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Newland says the band is unapologetic about singing the praises of the Most High. Yet at the same time, their music should probably only be considered reggae gospel if gospel is taken in its literal sense, meaning speaking the truth.

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"I'm not really even religious," Newland says with a laugh. "My religion is making music, smoking herbs, playing football, going to the beach, and hanging with my family. I'm not a preacher, and I'm far from a saint. But I'm a Rastaman, and a Rastaman is empowered to speak the truth at all times."

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