In Concert at the White Oak Music Hall Outside Lawn, Houston, TX, US
Wednesday 30 May 2018
Stephen Marley biography
Stephen Marley (born April 20, 1972) is a Jamaican-American reggae singer, musician, producer, and member of Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers, hailing from Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., and Kingston, Jamaica.
Born the second son of iconic reggae legends Bob Marley and Rita Marley, Stephen made his recording debut on the track “Children Playing in the Streets” in 1979, alongside brother Ziggy Marley. The single became the first from Ziggy and his group the Melody Makers, and Stephen’s initial contribution came in the form of playing guitar and occasionally singing – the group went on to win five Grammy awards. On top of performing and recording, however, Stephen began honing his skills in production and by 1996 has contributed ideas and know-how to his brothers Damian and Julian’s albums.
Stephen, also in 1996, remixed the Fugees, worked with Eve, Krayzie Bone, and Erykah Badu, and produced the popular remix album “Chant Down Babylon”. Inspired by the success, the producer worked once again with his brother Damian in 2001, whose album “Halfway Tree” later won the Grammy for Best Reggae Album. Stephen’s own version of Stevie Wonder’s “Master Blaster” earned the musician significant acclaim, and landed on the Stevie Wonder compilation “Conception”.
Whilst attempting to work on a solo album, Stephen became the go-to guy for his brothers, with the 2002 formation of production house Ghetto Youth with Ziggy, and later worked on Damian’s well-received 2005 album “Welcome to Jamrock”. Stephen’s debut finally arrived in 2007 entitled “Mind Control”, followed by an acoustic take “Mind Control Acoustic” in 2009. The musician’s second full-length “Revelation Pt. 1 – The Root of Life” was issued in 2011 and earned Stephen his first solo Grammy Award in 2012 for Best Reggae Album. Stephen Marley’s follow-up “Revelation Pt. 2 – The Fruit of Life”, was released in 2014, and was supported by an extensive worldwide tour.
Matthew Paul Miller (born June 30th, 1979 in West Chester, Pennsylvania), better known by his stage name Matisyahu (which means “Gift of God” in Yiddish), is an American rapper and reggae musician.
It’s no coincidence whatsoever that Miller actively chooses to go by a name that very clearly references his Jewish upbringing and faith; his early life, prior to his breakthrough as a musician, is defined initially by the strictness with which he was brought up to adhere to his religion, and then just how spectacularly he managed to break away from it in his teens, when he dropped out of high school, began taking drugs and spent as much time as he could following the band Phish around as they toured. Once he managed to put that behind him, though, he aligned himself with a Hasidic community in New York and began to make music, releasing his first record “Shake Off the Dust…Arise” on a label specifically designed to help promote Jewish musicians.
Since then, he’s become popular in circles much wider than the niche area of the music industry that he began in, and his third record, “Youth”, was enough to see him named Best Reggae Musician by Billboard in 2006. He’s carved out something of a cult fanbase, based in part purely on his irrepressibly charismatic personality, and further boosts to his career like the scooping of the Best Documentary Feature at the 2007 Slamdance Film Festival for the movie Unsettled, in which he’s featured heavily, as well as having his track “One Day” featured in NBC advertising for the Olympic Games, have ensured that his star remains on the rise; his newest record, “Akeda”, has seen him strip back his sound to rave reviews.