Michael Franti

About Michael Franti

Who is it?: Musician, Musician, Peace Activist
Birth Day: April 21, 1966
Birth Place: Oakland, California, U.S., United States
Birth Sign: Taurus
Origin: San Francisco
Genres: Roots, Rock, Reggae, Hip-Hop, Soul, Funk, Pop
Occupation(s): Composer musician entertainer poet rapper
Instruments: Vocals guitar
Years active: 1994-present
Labels: Alternative Tentacles Island Capitol Boo Boo Wax Six Degrees ANTI-
Associated acts: Radioactive Carl Young Spearhead The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy The Beatnigs
Website: www.michaelfranti.com
Members: Michael Franti (vocals) Carl Young (bass) Jay Bowman (guitar) Mike Blankenship (keyboard) Manas Itiene (drums)

Michael Franti Net Worth

Michael Franti was bornon April 21, 1966 in Oakland, California, U.S., United States, is Musician, Musician, Peace Activist. One of the rare artists to use the powerful medium of music to explore social and political issues, Michael Franti has proved to be a musician with a moral conscience. This gifted spoken word artist, composer, poet and political activist began his musical career with the industrial punk/spoken word band, ‘The Beatnigs'. He later formed the American industrial hip-hop band, ‘The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy', a fiery group whose music explored political themes. Seeking further improvement and innovation, Franti founded the band ‘Spearhead'. He pushed boundaries with his music and became the pivotal force in hip-hop's renaissance, drawing from soul-driven beats and funk rhythms. With ‘Spearhead' he also explored new ideas and set on to a more provocative tone and style. Their debut album ‘Home’ received critical acclaim from music critics. Widely regarded as a master of contemporary protest music, Franti is an innovative songwriter, whose skilful songwriting abilities successfully blend flock, hip hop, punk, rock, and jazz. He also directed the documentary film, ‘I Know I'm Not Alone’, for which he captured raw footage from war zones in the Middle East.
Michael Franti is a member of Peace Activists

💰 Net worth: $2 Million

Michael Franti Instagram (@michaelfranti)

What’s up #Soulrocker Fam?! We are so pumped for the final week of the #StayHuman fall tour, and ready for more pre-show yoga sessions with @manifestingmofo by day, and rocking it out at night. Our #Soulrocker pre-show yoga meet up on the 27th will be a fundraising event for Hurricane Michael, so come on out and support the cause! #stayhuman #centered #michaelfranti #yoga

What’s up #Soulrocker Fam?! We are so pumped for the final week of the #StayHuman fall tour, and ready for more pre-show yoga sessions with @manifestingmofo by day, and rocking it out at night. Our #Soulrocker pre-show yoga meet up on the 27th will be a fundraising event for Hurricane Michael, so come on out and support the cause! #stayhuman #centered #michaelfranti #yoga
❤️ 1,207 🕑 19 hours ago

Hey Soulrocker Fam! I’m looking to reach these beautiful humans so I can include them in my documentary film #STAYHUMAN, a personal journey about the people I’ve met along the way and who have inspired me! This was at the @mountainwinery show last year. If you recognize these people or have any leads on how I could reach out to them please write to [email protected]!! We’d really like to include them in the film.

Hey Soulrocker Fam! I’m looking to reach these beautiful humans so I can include them in my documentary film #STAYHUMAN, a personal journey about the people I’ve met along the way and who have inspired me! This was at the @mountainwinery show last year. 
If you recognize these people or have any leads on how I could reach out to them please write to connect@stayhumanfilm.com!!
We’d really like to include them in the film.
❤️ 1,436 🕑 20 October, 17:58

SOUND ON!: Sara and Baby Taj and I decided to “do a golf” while we were at @topgolf in Nashville before our show at the @thecowannashville . Neither of us have much experience with golf sticks so watch what foolery happened next! Comment if you’ve got similar skills or have some golf tips for us! SoulrockerFam we are in New Orleans tonight with the great @tromboneshorty it’s gonna rock see ya here!!! @saraagahfranti #stayhuman #golf #doagolf #topgolf #soulrocker #canadiangolf

