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Actual and past members of Michael Franti & Spearhead


Raliegh J. Neal, II - Keyboards / Vocals (2006 - 2015)

Taken from Michael Franti (Sep 11, 2010)

At 4 years old Raliegh Neal, II learned to play and sing "Proud Mary" on a baritone Ukulele. At the age of 5 he performed for his kindergarten class. It all seemed natural for him. He formed a jazz Quartet in 11th grade called Moment's Notice named after the John Coltrane classic. While in High School the band "gigged" professionally and participated in many jazz band competitions. Later Raliegh auditioned and was accepted to the University of Miami's school of music. Raliegh moved to New York City in 1991 and truly discovered the power of music and the arts in direct Community service. He became the Music Director for the CityKids Repertory Company where he implemented a music composition course for beginners and an audio engineering class for more experienced youth composers.


Jolene Rust - Vocals (2009 - 2012)

Taken from Michael Franti (Sep 11, 2010)

I have been singing for as long as I can remember, whether it was along with the radio on long road trips, singing opera at age 5 in the bathroom, the church choir, years and years of talent shows, or performing the national anthem at countless sport games. My love for music has always played an integral part in my life. I grew up on the California coast in Monterey, just north of Big Sur. Being born and raised in such an incredibly beautiful environment ingrained the deepest love within me for nature and the outdoors. I started playing the piano at age 6, but after a couple of years moved on to musical theater and dance.

In high school I got my first guitar, and after I graduated I attended Cal Poly to study Theater and Dance.


Dave Shul - Guitar (1998 - 2011)

Taken from Michael Franti (Sep 11, 2010)

I'm Dave Shul I hope all is well in cyberspace. I play guitar in Spearhead. I've been involved in the Bay Area music scene for about 20 years and joined Spearhead in April of 1998. My favorite part of being in Spearhead is traveling and meeting local folks, because I don't usually get to see a lot of the sites as we are moving from place to place so quickly.

I first started playing guitar at age 12. My older brother had a guitar and I used to sneak into his room and play it, because every time I'd ask him for a lesson he'd bop me on the nose and say, "get outta here you ...!" At age 13 I went to Cazadero Music camp at the Russian River in northern California. Among the teachers were Bobby McFerrin, Eddy Marshall, and John Santos.


Cherine Anderson - Vocals (2008 - 2010)

Taken from Cherine-TV (Apr 27, 2016)

"Making music is like food to my soul. It make me feel good, it's powerful, it heals...I hope people feel inspired when they experience my music too."

Cherine Anderson is one of Jamaica's leading young female singer/songwriters, actress and performers. Her genre defying grooves coupled with her powerful voice and thought provoking lyrics has brought her in front of well over 1,000,000 live audience fans, in places such as Jamaica, Europe, Canada, Australia and the USA.

She is the first Jamaican female artist to hit the Billboard Rock Charts featured on the song "Say Hey, I Love You" with Michael Franti & Spearhead. The song simultaneously peaked six Billboard charts and was placed on the soundtrack of numerous films and TV commercials including the EA 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Music Soundtrack, as well as the finale for The Oprah Whinphrey Show.

The east Kingston bred native is a consistent positive representative of Jamaica; from penning and directing chart topping videos for her inspirational songs such as "Eagles & Doves", "How We Living", "Kingston State of Mind" and "Shine On Jamaica", to a stand out performance at the Inaugural Green Ball and Peace Ball during Barack Obama's Presidential Inauguration, high energy performance at the World Games Special Olympics to reaching the Billboard charts. Cherine has made numerous appearances on television programs in Jamaica, Norway, France, Australia and the United States including The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and The Ellen DeGeneres Show and twice appeared on the award winning local show Profile with Ian Boyne.

She has earned a reputation for her commanding and high energy live performances which helped to place her on arena tours and renown festivals worldwide as both an opening and support act for alternative bands like Michael Franti & Spearhead, International rock stars John Mayer and Counting Crows to name a few. She has also toured with, and is endorsed by legendary drummer Sly Dunbar (Sly & Robbie) who hails her as "the real deal. A truly strong vocalist on hardcore riddims with the ability and potential to surpass reggae audiences to reach the masses."

