Tuesday, April 26, 2022 - 10:45am

Title Track “Follow Your Heart” from Upcoming Album Available Everywhere Now

Franti & Spearhead’s 12th Studio Album Follow Your Heart Set for June 3;

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As the Entrepreneur-deemed “groundbreaking musician” Michael Franti gears up to kick off the Follow Your Heart World Tour next month, the Bay-Area native and his band Spearhead announce additional dates, bringing the North American leg to over 60 shows from May 13 through Sept. 18. Previously announced dates are on sale now, while newly announced dates will go on sale this Friday, April 29 at 10am local time. For tickets and more information, visit MichaelFranti.com.
Long revered for his inspiring music, worldwide philanthropic efforts and the power of optimism, 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 3 via Thirty Tigers. Pre-order/pre-save the album 
“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.”
Last Friday, Franti released 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
Friday’s release follows “
Brighter Day,” an anthemic call to endure life’s hardships, and “Good Day For A Good Day,” which marked the band’s 10th Top 25 AAA hit.
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.”
For more information, visit 
MichaelFranti.com or follow him on Instagram and Twitter @MichaelFranti and Facebook.com/MichaelFranti.
Follow Your Heart Track List:

  1. Follow Your Heart 
  2. Better 
  3. Baby Let Your Soulshine 
  4. Brighter Day
  5. Life Is Amazing
  6. No Makeup
  7. Good Day For A Good Day
  8. Best At Loving You
  9. People Need People
  10. Trying To Keep The Lights On
  11. Life Reminds Us We’re Alive

