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Artist Bio

SOJA

Jacob Hemphill – Lead singer/Guitarist

Bobby Lee – Bass

Ryan Berty – Drums

Kenneth Brownell – Percussion

Patrick O’Shea – Keyboards

Rafael Rodriguez – Trumpet

Hellman Escorcia – Saxophone

Trevor Young – Lead guitar

 “I want to speak for people who don’t have microphones,” Jacob Hemphill says. “Our goal as a band is to stick up for the human race. We see the world and we try to make it better in the limited time we have here.”

This is the philosophy behind SOJA’s music, a simple statement that has driven the D.C. area band, who blend reggae, go-go, D.C. hardcore, Latin, rock and hip-hop. Originally formed by a group of friends while still in middle school and has built a massive, dedicated fanbase around the world since. In the years following, SOJA has sold more than 250,000 albums, headlined shows in over 20 countries around the world, generated over 3.3 million Facebook fans, and 183+ million YouTube views. The band has toured with Dave Matthews Band, Incubus, 311 and appeared at major festivals including Bonnaroo, Wakarusa and Hangout where they attract an almost Grateful Dead-like international fan base along the way, with caravans of diehards following them from city to city.After the release of their 2012 album Strength To Survive, the musicians started writing material for what would become their fifth full-length album, Amid the Noise and Haste.

For Hemphill, who pens the lyrics, chords and melody, each song starts with an experience: meeting someone, reading something, experiencing something that seems pertinent to the human condition. On this album, the songwriter is suggesting that “all of life’s problems, and all of life’s answers are within us. We’ve been conditioned to accumulate, compete and break others down around ourselves – not inherent to the human condition, but rather taught. Those things can be untaught. The real us is in there, somewhere.” All of this is translated into short, sweet packages of music.

The writing and recording process for Amid the Noise and Haste stretched out over a year and a half, mostly because the musicians kept finding new collaborators and new ideas along the way. The aim was to engage as many guest artists as possible, with each working on a song that had a legitimate connection to them. The album was produced by Supa Dups (Bruno Mars, Eminem, Rihanna, John Legend) and recorded at Circle House Studios in Miami and Lion & Fox Studios in Washington D.C. throughout 2013. Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley appears on “Your Song,” a buoyant, hopeful number that asks fans to remind the band why they got into music by singing along, while “I Believe” brings Michael Franti and Nahko together to offer thoughts on how to control your own destiny. Collie Buddz, J Boog and Anuhea are also featured on various tracks. “We wanted to bring together people who would help demonstrate each song,” Jacob says. “We wanted people who could either relate to or convey the message. The whole album is about the human race relating to itself and connecting with itself.”

For SOJA, whose live show is an explosion of energy and positivity, music is a means of helping people relate in a more affirmative way. It also asks people to look inside themselves and really ask what it is they want to do with their life and how they can be happy. SOJA’s music is about finding that happiness and peace we all deserve and helping others do the same, something Amid the Noise and Haste aptly conveys in its songs.

“I put words in my songs that I believe to be true,” Jacob says. “The point of the album is reconnecting people to the power inside themselves, getting them to fall back in love with life again. Look around, take a deep breath. All the answers are there.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Tour Dates

Mar 07 2019
Culture Room
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Mar 08 2019
Space Coast Daily Park
Melbourne, FL
Mar 29 2019
The National
Richmond, VA
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Mar 30 2019
Atlantic City Convention Center
Atlantic City, NJ
Mar 31 2019
The Warehouse at FTC
Fairfield, CT
Apr 02 2019
Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
Hampton, NH
Apr 03 2019
Higher Ground
South Burlington, VT
Apr 05 2019
Danforth Music Hall
Toronto, Canada
Apr 06 2019
The Intersection
Grand Rapids, MI
Apr 07 2019
House of Blues
Cleveland, OH
Apr 11 2019
Bogart's
Cincinnati, OH
Apr 12 2019
The Rex Theater
Pittsburgh, PA
Apr 13 2019
Rams Head Live!
Baltimore, MD
Apr 16 2019
The Senate
Columbia, SC
Apr 17 2019
The Orange Peel
Asheville, NC
Apr 18 2019
Music Farm
Charleston, SC
Apr 19 2019
Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
Wilmington, NC
Apr 20 2019
The NorVa
Norfolk, VA
May 10 2019
Stage Music Park
Florianópolis, Brazil
May 11 2019
Estádio da Portuguesa
São Paulo, Brazil
May 12 2019
Arena Vitória
Bento Ferreira, Brazil
May 26 2019
Monterey Fairgrounds
Monterey, CA
Jun 02 2019
McGrath Amphitheatre
Cedar Rapids, IA
Jun 05 2019
Grossinger Motors Arena
Bloomington, IL
Jun 06 2019
Sumtur Amphitheater
Papillion, NE
Jun 07 2019
Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
Bonner Springs, KS
Jun 10 2019
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Morrison, CO
Jun 12 2019
The Great Saltair
Magna, UT
Jun 13 2019
Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
Reno, NV
Jun 14 2019
Mandalay Bay Beach
Las Vegas, NV
Jun 15 2019
Anselmo Valencia Tori Amphitheatre
Tucson, AZ
Jun 16 2019
Fort Tuthill County Park
Flagstaff, AZ
Jun 18 2019
Vina Robles Amphitheatre
Paso Robles, CA
Jun 19 2019
Mountain Winery
Saratoga, CA
Jun 21 2019
Dover International Speedway
Dover, DE
Jun 23 2019
Marymoor Park
Redmond, WA
Jun 26 2019
Zoo Montana
Billings, MT
Jun 28 2019
Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater
Nampa, ID
Jul 05 2019
Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Chicago, IL
Jul 06 2019
Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
Sterling Heights, MI
Jul 11 2019
Mohegan Sun
Montville, CT
Jul 12 2019
Thompson's Point Outdoor Concerts and Events
Portland, ME
Jul 13 2019
Marshfield Fairgrounds Park
Marshfield, WI
Jul 19 2019
Shorefront Park
Patchogue, NY
Jul 20 2019
Wolf Trap Concert Hall
Vienna, VA
Jul 21 2019
Koka Booth Amphitheatre
Cary, NC

News

10/17/2018

SiriusXM The Joint Presents: SOJA ‘POETRY IN MOTION’ TOUR

SOJA's 2018 'Poetry In Motion' Tour - Presented by SiriusXM The Joint kicks off today! The 8 piece will embark on a 22 date North American tour, spanning from East Coast to West…

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10/10/2018

New SOJA video “I Found You” filmed in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

"One-year after Hurricane Maria, we wanted to share our tribute to Puerto Rico. The world should know about its unique culture, people, history and ancestry. Puerto Rico is a very…

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07/23/2018

SiriusXM The Joint Presents: SOJA ‘POETRY IN MOTION’ US TOUR 2018

SOJA announces their 2018 'Poetry In Motion' Tour - Presented by SiriusXM The Joint. The 8 piece will embark on a 22 date North American tour, spanning from East Coast…

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