Michael Franti and Spearhead
Michael Franti believes that the great battle taking place in the world today is between cynicism and optimism because he feels it in himself. So he made an album to remind himself, and anyone else who’s listening, that there is still good in the world and that it is worth fighting for. The album Stay Human Vol. II, which is an accompaniment to the film Stay Human, is all about how we hold on to our humanity in the challenging times we are living in today, and features 14 uplifting, life-affirming songs that, at their core, are about being your authentic self and standing up for the greater good.
“It’s a constant battle for me to stay on the side that believes your goodness will always win, and that there’s goodness within each person,” Franti says. “Sometimes it’s hard to really hold onto that as my moral compass, but I really do believe in that.”
The songs on Stay Human Vol. II were inspired by Franti’s new self-directed documentary Stay Human, which won the RWJ Barnabas Health Award at the 2018 Asbury Park Music & Film Festival, audience awards at the 2018 Nashville Film Festival and the 2018 ILLUMINATE Film Festival, the Voice for Humanity Award at the 2018 ILLUMINATE Film Festival, the Inspiration Award at the 2018 Tahoe Film Fest and the Soul in Cinema Award at the 2018 Maui Film Festival. Stay Human features “heroic everyday people” whose stories have inspired the singer, activist and yoga practitioner during his travels around the world.