Michael Franti has consistently put out music made to inspire, uplift and make people want to dance or cry. And ten studio albums later he is still writing and singing about things that move him most.
"It's statement about the diversity of our planet," Franti says of his latest work All People. "It doesn't matter if you're black, white, gay, straight, come from different countries, different language... every single person is significant and is meaningful."
Franti learned to embrace this diversity when working on the record by collaborating with various writers and producers, for the first time.
"It's a really personal thing for me to write a song," he says. "I would meet a different writer like everyday, and so it was kind of like speed dating."
The end result is a triumphant collection of songs that evoke the positive vibes and communal spirit you'd expect from Franti and his band Spearhead.
Franti is also taking the socially-conscious themes of his music and putting them to practice with his Do It For the Love Foundation.
"We started a foundation that brings people with life-threatening illnesses, kids with severe challenges [and] wounded veterans to live concerts," he explains.