SOUND ON!: Sara and Baby Taj and I decided to “do a golf” while we were at @topgolf in Nashville before our show at the @thecowannashville . Neither of us have much experience with golf sticks so watch what foolery happened next!  Comment if you’ve got similar skills or have some golf tips for us! SoulrockerFam we are in New Orleans tonight with the great @tromboneshorty it’s gonna rock see ya here!!! @saraagahfranti #stayhuman #golf #doagolf #topgolf #soulrocker #canadiangolf
❤️ 1,583 🕑 20 October, 16:49

ON-SALE NOW ALERT: Hey Soulrocker Fam!!!! Tickets are available now for our 3 nights at the @bellyuptavern (Dec. 30, 31, 2018 and Jan. 1, 2019) & our 2019 @redrocksco show (June 7, 2019)!!! We are super stoked to bring in the new year with y’all in Solana Beach, California (San Diego area). Each night at the Belly Up we’ll be rocking a different set and we will be hosting our pre-show VIP experience at each show!  So think about coming out for all three nights! These tickets will go super fast so don’t sleep! Red Rocks is going to be an inspiring party again this year and a gathering of Soulrockers from around the world with special guests @snarkypuppy & @victoriacanal. Gina Caputo @yoginiontheloose will be leading our annual pre-show yoga with acoustic music accompaniment by me and Jay Bowman from Spearhead. Tickets on-sale at http://www.MichaelFranti.com #stayhuman #livemusic #michaelfranti #redrocks #newyearseve

ON-SALE NOW ALERT: Hey Soulrocker Fam!!!! Tickets are available now for our 3 nights at the @bellyuptavern (Dec. 30, 31, 2018 and Jan. 1, 2019) & our 2019 @redrocksco show (June 7, 2019)!!! We are super stoked to bring in the new year with y’all in Solana Beach, California (San Diego area). Each night at the Belly Up we’ll be rocking a different set and we will be hosting our pre-show VIP experience at each show!  So think about coming out for all three nights! These tickets will go super fast so don’t sleep!

Red Rocks is going to be an inspiring party again this year and a gathering of Soulrockers from around the world with special guests @snarkypuppy & @victoriacanal.

Gina Caputo @yoginiontheloose will be leading our annual pre-show yoga with acoustic music accompaniment by me and Jay Bowman from Spearhead. 
Tickets on-sale at http://www.MichaelFranti.com

#stayhuman #livemusic #michaelfranti #redrocks #newyearseve
❤️ 908 🕑 19 October, 21:37

WATCH THE OFFICIAL STAY HUMAN FILM TRAILER! Attention #Soulrockers! The @stayhumanfilm is continuing to be shown at film festivals all over the world and we have some upcoming screenings happening I want to share with you! I won't be at these to watch with you but grab a ticket, a friend, some popcorn and go find out why people are being deeply moved and inspired by this film!!!⁣ ⁣ Check out below for all details, and head over to STAYHUMANFILM.COM to pick up your tickets! #stayhuman #michaelfranti #documentary⁣ ⁣ Santa Fe Independent Film Festival⁣ Festival Dates: 10/17 - 10/21⁣ STAY HUMAN Screenings: Friday 10/19 at 3:30 PM, Saturday 10/20 at 4:10 PM, and Sunday 10/21 at 7:30 PM⁣ All screenings at CCA at The Screen⁣ ⁣ Portland Film Festival⁣ Festival Dates: 10/22 - 10/28⁣ STAY HUMAN Screenings: Thursday 10/25 at 9:45 PM at Custom Blocks⁣ ⁣ St. Louis International Film Festival⁣ Festival Dates: 11/1 - 11/11⁣ STAY HUMAN Screenings: Sunday 11/11 at 6:00 PM at The Gathering

