Michael Franti & Spearhead's Big Big Love brings with it a powerful mantra, a call for embracing humanity with unwavering kindness.
One track that shines brightly on Michael Franti's Big Big Love is "Hands Up To The Sky." It's a poignant piece straight from Franti’s heart and soul. This song transcends mere melodies; it's a sonic salve for a world that has weathered its fair share of storms in recent years. From the ache of separation from loved ones to the relentless worries and stress that have plagued our lives, it's a collective lament that finds resonance in our hearts. Franti, like many, suffered the loss of his father to the relentless reach of Covid. "Hands Up To The Sky" is his catharsis, a musical release that invites us to relinquish our pent-up emotions, to let them soar into the ether. It's a song of healing and hope, a testament to the joy that triumphs when we emerge from the shadows of adversity.
As Franti elaborates, "Writing it was an important part of my healing journey, and putting together the video was cathartic – it gave me an opportunity to not only mourn some of the losses we’ve encountered over the last few years but to be inspired by the connections we make and all of the beautiful parts of this world."
Franti is something beautiful in his own right. He's not just a musician; he's almost a global force of nature – a humanitarian, an activist, and an award-winning filmmaker. His live shows are a whirlwind of energy and inspiration, his music a catalyst for positive change. Beyond the stage, he dedicates himself to health and wellness, leading worldwide philanthropic efforts and championing the power of optimism.
Throughout his career, Franti has achieved three Billboard No. 1 hits with songs like "Sound Of Sunshine," "Say Hey (I Love You)," and "I Got You." His musical talent is undeniable, with six Top 30 Hot AC singles, 10 Top 25 Triple A singles, and three Billboard Top 5 rock albums. But it’s more than just Franti's music that has the ability to move hearts and inspire change. His impact stretches far beyond the stage and the studio. He, along with his wife, Sara, founded the wish-granting non-profit, Do It For The Love. This remarkable initiative fulfills the dreams of those facing life-threatening illnesses, veterans, and children with profound challenges by bringing them to concerts worldwide. To date, it has touched the lives of over 12,000 people and granted more than 3,300 wishes, showcasing the immense power of music as a healer and unifier. In addition to his musical and philanthropic endeavors, Franti is the proud owner of SOULSHINE Bali, a top-rated boutique retreat hotel nestled in the enchanting setting of Ubud, Bali. This oasis is a beacon of his commitment to holistic well-being and offers a sanctuary for those seeking solace and rejuvenation.
In a world where music is mainly just entertainment, Michael Franti & Spearhead's Big Big Love offers the enduring power of sound to heal, uplift, and unite. It's an album that not only invites you to listen but to feel, to heal, and to love – big, big love.