Michael Franti & Spearhead
with Ethan Tucker
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Michael Franti is a musician, filmmaker and humanitarian who is recognized as a pioneering force in the music industry. Long known for his globally conscious lyrics, powerful performances, and dynamic live shows, Franti has continually been at the forefront of lyrical activism, using his music as a positive force for change.
"I make music because I believe it can change people's lives and make a difference in the world," enthuses Franti, "music gives us new energy and a stronger sense of purpose." He and his band Spearhead, known for their authentic and uplifting music, have found global success with multi-platinum songs like "Say Hey (I Love You)", the chart breaking 2010 release of The Sound Of Sunshine. Franti and his band guarantee a show that will be thought provoking as well as energetic.
Franti has a brand new single, "Once A Day" from his upcoming debut album on Fantasy Records. "Once a Day" was inspired by his son's diagnosis with a rare kidney disease called FSGS (Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis) in the hopes that this song would inspire anyone in the world who is going through challenging times. "My belief is that through music, dance and gratitude for this life we can all 'rise up'," explains Franti. "Once A Day" was produced by Supa Dups (Eminem, Damian Marley, Bruno Mars) and features special guest Sonna Rele. This new song has the same feel-good, inspiring vibe as "Say Hey (I Love You)," his 2x platinum hit single.
Giving back has always been at the heart of Franti's mission, he has dedicated his life to spreading the joy of music and positivity to millions of people. Franti's humanitarian, social justice, and peace efforts continue to inspire his music and are infused throughout his upcoming album on Fantasy Records due to release in May 2016.
Ethan Tucker may only be in his early 20s but the self-starting Olympia, WA-native has already made a name for himself, impressing some of the more respected veteran artists in today's music world. Performing and recording since the age of 16, Tucker has honed his unique blend of acoustic-roots, soul, blues, and reggae, slowly building a dedicated and ever-growing audience, and making friends with some significant musicians in the process.
Tucker struck up a friendship with kindred spirit Michael Franti at a tour stop in Sun Valley, ID. Wielding his acoustic on his back and making several attempts to engage Franti backstage, Tucker was finally given a shot to impress. Franti and his bandmates in Spearhead erupted upon Tucker's delivery of an early rendition of his song "What They Say" in their dressing room and a new friendship and musical partnership was born on the spot.
After forging their bond over a two-year span, Franti invited Ethan to his San Francisco studio in the spring of 2012 to write and record some music. These sessions yielded the backbones of the songs "Cool Kids" and "Crazy Tonight," the latter which features Franti on vocals and guitar set to be included on Tucker's forthcoming release.
Tucker was bestowed the highest honor of his young career when Jamaican legend Jimmy Cliff selected him to support his "Many Rivers Crossed" tour, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the classic Jimmy Cliff film The Harder They Come and Grammy award winning album Rebirth released in 2012. Ethan continued his touring accolades when he open for G Love and Special Sauce traveling across the Western US in support of the 20th anniversary of their landmark debut album.
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