Michael Franti is an amazingly gifted musician, spoken word artist, poet, rapper, singer and songwriter that America takes pride in. He has been a part of many musical projects. He uses music as a tool to convey his thoughts and views on various social and political issues. Along with producing songs for his band, he worked as a composer by creating song track for the movie, ‘Blue in the Face’. Known for creating critically acclaimed and political charged albums, he has produced songs and albums like ‘Yell Fire!’, ‘The sound of sunshine’ and ‘I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like)’. As of now he is working as the lead vocalist and creator of his independent project named, ‘Michael Franti and Spearhead’. This band is known for dovetailing hip-hop with other varied styles of music that include rock, folk, jazz, funk and reggae. Franti has always been vocal about his opinions, thoughts and views on matters close to his heart which includes social justice and peace especially in the Middle East. We bring to you a treasury of quotes and sayings by Michael Franti that will give you a glimpse of his mind.
Collectively, we activists are essential to advancing U.S. policy to help empower marginalized people to lift themselves and their communities out of poverty for good.
My mother, she made sure all of us were treated the same and had the same opportunity to grow and develop, so that when we left the house, we could fly on our own. And she also knew when we got out into the world, we'd treat others that we came across with that same treatment and respect.
My music is part of the quest I have to find new ways of telling stories, and also, I want to inspire people.
I really believe that, as an artist, my opportunity to help to bring about awakening is one that should come from a personal process that someone has, and not from me telling somebody that this is the way it is.
All my songs are different, but from the overall experience, I want people to sense that they can overcome and move through difficult times and find strength in my music. Maybe it's a song that makes them cry and move through something else.
My usual day is I get up around 11 o'clock and do yoga and then eat afterwards. Then I have sound check and play soccer and do running with the guys in the band after sound check, and then do the show and eat dinner after the show and usually get to bed around 3 o'clock by the time we get everybody on the bus and get rolling.
I really encourage people to travel so we can see how the rest of the world views our country. That's really important. Secondly, as artists, activists, and citizens who vote, we have to begin to vote from our heart.
It doesn't matter if you're black, white, gay, straight, come from different countries, different language... every single person is significant and is meaningful.
If we do not change our negative habits toward climate change, we can count on worldwide disruptions in food production, resulting in mass migration, refugee crises and increased conflict over scarce natural resources like water and farm land. This is a recipe for major security problems.
During my travels in Iraq, Israel, Gaza, Brazil, Indonesia, Japan, Europe and all over the United States, I have seen and heard the voices of people who want change. They want the stabilization of the economy, education and healthcare for all, renewable energy and an environmental vision with an eye on generations to come.
Traveling to the Middle East and playing music for people on the street, for soldiers, for people in hospitals, and for people who lost their homes, and seeing people open up through the experience of music really restored my faith in music, in art, and in culture to change things.