My Roots

Stephen Marley is an award-winning singer, songwriter and producer. From his solo works to family collaborations and production credits, Stephen Marley’s music has earned him eight Grammy Awards. He is the second eldest son of reggae legend Bob Marley and Rita Marley, raised in Kingston, Jamaica. Stephen started singing professionally at 7 years old with his elder siblings Ziggy, Sharon and Cedella in The Melody Makers. 

Stephen has garnered recognition as a solo artist for his Grammy-winning albums Mind Control (dubbed “the best Marley album in a generation” by Entertainment Weekly), Mind Control Acoustic and Revelation Part I: The Root of Life, while also receiving multiple Grammys as as a producer - most notably for Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley’s massive cross-over hit Welcome To Jamrock. The second installment of Stephen Marley’s Revelation album series, Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life, was released in 2016 on the Marley family’s Ghetto Youths International label. Whereas The Root of Life offered a traditional roots reggae album, The Fruit of Life emphasized the far-reaching impact Jamaican music has had on various genres – especially hip hop. Album guests included Rick Ross, Pit Bull, DJ Khaled, Busta Rhymes, Wyclef Jean, Shaggy and more. In 2018, Stephen Marley released a five-track EP, One Take: Acoustic Jams, which showcased raw, deconstructed versions of his and his father's original songs. He took that stripped-down set on the road, performing for thousands during three North American tours, before the pandemic hit in 2020. 

Summer 2022 marks the triumphant return of Stephen’s North American “Babylon By Bus” Tour which includes a cavalcade of hand-picked support artists appearing at various venues across the country, including a sold-out tour kickoff at Red Rocks Amphitheater with Ziggy Marley and Ben Harper. Additional dates will include Skip Marley, Kabaka Pyramid, Hirie and Mike Love with more to be announced. 

In recent years, Stephen Marley established his own Kaya Fest as an annual music festival that debuted in 2017, featuring rare family performances by The Marley Brothers and the Marley’s 3rd Generation of talented offspring, alongside notable reggae and hip-hop legends such as Wycelf Jean, Pit Bull, Busta Rhymes - instilling an experiential component to raise awareness on the benefits of cannabis guided by the mantra “Education Before Recreation.” Plans to continue this festival tradition is currently in the works for 2023. 

Stephen continues to champion charitable endeavors centered in Jamaica as a co-founder of Ghetto Youths Foundation, along with his brothers Damian and Julian Marley. 

With a prolific work ethic in his Lion Den Studios, Stephen just released an EP collection of songs he produced with female vocalists as an homage to legend Nina Simone, Celebrating Nina: A Reggae Tribute to Nina Simone, and is currently putting the finishing touches on his own new album projects, with the first solo LP slated to release in fall of 2022.

2022: Celebrating Nina: A Reggae Tribute to Nina Simone

Stephen produced a Nina Simone all-female vocalist EP tribute featuring Joss Stone, Cedella Marley, Etana, Queen Ifrica, and more.

2022: Debut of Ghetto Youths 4th Compilation Album Set Up Shop Vol. 4

The fourth compilation for their Ghetto Youths International label - Set Up Shop Vol. 4.

2019: 40 Days & 40 Nights with Salaam Remi

From the ‘Grass is Greener’ album, music inspired by the Netflix Original Documentary.

2019: Third Annual Kaya Fest in Miami, FL on April 20th

Featuring The Marley Brothers, Pitbull, Busta Rhymes, Davido, Sean Paul, and many more.

2018: Debuts One Take: Acoustic Jams EP


2018: Second Annual Kaya Fest in San Bernardino, CA on April 28 & 29

Featuring The Marley Brothers, Tom Morello, Action Bronson, Lauryn Hill, Cypress Hill, and many more. 

2017: Kaya Fest Debuts in Miami, FL on April 22nd

Featuring The Marley Brothers, Lauryn Hill, Sean Paul, Wyclef Jean, Inner Circle, and many more. 

2016: Debuts fourth solo album Revelation Part. II: The Fruit of Life


2015: Ghetto Boy ft. Bounty Killer and Cobra

Ghetto Boy featuring Bounty Killer and Cobra debuted as a single, from the Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life.

2015: Debut of Ghetto Youths 4th Compilation Album Set Up Shop Vol. 3

The third compilation for their Ghetto Youths International label - Set Up Shop Vol. 3.

2014: Debut of Ghetto Youths 2nd Compilation album Set Up Shop Vol. 2

The second compilation for their Ghetto Youths International label - Set Up Shop. Vol. 2.

2014: Rock Stone ft. Capleton and Sizzla

"Rock Stone" debuted in 2014 as a prelude to Stephen's upcoming album Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life.

2013: Launch of the 1st Ghetto Youths Tour

The first Ghetto Youths International Tour featuring their current artists; Wayne Marshall, Jo Mersa, Black-Am-I and Christopher Ellis.

