Lojah (pronounced Lô-juh)
Lojah is a versatile Native American singer, song-writer, producer, artist and anthropologist. He describes his style as Creolized Roots Music lost somewhere between the beach, the swamp, and the desert. It’s a roots-rock style deeply influenced by folk, funk, blues, Country and Caribbean rhythms, with a splash of Irish and Celtic melodies.
In 2013 Lojah released Pub Songs on Palafox, a four-song, lo-fi, EP intended to capture the raw energy and sound from his time busking in the urban setting of his home in downtown Pensacola, Florida. Between 1999 and 2008 Lojah wrote and performed with with, managed, produced, and the Grammy nominated Native American artist Shadowyze. His song “Pedigree” was featured on the 2001 SOAR™ release “Spirit Warrior” and received radio play throughout North America.
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 brought up in multiple maritime communities including New Orleans, Maryland, and California's Bay Area, while always returning to his home in Florida. Jay cut his musical teeth busking on city streets, beaches and singing around campfires throughout the Gulf-coast.
Jay is a dedicated adherent to, and traditional singer in the Muskogee Creek Indian Stomp Dance tradition located in communities throughout Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas, and a practicing anthropologist who specialized in Native American tribal affairs. This has influenced the lyrical and musical development of Lojah, his music is immersed in cultural realism, and arcane insight woven together with tongue-in-cheek witticism and a festive vibe. Jay encourages a life in tune with the natural world while celebrating the finer points of creation.Lojah is currently performing throughout the American South. He keeps a blog at The Moody View and his paintings are available for purchase online and at select art shows.
Lojah can be booked for various and diverse venues and events
· Singer/Songwriter events
Lojah has a number of original songs that fit the description of Creolized Roots Music: songs with a Southern bluesy and Caribbean feel perfect for singer/songwriter events or venues that market original music
· Tropical/Caribbean/Maritime themes
Hailing from a city and state well-known for their beaches, Lojah was immersed from youth in reggae and calypso music. Along with many other sailor songs and original tunes Lojah can provide musical entertainment for venues and events promoting a tropical or maritime theme.
· Irish Pubs
As a lover of Irish music and culture, Lojah has a very large repertoire of classic pub tunes and Irish music from ‘All for Me Grog’ to ‘Brown-eyed Girl,’ and can lead a venue through a full night of Irish pub tunes and rebel songs.· Cultural Events
As a trained anthropologist, much of Lojah’s music has cultural relevance and appeal, from Celtic to Southern Americana, blues and Caribbean styles appropriate for art shows, private parties or other cultural events.