Michael Franti

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Michael Franti is a gifted and much-heralded spoken word artist and political activist. As leader of the politically and socially-charged group Spearhead, Franti is at the forefront of hip-hop's renaissance, expanding the music's boundaries as he draws on funk and soul-driven beats. Through his music and poetry, Franti tackles a range of issues--... See full bio »

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 2019 Sextuplets (performer: "Say Hey (I Love You)") / (writer: "Say Hey (I Love You)")
 2016 Sold (music: "Once a Day" [Worldbeat Mix]) / (performer: "Once a Day" [Worldbeat Mix])
 2015 Strange Magic (writer: "Say Hey")
 2014 Into the Storm (performer: "On And On") / (writer: "On And On")
 2014 We Are Many (Documentary) (lyrics: "WE DON'T STOP" - as Franti) / (music: "WE DON'T STOP" - as Franti) / (performer: "WE DON'T STOP")
 2013 Spark: A Burning Man Story (Documentary) (performer: "Let It Go") / (writer: "Let It Go")
 2012 Won't Back Down (performer: "Hey Hey Hey") / (writer: "Hey Hey Hey")
  The Newsroom (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2012) (writer - 1 episode, 2012)
- I'll Try to Fix You (2012) ... (performer: "The Sound of Sunshine" - uncredited) / (writer: "The Sound of Sunshine" - uncredited)
 2011 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (writer: "Say Hey")
 2011 Blue Crush 2 (Video) (performer: "The Sound of Sunshine") / (writer: "The Sound of Sunshine")
 2011 Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star (performer: "Say Hey (I Love You)") / (writer: "Say Hey (I Love You)")
 2011 Soul Surfer (performer: "The Sound of Sunshine") / (writer: "The Sound of Sunshine")
  The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2011) (writer - 1 episode, 2011)
- Episode #19.102 (2011) ... (performer: "I'll Be Waiting") / (writer: "I'll Be Waiting")
 2011 Hall Pass (performer: "Shake It") / (writer: "Shake It")
 2011 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 (Video) (performer: "Say Hey (I Love You)") / (writer: "Say Hey (I Love You)")
 2010 Yogi Bear (performer: "The Sound of Sunshine") / (writer: "The Sound of Sunshine")
  The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2010) (writer - 1 episode, 2010)
- Episode #7.62 (2010) ... (performer: "Hey Hey Hey") / (writer: "Hey Hey Hey")
  Late Show with David Letterman (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2010) (writer - 1 episode, 2010)
- Episode #18.30 (2010) ... (performer: "The Sound of Sunshine" - uncredited) / (writer: "The Sound of Sunshine" - uncredited)
 2010 Dancing with the Stars (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- 2010 Semi-FInal (2010) ... (writer: "Say Hey (I Love You)" - uncredited)
 2010 Endless Love (TV Series) (writer: "Say I Love You")
 2010 Ramona and Beezus (performer: "Say Hey (I Love You)") / (writer: "Say Hey (I Love You)")
 2010 The Back-up Plan (performer: "Say Hey (I Love You)") / (writer: "Say Hey (I Love You)")
 2010/I Valentine's Day (writer: "Say Hey (I Love You)")
  Weeds (TV Series) (performer - 3 episodes, 2005 - 2009) (writer - 1 episode, 2009)
- Wonderful Wonderful (2009) ... (performer: "Say Hey (I Love You)" - uncredited) / (writer: "Say Hey (I Love You)" - uncredited)
- Cankles (2007) ... (performer: "Little Boxes")
- Good Shit Lollipop (2005) ... (performer: "Ganja Babe")
 2009 Into the Blue 2: The Reef (Video) (performer: "Say Hey (I Love You)") / (writer: "Say Hey (I Love You)")
 2008 Sometimes in Life (lyrics: "Sometimes") / (music: "Sometimes")
 2008 Wetlands Preserved: The Story of an Activist Nightclub (Documentary) (writer: "Runfayalife")
  Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2007) (writer - 1 episode, 2007)
- Piccolo Teatro (2007) ... (performer: "Red Beans & Rice" - uncredited) / (writer: "Red Beans & Rice" - uncredited)
 2007 Daddy Day Camp (writer: "Sometimes")
 2007 License to Wed (writer: "Everybody On a Move")
 2006 Snakes on a Plane (writer: "Hey Now Now")
 2006 Lady in the Water (performer: "Passion") / (writer: "Passion")
 2006 Park (writer: "Do Ya Love")
 2006 Coachella (Video documentary) (writer: "We Don't Stop")
 2006 Last Holiday (writer: "Sometimes")
  The Wire (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes, 2002) (performer - 1 episode, 2002)
- Game Day (2002) ... (performer: "Rock the Nation" - uncredited) / (writer: "Rock the Nation" - uncredited)
- The Pager (2002) ... (writer: "Oh My God" - uncredited)
 2001 Joe Somebody (writer: "Sometimes")
 2001 Summer Catch (writer: "Sometimes")
 1999 Mystery Men (performer: "Sometimes") / (writer: "Sometimes")
 1997 Good Burger (producer: "Roxanne")
 1997 A Brother's Kiss (writer: "Hole in the Bucket" (1994))
 1996 Feeling Minnesota (performer: "Family Affair")
 1995 Blue in the Face (writer: "To My Ba-Bay")
 1995 Houseguest (writer: "People in tha Middle" - as Mike Franti)
 1990 Terminal City Ricochet ("Television (Drug of a Nation)")
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Other Works:

Album (with Spearhead): "Yell Fire!", 2006 (Anti-) See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | 2 Articles | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Michael Franti & Spearhead


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Continues to record and perform live with his band, Spearhead. Spearhead is set to release their fifth proper studio release, "Yell Fire!", which comes out July 25th, 2006. "Yell Fire!" contains the songs inspired by his trip to the Middle East (including the documentary, I Know I'm Not Alone (2005)). Spearhead also has plans to tour in the summer of 2006. See more »

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