Ziggy Marley, 2nd generation music artist, performing & signing copies of Family Time
* 7/7/09 11:00 AM at Barnes & Noble – Clarkson Road. Chesterfield, OH.
* 7/11/09 11:00 AM at Barnes & Noble – Westview Parkway. San Diego, CA
* 7/25/09 1:00 PM at Barnes & Noble – 3rd Street Promenade. Santa Monica, CA
Just added: * 8/4/09 10:30 AM at Borders Books – Tampa Avenue. Northridge, CA
David Nesta “Ziggy” Marley (born October 17, 1968, Trenchtown, Jamaica) is a four time Grammy-winning Jamaican musician and leader of the band Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. He is the oldest son of Rita and Bob Marley, the roots reggae singer.
In 1979, Ziggy and his siblings, Cedella, Stephen and Sharon made their recording debut with their father, “Children Playing in the Streets”. The Melody Makers, as the group came to be known, played occasionally for several years, including at their father’s funeral in 1981. Their debut LP was Play the Game Right, which was a very pop-oriented album, earning Ziggy some derision from critics. The band’s label, EMI, wanted to market Ziggy as a solo act, and so the Melody Makers moved to Virgin Records, where they recorded Conscious Party (1988, produced by Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth). The album was critically and popularly successful, as was One Bright Day (1989) and Jahmekya (1991). Some of his most popular singles include “True To Myself”, “Drive”, “People Get Ready”, and his US Top 40 and UK Top 20 hit “Tomorrow People”.
As the 1990s continued, the Melody Makers’ sales slowly declined, beginning with Joy and Blues (1993) and continuing with Free Like We Want 2 B (1995).
Ziggy had become politically active by this time, working with the United Nations and creating a record label called Ghetto Youths Crew. A solo album, Dragonfly was released on April 15, 2003.
On July 2, 2006, his second solo album, Love Is My Religion, was released on his independent record company Tuff Gong Worldwide.
He is listed as the featured artist on Donna Summer’s song, “Crayons,” the title track from her new album released on May 20, 2008, on the Burgundy label. Marley is also currently on tour with 311.
Marley is married to Orly Marley who is a former vice-president of William Morris Agency and presently manages his career and his record label, Tuff Gong Worldwide. When not on the road, Ziggy divides his time between homes in Jamaica, California and the Bahamas.
Marley is father to five children: Daniel Marley (born July 12, 1989), Justice Marley (born December 9, 1991), Zuri Marley (born October 28, 1995), Judah Victoria Marley (born April 21, 2005) and Gideon Robert Nesta Marley (born January 5, 2007).
His father, Bob Marley died in Miami. His last words to Ziggy were “Money can’t buy life.” He got very emotional from his father’s death.
Unlimited Resources Giving Enlightenment (U.R.G.E.) is Ziggy’s charity which works to help children.
Ziggy has designed a shirt for the Fashion Against AIDS collection, which aims to spread awareness of HIV-AIDS amongst young people.
In 2007, Marley signed on as an official supporter of Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit organization that provides free musical instruments and free lessons to children in public schools throughout the United States. He has visited with children in the program and sits on the organization’s board of directors as an honorary member.
Works with Wear Your Music which create “Relixbands” from donated guitar strings.
Lent his support to YouthAIDS.