“Passionate and well-crafted songs one can easily see, after spinning through the tracks on this superb and timely release, why these reggae road warriors SOJA with more than a touch of hard-earned soul have attracted a dedicated following.”¬ – Relix
“Reggae, infused with strains of rock, folk and dub, provides a complementary framework for lead singer/songwriter/guitarist Jacob Hemphill’s sinewy vocals and poignantly drawn lyrics of social resistance, environmental consciousness and personal reflections” ¬-Billboard
DC-natives SOJA are thrilled to announce the release of their new single “I Believe” featuring Michael Franti and Nahko. The track is off the band’s fifth full-length album set for release this summer on ATO Records. “I Believe” was produced by multiple GRAMMY award winning Jamaican producer Supa Dups (Bruno Mars, Eminem, Rihanna, John Legend).
” ‘I Believe’ is about life; being kind to others and making the most out of the time we have with those that surround us,” says lead singer / guitarist Jacob Hemphill. “Whether we are family, friends or strangers, how we treat one another and energy we share dictates our existence.”
Jacob Hemphill (lead singer/guitarist) and Bobby Lee (bass) met in the first grade in Virginia. The two instantly became best friends, finding common ground through their love of hip hop, rock and reggae, which they performed together at middle school talent shows. Throughout high school, they met Ryan Berty (drums), Kenneth Brownell (percussion) and Patrick O¹Shea (keyboards) and formed SOJA. Rafael Rodriguez (trumpet), Hellman Escorcia (saxophone) & Trevor Young (lead guitar) joined the band when things started to heat up.
Over the course of the past few years, SOJA has sold more than 200,000 albums, headlined shows in more than 20 countries around the world, generated over 3 million Facebook fans, 60 million YouTube views, and attracted an almost Grateful Dead-like international fan base that grows each tour, with caravans of diehards following them from city to city.
SOJA will be hitting the road in mid-June for a national run of amphitheater performances on the Soulshine Tour with Michael Franti & Spearhead, Brett Dennen and Trevor Hall. See below for routing.