://fox2now.com/2013/05/23/viral-video-sensation-zach-sobiech-dies/
http://www.today.com/news/teen-behind-viral-hit-clouds-dies-bone-cancer-weeks-after-6C9993961
http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/1563117/zach-sobiech-terminally-ill-singer-who-channeled-his-story-into-clouds-passes
http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/20/health/sobiech-viral-video-death/?hpt=hp_t2
http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_22148785/lakeland-teenager-rare-cancer-saying-goodbye-through-song
http://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Music/2013/0523/Zach-Sobiech-dies-after-his-farewell-song-became-a-YouTube-sensation-video
http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20698877,00.html
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