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Michael Franti & Spearhead – The New Single “Once A Day” feat Sonna Rele And Supa Dups Out Now

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Michael Franti & Spearhead are sharing the uplifting new single, “Once A Day” featuring Sonna Rele and Supa Dups.  

An irresistible summertime anthem, “Once A Day” was produced by Supa Dups who has worked with Eminem, Pitbull, Rihanna, Damian Marley and Bruno Mars among others.  

Michael Franti is a musician, filmmaker and social justice advocate who has been a key force in popular music throughout his storied career. The diversity of the Oakland, CA native’s sound can be attributed to his wide range of influences that include John Lennon, Bob Marley, Johnny Cash, Marvin Gaye and The Clash. Along with his band, Spearhead, Franti seeks to break down barriers in music between performer and audience, in order to create an intimate, meaningful experience.

Directed by Michael Franti and filmed in San Francisco, Encinitas, CA and at the recent BottleRock festival in Napa Valley, CA, the video intermixes a richly diverse crew (including brief cameos by Chuck D and S.F. band, The Mowgli’s), underscoring the song’s uplifting message of hope and perseverance.

One of the video’s featured players, 7-time NCAA All-American gymnast Rik Daniels, was born without the use of his legs. His mother was urged to institutionalize Rik while she raised him and two siblings on her own because she was told he’d never be able to walk.  For Rik overcoming obstacles is a way of life.  “It was never a question as to ‘whether’ I can do something,” he explains. “It was a question of ‘how.’” Daniels, now a dancer and motivational speaker was so inspired by the song’s redemptive message, he agreed to appear in the video even though he married his husband the day before filming commenced. 

The video also features another figure Franti greatly admires, professional skateboarder Bob Burnquist, who is seen doing his signature breathtaking tricks on the half pipe. Burnquist has pioneered several tricks and counts 14 gold medals to date. Franti and Burnquist have been friends since meeting at the very first X-Games.

 

“’Once A Day’ is about unexpected moments in life. Some days we have unexpectedly beautiful moments and others that are unexpectedly challenging. Last year I had a really challenging moment when my son was diagnosed with a kidney disease called Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). We thought it would break our family apart, but moving through the initial tears, made us realize life is precious and that we need to hug, kiss and be close to each other every day and through that we could ‘rise up’ and face his illness together. I hope that ‘Once A Day’ brings inspiration to anyone in this world who is going through challenging times. Through music, dance and gratitude for this life we can all ‘Rise Up’!” – Michael Franti

New album due out on Fantasy Records in 2016. Details of the forthcoming album will be announced soon.

 

AVAILABLE NOW on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/MFOnceADay

 

Michael Franti & Spearhead “Once A Day” Tour:

August 1                     Whistler, BC CA                                 Wanderlust – Whistler

August 3                     Spokane, WA                                      Knitting Factory – Spokane

August 4                     Boise, ID                                             Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Gardens

August 6                     Salt Lake City, UT                               Red Butte Garden

August 7                     Flagstaff, AZ                                       Pepsi Amphitheater

August 8                     Santa Fe, NM                                      Fort Marcy Park

August 9                     Morrison, CO                                      Red Rocks Amphitheatre

August 11                   Mountain Village, CO                         Telluride Conference Center

August 13                   Pomona, CA                                        Fox Theater

August 15                   Las Vegas, NV                                    Mandalay Bay Beach

August 18                   Saratoga, CA                                       The Mountain Winery

August 20                   Jacksonville, OR                                  Britt Pavilion

August 21                   Troutdale, OR                                      Edgefield

August 22                   Woodenville, WA                                 Chateau St. Michelle

August 23                   Bend, OR                                             Les Schwab Amphitheater

August 26                   Los Angeles, CA                                  Hollywood Bowl

September 17              Fredericton, NB CA                              Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival

September 19              Lincoln, CA                                         Thunder Valley Casino Resort

September 20              Del Mar, CA                                        Kaaboo Festival

Jan 26-31, 2016           The Rock Boat XVI

Feb 11-15, 2016           Sail Across The Sun

 

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