Who is Damian Marley?
Damian Marley is a Grammy Award-winning reggae musician, Singer, songwriter, producer and the son of Bob Marley. His biggest hit and commercial breakthrough is the 2004 single “Welcome to Jamrock.” He was only two years old when his father, reggae legend Bob Marley died. Since then, Damian Marley has explored his musical roots to become of today’s hottest performers. He has a nickname “Jr. Gong,” which comes from his father who had also one as “Tuff Gong. He is a two time Grammy winning artist and lives in Miami, Florida.
His musical journey
Damian Marley was born on July 21, 1978, in Kingston, Jamaica. To reggae legend Bob Marley and 1976 Miss World, Cindy Breakspeare. Like several of Bob Marley’s children, Damian was born out of wedlock and outside of Bob’s marriage to singer Rita Marley. Damian’s mother, Cindy Breakspeare, was Miss World in 1976. And she raised her son in a Kingston suburb, not far from Rita Marley. Despite not being one of her own, Rita welcomed Bob’s children from other relationships into her home. (Bob Marley fathered eight children in addition to the three he had with Rita.) Damian told Entertainment Weekly that Rita’s house “was like the family HQ.”
Marley started his own journey in the music business at an early age. As a teenager, he performed with the Shepherds. Including other reggae progeny, Shiah Coore whose father is Cat Coore of Third World. And Yashema McGregor whose mother is Judy Mowatt of the I-Threes. While the band had some success in Jamaica, Marley eventually decided to strike out on his own. He worked with his older brother Stephen on his first album, Mr. Marley (1996). The two co-wrote many of the album’s tracks together. Embracing his musical ancestry, Marley announced to the world “Me Name Jr. Gong.” But the album’s upbeat dancehall style failed to connect with some listeners.