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 HERE.
“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 “
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Follow Your Heart Track List:
- Follow Your Heart
- Baby Let Your Soulshine
- Brighter Day
- Life Is Amazing
- No Makeup
- Good Day For A Good Day
- Best At Loving You
- People Need People
- Trying To Keep The Lights On
- 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
May 14 The Venice West (BeachLife Afterparty) $ Venice, Calif.
May 19 Brooklyn Bowl +#
May 20 Harrah’s Lake Tahoe South Shore Room +# Stateline, Nev.
May 21 The Center for the Arts +
May 29 BottleRock
June 1 Belly Up Aspen +%
June 2 The Fox Theatre +%
June 3 Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater +%
June 4 Red Rocks Amphitheatre +=
June 15 Amphitheater in Salesforce Park*
June 19 Levitt Pavilion %
June 22 Seacrets +%
June 23 Seacrets +%
June 24 Greenfield Lake Amphitheater +^
June 25 Greenfield Lake Amphitheater +^
June 26 Salvage Station +^
June 28 Oceanfront Concert Series ^
June 30 Majed J. Nesheiwat Convention Center ~ Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
July 1 Snow Pond Center for the Arts +~ Sidney, Maine
July 2 Indian Ranch +~
July 3 SummerStage in Central Park +~
July 7 Summerfest
July 8 Rock The Ruins $+~
July 9 Ravinia Festival $+~
July 10 Wonderstruck in Cleveland
July 12 RBC Ottawa BluesFest
July 13 The Danforth Music Hall +
July 14 Meijer Gardens $+%
July 15 Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua $* Bayfield, Wis.
July 15 Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua +% Bayfield, Wis.
July 19 Red Butte Garden $+^
July 21 McMenamins Edgefield +^
July 22 Chateau Ste Michelle +^
July 23 Athletic Club of Bend +^
July 24 Britt Pavilion +^
July 27 The Crest Theatre +^
July 28 The Mountain Winery +^
July 29 House of Blues +%
July 30 The Ford +%
July 31 Humphrey’s Concerts by the bay +% San Diego, Calif.
Aug. 2 The Rialto Theatre ^
Aug. 4 Pepsi Amphitheater +^
Aug. 5 Fort Marcy Park +^
Aug. 7 I Bar Ranch +
Aug. 11 JJ’s Live $+#
Aug. 12 Grinders KC $+#
Aug. 13 Legacy Hall $+#
Aug. 14 Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater $+# Austin, Texas
Aug. 17 Ziggy’s $+~
Aug. 18 After Hours Concerts at The Meadow Event Doswell, Va.
Aug. 19 Hammerjacks $+~
Aug. 21 Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheater ~ Pittsburgh, Pa.
Aug. 23 Freeman Arts Pavilion +~
Aug. 26 Skydeck at Assembly Food Hall $+% Nashville, Tenn.
Aug. 27 The Bowl at Sugar Hill $+%
Aug. 28 The Caverns $+%
Aug. 30 Fillmore New Orleans $+#
Sept. 1 Jannus Live $+#
Sept. 2 Abacoa Amphitheater $+#
Sept. 3 Destination Daytona Pavilion $+#
Sept. 4 River Jam Series at U.S. National Whitewater Charlotte, N.C.
Sept. 18 Sea.Hear.Now
# Of Good Nature
^ The New Respects
~ Arrested Development
* Trio Show
$ Pre-Sale Offered
+ VIP Experience Offered
European 2023 Tour Dates
Jan. 25 Paradiso+
Jan. 26 Doornroosie+
Jan. 27 Groningen+
Jan. 29 Maassilo+
Jan. 30 Ancienne Belgique+
Jan. 31 Luxor+
Feb. 1 Gretchen+
Feb. 3 Circolo Magnolia+
Feb. 4 Bierhübeli+
Feb. 5 New Morning+
Feb. 7 St. Luke’s Music & Arts Venue+
Feb. 8 Academy 2+
Feb. 10 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire+
+ 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 Today, Billboard, 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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