MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD today announced their upcoming (and ninth) studio album SOULROCKER will be released Friday, June 3 via Fantasy Records, their first album for the label

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MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD

ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM

‘SOULROCKER’

OUT FRIDAY, JUNE 3 VIA FANTASY RECORDS,

THEIR FIRST ALBUM FOR THE LABEL

FRANTI SHARES NEW SONG, “CRAZY FOR YOU”

ALBUM PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE TODAY

NATIONAL TOUR DATES KICKING OFF

SATURDAY, APRIL 9 IN BRECKENRIDGE, CO

 

 

April 8, 2016 – MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD today announced their upcoming (and ninth) studio album SOULROCKER will be released Friday, June 3 via Fantasy Records, their first album for the label. SOULROCKER features the new song “Crazy For You” a joyously upbeat rhythmic pop song that highlights Franti‘s soulful vocals and encompasses his socially conscious outlook.  Click here to listen. Additionally, starting today, fans can pre-order the album via iTunes, and Amazon.  With each order, fans receive an instant download of the songs “Crazy For You” and “Once A Day“. The band will hit the road on a national headlining tour with multiple festival performances starting Saturday, April 9 in Breckenridge, CO (see full tour dates below).

In creating SOULROCKER–co-produced with Jamaican producers Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor (son of reggae luminary Freddie McGregor) and Dwayne “Supa Dups” Chin Quee (known for his work with artists like Bruno Mars and John Legend)–MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD have introduced a new sensibility to their potent hybrid of hip-hop, rock, folk, and reggae: a gracefully arranged take on electronic music that more than fulfills the band’s mission of making impassioned music you can dance to. Along with harnessing the Bay Area-based band’s dynamic energy for a more powerful impact than ever before, SOULROCKER again shows Franti‘s singular ability to channel frustration into music that’s both thought-provoking and triumphantly hopeful.

“Right now is a very challenging time for people, for our nation and the planet,” says Franti, a longtime activist and past recipient of Global Exchange’s Domestic Human Rights Award. “But I really believe that music can help fight war and violence and hatred. The world needs that more than ever now, so my intention with this album was to make music that could bring people together.”

While each selection on SOULROCKER began with Franti working out melodies on his acoustic guitar, many of the album’s songs ultimately evolved into beat-powered tracks that reveal a close and nuanced understanding of the electronic genre. “One of the first records I had as a kid was a Kraftwerk seven-inch that I got from the giveaway bin at the UC Davis radio station KDVS,” recalls Franti, who grew up in Davis, CA. “We always do a DJ set at the end of our shows, and I wanted to try bringing in those dance and electronic elements but still keep the organic instrumentation that I’ve always loved.”

Franti’s message of positivity-minded political consciousness, once an outlier in music, has found momentum in the mainstream in recent years–a phenomenon that compelled him to push his artistry even further on SOULROCKER. “I feel a deeper sense of purpose in music today than I ever have in my career,” he says. “The album’s really about me challenging myself and growing, and just trying to make the most inspiring music I possibly can for this intense, crazy and wonderful time we’re all living in.”

 

Track list for SOULROCKER:

  1. Crazy For You
  2. My Lord
  3. Get Myself To Saturday
  4. Summertime Is In Our Hands
  5. We Are All Earthlings
  6. Still Standing
  7. Good To Be Alive Today
  8. My Favorite Wine Is Tequila
  9. Once A Day
  10. We Do This Every Day
  11. I Got Love For Ya
  12. Do You Feel The Way That I Do?
  13. Love Will Find A Way

 

 

CATCH MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD ON TOUR:

 

w/ Chali 2na & The Funk Hunters

* w/ G. Love & Special Sauce

** w/ Zella Day

 

DATE                          CITY                                       VENUE

Sat 4/9 Breckenridge, CO Breckenridge Spring Fever
Sat 4/16 Charleston, SC Southern Ground Music & Food Festival
Sun 4/17 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Tortuga Festival
Fri 4/22 New Orleans, LA Nolafunk Jazzfest Series @ Republic
Sat 4/23 Oxford, MS Double Decker Arts Festival
Sun 4/24 Atlanta, GA Sweetwater 420 Festival
Fri 5/27 Napa, CA BottleRock Music Festival
Sun 5/29 Monterey, CA California Roots Music and Arts Festival
Thu 6/2 Jim Thorpe, PA Penn’s Peak
Fri 6/3 Pittsburgh, PA Three Rivers Festival
Sun 6/5 Hunter, NY Mountain Jam
Sun 6/12 Russell Township, OH LaurelLive
^Wed 6/15 Portland, ME Thompson’s Point
^Thu 6/16 Boston, MA House of Blues
^Fri 6/17 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
Sat 6/18 Stratton, VT Wanderlust Festival
^Sun 6/19 Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore
^Tue 6/21 Ann Arbor, MI Ann Arbor Summer Festival
^Wed 6/22 Grand Rapids, MI Meijer Gardens
Fri 6/24 Des Moines, IA Simon Estes Amphitheater
Sat 6/25 St. Paul, MN Twin Cities Jazz Fest
^Sun 6/26 Bayfield, WI Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua
^Tue 6/28 Chicago, IL Concord Music Hall
Thu 6/30 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest
Sat 7/2 Ottawa, ON Ottawa Jazz Festival
Fri 7/29 Kaslo, BC Kaslo Jazz Festival
*Wed 8/3 Costa Mesa, CA Pacific Amphitheatre
**Thu 8/4 Mammoth Lakes, CA Mammoth Festival
**Fri 8/5 Flagstaff, AZ Pepsi Amphitheater
**Sat 8/6 Durango, CO Three Springs
**Sun 8/7 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Tue 8/9 Salt Lake City, UT Red Butte Garden
**Thu 8/11 Bend, OR Les Schwab Amphitheater
**Fri 8/12 Troutdale, OR Edgefield
Sat 8/13 Tamarack, ID The Huckleberry Jam
**Tue 8/16 Missoula, MT Big Sky Brewing Company
**Wed 8/17 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory Concert House
**Fri 8/19 Lake Tahoe, NV MontBleu Resort & Casino
Sat 8/20 Lincoln, CA Thundervibes
**Thu 8/25 San Luis Obispo, CA Avila Beach Resorts
**Fri 8/26 Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn Bowl
**Sat 8/27 Tucson, AZ The Rialto Theatre
**Sun 8/28 Santa Fe, NM The Santa Fe Opera House

 

 

ABOUT MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD:

Formed in 1994, Spearhead was born as the latest in a series of musical projects that also included Franti‘s industrial/hardcore act the Beatnigs and his groundbreaking hip-hop duo Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. The band released their debut album in September 1994, and over the next two decades gained a massive following across the globe, bolstered by the smash success of “Say Hey (I Love You”) (a 2009 single that hit #18 on the Billboard Hot 100 and appeared on Spearhead’s sixth studio album All Rebel Rockers). Through the years, Franti has also dedicated himself to activism and filmmaking, with his 2005 documentary I Know I’m Not Alone chronicling his journey to Iraq, Palestine, and Israel and offering a seldom-seen look at war’s toll on everyday people.

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