WATCH THE OFFICIAL STAY HUMAN FILM TRAILER! Attention #Soulrockers! The @stayhumanfilm is continuing to be shown at film festivals all over the world and we have some upcoming screenings happening I want to share with you! I won't be at these to watch with you but grab a ticket, a friend, some popcorn and go find out why people are being deeply moved and inspired by this film!!!⁣
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Check out below for all details, and head over to STAYHUMANFILM.COM to pick up your tickets! #stayhuman #michaelfranti #documentary⁣
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Santa Fe Independent Film Festival⁣
Festival Dates: 10/17 - 10/21⁣
STAY HUMAN Screenings: Friday 10/19 at 3:30 PM, Saturday 10/20 at 4:10 PM, and Sunday 10/21 at 7:30 PM⁣
All screenings at CCA at The Screen⁣
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Portland Film Festival⁣
Festival Dates: 10/22 - 10/28⁣
STAY HUMAN Screenings: Thursday 10/25 at 9:45 PM at Custom Blocks⁣
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St. Louis International Film Festival⁣
Festival Dates: 11/1 - 11/11⁣
STAY HUMAN Screenings: Sunday 11/11 at 6:00 PM at The Gathering
❤️ 1,683 🕑 18 October, 16:07

Hey Soulrocker Fam check these sick photos from our last show at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta. We are stoked to be there again tonight! Here are our upcoming Stay Human Tour dates. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 10/18 Nashville at the Cowan⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 10/19 Jackson, MS at The Duling⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 10/20 New Orleans, Champions Square w/ @Tromboneshorty⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 10/24 Fort Lauderdale, Revolution⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 10/25 St. Petersburg, Jannus Live⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 10/26 St. Petersburg, Jannus Live⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 10/27 St. Augustine, St Augustine Amphitheatre ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thanks @emilybutlerphotography for these kick ass photos! Give her a follow Soukrockers! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #stayhuman #soulrockerfam

Hey Soulrocker Fam check these sick photos from our last show at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta. We are stoked to be there again tonight! 
Here are our upcoming Stay Human Tour dates.
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10/18 Nashville at the Cowan⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
10/19 Jackson, MS at The Duling⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
10/20 New Orleans, Champions Square w/ @Tromboneshorty⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
10/24 Fort Lauderdale, Revolution⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
10/25 St. Petersburg, Jannus Live⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
10/26 St. Petersburg, Jannus Live⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
10/27 St. Augustine, St Augustine Amphitheatre
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Thanks @emilybutlerphotography for these kick ass photos! Give her a follow Soukrockers!
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#stayhuman #soulrockerfam
❤️ 4,159 🕑 17 October, 18:11

I flew back home to SF this morning. So excited to see this little guy and @saraagahfranti and take our first flight together to join the four again!!! Missed them so much! #mynewteacher #stayhuman #baby

I flew back home to SF this morning. So excited to see this little guy and @saraagahfranti and take our first flight together to join the four again!!! Missed them so much!  #mynewteacher #stayhuman #baby
❤️ 12,913 🕑 16 October, 16:53

PARTY WITH US THIS NEW YEARS! We will be playing 3 nights at the @bellyuptavern in Solana Beach, CA on 12/30/18, NYE, & 1/1/19! Each night’s set will be different! Soulrocker Fam pre-sale begins tomorrow, Tuesday, 10/16 and the public on-sale is this Friday, 10/19! Join the Soulrocker Fam today at www.SoulrockerFam.com for early access to tickets! Come ring in the new year with us! www.MichaelFranti.com for tickets. #newyearseve #soulrocker #stayhuman #livemusic

PARTY WITH US THIS NEW YEARS! We will be playing 3 nights at the @bellyuptavern in Solana Beach, CA on 12/30/18, NYE, & 1/1/19! Each night’s set will be different! Soulrocker Fam pre-sale begins tomorrow, Tuesday, 10/16 and the public on-sale is this Friday, 10/19! Join the Soulrocker Fam today at www.SoulrockerFam.com for early access to tickets! Come ring in the new year with us! www.MichaelFranti.com for tickets. #newyearseve #soulrocker #stayhuman #livemusic
❤️ 2,508 🕑 15 October, 17:16

SHOW ALERT! RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE - JUNE 7, 2019! Our Red Rocks 2019 show goes on-sale THIS WEEK with special guests @snarkypuppy & @victoriacanal! The Soulrocker Fam pre-sale begins tomorrow, Tuesday, 10/16 and the public on-sale is this Friday, 10/19! Join the Soulrocker Fam today at www.SoulrockerFam.com for early access to tickets! @yoginiontheloose will be leading the pre-show yoga again this year and ticket upgrades will be available if you want to join us! Let’s sell out Red Rocks again and in record timing! www.MichaelFranti.com for tickets. #redrocks #soulrocker #stayhuman #stayhumantour #livemusic

