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Damian Marley Biography

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Birth Name: Damian Marley
Born: 1978/07/21
Birth Place: Kingston, Jamaica
Years Active: 1996-present
Genres: Reggae, Reggae Fusion, Dancehall, Dub, Ragga, Hip Hop

Damian Robert Nesta "Jr. Gong" Marley (born July 21, 1978) is a reggae artist who has won three Grammy awards. Damian is the youngest son of Bob Nesta Marley.

Damian was two years old when his father Bob Marley died. He is the only child born to Marley and Cindy Breakspeare. Damian's nickname Junior Gong is derived from his father's nickname of Tuff Gong. Marley has been performing since the age of 13. He shares, along with most of his family, a full-time career in music.

His 1996 debut was “Mr. Marley.” His second release, “Halfway Tree” was released in 2001 and received the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album. His third album, “Welcome to Jamrock” was released in September 2005.

“Welcome to Jamrock” centers on poverty and politics in Jamaica. At the 2006 Grammy Awards, he won Best Reggae Album and Best Urban/Alternative Performance for the song “Welcome to Jamrock.” The song peaked at number 55 in the US on the Billboard Hot 100, but did better on the R&B and rap charts, peaking at numbers 18 and 12, respectively.

He is the only Jamaican reggae artist in history to win two Grammy Awards on the same night. He is also the only reggae artist to win in the Best Urban/Alternative Performance category at the Grammy Awards.

On May 17, 2010, Marley released “Distant Relatives,” a collaborative album with Nas. The album debuted at number five on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 57,000 copies in its first week.