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Soldiers of Jah Army (SOJA) are a feel good reggae band originating from Arlington, VA in 1997. They have captured the hearts of millions, and since then, have traveled all around the world spreading sounds of love and freedom.
The band consists of Jacob Hemphill (vocals, guitar) and Bob Jefferson (bass). They met in first grade shortly after Hemphill had returned with his family from living in Africa. He and Jefferson then met Eric Rogers (keyboards, harmony vocals) (later replaced by Patrick O’Shea in 2003), Ryan Berty (drums), and Ken Brownell (percussion). The connection this band has created with their fans is like family. SOJA explores different sounds, with lyrics revolving around survival. It’s hard not to instantly connect to the vibe and lyrics of this band.
With their new album, Strength to Survive, the songs are directed towards the environment, the people, and saving the earth that we live in. With this positivity is how we make change. We need a band like SOJA to spread the word. Highly influenced by Bob Marley, SOJA creates music with positive messages and inspiration for those who listen. SOJA has been traveling from venue to venue playing 360 gigs in North and South America. They are singing about politics, the environment, and social issues, which truly is what reggaes all about. Spreading the positive message, which is what our world needs today. If you want to listen to music with true meanings that matter, SOJA is one to start with. It’s more than music. It’s a religion to believe in.