Michael Franti is an American poet, musician, and composer. He is the founder and lead vocalist of Michael Franti & Spearhead, a band that blends hip hop with a variety of other styles including funk, reggae, jazz, folk, and rock. Franti is also noted for his outspoken support on a wide spectrum of peace and social justice issues.
Michael Franti is a singer songwriter from the San Francisco bay area. Franti brings a modern school of reggae and often times infuse political messages. After gravitating to politically charged rap, a la Rage Against the Machine, in the early 90s, Franti founded Spearhead in 1994 and began delving more into funk and soul music.
For much of their time together, Michael Franti and Spearhead were ignored by the mainstream media, but gained a cult following through extensive touring and appearances in alternative media outlets. They have also performed in music festivals all over the world. The band finally gained mainstream popularity with their 2010 release of "The Sound of Sunshine." Along with the title track, the album also featured the hit single "Shake It." Now touring all over the country to promote The Sound of Sunshine, Michael Franti Tickets are a hot item in every city he and his band perform in.