Follow Your Heart
Released: June 14, 2022
Peak: -- US, -- UK, -- CN, -- AU
Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, -- world (includes US and UK)
Genre: alternative rock/hip-hop/reggae
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Total Running Time: 34:12
3.593 out of 5.00 (average of 3 ratings)
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About the Album:
There are two distinct descriptors which have followed Michael Franti since the onset of his career. First, he makes music which integrates multiple genres. Second, he makes music with a social conscience. NPR describes Michael Franti as “equal parts musician and activist” RL while Classic Rock magazine notes how he “re-frames rock, pop, and hip-hop tropes in a seamless alchemical compendium of ear worms, resilience and unifying positivity.” RL
Regarding Franti’s 12th album with Spearhead, Mojo magazine says, “the feel here is of unstinting human positivity.” RL Franti himself says this is his favorite album they’ve ever done. He said, “it’s about how we get through this crazy time that we’re living in; how we find the optimism and the joy, but mainly to follow our hearts and listen to the voice inside you to find passion and purpose.” RL He adds that he hopes “Follow Your Heart gives fans the courage to continue looking for and holding onto that perseversence.” SR
He learned in recent years “that people need people.” RL He “wrote many songs about connection, resilience, and finding the light, even in the midst of all the crazy.” RL He said, “I wanted to make a record that was uplifting and vulnerable. These songs have all been written during the pandemic, a time in which I lost my father to Covid, lost my job (as a touring musician) and leaned on my wife, family and friends and found a closeness with them that I never knew before. I laughed louder, played harder, cried deeper, and danced with more freedom than I’ve ever felt during this crazy time – the music reflects it all.” HG
He says of the single Brighter Day that it is “a song about never giving up, even when life feels overwhelming. When the issues of the world seem impossible to fix, and when your heart feels like it’s being ripped into pieces, lean into those you love for strength and support.” RL
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First posted 6/14/2022.