Artist Profiles: Stephen Marley

Stephen Marley

Stephen Robert Nesta “Ragga” Marley was born April 20, 1972 and is the second son of Rita and Bob Marley. He grew up in Kingston, Jamaica and started singing professionally at seven-years old with his elder siblings Ziggy, Sharon and Cedella as The Melody Makers.

His highly anticipated solo debut EP Got Music? was released in 2006. Many artists approached him for years, whether for collaborations with R&B stars like Erykah Badu or his part on the dancehall burner “It Was Written”, and especially after Chant Down Babylon, the platinum-selling star-studded Bob Marley tribute he produced. Stephen also co-produced his brother Damian’s smash debut album, Welcome to Jamrock.

Stephen Marley has also been the recipient of eight GRAMMY awards for his work, the most of any Marley and more then any other Reggae artist. He won the GRAMMIES as a solo artist for Mind Control, Mind Control Acoustic and Revelation Part I: The Root of Life, as producer for Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley’s Half Way Tree and Welcome To Jamrock and as a member of Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers for Conscious Party, One Bright Day and Fallen Is Babylon.

The release of his debut solo album ‘Mind Control’ represented a new stage in Stephen’s evolution, one that brings together the genius of his production and his wise and soulful voice with electronic beats, smoky bass and winding keyboard runs.

In recent years, Stephen has expanded his philanthropic efforts. He continues working as the co-founder of Ghetto Youths Foundation. He also created Kaya Fest, an annual music festival that began in 2017 to raise awareness on the benefits of cannabis guided by the motto “Education Before Recreation.”

Discography:

Got Music?, EP ‎(Universal Records, 2005)
Mind Control (Universal Records, 2007)
Mind Control Acoustic (Tuff Gong, 2008)
Revelation Pt. 1 – The Root of Life (Universal Records, 2011)
Revelation Pt. 2 – The Fruit of Life (Ghetto Youths International, 2016)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.
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