Singer-songwriter Michael Franti’s long career spans decades and genres, from the Beatnigs’ industrial/punk/spoken word mesh to the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy’s activist rap. Franti’s style has evolved to include pop, funk, reggae and folk in his current project, Michael Franti and Spearhead, who have released a new track, “Life Is Better With You.” The affectionate, buoyant song is inspired by his partner, Franti says.
“We had a great Valentine’s Day last year followed by a not-so-great day after,” Franti tells Rolling Stone. “We spent the afternoon talking through it and by the end of the day, we felt closer than before.”
“I told her that even my worst day with her is better than any day I had before she was in my life, and out came the words, ‘Life is better with you,” he says. “I picked up the guitar and wrote the song right then. I hope it inspires gratitude through the ups and downs of relationships for couples, friends, parents and kids.”
“Life Is Better With You” will appear on Michael Franti and Spearhead’s next LP, All People, which will be released on July 30th. You can exclusively stream the song here or preorder the album on iTunes.