Michael Franti & Spearhead Release the Sound of Sunshine this Tuesday, September 21st

Set To Kick Off Release Week With National Tour and Performances on

The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Lopez Tonight

Michael Franti & Spearhead return with their much anticipated album, THE SOUND OF SUNSHINE, this Tuesday, September 21st through Capitol Records/Boo Boo Wax. THE SOUND OF SUNSHINE is Michael Franti & Spearhead’s seventh studio album and the follow-up to 2008’s Top 40 hit All Rebel Rockers. The album’s first single and title track, “The Sound of Sunshine” was #1 at AAA for 8 weeks and is currently in the Top 30 at Hot AC. You can check out the video here.

Franti & Spearhead will also be appearing on both The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Lopez Tonight on the day of the album’s release performing “The Sound of Sunshine”. Check your local listings and be sure to tune in.

In support of the album, Franti kicked off a national tour this past Saturday in Portland, OR and will make stops in many cities throughout the U.S. and Canada including NYC, Chicago, Los Angeles and Toronto. As a part of Franti’s partnership with international shoe charity, Soles4Souls, eight cities on the tour will be a part of a “Barefoot Concert Series” (dates noted below).  The series is part of a Franti/Soles4Souls effort to sponsor 100,000 pairs of shoes to raise awareness of the need for footwear both nationally and internationally.

THE SOUND OF SUNSHINE was conceived after Franti was hospitalized for a ruptured appendix in August 2009. “Music is sunshine. It gives us new energy and a stronger sense of purpose. You can’t hold it in your hands, smell it, taste it or even see it, yet somehow just coming together and feeling these little vibrations that tickle our eardrums can somehow lift us all up out of our most difficult moments in life to unimaginable heights,” says Franti.

The band began recording the album in Jamaica with legendary producers Sly and Robbie (Bob Dylan, Carlos Santana, No Doubt) as well as in Franti’s home in Bali and hometown of San Francisco. With the record still not complete, Franti decided to bring a mobile studio on the road with him while he toured with John Mayer this past winter. The album was finished in dressing rooms and hotel rooms along the way with Franti playing songs he had recorded earlier in the day to the audience that evening.

Michael Franti is the creator and lead singer of Michael Franti & Spearhead. For over two decades, the Bay Area born Franti has been bringing our world exceptionally powerful, deeply felt music.  Franti first formed the punk band The Beatnigs while studying at the University of San Francisco, and later the far more hip hop-inflected The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. In the mid-Nineties, Franti created Spearhead,

and increasingly in recent years, he’s found his own voice musically and his own

organic brand of popular success. Franti’s impressive series of recordings have vividly reflected his status as a musical citizen of the world.

For ticket information, official Michael Franti news and to check out the latest v-blogs on FrantiV, go to www.michaelfranti.com.

Fall Tour Dates:

September 22** Los Angeles, CA                                  Club Nokia

September 23             San Diego, CA                                     House of Blues

September 24             Tucson, AZ                                          Rialto Theatre

September 25             Tempe, AZ                                           The Marquee

September 26             Flagstaff, AZ                                        Orpheum Theater

September 28             Oklahoma City, OK                             Bricktown Events Center

September 29             Austin, TX                                           Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre

September 30             Dallas, TX                                           House of Blues

October 1                     Little Rock, AR                                    The Village

October 2                     Houston, TX                                        House of Blues

October 5                     St. Louis, MO                                      The Pageant

October 6                     Lincoln, NE                                         Rococo

October 7** Minneapolis, MN                                State Theatre

October 8** Chicago, IL                                          Riviera Theatre

October 9                     Madison, WI                                        Overture Center for the Arts

October 11                   Columbia, MO                                     The Blue Note

October 13** Nashville, TN                                      Ryman Auditorium

October 14                   Birmingham, AL                                 WorkPlay Theatre

October 15                   New Orleans, LA                                 House of Blues

October 16                   Pensacola Beach, FL                          De Luna Festival

October 18                   Lexington, KY                                      Buster’s

October 19                   Columbus, OH                                     Newport Music Hall

October 20                   Bloomington, IN                                  Bluebird Nightclub

October 22                   Covington, KY (Cincinnati)                Madison Theatre

October 23                   Pittsburgh, PA                                     Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead

October 24                   Buffalo, NY                                          The Town Ballroom

October 25                   Albany, NY                                           Northern Lights

October 28** New York, NY                                      Terminal 5

October 29                   Montclair, NJ                                      Wellmont Theatre

October 30** Philadelphia, PA                                 Electric Factory

November 1                 Northampton, MA                               Calvin Theatre

November 2                 Northampton, MA                               Calvin Theatre

November 3                Ithaca, NY                                           State Theatre

November 5                 Providence, RI                                     Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel

November 6                 Portland, ME                                        State Theatre

November 7                 Concord, NH                                        Capitol Center

November 9                 New Haven, CT                                   Toad’s Place

November 10               Montreal, QC                                       Metropolis

November 12               Toronto, ON                                         Kool Haus

November 13** Cleveland, OH                                     House of Blues

November 14** Pontiac, MI (Detroit)                           Crofoot Ballroom

**part of Barefoot Concert Series

Yahoo! Maximum Performance Exclusive Videos:

http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/live/10876/michael-franti-patience-is-a-virtue

Listen to The Sound of Sunshine on Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/michaelfranti#!/michaelfranti?v=app_6627984866

AOL Listening Party

http://www.spinner.com/new-releases#/5

MSN Listening Booth

http://entimg.msn.com/i/asx/audio_streams/MichaelFrantiAndSpearhead_TheSoundOfSunshine.asx

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