SOJA’s roots go back to vocalist/guitarist Jacob Hemphill and bassist Bobby Lee meeting in first grade (Hemphill’s family had just returned from Africa, where his father had done contracting work). The two friends began playing music in high school and assembled the band that would ultimately become SOJA.
Hemphill claims any number of disparate influences on the sound and philosophy of SOJA, but he hails Bob Marley and the Wailers’ Survival as the greatest Reggae album ever made
SOJA plays Thursday, Feb. 16 at the 20th Century Theater with guests THE MOVEMENT and KIDS THESE DAYS. For more on SOJA, read Sound Advice here.