Stephen Robert Nesta "Raggamuffin" Marley (born April 20, 1972) is a Jamaican American musician and the son of reggae legend Bob Marley and his wife Rita Marley. He is a five-time Grammy award winner as an artist, producer, and member of Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers.
Life and career
Marley was born in Wilmington, Delaware and raised primarily in Kingston, Jamaica. He was part of the reggae group Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers with his siblings Ziggy, Cedella, and Sharon. In 1980, at age 8, Stephen took lead vocals on "Sugar Pie", which he also performed live at the 1982 Jamaica World Music Festival in Montego Bay. In 1985 Stephen was featured on a 12" single titled "Jah Is The Healing" (reverse side to "Naah Leggo", a Tuff Gong Jamaican release), and again on "Lord We A Come" from the 1986 Melody Makers release Hey World.
Stephen produced much of his brother Damian Marley's three solo albums, most notably 2005's Welcome to Jamrock, where he was performed on the tracks "All Night," "Pimpa's Paradise," "For the Babies," and "Hey Girl." He also produced for brother Julian Marley, and executive produced and performed on the 1999 Bob Marley mash-up "Chant Down Babylon".
In 2003, Stephen and Damian put together an album called Educated Fools under the group name of Marley Boyz. They recorded it on labels Ghetto Youths International and Tuff Gong International, collaborating with a number of other reggae artists including their brother Ky-Mani Marley.
His debut album Mind Control was released 20 March 2007.
Marley was on tour with Snoop Dogg and Slightly Stoopid as part of the Blazed and Confused 2009 Tour.
On November 16, 2010, Marley released a new single, "Jah Army", featuring his brother, Damian "Junior Gong" Marley. Marley Won a Grammy For Best Reggae Album in 2012
On February 12, 2012, Marley won the Grammy award for Best Reggae Album for his newest work, "Revelation Pt. 1: The Root of Life."
Marley was a guest performer on a number of songs by other recording artists, including:
"No Woman No Cry" by The Fugees, on the album Refugee Camp - Bootleg Versions, 1996,
"Rebel Music (3 O'Clock Roadblock)" by Michael Franti, on the album Chocolate Supa Highway, 1997,
"Musica" by Ethiopian recording artist Chachi Tadesse, on the album Hoya Hoye, 1999,
"Revolution" by Krayzie Bone, on the album Thug Mentality 1999, 1999,
"In Love With You" by Erykah Badu, on the album Mama's Gun, 2000,
"Ghetto Youths" by Dead Prez, on the soundtrack album for the movie Black and White, 2000,
"Poor Old Man" by Buju Banton on the album Unchained Spirit, 2000,
"No No No" by Eve on the album Scorpion, 2001,
"Mama Say" and "Till We Meet Again" by Mr. Cheeks on the album John P. Kelly, 2001,
"Smoke in My Eyes" by Inner Circle on the album Kool Operator 2002,
"Sunshine Girl" by Capleton on the album Reign of Fire, 2004,
"Who Am I" by Iqulah on the CD single Rastafari 4 Eva, 2004,
"Revolution In Paradise (Jamaica Version - Alex White Remix)" by Heath Hunter on the CD Single Trenchtown, 2004,
"River Don't Runnn" by Nelly on the album Sweat, 2004,
"Guava Jelly" Cover by Camile Velasco on the album Koy, 2008,
"The Mission" by Damian Marley on the album Reggae Gold in 2008.,
"Leaders" by Damian Marley and Nas on the album Distant Relatives in 2010.,
"In His Own Words" by Damian Marley and Nas on the album Distant Relatives in 2010.,
Stephen currently lives in Miami, Florida, where he has a home and a private recording studio. He has a large and loving family, to whom he dedicates his life's work.