Ziggy Marley
Jamaican musician
Ziggy Marley
David "Ziggy" Marley is a Jamaican musician and leader of the band Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. He is the oldest son of famed reggae musician Bob Marley. His father gave him the nickname "Ziggy" due to the soccer move of the same name, and it is a nickname for "a small joint".
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Katy Perry Makes A Political Statement With A 'Persist' Armband At The Grammys
Huffington Post - 8 days
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Grammy Nominations 2017 Include Beyoncé And Adele
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Awards season is about to begin and music’s biggest night will be here before you know it. On Tuesday morning, the Recording Academy announced the nominees for the 59th annual Grammy Awards.  Last year’s Best New Artist, Meghan Trainor, got things rolling by revealing the general field awards on “CBS This Morning,” and more nominations were announced throughout the day.  Beyoncé leads with nine nominations, while Drake and Rihanna follow close behind with eight each. Meanwhile, Chance the Rapper is nominated for seven awards and Adele earned herself five noms.  Head over to Grammy.com for a full list of all the nominations for 2017: Album Of The Year: 25 — Adele Lemonade — Beyoncé Purpose — Justin Bieber Views — Drake A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson   Song Of The Year: “Formation”— Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles, Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé) “Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele) “I Took A Pill In I ...
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PBS's <i>Soundbreaking</i>: Hank Shocklee Explains How Recording a Song is Harder Than Turning on Your iPhone
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Frank Sinatra records would rarely be confused with Public Enemy records. But the thing to understand about record production, says Hank Shocklee, is that the principle is the same. Shocklee (above) is one of more than a hundred voices explaining the production mystique in Soundbreaking, an exhaustive eight-part PBS series that launches at 10 p.m. ET Monday. It was the last project of the late Sir George Martin (below), who is best known for producing the Beatles, and it ropes in artists and producers from Paul McCartney, Elton John and B.B. King to Questlove and Sheila E. Its sheer length might wear some casual music fans down, but as a look into why so many great records sounded great, it's insightful and invaluable. This isn't about how the sausage was made. This is about how Sgt. Pepper, Thriller and Fear of a Black Planet were made. Shocklee is best known for producing some of the most explosive hip-hop albums ever, when he and the aptly named Bomb Squad ...
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Laurie Berkner. The Music In Me
Huffington Post - 5 months
The thing about family, is no matter when you see them, you always pick up right where you left off. Artists who devote their lives to making music for children are a tight knit community of creative souls who share a common purpose, a passion for educating kids both musically and academically. They pride themselves on being a family. One such member of the family is Laurie Berkner, who The New York Times calls "The Adele of the preschool crowd." We first met Laurie when we were performing at The White House Easter Egg Roll together in 2000. Since then, Laurie has become a superhero to millions of preschool kids around the world with People Magazine dubbing her "The Queen of Children's Music." On September 23rd a new legion of excited preschool kids will wake up to the release of Laurie Berkner's new album, Superhero. Jam-packed with wonderful new tunes, Superhero is a 21 song salute to all things kid. Song after song on Superhero score bullseyes, from the infectious stra ...
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Watch Ziggy Marley Play 'Start It Up' Live In The Studio
NPR - 6 months
The reggae musician recently played a career-spanning set for KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic, including this hopeful, political song from his newest album.
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Ziggy Marley Details His ‘Magic’ Songwriting Process
Wall Street Journal - 9 months
"Sometimes it might be hard to finish a verse or something, but you stick with it, and eventually the magic happens," he says.
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John Varvatos taps Ziggy Marley, Chris Pine for Stuart House benefit
LATimes - almost 2 years
Menswear designer John Varvatos has tapped Ziggy Marley, who appears in his spring 2015 ad campaign, to perform at the upcoming Stuart House fundraiser in West Hollywood on April 26 with actor Chris Pine serving as honorary chair.
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Michael Buble, Ziggy Marley pick up early Grammys
CBS News - about 3 years
Cyndi Lauper announced some of the early winners during the pre-telecast ceremony on Sunday
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Broke Girls Guide: How To Not Go Crazy This Weekend
Huffington Post - over 3 years
What do you know...it's already the weekend! Or at least, nearly. While we sometimes wish we were still a colony belonging to England (those accents make men so much hotter, no?), we're forever grateful for the freedom that independence has afforded us. Especially when that freedom presents itself as two extra days off from work. You probably have loads of plans this weekend, especially tomorrow, but we're here to fill in the gaps. Included in this long weekender are tons of special happy hours, a burlesque tribute to Weird Al Yankovic (really!), super cheap paddleboard lessons, a ballet performance under the stars, and more. Oh, and since it's the beginning of the month, we assume some of you might want to spend this long weekend apartment-hunting. Might we suggest you use RadPad? It's a photo-based rental iPhone app--think Craigslist meets Instagram. No more scrolling through Westside Rentals' antiquated interface! Plus, as you drive around town looking for your next ...
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Jeryl Brunner: A Peek Inside This Year's Race to Erase MS Gala
Huffington Post - over 3 years
When she was 33, Nancy Davis was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. It was 1991, Davis had three young sons. There was no cure and no available drugs on the market. She went to a doctor and the only advice he could offer was to "go home, go to bed and expect to stop walking," says Davis who has black belt in karate, is a serious skier and plays tennis. Her doctors told her that she would be lucky just to operate the TV remote control. Unwilling to accept her doctors' grim prognosis, by 1993, Davis founded Race to Erase MS. The organization's key mission is to raise funds for aggressive, cutting-edge and promising research in an effort to find a cure. Davis also saw the need for the top MS research institutes to join forces and communicate. So Race to Erase funds The Nancy Davis Center Without Walls program which  brings together top MS researchers from Johns Hopkins, Yale, UC San Francisco, USC, Oregon Health Sciences University and Harvard. In order to have their stud ...
