- Published on Tuesday, January 11 2011
I hear so many people these days talking about the power of positive thinking - that having a good attitude is what will help you to be the healthiest and most successful person you can be, especially if you're having a rough time. Bret Michaels talked about it when we interviewed him recently, and considering all that guy's been through, there may definitely be something to this philosophy!
Michael Franti believes in positive thinking too, and he's made it his mission to infuse it into his music. That name might not be familiar to you, but his music is instantly recognizable. With a style that combines reggae, hip hop, rock, funk, and happiness, Franti has has made a positive impact on the music scene in the 25 years that he's been a part of it, and there is no sign of his light fading out anytime soon.
Being raised in this multicultural household, Michael learned at an early age what it means to be compassionate and accepting, all the while maintaining a cool, calm, and collected attitude toward life. He formed Michael Franti & Spearhead in the '90s, and with titles like “Positive,” “Everyone Deserves Music,” and his biggest hit “Say Hey (I Love You)”, Franti proves just how dedicated he is to bringing people together in a positive light.
It was during a rather unpleasant stint in the hospital for a ruptured appendix that Franti wrote songs of optimism and hope which would become Michael Franti & Spearhead’s latest album, The Sound of Sunshine, an album which he hopes could be a guiding light for others in dark places. Check out the newest single, "The Sound of Sunshine", below and just TRY to frown:
And he doesn't just talk the talk; better believe he walks the walk too! Michael donates time and money to organizations like Soles 4 Souls and CARE (for which he's an ambassador), all in the name of trying to make the world a happier place. Check out his Website for tour dates and to find out more about the organizations he supports.