Stephen Marley (born April 20, 1972) is an American/Jamaican reggae musician. Stephen is an eight-time Grammy award winner, three times as a solo artist, twice as a producer of younger brother Damian Marley’s ‘Halfway Tree’ and ‘Welcome to Jamrock’ albums, and a further three times as a member of Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers. He is the son of reggae legend Bob Marley and Rita Marley.
His 2011 album Revelation Pt. 1 – The Root of Life won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 2012. The follow-up, Revelation Pt. 2 – The Fruit of Life is set to be released on July 22, 2016.
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”.
In 1979, a seven year old Stephen started his musical career as part of the child band the Melody Makers alongside older siblings Ziggy, Sharon and Cedella- the children of Bob Marley and wife Rita. The Melody Makers recorded the song “Children Playing in the Streets” written by their father Bob Marley. Proceeds of 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 Sunsplash 1981.