Michael Franti & Spearhead premiere new track from upcoming album “Stay Human Vol. II,” film screening tour kicks off Monday – Coming to the Nourse Theater in San Francisco on November 17th!

MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD’S
“STAY HUMAN 2” PREMIERES
NEW ALBUM STAY HUMAN VOL. II DUE JANUARY 25 ON THIRTY TIGERS
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FRANTI SETS SCREENINGS OF AWARD-WINNING SELF-DIRECTED DOCUMENTARY FILM STAY HUMAN FEATURING Q&A SESSION AND ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE
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Photo credit: Anthony Thoen
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Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Michael Franti and his band Spearhead are set to release their new album, Stay Human Vol. II, via Thirty Tigers on January 25. In celebration of the upcoming record Franti is now premiering the track “Stay Human 2;” listen/share the song at http://smarturl.it/StayHumanV2.
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Billboard previously premiered the video for the lead single “Just To Say I Love You” at https://bit.ly/2QujiNb. Pre-orders of the album come with instant downloads of the album tracks “Just To Say I Love You,” “Stay Human 2” and “Flower In The Gun (feat. Victoria Canal)” and are available at http://smarturl.it/StayHumanV2.
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The writing on Stay Human Vol. II—which is co-produced by Franti alongside Ben Simonetti (Zac Brown Band, Shemekia Copeland, Blake Shelton), Niko Moon (Zac Brown Band), Kevin Bard (Fitz & The Tantrums) and others—was heavily influenced by Franti’s work on his new award-winning self-directed documentary, Stay Human. He explains, “I’ve traveled the globe making music and throughout the years I’ve always hoped that it could inspire small steps towards making the world a better place. Struggling with the challenges of the world I began filming my new documentary, Stay Human, telling the stories of heroic everyday people who helped me to discover more deeply what it means to be and STAY HUMAN.”
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Franti will make a series of special intimate appearances throughout the western U.S. this fall at screenings of Stay Human. Each screening will feature an introduction by and Q&A with Franti, as well as an acoustic performance by Franti accompanied by Carl Young (bass, vocals) and Victoria Canal (keys, vocals). Watch/share the trailer for Stay Human at https://youtu.be/NaQu7n4NA6s and see below for a list of screenings.
Stay Human has won an array of awards while on the festival circuit, including the RWJ Barnabas Health Award at the 2018 Asbury Park Music & Film Festival, the Audience Award at the 2018 Nashville Film Festival, the Audience Award and the Voice for Humanity Award at the 2018 ILLUMINATE Film Festival and the Soul in Cinema Award at the 2018 Maui Film Festival. The film will continue to screen at film festivals throughout the winter.
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Franti began writing music as a way to process both the political landscape of the late 1980s and the unique sounds and ideas of his Bay Area upbringing. In 1994, Franti formed Michael Franti & Spearhead. Touring with his band, Franti continued to notice inequality and injustice both at home and abroad. The band released their seminal Stay Human album in 2000, reflecting on the unjust nature of the death penalty among other themes, to make sense of our common humanity in juxtaposition to near constant violations of human rights.
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Franti released his first self-directed documentary, I Know I’m Not Alone, in 2005 to widespread critical acclaim. The film depicts his mission for peace in the Middle East, with a focus on the human cost of war. Franti visited war zones in Iraq, Israel and Palestine again finding common connection, playing music to both soldiers and civilians regardless of affiliation.
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Michael Franti & Spearhead continue to foster the community both on and off stage and with Michael and his wife Sara’s foundation Do It For The Love, a wish granting nonprofit that brings those with life threatening illnesses, veterans and children with severe challenges to concerts. His recent musical projects have included the Billboard #1 single “The Sound of Sunshine” (2010) and full-length releases All the People (2013) and SOULROCKER (2016), which topped the Billboard rock album charts at #4 and #5, respectively.
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STAY HUMAN VOL. II
1. Little Things
2. Just To Say I Love You
3. Flower In The Gun (feat. Victoria Canal)
4. Only Thing Missing Was You 2 (feat. HIRIE)
5. Stay Human 2
6. Summertime Won’t Last Long
7. This World Is So F*cked Up (But I Ain’t Ever Giving Up On It)
8. You’re Number One
9. Enjoy Every Second (feat. AGodess)
10. Nobody Cries Alone
11. Extraordinary
12. When The Sun Begins To Shine
13. Show Me Your Peace Sign
14. Take Me Alive
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MICHAEL FRANTI & STAY HUMAN DOCUMENTARY SCREENINGS
Featuring a Q&A and acoustic performance by Michael Franti
November 12 (matinee)—Boulder, CO—Boulder Theater
November 12—Boulder, CO—Boulder Theater (SOLD OUT)
November 13—Salt Lake City, UT—Eccles Theater, Delta Hall
November 14—Boise, ID—Nampa Civic Center
November 17—San Francisco, CA—Nourse Theater
November 19—Seattle, WA—Moore Theatre
November 20 (matinee)—Portland, OR—Alberta Rose Theatre
November 20—Portland, OR—Alberta Rose Theatre
November 21—Bend, OR—Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon
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MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD LIVE
December 2 – Playa del Carmen, MX – Closer to the Sun 2018
December 3 – Playa del Carmen, MX – Closer to the Sun 2018
December 30—Solana Beach, CA—Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
December 31—Solana Beach, CA—Belly Up
January 1—Solana Beach, CA—Belly Up
June 7—Denver, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre
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