Michael Franti is a musician, filmmaker, and humanitarian who is recognized as a pioneering force in the music industry. Long known for his globally-conscious lyrics, powerful performances, and dynamic live shows with his band, Spearhead, Franti has continually been at the forefront of lyrical activism, using his music as a positive force for change.
“I make music because I believe it can change people’s lives and make a difference in the world,” enthuses Franti, “music gives us new energy and a stronger sense of purpose.” Franti is known for his authentic, uplifting music and has found global success with multi-platinum songs like “Say Hey (I Love You)”, the chart breaking 2010 release from the album The Sound of Sunshine.
Michael Franti & Spearhead’s new single from their ninth studio album SOULROCKER, “Crazy For You”, evokes the same feel-good, inspiring vibes. “‘Crazy For You’ is a song that calls out some of the crazy things that are happening in the world today and celebrates the people in your life that you can lean on, that keep the hope alive no matter what’s happening around you. I wrote this song for my wife Sara, who is my rock and keeps me grounded no matter how crazy my life or the world gets.”
In creating their debut album on Fantasy Records, SOULROCKER, Michael Franti & Spearhead introduced a new sensibility to their potent hybrid of hip-hop, rock, folk, and reggae: a gracefully arranged take on electronic music that more than fulfills Franti’s mission of making impassioned music you can dance to. Along with harnessing the Bay Area-based band’s dynamic energy for a more powerful impact than ever before, SOULROCKER again shows Franti’s singular ability to channel frustration into music that’s both thought-provoking and triumphantly hopeful.
“Right now is a very challenging time for people, for our nation and the planet,” says Franti, a longtime activist and past recipient of Global Exchange’s Domestic Human Rights Award. “But I really believe that music can help fight war and violence and hatred. The world needs that more than ever now, so my intention with this album was to make music that could bring people together.”
Giving back has always been at the heart of Franti’s mission; he has dedicated his life to spreading the joy of music and positivity to millions of people. Franti’s humanitarian, social justice and peace efforts continue to inspire his music and are infused throughout SOULROCKER.