SOJA is an American Grammy-nominated reggae band based in Arlington, Virginia. Formed in 1997, their music is currently produced under ATO Records. The eight-member band has released a number of singles, albums, and DVDs, including SOJA – Live in Hawaii. Their third full-length album Born in Babylon peaked at #11 on the Top Heatseekers chart, while their 2012 album Strength to Survive topped the Billboard Reggae Album Chart.The band continues to tour and record new music.
The band released their latest album Strength to Survive on January 31, 2012, their first album on ATO Records. It sold over 50,000 copies, and topped the Billboard Reggae Album Chart in both 2012 and 2013. It was also No. 9 for the year end Reggae Albums chart on Billboard, and reached #36 on the Billboard 200, as well as #2 on the Independent Albums chart.
It received 3.5/5 stars from Allmusic, with the website praising the band’s growth as songwriters and Hemphill’s vocal developments. While Allmusic criticized the non-reggae acoustic tracks at the end of the album, it stated that overall “you’ve got one of the best American reggae albums of the year.”