Long revered for his inspiring music, worldwide philanthropic efforts and the power of optimism, Michael 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 in one piece with upcoming album Follow Your Heart, set for release June 3rd via Thirty Tigers. Pre-order/pre-save the album HERE.
“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, and I hope Follow Your Heart gives fans the courage to continue looking for and holding onto that perseverance.”
On Friday (22nd), Franti released the title track ‘Follow Your Heart’, debuting the acoustic premiere via Instagram Live from his boutique retreat hotel Soulshine Bali in Ubud, sharing, “I wrote this with a guy named Greg Hvnsen who is an incredible writer and producer, and the song is about how following your heart during the pandemic seemed to be the answer to every question.
“The answer to so many questions was to listen to what my heart was saying, even though I couldn’t do a lot of the things I enjoy because we had to be isolated,” Franti elaborated. “We couldn’t travel, tour or make music the way we did before, but there were still a lot of things in my life that needed to be taken care of: relationships, health, this business as an entrepreneur (Soulshine Bali), and ‘follow your heart’ became the answer to so many questions for me.”
Opening with upbeat, rhythmic palm-muted acoustic strumming, ‘Follow Your Heart’ encourages listeners to trust their intuition, follow their dreams and seek out their deepest desires, all while keeping hope alive:
We are, we are the dreamers
We are, we are believers
And I know you feel it in your soul
Anywhere you go
Anywhere you are
It’s as real as it gets
As real as you are
Anywhere you go
No matter how far
It’s as real as it gets
It’s real when you follow your heart
Follow your heart like a stream to the ocean
And put your dreams in motion
And when you fall down
Pick yourself up with your heart wide open, open
Work Hard And Be Nice was released in 2020, which included lead single ‘I Got You’, the Franti & Spearhead’s first Billboard No. 1 in nearly 10 years, and was also featured on NPR’s mid-year and end-year ‘Heavy Rotation: Public Radio’s Most Popular Songs of 2020’, sharing, “Michael Franti’s infectious groove is unmistakable. From the opening chords to the percolating rhythm, it’s easy to get caught up in the positivity he exudes.”
Michael Franti & Spearhead will be kicking off the Follow Your Heart UK tour in February 2023. They will play St. Luke’s Music & Arts Venue, Glasgow (Feb 7th), Manchester Academy 2 (Feb 8th) and London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire (Feb 10th). Tickets are on sale now at MichaelFranti.com, with the option to also upgrade to VIP for the dates.
Follow Your Heart Track List:
Follow Your Heart
Baby Let Your Soulshine
Life Is Amazing
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
Michael Franti & Spearhead’s Follow Your Heart UK Tour Dates:
Feb 7th – St Luke’s Music & Arts Venue, Glasgow
Feb 8th – Academy 2, Manchester
Feb 10th – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
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 has been back in the studio for the band’s 12th studio album Follow Your Heart, set for release on June 3rd, while current single ‘Brighter Day’ is available everywhere now, while lead single ‘Good Day For A Good Day’ marked their 10th Top 25 AAA hit.
Michael Franti & Spearhead will embark on the Follow You Heart World Tour on May 13th, performing across North America through the summer with plans to announce additional dates. 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.