Michael Franti & Spearhead
Songwriter, composer, musician, activist, producer, poet
a man with many roles that is an artist who will continue
to break boundaries, give back to the community, and chosses
to take social responsibility in sharing knowledge and in
organizing events to support his beliefs.
Michael Franti and Spearhead will be releasing
their first studio album titled Stay Human since
1997's Chocolate Supa Highway on Capitol Records. This album
is produced by Franti and recorded and mixed in his own Sugar
Shack Studio in San Francisco, CA. The album exposes Franti
at his est and most focused personal, creative, and musical
vision blending old-school soul and R&B, hard-core hip-hop
beats with a happy splash of disco to boogie on down the road
Stay Human features vocalist, Mary Harris, from Spearhead's
critically-acclaimed Home album, on several
tracks. Ms. Harris' voice adds a dimension of pure soul and
a playful synergy between Franti and Harris that complement
eachother's vocal style on "Oh My God," and especially
on the high-energy disco track "Thank You" which
is very reminiscent of Patti LaBelle's lat 70s era. Other
highlights include Zap Mama's Marie lending her vocals on
the sexy "Listener Supported," the human beat-box,
Radioactive, doing his thing on the hard-core, full-drontal
track "The Dawning," a heartfelt ballad "Love'll
Set Me Free" and 'it's not who ya love, but' "Do
Long-time bassist, horn player, and musical director for
Spearhead, Carl Young, and percussionist/drummer, Roberto
Quintana, lend the backbone of the rhythm section, while
keyboardist, Ramon Lazo and guitarist, David Shul,
round out the album with their smooth melodies which offer
a dynamic of subtle and sparse arrangements to pelvis rockin'
The street date for te full-length album Stay Human
is slotted for Fall 2000 release worldwide on Michael's imprint
Boo Boo Wax in conjunction wiht a soon-to-be
announced major distributed label. In February, Franti's Boo
Boo Wax released an intimate 18-song musical and spoken-word
live album titled "Michael Franti - Live at the Baobab."
A special fan-oriented release available only at the live
concerts and on the website.
DJ vinyl and a CD release featuring various house, deep house,
and drum 'n bass remixes of selected Stay Human
tracks will be released this summer. Worldwide touring and
various exspeariences" are currently in progress.
Visit the "spearit" community onlne at www.spearheadvibrations.com
for up-to-date information, visual downloads, and email.
Artist Management Worldwide:
3470 19th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110