2013: Debut of Ghetto Youths 1st Compilation album Set Up Shop Vol. 1

The first compilation for their Ghetto Youths International label - Set Up Shop. Vol. 1.

2011: Wins Grammy for Best Reggae Album

For his album Revelation Part 1: The Root of Life.

2011: Jah Army ft. Damian Marley

"Jah Army" was recorded with Stephen's brother Damian Marley and Buju Banton.

2011: Performance of "No Cigarette Smoking (In My Room)"

Recorded with R&B Singer Melanie Fiona.

2011: Performance of "Breaks Us Apart"

This live performance featuring Jamaican artist Capleton, "Break us Apart" is one of Stephen's more mellow tracks from his third solo album.

2011: Official Video for Made in Africa

“Made In Africa” features a Wale verse and choirs from the cast of Fela!

2011: Debuts Third solo album Revelation Part I: The Root of Life


2009: Wins Grammy for Best Reggae Album

For his album Mind Control Acoustic.

2008: Stephen performs with the Marley Brothers at Smile Jamaica

In 2008 Stephen and his brothers came together to perform at the annual Smile Jamaica concert in honour of the life and legacy of the Hon. Robert Nesta Marley.

2008: Performance of "You're Gonna Leave"


2008: Performance of Mind Control Acoustic

In 2008 Stephen released Mind Control Acoustic.

2008: Debuts Second Solo Album Mind Control Acoustic

Live from the Bonaroo festival, Stephen performs "Let her Dance" from Mind Control.

2008: Performance of "Let Her Dance" at Bonaroo

Live from the Bonaroo festival, Stephen performs "Let her Dance" from Mind Control.

2007: Performs "Hey Baby"

"Hey Baby" originally featuring Mos Def, is another track from Mind Control.

2007: Wins Grammy for Best Reggae Album

For his album Mind Control.

2007: Debuts First Solo Album Mind Control

In 2007 Stephen debuted his solo album Mind Control.

2007: Offcial video for "Traffic Jam"

From Stephen Marley's debut Solo album Mind Control, "Traffic Jam" features his brothers Damian and Julian Marley.

2005: Wins Grammy for Best Reggae Album

For Damian Marley's Welcome to Jamrock album.

2005: Produces and appears on "All Night"

Stephen worked with his brother Damian Marley on "All Night" featured on Welcome to Jamrock.

2005: Produces Welcome to Jamrock

Stephen worked with his brother Damian Marley on Welcome to Jamrock.

2001: Wins Grammy for Best Reggae Album

For Damian Marley's Halfway Tree album

2001: Produces and appears on Damian Marley's "Still Searching"

Stephen worked with his brother Damian Marley's on the Halfway Tree album.

1999: EPK for the Chant Down Babylon Album

In 1999 Stephen produced the album Chant Down Babylon featuring Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, Busta Rhymes, the Roots, The Marley family and more.

1999: Performing "One Good Spliff"

In 2000, the group released their live album "Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers Live, Vol. 1" featuring One Good Spliff.

1997: Wins Grammy for Best Reggae Album

For the Fallen is Babylon album by Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers.

1997: Performs "Postman" with the Melody Makers

"Postman" is one the Melody Makers' most well-known tracks, with Stephen Marley singing lead vocals.

1993: Official video for Brothers and Sisters (Official Video)

Released in 1994 on Joy and Blues, "Brothers and Sisters" was a global hit for the Melody Makers.

1989: Wins Grammy for Best Reggae Recording

For the One Bright Day album by Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers.

1989: Performs "Look Whose Dancing" on Arsenio

Stephen and his siblings perform the hit "Look Whose Dancing" on the Arsenio Hall show.

1988: Wins Grammy for Best Reggae Recording

"Tomorrow People" Official video debuted in 1988 off the Conscious Party album.

1988: Debut of "Tomorrow People"

"Tomorrow People" Official video debuted in 1988 off the Conscious Party album.

1988: Performs of "Tumblin' Down"

Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers perform their hit "Tumblin' Down".

1983: Performing at Reggae Sunsplash in Jamaica

Stephen and his siblings performed "What A Plot" at the Annual Reggae Sunsplash.

1981: Performing at Reggae Sunsplash in Jamaica

In 1981 Stephen notably sang "Sugar Pie" with the Melody Makers at the annual Reggae Sunsplash concert in Jamaica.

1980: Performs on stage with his father and brother

"In 1980 my brother Ziggy and I performed on stage with our father at a free concert at Rufaro Stadium in Salisbury, Zimbabwe, to honor the nation's Independence Celebration. It was the first time I realized that the music we do is more than just music, to some people as it defined their independence."

1979: Performing live with the Melody Makers in Jamaica

Originally formed at the request of their mother, Rita Marley, The Melody Makers was comprised of vocalist/guitarist Ziggy, vocalist/guitarist/drummer Stephen, vocalists Cedella and Sharon.