frontman Jacob Hemphill talks with Pollstar about the power of music, songwriting and the state of pop music in the new millennium.
Formed in 1997, SOJA has built a reputation as a band that stands up for people, a characterization Hemphill firmly stands behind.
“I want to speak for people who don’t have microphones,” Hemphill said when announcing the band’s participation in this summer’s yoga-infused Soulshine Music & YogaTour with Michael Franti & Spearhead, Brett Dennen and Trevor Hall. “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.”
Hemphill has plenty of chances to get his message to the people this year. After the Soulshine Tour concludes, SOJA will head to Europe for a series of headlining gigs.
The band has new music for its fans. SOJA’s new album, Amid The Noise And Haste, lands Aug. 12 on ATO Records. Helmed by multiple Grammy-winning producer Supa Dups (Bruno Mars, Eminem, Rihanna, John Legend), the long player includes guest appearances by Franti, Damian Marley and Collie Buddz. You can preorder the album via this link.
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