The 2006 dancehall single “Flow” charted in the Top 50 on Dixie Dance Kings Pop Urban Ads, winning a Listener’s Choice Award. His song “Alone by the Sea” won multiple awards including Reggae Song of the Day, and Best Male Vocals, and Best Mood in Reggae in May 2007. Lojah was born as Jay Moody to a large, Cheroenhaka (Nottoway)/Creek Indian and Irish family from Pensacola, Florida. Raised in a Navy family, he was raised in multiple maritime communities including New Orleans, Maryland, and California's Bay Area, while always returning to his home in Florida. Being brought up on the music of Bob Marley, the Ramones, and Bob Dylan heavily influenced the budding musician.
He also counts such bands as the Pogues, the Dogs D’amour, Ben Harper, Bill Miller, the Clancy Brothers, and Son House as significant influences. Jay cut his musical teeth busking on city streets, beaches and around campfires. Over the years he has played folk, punk rock, reggae and even worked in hip-hop music. Lojah is a dedicated adherent to, and traditional singer in a Muskogee Creek Stomp Dance community located on the Poarch Creek Indian reservation, and he is currently an anthropology instructor at the University of West Florida.
His music is immersed in social realism, and arcane insight woven together with tongue-in-cheek witticism and a festive vibe. He encourages a life in tune with the natural world while celebrating the finer points of creation. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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