Michael Franti & Spearhead’s Follow Your Heart Tour Dates:
May 13            Cherokee Creek Music Festival                                 Cherokee, Texas
May 14            BeachLife Festival                                                      Redondo Beach, Calif.
May 14            The Venice West (BeachLife Afterparty) $               Venice, Calif.
​May 19            Brooklyn Bowl +#                                                      Las Vegas, Nev.
May 20            Harrah’s Lake Tahoe South Shore Room +#             Stateline, Nev.
May 21            The Center for the Arts +                                           Grass Valley, Calif.
May 29            BottleRock                                                                  Napa, Calif.
June 1              Belly Up Aspen +%                                                    Aspen, Colo.
June 2              The Fox Theatre +%                                                   Boulder, Colo.
June 3              Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater +%                              Vail, Colo.
June 4              Red Rocks Amphitheatre +=                                      Morrison, Colo.
June 15            Amphitheater in Salesforce Park*                              San Francisco, Calif.
June 19            Levitt Pavilion %                                                        Westport, Conn.
June 22            Seacrets +%                                                                Ocean City, Md.
June 23            Seacrets +%                                                                Ocean City, Md.
June 24            Greenfield Lake Amphitheater +^                              Wilmington, N.C.
June 25            Greenfield Lake Amphitheater +^                              Wilmington, N.C.
June 26            Salvage Station +^                                                      Asheville, N.C.
June 28            Oceanfront Concert Series ^                                       Virginia Beach, Va.
June 30            Majed J. Nesheiwat Convention Center ~                  Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
July 1              Snow Pond Center for the Arts +~                             Sidney, Maine
July 2              Indian Ranch +~                                                         Webster, Mass.
July 3              SummerStage in Central Park +~                               New York, N.Y.
July 7              Summerfest                                                                 Milwaukee, Wis.
July 8              Rock The Ruins $+~                                                   Indianapolis, Ind.
July 9              Ravinia Festival $+~                                                  Highland Park, Ill.
July 10            Wonderstruck in Cleveland                                        Cleveland, Ohio
July 12            RBC Ottawa BluesFest                                               Ottawa, Ontario
July 13            The Danforth Music Hall +                                        Toronto, Ontario
July 14            Meijer Gardens $+%                                                  Grand Rapids, Mich.
July 15            Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua $*                      Bayfield, Wis.
July 15            Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua +%                    Bayfield, Wis.
July 19            Red Butte Garden $+^                                                Salt Lake City, Utah
July 21            McMenamins Edgefield +^                                        Troutdale, Ore.
July 22            Chateau Ste Michelle +^                                            Woodinville, Wash.
July 23            Athletic Club of Bend +^                                           Bend, Ore.
July 24            Britt Pavilion +^                                                         Jacksonville, Ore.
July 27            The Crest Theatre +^                                                  Sacramento, Calif.
July 28            The Mountain Winery +^                                           Saratoga, Calif.
July 29            House of Blues +%                                                     Anaheim, Calif.
July 30            The Ford +%                                                               Los Angeles, Calif.
July 31            Humphrey’s Concerts by the bay +%                        San Diego, Calif.
Aug. 2             The Rialto Theatre ^                                                   Tucson, Ariz.
Aug. 4             Pepsi Amphitheater +^                                               Flagstaff, Ariz.
Aug. 5             Fort Marcy Park +^                                                    Santa Fe, N.M.
Aug. 7             I Bar Ranch +                                                             Gunnison, Colo.
Aug. 11           JJ’s Live $+#                                                              Fayetteville, Ark.
Aug. 12           Grinders KC $+#                                                        Kansas City, Mo.
Aug. 13           Legacy Hall $+#                                                         Plano, Texas
Aug. 14           Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater $+#                   Austin, Texas
Aug. 17           Ziggy’s $+~                                                                High Point, N.C.
Aug. 18           After Hours Concerts at The Meadow Event             Doswell, Va.
                        Park $+~ 
Aug. 19           Hammerjacks $+~                                                      Baltimore, Md.
Aug. 21           Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheater ~                       Pittsburgh, Pa.
Aug. 23           Freeman Arts Pavilion +~                                          Selbyville, Del.
Aug. 26           Skydeck at Assembly Food Hall $+%                        Nashville, Tenn.
Aug. 27           The Bowl at Sugar Hill $+%                                      Sugar Hill, Ga.
Aug. 28           The Caverns $+%                                                       Pelham, Tenn.
Aug. 30           Fillmore New Orleans $+#                                         New Orleans, La.
Sept. 1             Jannus Live $+#                                                          St. Petersburg, Fla.    
Sept. 2             Abacoa Amphitheater $+#                                         Jupiter, Fla.
Sept. 3             Destination Daytona Pavilion $+#                             Ormond Beach, Fla.
Sept. 4             River Jam Series at U.S. National Whitewater          Charlotte, N.C.           
                        Center # 
Sept. 18           Sea.Hear.Now                                                             Asbury Park, N.J.
# Of Good Nature
% Tropidelic
= Galactic
^ The New Respects 
~ Arrested Development
* Trio Show  
$ Pre-Sale Offered 
+ VIP Experience Offered 
European 2023 Tour Dates
Jan. 25             Paradiso+                                                                    Amsterdam, Netherlands
Jan. 26             Doornroosie+                                                              Nijmegen, Netherlands
Jan. 27             Groningen+                                                                 Groningen, Netherlands         
Jan. 29             Maassilo+                                                                   Rotterdamn, Netherlands
Jan. 30             Ancienne Belgique+                                                   Brussels, Belgium
Jan. 31             Luxor+                                                                        Cologne, Germany
Feb. 1              Gretchen+                                                                   Berlin, Germany
Feb. 3              Circolo Magnolia+                                                     Milan, Italy
Feb. 4              Bierhübeli+                                                                 Bern, Switzerland
Feb. 5              New Morning+                                                           Paris, France
Feb. 7              St. Luke’s Music & Arts Venue+                               Glasgow, U.K.
Feb. 8              Academy 2+                                                               Manchester, U.K.
Feb. 10            02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire+                                     London, U.K.
+ VIP Experience Offered 
About Michael Franti
Michael Franti is a globally recognized 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 3 via Thirty Tigers, with current single “Brighter Day,” title track “Follow Your Heart,” and lead single “Good Day For A Good Day,” which marked the band’s 10th Top 25 AAA hit, are available everywhere now.
Michael Franti & Spearhead will embark on the Follow You Heart World Tour on May 13, performing across North America through the summer, before heading to Europe in early 2023. Tickets are on sale now at 
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 TodayBillboard, 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 “groundbreaking 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 boutique retreat hotel located in Ubud, Bali. 
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