I believe, I believe, I believe, I believe
No matter what you do
I believe, I believe, I believe, I believe
It will all come back to you

What is folk music to you? To me it’s artists like Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Jimmy Buffett.  Talk to SOJA lead singer/guitarist Jacob Hemphill, however, and you’ll walk away with a different perspective.

“To me, Rage Against The Machine, Wu-Tang Clan, Sade, Johnny Cash, Bob Marley—they’re all folk artists. There’s no difference between Raekwon saying, ‘I grew up on the crime side, the New York Times side, where staying alive was no jive,’ to Bob Marley saying, ‘Cold ground was my bed last night and rock was my pillow, too,’ to Johnny Cash saying, ‘I know I had it coming, I know I can’t be free, but those people keep on moving (around) and that’s what tortures me.’  Folk is all about storytelling and passing on a legacy.  It’s timeless, it’s limitless and it crosses all boundaries.  That’s what this band is striving for.  It’s a tall order, but we’re making our way.”

Here is the latest music video for SOJA’s new single “I Believe” featuring Nahko and one of my favorite artists, Michael Franti. The song is off SOJA’s latest album, Amid The Noise and Haste.


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