Based out of Stillwater, Minnesota, indie folk duo A Firm Handshake formed in 2012 around lifelong friends Zach Sobiech and Sammy Brown. Sobiech began writing songs in 2009, soon after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. His song "Clouds" and its accompanying YouTube video made him an Internet sensation. In 2012, Sobiech was told that he had months to a year to live, so he started the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund and devoted his remaining days to writing and performing, raising both money and awareness for the disease. Sobiech passed away on May 20, 2013, just three months after the release of the duo's Fix Me Up EP. "Clouds" debuted at number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100 shortly after. ~ James Christopher Monger
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