Michael Franti & Spearhead release new song 'Follow Your Heart'

Article Contributed by Wilful Publicity | Published on Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Long revered for his inspiring music, worldwide philanthropic efforts and the power of optimism, Michael Franti continues to offer opportunities for gratitude, solidarity and celebrating how we get through the greatest ups and downs of our lives with our body, mind and soul still in one piece with upcoming album Follow Your Heart, set for release June 3rd via Thirty Tigers. Pre-order/pre-save the album HERE.
“One thing I learned these last couple of years is that people need people,” shares Franti. “I wrote many songs about connection, resilience and finding the light, even in the midst of all the crazy. Somewhere in there we find resilience, and I hope Follow Your Heart gives fans the courage to continue looking for and holding onto that perseverance.”
On Friday (22nd), Franti released the title track ‘Follow Your Heart’, debuting the acoustic premiere via Instagram Live from his boutique retreat hotel Soulshine Bali in Ubud, sharing, “I wrote this with a guy named Greg Hvnsen who is an incredible writer and producer, and the song is about how following your heart during the pandemic seemed to be the answer to every question.
“The answer to so many questions was to listen to what my heart was saying, even though I couldn’t do a lot of the things I enjoy because we had to be isolated,” Franti elaborated. “We couldn’t travel, tour or make music the way we did before, but there were still a lot of things in my life that needed to be taken care of: relationships, health, this business as an entrepreneur (Soulshine Bali), and ‘follow your heart’ became the answer to so many questions for me.”
Opening with upbeat, rhythmic palm-muted acoustic strumming, ‘Follow Your Heart’ encourages listeners to trust their intuition, follow their dreams and seek out their deepest desires, all while keeping hope alive:
        We are, we are the dreamers
        We are, we are believers
        And I know you feel it in your soul
        Anywhere you go
        Anywhere you are
        It’s as real as it gets
        As real as you are
        Anywhere you go
        No matter how far
        It’s as real as it gets
        It’s real when you follow your heart
        Follow your heart like a stream to the ocean
        And put your dreams in motion
        And when you fall down
        Pick yourself up with your heart wide open, open

Friday’s release follows ‘Brighter Day’, an anthemic call to endure life’s hardships, and ‘Good Day For A Good Day’, which marked the band’s 10th Top 25 AAA hit.
Work Hard And Be Nice was released in 2020, which included lead single ‘I Got You’, the Franti & Spearhead’s first Billboard No. 1 in nearly 10 years, and was also featured on NPR’s mid-year and end-year ‘Heavy Rotation: Public Radio’s Most Popular Songs of 2020’, sharing, “Michael Franti’s infectious groove is unmistakable. From the opening chords to the percolating rhythm, it’s easy to get caught up in the positivity he exudes.”
Michael Franti & Spearhead will be kicking off the Follow Your Heart UK tour in February 2023. They will play St. Luke’s Music & Arts Venue, Glasgow (Feb 7th), Manchester Academy 2 (Feb 8th) and London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire (Feb 10th). Tickets are on sale now at MichaelFranti.com, with the option to also upgrade to VIP for the dates.

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Follow Your Heart Track List:
Follow Your Heart 
Baby Let Your Soulshine 
Brighter Day
Life Is Amazing
No Makeup
Good Day For A Good Day
Best At Loving You
People Need People
Trying To Keep The Lights On
Life Reminds Us We’re Alive
Michael Franti & Spearhead’s Follow Your Heart UK Tour Dates:
Feb 7th – St Luke’s Music & Arts Venue, Glasgow
Feb 8th – Academy 2, Manchester
Feb 10th – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London