- For the city, see Sōja, Okayama.
|This article needs additional citations for verification. (June 2013)|
SOJA in 2013
Top: Hellman Escorcia, Ryan Berty, Ken Brownell
Bottom: Jacob Hemphill, Rafael Rodriguez, Patrick O'Shea, Bob Jefferson
|Origin||Arlington, Virginia, United States|
|Labels||ATO Records, MapleMusic Recordings (Canada)|
Ryan "Byrd" Berty
SOJA, formerly known as Soldiers of Jah Army, is a band based in Arlington, Virginia in the Northern Virginia / Washington D.C. area. Starting as an active band in 1997, their music is produced under the ATO Records record label.
Formation and early years
Jacob Hemphill (vocals, guitar) and Bob Jefferson (bass) met in first grade shortly after Hemphill had returned with his family from living in Africa, where Jacob's father was IMF resident representative in Monrovia, Liberia. He and Jefferson then met Ryan Berty (drums), Patrick O'Shea (keyboards), and Ken Brownell (percussion) in middle and high school. After forming SOJA, they recorded their first album, the self-titled Soldiers of Jah Army, independently with sound engineer Jim Fox at LION and FOX Recording Studios in 2000. The band released their first full-length album, Peace in a Time of War, in 2002. SOJA then released a Dub version of the album titled Dub in a Time of War in 2005. In 2006, the band released Get Wiser, their second full-length album. It debuted in the Top 10 Reggae Albums on iTunes and has remained in the top 100 since its release. The album release party was held on January 6, 2006 at The State Theatre in Falls Church, Virginia. It consisted of two separate sets, with the opening set being older songs, and the second set being Get Wiser in its entirety. The show was recorded and was released as a DVD, known as the Get Wiser Live DVD, on November 21, 2007. In January 2008, they released an EP titled, Stars and Stripes. That same month in Hawaii, SOJA recorded their live performances in Oahu, Maui, and Kailua-Kona. Those performances were released as a DVD, known as the SOJA – Live in Hawaii, on January 8, 2009.
Breakout and current years
SOJA released their third full-length album Born in Babylon on August 21, 2009. The band released their latest album Strength to Survive on January 31, 2012; It sold over 50,000 copies, and topped the Billboard Reggae Album Chart. Trevor Young, formerly SOJA's Guitar Tech, became Lead Guitar and Backup Vocals in late 2011.
- Jacob Hemphill (vocals, guitar)
- Bob "Bobby Lee" Jefferson (bass, vocals)
- Patrick O'Shea (keyboards)
- Ryan "Bird" Berty (drums)
- Ken Brownell (percussion)
- Hellman Escorcia (saxophone)
- Rafael Rodriguez (trumpet)
- Trevor Young (guitar)
- Eric Rogers (keyboards)
- Soldiers of Jah Army (EP) (2000)
- Peace in a Time of War (2003)
- Dub in a Time of War (2005)
- Get Wiser (2007)
- Stars & Stripes (EP)(2008)
- Syr Mahber - A SOJA Production (2008)
- Born In Babylon (2009)
- Strength to Survive (2012)
- "I Don't Wanna Wait" (2009)
- "I Tried (Don Corleon Remix) [feat. Gentleman]" (2010)
- "Not Done Yet" (2012)
- "Everything Changes (feat. Falcão)" (2012)
- "F**k Your System (Jr Blender Mentality RMX) [feat. J Boog]" (2013) 
- "She Still Loves Me (feat. Collie Buddz)" (2013)
- "Tell Me (Jr Blender RMX feat. Richie Campbell)" (2013) 
- "Top Albums by Soldiers of Jah Army". Amazon.com. Retrieved June 3, 2013.
- "Soldiers of Jah Army". iTunes Store. Retrieved June 3, 2013.
- "Soldiers of Jah Army". AllMusic. Retrieved June 3, 2013.
- Jackson, Kevin (2013) "Band SOJA marches on", Jamaica Observer, 24 May 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2013
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to SOJA.|