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Stephen Marley Biography

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Born: 1972/04/20
Birth Place: Wilmington, Delaware
Genres: Reggae

Stephen Robert Nesta "Raggamuffin" Marley (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.

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 in March 2007. The album reached #35 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart, #18 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #1 on the Top Reggae Albums chart. It won a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 2007.

In 2008 he released, “Mind Control Acoustic,” featuring re-recorded acoustic versions of songs featured on his debut album. This would become his second #1 album on the Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart.

He released, “Revelation Part 1: The Root of Life,” in 2011, becoming his third #1 album on the Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart. It also reached #46 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The album’s lead single, “Jah Army,” featured his brother Damian “Junior Gong” Marley.