Who: Five Times August
Album: 'Life as a Song'
Video: 'Better With You'
Hails From: Dallas, Tex.
For Fans Of: Jason Mraz, Matt Nathanson

Why He's About to Pop:
Brad Skistimas, the 26-year-old musician behind Five Times August, boasts over 65 song placements in TV and film, and was the first unsigned artist to have an album sold in Wal-Mart. Since the release of his debut album, 2005's 'Fry Street,' the singer-songwriter has made his music career happen on his own. Skistimas does everything from writing and performing his music to handling his own licensing, merchandise, tour bookings and promotions. "There are two sides to my career," Skistimas tells PopEater. "One is being the artist, and the other is taking care of the business."

As busy as he may be, Skistimas has the drive and creativity to be successful without the backing of a major label. After collecting the best tracks from his first two albums, Skistimas re-recorded them with producer Andy Zulla (Kelly Clarkson, Rod Stewart) for his new release, 'Life as a Song.' Over the summer, Skistimas partnered with Kickstarter.com, a funding platform for upcoming artists. With support from his fans, Skistimas raised $20,000 to go toward his album's release in only a month's time.

"It's hard to stay ahead of the game," Skistimas says, "but being independent also means you usually don't have the same funding as major label artists. You've got to think of new innovative ways to promote yourself. Think thrifty, and try things that have never been done before. It's all about experimenting. "