Determined to keep following her light, Cherine continues to evolve as a woman, entrepreneur and an entertainer, ever poised for new heights. Cherine is in the final stages of completing her first full length album with legendary producers Sly & Robbie, Dean Fraser and David Norland in collaboration with 20 Six Music Group. Not one for hype and extravagance, she has surrounded herself with a solid team who has guided her over the last few years and are ready to help her showcase her music to rest of the world. Cherine says, "Making music is like food to my soul. It make me feel good, it' powerful, it inspires, it heals...I hope people feel inspired when they experience my music too."


Anthony Robustelli - Keyboards (2004 - 2006)

Taken from www.anthonyrobustelli.com (Apr 26, 2016)

Anthony Robustelli is the epitome of a born musician. Though his primary instrument is keyboards, he is truly a multi-instrumentalist. Anthony is also a prolific writer who has four prior albums to his credit, Another Fatal Blow, Grown Tired of the Con, Comfort is so Rare and a six-movement straight-ahead jazz suite, entitled Travels of a Lost Soul. The music from Travels was featured in the film "Get Famous" along with songs from jazz great Gary Bartz. He also co-wrote the score for the critically acclaimed independent film "Hitman's Handbook" the award-winning PBS documentary "Off the Curb" , penned the theme song to the 2012 documentary "Naked Brand" , and played keyboards on the Spearhead LP Yell Fire.


Roberto Quintana - Percussions (2003 - 2006)

Taken from LinkedIn-Profile (May 02, 2016)

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Radioactive - Vocals / Beat Box (2000 - 2004)

Taken from MC RADIOACTIVE | Flowerbox (Apr 28, 2016)

Originating from Boston, MA, Radio Active embodies the essence of hip hop. He is an emcee, beatboxer, writer, painter, and b-boy. He plays musical instruments, incorporates electronic beats with his beatbox and commands active audience participation during his fresh, soulful original live performances.

Innovative to the industry, Radio Active brings hip hop into other genres, a true crossover artist. An electrifying performer, Radio Active has toured extensively the past years throughout North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan as a member of the politically charged musical group Michael Franti & Spearhead to audiences in theaters and festivals upwards of 100,000 people ...


Bob Crawford - Keyboards (2001 - 2003)

Taken from Bob Crawford Music - Biography (Apr 28, 2016)

The Bay Area's Bob Crawford is a pianist/keyboardist who finds home in a wide range of different musical styles. He's had experience in everything from jazz to afrobeat, salsa, samba, funk, hip hop, rock, and more.

Although he had little formal musical education, Bob proved to be a quick study with the afro-cuban montuno piano style, and found himself playing in a great local latin funk band called Los Angelitos throughout the early '90s . The band won several Bay Area music awards and played to packed houses, including The Warfield, The Filmore, Slims, and the Great American Music Hall. In addition, the band's music was featured on the national TV show Nash Bridges, including one of Bob's compositions. Clearly, he was on his way.


Goapale - Vocals (2000 - 2001)

Taken from Billboard (Apr 28, 2016)

Born Goapele Mohlabane in Oakland, CA, this singer grew up in a socially conscious and politically active family. Her mother married South African political exile Douglas Mohlabane while studying in Nairobi, Kenya. At an early age, Goapele attended the Berkeley Arts Magnet School where she led a pre-teen peer support group. She also became involved in various groups and organizations that combated racism and sexism. It would be these extroverted activities that assisted her singing career as she would also sing at community functions.


Charlie Hunter - Guitar (1992 - 1994)

Taken from Guitar Casa (February 14, 2014)

An Inspiration for Anyone Inspired to Play Jazz on an 8 String Guitar

Although most 8 string guitar playing is associated with the genre of metal, the Charlie Hunter guitar style proves that this guitar has an iconic place in jazz. Over the course of about 20 years, Hunter has proven that he is a skilled musician capable of magic on the eight string guitar.

Early Years

Charlie Hunter was born on May 23rd, 1967 in Rhode Island, but moved to Berkeley, California with his family at the age of four...


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