Michael Franti is a singer-songwriter, musician, rapper, poet, documentarian and activist. Getting his start in bands like the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy and the Beatnigs, he eventually formed his own group in 1994, Spearhead, of which he remains the frontman. A native of Oakland, Calif., he started writing poetry in high school at the prompting of a priest and bought his first bass guitar at a pawn shop. Inspired by the sounds of reggae, punk and hip-hop he was hearing on college radio, he started experimenting with songwriting. Franti tours consistently, bringing his fun, energetic tunes to fans around the world.
Six Foot Six Above Sea Level
From college basketball star to musical superstar, Michael Franti aims to make the world a better place and uses his music and celebrity to do so. He raps in his song "Listener Supported," "Six foot six above sea level / I grab the mic because I take you to another mental level." Other uplifting songs include "Sometimes," "We Are All Earthlings," "Good to Be Alive Today" and "Love Will Find a Way." His music is also politically active, reflective of the man himself, who advocates for peace in the Middle East among other humanitarian causes. Michael Franti's fans are known as the Soulrocker Fam.
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What can I expect from Michael Franti?
Michael Franti's vocals are part rap, part melodic singing. His performances are always an uplifting, high-energy, good time with nothing but positive vibes. Most Michael Franti shows are for all ages, and Michael is known for bringing groups of kids onstage to dance with him for a song. He often invites a woman from the audience to come up onstage and dance with him as well. Likewise, he is fond of venturing out into the audience while performing, leading the crowds in call-and-response singing and other audience-interactive elements. Love may be the theme of all Michael Franti's performances, but underlying it all is fun, tight, grooving music. Spearhead plays a funky, soulful, hip-hop-infused brand of pop-rock with a big-band sound. Also incorporated are heavy elements of jazz, reggae, reggae fusion, folk, dancehall, jam band, ska punk, avant-garde and industry music.
Who are the members of Michael Franti & Spearhead?
The members of Michael Franti's band, Spearhead, include J. Bowman on guitar, Carl Young on bass, Mike Blankenship on keyboard and Manas Itiene on drums.
What are some Michael Franti songs?
Franti's setlist may draw from the many hits from the 10 studio albums he recorded with Spearhead, including the tracks "Home," "Chocolate Supa Highway," "Stay Human," "Everyone Deserves Music," "Yell Fire!" "All Rebel Rockers," "The Sound of Sunshine" and "All People." You may also hear songs from any of Michael Franti's four solo albums: Live at the Baobab in 2000, Passion in 2002 and Songs from the Front Porch in 2003.
What other artists have played with Michael Franti?
Michael Franti has a long history of collaborations and guest appearances with many other musicians including Deee-Lite, Dub Syndicate, Zap Mama, Steel Pulse and Jovanotti.
Where can I see the Michael Franti tour?
The latest Michael Franti tour is making stops at places like Greenfield Lake Amphitheater in Wilmington, NC; Sunset Cove Amphitheater in Boca Raton, Fla.; and The Sylvee in Madison, Wis., as well as numerous overseas venues, including in the Netherlands, Belgium and Indonesia. You may also be able to catch Michael Franti performing at the yoga resort hotel he owns, Soulshine, in southern Bali.Back to Top
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