SHOW ALERT! RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE - JUNE 7, 2019! 
Our Red Rocks 2019 show goes on-sale THIS WEEK with special guests @snarkypuppy & @victoriacanal! The Soulrocker Fam pre-sale begins tomorrow, Tuesday, 10/16 and the public on-sale is this Friday, 10/19! Join the Soulrocker Fam today at www.SoulrockerFam.com for early access to tickets! @yoginiontheloose will be leading the pre-show yoga again this year and ticket upgrades will be available if you want to join us! Let’s sell out Red Rocks again and in record timing! www.MichaelFranti.com for tickets. #redrocks #soulrocker #stayhuman #stayhumantour #livemusic
❤️ 2,893 🕑 15 October, 17:15

Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi & Louisiana! We are coming for you this week! Tickets still available at www.michaelfranti.com! Come party with us! #stayhuman #soulrockers #livemusic

Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi & Louisiana! We are coming for you this week! Tickets still available at www.michaelfranti.com! Come party with us! #stayhuman #soulrockers #livemusic
❤️ 1,069 🕑 14 October, 22:36

SOUND ON: Someone asked me if I’d write out the words from this video about why I made the new Stay Human Vol.II album so here they are written and subtitles on the video. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There’s a great battle taking place in the world between cynicism and optimism. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ How do we hold on to our humanity in a world that is constantly trying to strip it away from us? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I made this album as a personal reminder That In these times of chaos, crisis and change that - ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ To be human is to live fully⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ To laugh hard⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ To cry when you need to⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ To dance wildly⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ To Fight for what you believe in⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ To love with your whole heart⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ To fail often⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And to get back up again⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀None of us are born perfect⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ That’s one thing that unites us all⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So be your unique self⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And remember that the best way to⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Stay Human is to find the ability to see the human in someone else. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Stay human. Love Michael #stayhuman #soulrocker STAYHUMAN VOL. II is available for pre-order and the single Just To Say I Love You is out right now!

SOUND ON: Someone asked me if I’d write out the words from this video about why I made the new Stay Human Vol.II album so here they are written and subtitles on the video.
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There’s a great battle taking place in the world between cynicism and optimism.
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How do we hold on to our humanity in a world that is constantly trying to strip it away from us?
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I made this album as a personal reminder 
That In these times of chaos, crisis and change that -
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To be human is to live fully⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
To laugh hard⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
To cry when you need to⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
To dance wildly⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
To Fight for what you believe in⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
To love with your whole heart⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
To fail often⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
And to get back up again⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀None of us are born perfect⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
That’s one thing that unites us all⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So be your unique self⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
And remember that the best way to⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Stay Human is to find the ability to see the human in someone else.
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Stay human. Love Michael #stayhuman #soulrocker STAYHUMAN VOL. II is available for pre-order and the single Just To Say I Love You is out right now!
❤️ 2,994 🕑 14 October, 17:57

Check out our new single "Just To Say I Love You" LIVE from the @capitoltheatre! Thanks to @youtube for live streaming our show this week! Watch now at YouTube.com/MichaelFranti #newmusic #stayhuman

Check out our new single "Just To Say I Love You" LIVE from the @capitoltheatre! Thanks to @youtube for live streaming our show this week! Watch now at YouTube.com/MichaelFranti #newmusic #stayhuman
❤️ 1,916 🕑 13 October, 19:30

Biography/Timeline

1986

Franti began his music career in 1986 as part of the industrial punk/spoken word band The Beatnigs. While attending the University of San Francisco and living above KUSF he developed a fascination with music and decided to start a band. The Beatnigs included Dancer and percussionist Rono Tse; the band released a self-titled LP and an EP Television on Alternative Tentacles records. The records received some critical acclaim but little fame beyond the San Francisco Bay Area.

