Michael Franti & Spearhead
Michael Franti knows all about the power of music. He knows how it can inspire, uplift and make people want to dance or cry. He felt it firsthand when he heard the children’s chorus at New York’s PS22 elementary school singing “I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like),” the celebratory first single from Franti’s tenth studio album, All People.
“It moved me to tears, to hear these kids singing, ‘Everybody wants me to be who they want me to be.’ That’s who I wrote ‘All People’ for. To let them know, your mission in life should be to be yourself and to embrace the diversity of others.”
It’s a rule the barefoot, 6-foot-6 San Francisco based singer-songwriter-guitarist and philanthropist has diligently followed over the past two decades, proactively creating and supporting numerous environmental, humanitarian and social causes. In fact, last year Michael & his partner, Sara Agah, started the Do It For The Love Foundation that brings people with advance stages of life threatening illness, children with severe challenges, and wounded veterans to live concerts. It is like a Make-A-Wish foundation for music.
Franti and his band Spearhead are known for the communal spirit they create with their extraordinary live shows. The singer regularly brings down the barrier between the performers on stage and the people in the audience; whether venturing into the crowd to slap hands or pulling fans up to dance, sing and play along with the band. He’s a dynamic performer who effortlessly moves tens of thousands of people with his invocations. Watching him, you can't help but think about how much he delights in every moment.
"Included on the album is the unreleased acoustic version of my song, "Earth From Outer Space". It seems crazy to think that human beings did not see the first images of Earth as a whole until 1968. These days images of our planet are so common that we often overlook how precious and beautiful it is. I wrote this song as a reminder of the importance of all of us being stewards of our planet keeping it healthy for the next generations. "