Five Times August is the name of a solo music project by Dallas, Texas independent singer/songwriter/guitarist Brad Skistimas (b. August 5, 1983 in Lewisville, Texas). Every song off the album "The Independent (l.p.)" was placed on popular MTV programming like Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County. He is also the first unsigned act to get national distribution in Wal-Mart stores. Five Times August’s album, Brighter Side, was released on March 18, 2008, with further distribution at Best Buy, Border’s, and FYE stores. His album, Life as a Song, was released to iTunes on October 13, 2009, followed by further digital distribution on October 20 and finally on CD in Best Buy stores on October 27. The album consists of completely re-recorded versions of Five Times August songs from the previous two albums, including three new songs. Following the release of "Life as a Song," a series of digital singles were released in late 2010 and early 2011, one being a cover of the Carole King and Gerry Goffin written "Up on the Roof," originally made famous by The Drifters. Skistimas released an E.P. titled "Where Did I Go?" in January 2013 under a new side-project, Music By Bradley James.