Singer, songwriter, musician, producer, Stephen Marley was born on April 20, 1972, in Wilmington, Delaware. The second son of legendary reggae artist Bob Marley, Stephen has been blazing his own trail in the music world, combining reggae, hip-hop, and R&B styles to create his sound as a performer, songwriter, and producer.
After his father’s death in 1981, Marley performed with his older brother Ziggy at his funeral. The brothers went on to form the Melody Makers with Sharon and Cedella. While all four members provided the vocals, Stephen played the guitar as well and the drums. In 1985, the Melody Makers released their first album, Play the Game Right Their next effort was Hey World! (1986), before they change band names and record companies, becoming Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers, releasing Conscious Party (1988) with Virgin Records. The album helped the group break through to mainstream audiences. They won the 1989 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Recording. They made several more albums together in the 1990s, including the Grammy Award-winning Babylon Is Fallen (1997). Stephen went on to produce and co-produce Grammy winning albums for Damian Marley.
Stephen Marley released his first solo album, Got Music?, in 2005. But his real breakthrough as an artist came two years later with Mind Control (2007). This time his brothers, Damian, Ziggy, and Julian, played supporting roles, providing songwriting support and guest vocals while Stephen took the lead. In addition to reaching the top of the reggae charts, the recording also did well on the pop and hip-hop charts. Mind Control won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 2007. In 2011, Steve released Revelation Pt. 1: The Root of Life, which won the Grammy award for Best Reggae Album. In 2016 he released the follow up Pt. 2: The Fruit Of Life which features a host of Hip Hop stars including Busta Rhymes, DJ Khaled, Wyclef and Rick Ross.