It happened one Sunday in February, 1994. Jonathan Sprout was reading a feature highlighting his career as a children’s singer-songwriter-recording artist in the Philadelphia Inquirer for which he had recently been interviewed, when he noticed an article about heroes in an adjacent column.
A nation-wide poll among the youth of America had asked, “Who is your hero?” The results of the poll startled Sprout. Among America’s top-10 kids’ heroes were Bart Simpson, Beavis & Butthead and several celebrity athletes whose off the field antics were anything but heroic.
“Who are our real heroes?” Sprout remembers thinking, “Why aren’t they on this list and how can we get them on this list?” That’s when his idea of writing and recording songs about real heroes was born.