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Band Members
Jacob Hemphill – Lead vocals, Guitar
Bobby Lee – Bass, Vocals
Ryan Berty – Drums
Kenny Bongos – Percussion
Patrick O’Shea – Keyboards
Hellman Escorcia – Saxophone
Rafael Rodriguez – Trumpet
Trevor Young – Lead guitar

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*L to R: Bobby Lee, Trevor Young, Hellman Escorcia, Jacob Hemphill, Patrick O’Shea, Rafael Rodriguez, Kenny Bongos, Ryan Berty

Latest Album Release

“Amid the Noise and Haste”

Release Date
Aug 12, 2014 (ATO Records)

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• 57th GRAMMY® Award Nominee for Best Reggae Album (Link)
• Winner 2014 Int’l Reggae & World Music Awards “Best Reggae Rock Song / Entertainer”
• #1 Billboard Reggae Albums Chart (Link)
• Top 20 Billboard 200 Albums Chart Debut (Link)
• Produced by multiple GRAMMY-winning Supa Dups
• Featuring Michael Franti, Damian Marley, Collie Buddz and more

Track Listing
1. Tear It Down
2. Your Song (feat. Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley)
3. I Believe (feat. Michael Franti & Nahko)
4. Easier (feat. Anuhea & J Boog)
5. Shadow (feat. Trevor Young of SOJA)
6. Once Upon a Time
7. Promises and Pills (feat. Alfred The MC)
8. Signature
9. She Still Loves Me (feat. Collie Buddz)
10. Wait
11. Better
12. Treading Water
13. Lucid Dreams (feat. Nahko)
14. Driving Faster (feat. Bobby Lee of SOJA)
15. Talking To Myself
16. Translation of One
17. Like It Used To (feat. Mala Rodríguez)

Music Videos

Interview Videos

Other Video Segments

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

“Gone Today” off Strength To Survive, Live at NBC Studios

Rolling Stone

“SOJA Talk About Reggae Roots and Politics at Bonnaroo”

USA Today Studio A

“Jacob Hemphill, SOJA’s lead singer, talks with USA TODAY’s Korina Lopez after a session in StudioA.”

Rolling Stone Brasil – Estúdio RS

Relix – Live at Relix

Press Reviews and Features


SOJA and the American Reggae Movement: D.C. Band Makes ‘Noise’ With Highest Debut

2014/09/04 – “If contemporary reggae with a forthright social conscience has a chance of impacting mainstream radio, SOJA is likely the band to accomplish that feat…”

Jamaica Observer

“SOJA has come full circle with its fourth studio album Strength to Survive which has consistently topped the Billboard Reggae Album Chart which it has been on for the last 67 weeks…”


“The lineup of vocalist/guitarist Jacob Hemphill, bassist Bobby Lee, percussionist Kenneth Brownell, keyboardist Patrick O’Shea and drummer Ryan Berty has grabbed attention with its positive message and high-energy shows for more than six years. Tour slots with Matisyahu, Michael Franti, John Brown’s Body and others further established SOJA’s army of fans…”


“Strength To Survive’s roots 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 reflection…”


“The transcendental appeal of the Washington, D.C.- based SOJA has as much to do with their simply and traditionally constructed reggae tunes as it does with their universally appealing messages of hope and peace…”


“SOJA have become one of the biggest names on the US reggae scene over the last decade, touring relentlessly and dominating the iTunes reggae charts…”

MTV Iggy

“Revolutionary Reggae Flows via SOJA”


“SOJA Strength To Survive Named 2012 Album Of The Year”

The Pier

“The 2012 Pier Awards: SOJA Wins 2012 Artist of the Year & 2012 Music Video of the Year”

Rolling Stone Brasil1, 2