US american band SOJA unleashes an intoxicating mix of hot-rod reggae grooves and urgent, zeitgeist-capturing themes with their fourth studio album “Strength To Survive” – their first to be released on Greensleeves Records! The longplayer comes along with a 24-page booklet and has 5 bonus tracks added to the original US CD edition – three acoustic recordings from 2010 plus “Everything Changes” in a version with the french stars from Danakil and “Nothing Ever Changes” featuring top-act outta Germany, Gentleman.
Inspired by Bob Marleys “Survival”, “Strength To Survive”, produced by John Alagia (Dave Matthews, John Mayer, O.A.R.) makes an impassioned call for unity and change with universally relatable songs about faith, hope and love. While rolling through the album, one feels not only a sense of urgency (“Mentality”, “Strength To Survive”), but also faith (“Don’t Worry”), belief (“Tell Me”), hope (“It’s Not Too Late”), idealism (“When We Were Younger”) and inevitable fate (“Let You Go”). It’s easy to see why these reggae road warriors attracted a dedicated following.
After breaking through the US market and topping the US reggae charts, SOJA look set to do the same in Europe after the success of their festival performances across Europe this summer.
Over the course of the past few years, SOJA has sold more than 150,000 albums, headlined large theatres in more than 15 countries around the world, generated over 20 million+ YouTube views, amassed more than a half-million Facebook fans, and attracted an international fan base that grows with each tour, with caravans of diehards following them from city to city. Most impressive of all, they’ve accomplished all this on their own. This 7-piece band has spent the past year and a half grinding it out from venue to venue, playing more than 360 dates, including headlining sold-out tours of North and South America, as well as opening for O.A.R. and sharing stages with everyone from Dave Matthews Band to Matisyahu.
02. Strength To Survive
03. Everything Changes
04. Don’t Worry
05. Tell Me
06. It’s Not Too Late
07. Gone Today
08. Let You Go
09. Not Done Yet
10. Slow Down
11. Be With Me Now
12. When We Were Younger
13. Gone Today (Acoustic 2010)
14. Jah Is Listening Now (Acoustic 2010) *
15. She Still Loves Me (Acoustic 2010) *
16. Prison Blues (Acoustic 2011) *
17. Everything Changes feat. Danakil *
18. Nothing Ever Changes (Blanco Remix) feat. Gentleman *
(* indicates bonus track)
The album SOJA “Strength To Survive (Expanded Edition)” (Greensleeves) is going to be released October 26, 2012.