Michael Peter Balzary (born October 16, 1962), better known by his stage name Flea, is an Australian-born American musician and actor. He is best known as the bassist, co-founding member, and one of the composers of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers with whom he was inducted into the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Widely regarded as one of the best rock bass players of all time, in 2009, Rolling Stone’s readers ranked Flea the second-best bassist of all-time in their top ten poll, ranked behind only John Entwistle and ahead of Paul McCartney.
Flea is also the co-founder of Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a non-profit music education organisation founded in 2001 for underprivileged children. Helen Burns was made at the conservatory and features vocal recordings from the children there. All proceeds from the record go back to the kids.