March 7th, 2012 Relix Reviews ‘Strength To Survive’
SOJA in Relix

Check out a great review of Strength To Survive by Relix Magazine HERE

March 7th, 2012 Angelica-Music reviews “Strength to Survive”

John Powell at Angelica-Music recently reviewed Strength To Survive and had some great things to say:

A reggae band that needs no introduction, SOJA has been recording and touring for over a decade, gaining popularity not through selling out or doing what they’re told, but by being really, really sincere human beings, and their personalities have always somehow permeated their records.

With ‘Get Wiser’, SOJA showed that they weren’t making reggae music like anyone else. The instrumentation was at once rootsy and stapled together with some pop and rock influences, while Jacob’s lyrics were in many ways singer/songwriter, these hearthrobbing introspections on society, love, politics, and religion. Hell, he takes on every issue, and that’s what made their debut, and the following ‘Born in Babylon’, stick out among contemporary reggae records.

Read the full review here

February 27th, 2012 Style Devner reviews SOJA @ Ogden Denver

Saturday nights show at the Ogden Theater was one that will resonate through Denver’s reggae nation for awhile.  The sold out theater was jammed packed for a beat bouncing, horns blaring, bass grooving great time that should be the precedent for live performances in the music world.  The energy that D.C. area SOJA and Colorado based opener Dubskin brought to town should be bottled and sold on the counter of your local 7-11, pop the top, release the beats, and blow the heals out of your dance shoes.

Read the full review HERE.

February 27th, 2012 Inity Weekly [INTERVIEW]

Before Denver’s Ogden Theatre filled up with an audience anxious to hear reggae beats and conscious lyrics, Jacob Hemphill – one of the founding members and lead singer of SOJA – was gracious enough to sit down with Inity Weekly for an exclusive interview to discuss SOJA’s new album and the messages they hope to promote.

Inity:  Congratulations on “Strength to Survive” being on the Top 40 Billboard list in Rolling Stone!

JH: Yeah, Billboard Top 40 – and it’s reggae! It’s not even party reggae.  There isn’t one party song. We were surprised. I mean, I actually knew it was going to happen.  We were so happy with the album that I kind of knew this is the time that I get to see it [on the Top 40 Billboard].  I have a copy of it on my bunk in the bus under my mattress so when I get home I can frame it.
Read the full interview HERE.

February 20th, 2012 The Correspondence [INTERVIEW]

SOJA is an incredible reggae band from Arlington, Virginia. They are, in my honest opinion, the best reggae band out there right now. There show at The Electric Factory was a treat a for all, and I was lucky enough to get to talk to the main man, Jacob Hemphill before the show. The band jammed out hard after awesome opening acts The Fear Nuttin Band and The Movement to a unexpectedly big audience. Everybody was having a great time, even when they were playing a bunch of songs from their just released album, Strength to Survive. The crowd went wild to the classic SOJA jams as well, Here I Am, I Don’t Wanna Wait, and Rest Of My Life. As If this Philadelphia winter didn’t feel warm already, this show felt like summer. If you haven’t checked out this band yet, there’s no better time than now!

Read the full interview HERE!

February 17th, 2012 JamBase [INTERVIEW]

On Wednesday of last week, SOJA, in partnership with the all-new Chevy Sonic, performed an hour long concert as part of the new Sonic Live series, which was streamed right here on JamBase. Today, we present three smoking live clips from this performance followed by an interview video with the band.

For more and to view the videos, CLICK HERE.

February 17th, 2012 Modern Drummer w/ Ryan Berty [INTERVIEW]

Hello, MD readers! If you had told me at age fifteen that I would grow up to be a professional drummer, I would have thought you were crazy. Playing drums seemed like the last thing I would be able to do. Fast-forward fifteen years, and who would have thought that some kids from Arlington, Virginia, would play stadiums for over 50,000 people.

Read the full interview HERE.

February 16th, 2012 CityBeat [INTERVIEW]

Music Tonight: Reggae music emerged in 1960s Jamaica, evolving from earlier Jamaican forms likes Mento, Ska and Rocksteady, and it didn’t take long for artists from outside of its island birthplace to begin incorporating elements of the rhythmic style into their own material. American singer/songwriter Johnny Nash is credited with having the first Reggae-influenced hit in the U.S. with 1968’s “Hold Me Tight,” considered to be the first time most heard Reggae. From there, Reggae exploded and it eventually became almost commonplace on the charts, as Rock artists like Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton played around with the format and helped get U.S. ears primed for Reggae’s first big global sensation, Bob Marley. Marley’s 1973 major label debut Catch A Fire (which, oddly enough, incorporated Rock elements) took Reggae international and, ever since, artists worldwide have pushed forward the music’s evolution.

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February 15th, 2012 The Vermont Cynic [INTERVIEW]

A diverse group of reggae fans came out to support SOJA at Higher Ground on Sunday, Feb. 12. The Fear Nuttin Band and The Movement opened for SOJA, setting the mood with high energy and positive vibes.  Both openers came together to create an engaging performance that left the crowd jumping and swaying before SOJA even began. The eight members of SOJA walked on stage and were greeted with an instant uproar of support. 

Read the full interview HERE.

February 14th, 2012 Poweredge Magazine [INTERVIEW]

SOJA is a Roots-Reggae band from Virginia, who over the last decade developed a global following and fanbase that drew the attention many including Dave Matthew’s ATO Records, who promptly signed them and told them to stay just as they are. Jacob Hemphill, SOJA’s lead vocalist and spokesman told me all about their new album “Strength to Survive,” which came out this week and I picked his brain about music, growing up in our nation’s capital, and being a DIY band who now has a team of professionals doing the promotional, marketing, and booking work for them.

Read the full interview HERE.