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Joseph Israel / Press

“A Conversation With... Joseph Israel Café: And your songs are filled with powerful messages. How do you go about composing your material? Joseph: I write any time and all the time. Normally it just comes spontaneously, and not when I'm really trying to write. Just when I get a musical inspiration. And a lot of the lyrics come from stuff I study and the things I see going on in the world. They come from family life and lessons that we learn. All those things. It just comes out naturally. ”

“World Music Features If the beauty of reggae lies in the voice of the Rastaman, then Joseph Israel’s voice may surprise you. Tall, with a thick mane of dreadlocks and an imposing red beard, the only thing that separates Israel from his Rasta brothers is that he doesn’t subscribe to any one religion: He is just a lover of God, offering interviewers “Greetings in the name of Yahweh.” Gone Are The Days, Israel’s major label debut, magnifies his devotion not only to his music, but to his faith in a higher being, quest for racial unity and call for the end of all oppression. The songs on the 15-track album feel like they were created organically, and Israel, who is married and has two daughters, says the tunes came to life while sitting in his backyard. “The album is honestly from my heart.”