Stephen Marley Biography
Stephen Marley whose full name is Stephen Robert Nesta Marley is a Jamaican-American musician and the son of Bob Marley and his wife Rita Marley. Robert Stephen has won the Grammy Awards 8 times, two times as a producer of younger brother Damian Marley’s Halfway Tree and Welcome to Jamrock albums, thrice as a solo artist, and again thrice as a member of his older brother Ziggy Marley’s group Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers.
Stephen Marley Age
Robert was born on April 20, 1972, in Wilmington, Delaware, and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. He is hence, 51 years old as of 2023.
Stephen Marley Career
He started in 1979, seven-year-old Stephen started his musical career as part of the child band the Melody Makers alongside elder siblings Ziggy, Sharon, and Cedella – the children of Bob Marley and his wife, Rita. The Melody Makers recorded the song “Children Playing in the Streets” written by their father Bob Marley. Proceeds from the sale of the song went to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). In 1980, Stephen performed the lead on the Melody Makers’ single “Sugar Pie” and dedicated the song to ‘all the pretty girls’ when the group performed at Reggae Sun splash 1981.
After Bob Marley’s death, the Melody Makers continued with Ziggy taking over as the group’s leader, composing songs such as “What a Plot” in 1982, as well as “Lying in Bed” and “I Met Her on a Rainy Day” in 1984. In 1985, the group released its first album, Play the Game Right. It was with the release of the third album, Conscious Party, that the group found international fame. Now called “Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers” with Ziggy performing the lead vocals, Sharon, Cedella, and their close friend Erica Newell the background harmonies, as well as Stephen playing instruments, the group shot to international fame with hits such as “Tomorrow People,” “Tumblin’ Down,” “Lee and Molly” and “Conscious Party.”
In 1999, Stephen produced Chant Down Babylon a remix album of Bob Marley’s music, modernized to appeal to a modern audience, featuring hip-hop, R&B, and rock stars including Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, Guru, Busta Rhymes, MC Lyte, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Chuck D (Public Enemy) and The Roots. The single “Turn Your Lights Down Low” featuring Lauryn Hill became a huge hit internationally, Stephen modernizing a song that had received little attention as a B-side song in the 1977 Exodus album.
After spending many years in the background as a producer, and backing big brother Ziggy as a Melody Maker, Stephen finally became a solo artist, releasing the albums Mind Control (2007), “Mind Control Acoustic” (2008), “Revelation Part I: The Root of Life” (2011), and “Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life” (2016). His first three solo albums won Grammy awards for Best Reggae Album, adding to the three Grammy awards he had already won as a member of Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers and the two other Grammy awards he earned for producing younger brother Damian’s albums Halfway Tree and Welcome To Jamrock.
Stephen Marley Songs
Stephen was born in Wilmington, Delaware, and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. He currently lives in Miami, Florida, where he has a home and a private recording studio. His eldest son, Joseph “Jo Mersa” Marley, is also a musician who recently released his EP “Comfortable”. His daughter, Mystic Marley, released “Beatdown”, her debut single and music video on June 6, 2018
Stephen Marley’s Net Worth
Stephen Marley has a net worth of $25 million as of 2023.
Stephen Marley: The 47-year-old son of Bob and Rita Marley started off in older brother Ziggy’s band in 1979 when he was just 7. The singer-guitarist, who sounds remarkably like his dad, went solo in 2007 and won three straight best reggae album Grammys by putting his own soulful stamp on the classic sound. Of course, his free show at Hartwood Acres will be a celebration with some of the father’s legendary songs mixed in with his own. With DJ Shacia Payne at 7:30 p.m.
Marley Back On The Road
Stephen “Ragga” Marley, the eight-time Grammy Award winner, is back on the road again. His Babylon By Bus tour kicked off on July 5 and will visit 50 cities before concluding on Sept. 12. Just as his father, Bob Marley, did, Stephen Marley will bring the message of love and unity through the power of music. Fans can expect Marley to cover music from his solo studio albums as well as cover some of his father’s classics.