Michael Franks (born 18 September 1944 in La Jolla, California) is a smooth jazz singer and songwriter from the United States. He has recorded with a Who's Who of artists, such as Patti Austin, Brenda Russell, Art Garfunkel, and David Sanborn. His songs have been recorded by The Manhattan Transfer, Patti Labelle, Carmen McRae, Diana Krall, and The Carpenters.
Michael Franks takes us through a two-disc discography of thirty-one of his songs. This Southern Californian born vegetarian songwriter has a mellow, amiable style.
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“I think I can trace my animal consciousness-raising to the early 70s,” says Franks, whose speaking voice is as wry, relaxed and rhythmic as the one he uses to sing. “I was teaching at UCLA and met a musician named Maurice Rogers. Maurice was a vegetarian and was very enthusiastic about the lifestyle. He took me to some vegetarian restaurants in L.A. I immediately started feeling healthier, so I was hooked.”
“Like a lot of people,” Franks recalls, “I got into eating ‘veggie’ first. My ethical feelings about the animals themselves took a couple of years to kick in.”