1988

The 1988 LP release The Beatnigs was recorded at Dancin' Dog Studio in Emeryville and distributed by Alternative Tentacles. In addition to Michael Franti and Ron Tse, the band included Henry Flood on percussion, Andre Flores on keyboards, and Kevin Carnes on vocals. All of the band members made multiple instrumental contributions, including industrial percussion.

1994

In 1994, Franti formed a new band called Spearhead with a few studio Musicians, including mainstay Carl Young, and announced the dissolution of Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. Their first release, Home, in September 1994, was a departure from the politically charged rap of the Disposable Heroes and drew more from funk and soul music. The album was produced by Franti and Joe Nicolo. The song "Positive", also from the album Home, appeared on the Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool compilation album by the Red Hot Organization. In 1998, Spearhead recorded "I Got Plenty 'o Nuthin" with Ernest Ranglin for the Red Hot Organization's compilation album Red Hot + Rhapsody.

1997

Their follow up album Chocolate Supa Highway was released in March 1997, with several changes in band members between releases. This album featured a return to hip hop elements and a pronounced reggae influence and included guest appearances by notables like Stephen Marley and Joan Osborne.

1998

Franti has two sons: Ade and Cappy. He is married to emergency room nurse and jewelry designer Sara Agah. He was previously married to Tara Franti-Rye from 1998 until 2004, she is the mother of Ade.

1999

His song "Sometimes" was included on the Soundtrack to the 1999 film, Mystery Men, as well as the Soundtrack to the 2006 film, Last Holiday. Also, under the "Spearhead" name, their cover version of The Police's 1979 No. 32 hit, "Roxanne", was featured on the Soundtrack to the 1997 film Good Burger, the full-length feature film starring Kenan Thompson & Kel Mitchell based on their characters from the popular 'Good Burger' Sketch featured on the Nickelodeon series All That.

2000

In 2000, Franti decided not to wear any shoes, initially for three days. Since then, he has chosen to go barefoot except for occasionally wearing flip-flops as required to board an airplane or to be served in a restaurant. Franti prefers bare feet.

2001

In 2001 Franti was awarded the Domestic Human Rights Award by Global Exchange, an international NGO based in San Francisco, for his work to end war.

2003

Also in 2003, Franti released a mostly acoustic album, Songs from the Front Porch containing rearranged versions of older songs from Chocolate Supa Highway, Stay Human and Everyone Deserves Music as well as a couple of new tracks.

2006

In 2006, he was invited by Australian Labour MP Jenny Macklin to show the film at Australia's Parliament House, Canberra.

2008

Franti's music was featured twice on HBO's urban drama The Wire. "Oh My God" and "Rock The Nation", both from the album Stay Human, were used in two different episodes during the series' first season. Franti's song "Everybody Ona Move" was featured in the pilot episode of Privileged on the CW in 2008 and also in a 2009 PlayStation 3 commercial. "Yell Fire" was used to promote the FX channel series Rescue Me and was also used in the closing credits of the pilot episode of Virtuality on Fox. Showtime's Weeds featured Franti's song "Ganja Babe" in its first season, his interpretation of the Weeds theme song "Little Boxes" in Season 3, and "Say Hey" during a flash mob scene in the premiere episode of Season 5. Boston Red Sox centerfielder Shane Victorino uses the song "Light up Ya Lighter" as his batter walk-up music. "Say Hey (I Love You)" was used on the third episode of NBC's series Mercy, as well as in the opening scene of the 2010 film Valentine's Day. The same song was also used in 2010 in a commercial for Corona Light beer. The song is also featured on the Soundtrack of EA Sports game, 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.

2009

Franti announced in November 2009 that he would be joining musician John Mayer on the Battle Studies Tour in spring 2010.

2010

He appeared as himself in the 2010 music documentary Sounds Like A Revolution.

2012

In 2012, he joined the 11th annual Independent Music Awards judging panel to assist independent musicians' careers.

2013

"I'm Alive (Life Sounds Like)" was featured on the "Arrival" official trailer for The Sims 4 during Gamescom 2013 at the Cologne Trade Fair in Cologne, Germany on August 20, 2013. It was also featured in the launch trailer for Rayman Legends and the final trailer for Coco.

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