Michael Franti's new album 'Follow Your Heart' is out now

MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD

FOLLOW YOUR HEART

THE BRAND NEW ALBUM OUT NOW


FOLLOW YOUR HEART UK & EU TOUR 2023

WATCH: official music video for current single ‘Brighter Day’ Follow Your Heart is available to purchase and stream on all platforms HERE. "Re-frames rock, pop and hip-hop tropes in a seamless alchemical compendium of ear worms, resilience and unifying positivity" - Classic Rock "The feel here is of unstinting human positivity" - Mojo

Michael Franti has long been revered for his inspiring music, worldwide philanthropic efforts and the power of optimism. Deemed by NPR as “equal parts musician and activist,” Franti continues to offer opportunities for gratitude, solidarity and celebrating how we get through the greatest ups and downs of our lives with our body, mind and soul still intact with Follow Your Heart, released last Friday via Thirty Tigers. “One thing I learned these last couple of years is that people need people,” shares Franti. “I wrote many songs about connection, resilience and finding the light, even in the midst of all the crazy. Somewhere in there we find resilience. “This album means so much to me. It’s my favourite album that we’ve ever done,” he adds. “It’s about how we get through this crazy time that we’re living in; how we find the optimism and the joy, but mainly to follow our hearts and listen to the voice inside you to find passion and purpose.” Regarding the current single ‘Brighter Day’ Franti elaborates that it’s “a song about never giving up, even when life feels overwhelming. When the issues of the world seem impossible to fix, and when your heart feels like it’s being ripped into pieces, lean into those you love for strength and support.” Filmed in Bali, the official music video features people from all walks of life.“I wanted to create a clip that would inspire clarity of purpose during these troubled times,” offers Franti. “To keep fighting for what you believe in: for equality/equity, justice, hope, courage, for those you love, for those you never met before, and for your own ease of heart and mind – and the commitment to find joy and connection through it all, even as the world around us seems to be completely broken.” Franti & Spearhead recently announced additional dates to the Follow Your Heart World Tour, bringing the North American leg to over 60 shows. UK and European fans will be able to catch them play next January & February. For tickets and more information, visit MichaelFranti.com or follow him on Instagram and Twitter @MichaelFranti and Facebook.com/MichaelFranti. Follow Your Heart Track List:

Follow Your Heart

Better

Baby Let Your Soulshine

Brighter Day

Life Is Amazing

No Makeup

Good Day For A Good Day

Best At Loving You

People Need People

Trying To Keep The Lights On

Life Reminds Us We’re Alive


European 2023 Tour Dates Jan. 25 Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands Jan. 26 Doornroosie, Nijmegen, Netherlands Jan. 27 Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands Jan. 29 Maassilo, Rotterdamn, Netherlands Jan. 30 Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium Jan. 31 Luxor, Cologne, Germany Feb. 1 Gretchen, Berlin, Germany Feb. 3 Circolo Magnolia, Milan, Italy Feb. 4 Bierhübeli, Bern, Switzerland Feb. 5 New Morning, Paris, France Feb. 7 St. Luke’s Music & Arts Venue, Glasgow, U.K. Feb. 8 Academy 2, Manchester, U.K. Feb. 10 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, U.K.

Michael Franti | Photo Credit: Vandi Angga

About Michael Franti Michael Franti is a globally recognised musician, humanitarian, activist, and award-winning filmmaker revered for his high-energy live shows, inspiring music, devotion to health and wellness, worldwide philanthropic efforts and the power of optimism. Throughout his multi-decade career, Franti has earned three Billboard No. 1’s with triumphantly hopeful hits 'Sound of Sunshine’, 'Say Hey (I Love You)’ and ‘I Got You’, as well as six Top 30 Hot AC singles, 10 Top 25 AAA Singles and three Billboard Top 5 Rock Albums. ‘I Got You’, lead single from his latest album Work Hard And Be Nice, marked Franti’s first No. 1 in nearly 10 years and landed on NPR’s ‘Most Popular Songs of 2020’, while the music video boasts over 1 million views since its release. Franti & Spearhead’s 12th studio album Follow Your Heart is available everywhere now via Thirty Tigers. It features current single ‘Brighter Day’ while lead single ‘Good Day For A Good Day’ marked their 10th Top 25 AAA hit. Michael Franti & Spearhead kicked off the Follow Your Heart World Tour earlier this spring, performing across North America through the summer, before heading to Europe in early 2023. Tickets are on sale now at MichaelFranti.com. In January 2019, Franti released his self-directed documentary Stay Human, which won an array of awards at film festivals worldwide and influenced his writing for his album Stay Human Vol. II (Thirty Tigers), which debuted at No. 1 on both the Americana and Independent Album charts and received critical acclaim from USA Today, Billboard, Associated Press and Paste. Influenced by the film, Franti’s Stay Human podcast presented by Gibson on the American Songwriter Podcast Network features creatives from all walks of life, with new episodes available each week. Deemed a “ground-breaking musician” by Entrepreneur, Franti launched a virtual event revolution in June 2020 with his Stay At Home Concert World Tour, a creation prompted by his first summer in 33 years in which he wasn’t on the road due to the global pandemic, performing for over 50,000 fans worldwide with seven uniquely themed virtual livestreams. In order to better connect with his Soulrocker community, Franti developed a dual-screen model, allowing fans to join a ‘Backstage Zoom Party Room’ and interact directly with one another. Michael Franti & Spearhead continue to foster their community both on and off stage with a wish granting non-profit, Do It For The Love, founded by Franti and his wife, Sara. Do It For The Love brings those with life threatening illnesses, veterans, and children with severe challenges to concerts worldwide, fulfilling over 3,300 wishes and touching the lives of over 12,000 people to date. Franti also owns SOULSHINE Bali, a 32-room top-rated yoga retreat hotel located in Ubud, Bali.


Michael Franti & Spearhead | Photo Credit: Michael Finn