About Michael Franti Michael Franti is a globally recognized musician, activist, hotel owner (Soulshine Bali) 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.
Spearhead’s 12th studio album Follow Your Heart, released in June 2022 and debuted at No. 2 on the iTunes Pop Chart behind Harry Styles.
“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.”
Deemed a “groundbreaking musician” by Entrepreneur, Franti kicked off the Follow Your Heart World Tour in the Spring of 2022, with over 75 shows through the summer, performing at venues across North America including a sold-out show at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colo. and festivals plays at some of the US’s top festivals including BottleRock, Summerfest, Wonderstruck, Borderland and Sea.Hear.Now. Franti’s 2023 calendar kicks off with 13 shows in Europe and then the band returns to Australia in April including stops at Bluesfest Perth and Byron Bay. Tickets are on sale now at MichaelFranti.com
Franti resides in Bali when he is not on tour and owns Soulshine Bali, a 32-room top-rated boutique hotel located in Ubud, Bali that focuses on joy through wellness and music, offering unique retreat opportunities and accommodations, along with special events and celebrations. Soulshine Bali continues to expand and grow with recent renovations, including a second restaurant, day club, panoramic yoga shala, and a new spa. For more information visit SoulshineBali.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.
Franti’s Stay Human podcast presented by PACT is nearing its 100th episode and features creatives from all walks of life, with new episodes available each week. Go to StayHumanPodcast.com for more details.
Franti continues to foster community both on and off stage with a wish granting non-profit, Do It For The Love, founded by Michael 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.