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A Breakdown Of The GMO Debate
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
From the Boulder iJournal's Troy Hooper: BOULDER — Ever since genetically modified organisms entered the mainstream in 1996, Alfalfa's has tried to keep them off of its shelves. Seventeen years later, Whole Foods isn't going quite that far but by 2018 it now plans to require GMO labeling in every one of its stores. Labeling already occurs at Alfalfa's Market, founded in 1983 at the corner of Arapahoe and Broadway. The vast majority of the food it carries is organic, which by definition should be GMO-free. But bioengineered ingredients — particularly corn, soy and sugar beets — are so widespread that food makers often have no choice but to use them. In the rare event a product it sells might contain a GMO, Alfalfa's labels it as such. The same goes for products verified by the Non-GMO Project. Mark Retzloff, the store's founder, is among the biggest proponents of Boulder Congressman Jared Polis' push to require GMO labeling on a national scale. It's a popular idea. ...
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Frank Fitzpatrick: Why Music, Part 7: Beyond Genre
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
"Our music is a bridge where people can meet, dance, love, and create." -- Les Nubians When I decided to found EarthTones a few years ago and to focus more on the transformational power of music and film for positive social change, I actually thought I would be moving away from many areas of the business that had been draining to me or were out of alignment with my worldview. I had produced some pretty successful hip hop artists and soundtracks by that point, including the original "Friday" and "In Too Deep," but I imagined I would be doing far fewer of those with my new vision and commitment. Don't get me wrong: The projects were great experiences, and the artists are all good people. The nature of the business, however, had become pretty disenchanting to say the least. As a genre, hip hop often carries connotations that aren't compatible with conscious social change. It seems the challenges of the industry had narrowed my vision of hip hop as well, but my journey fo ...
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WATCH: Rihanna Wants You To 'Stay'
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Rihanna debuted the video for "Stay" on Monday night. The song, a heartfelt ballad that's among the better received tracks off "Unapologetic" is one of two recently released singles of the album. The video premiered on E! News before making its way online. The music video for "Stay" shows a stripped-down Rihanna, as the singer soaks in a tub, looking vulnerable and forlorn. Never one to shy away from the scandalous, Rihanna appears naked in the video. "Diamonds" was the only single released before "Unapologetic" hit stores. Def Jam recently announced that it was moving both "Stay" and "Pour It Up." The two songs couldn't be any more different: One is a sensitive ballad about love, loss and broken hearts, while "Pour It Up" sees Rihanna borrowing heavily from Juicy J's strip club anthem, "Bands Make Her Dance." ("Bands" and "Pour It Up" both feature sleepy production by Mike Will and focus on throwing cash around around naked women.) Ekko and Rihanna performed "Stay" a ...
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Grammys Spread The Love
Huffington Post - about 4 years
LOS ANGELES -- The Grammys spread the love. Fun., whose anthemic and semi-dark jam "We Are Young" dominated the charts in 2012, won song of the year. Gotye's massive and oddball pop hit, "Somebody I Used to Know," picked up record of the year. And folk-rockers Mumford &amp; Sons won album of the year for their platinum-selling "Babel." Fun. also won best new artist, besting Frank Ocean in an upset. The recording academy had a clear message at its 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night: There are a lot of top acts today with both mainstream appeal and an edge to their music, and the academy was happy to reward them all. "One after the other, it was like, `And the Black Keys...,' so I think we just sort of resigned ourselves to like, last year was Adele's year and this year would be the Black Keys," said lead singer Marcus Mumford, who thought his band would lose album of the year to the Black Keys. Then Mumford added in a loud scream once he learned the ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ziggy Marley
  • 2016
    Age 47
    In 2016 he appeared in the TV series Hawaii Five-0 (season 6) Episode 16
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    Marley later announced his sixth solo album Ziggy Marley to be released spring 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Ziggy Marley is the eldest son of Bob Marley and Rita Marley. He is married to Orly Agai, an Israeli of Iranian-Jewish descent, who is a former vice-president of William Morris Agency. Together they have three children: Judah Victoria, Gideon Robert Nesta and Abraham Selassie Robert Nesta. Additionally, Ziggy also has three other children from previous relationships: Zuri, Justice, and Daniel "Bambaata" Marley, who is also a reggae and hip-hop artist in his own right. Daniel has also appeared with Ziggy on "Changes." Most of the family resides in Miami. In 1991, Marley and the Melody Makers contributed the song "Give A Little Love" to the Disney album, For Our Children. The album is a collection of kid-friendly songs by popular artists (e.g. Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, and Elton John), with proceeds given to the Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
  • 2014
    Age 45
    Ziggy Marley produced an unreleased EP for LOONER (band). An indie rock act belonging to his longtime percussionist Angel Roché Jr. Ziggy co-wrote the song "Home" with them, it was released in 2014 on Avian Recording Company.
    More Details Hide Details The song can be heard on Season 3 of the WIGS (web channel) series Blue (web series) starring Julia Stiles.
  • 2013
    Age 44
    He also appeared on Counting Cars on the History channel. It premiered in June 2013; In the episode, he meets Danny at Vamped to commission a restoration on his father, Bob Marley's, vintage Mercedes.
    More Details Hide Details He also sang with Cody Simpson in his song "Love".
  • 2011
    Age 42
    In 2011, Marley recorded the featured single for the film You Got Served: Beat the World, entitled "Express Yourself," featuring Nneka.
    More Details Hide Details Ziggy Marley released a pro-marijuana song in support of California's Proposition 19 ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana. Voters rejected the ballot but backers said they would mount another legalization campaign in 2012. He performed in an episode of Sesame Street, playing his well known song "Set Your Piggies Free", which encourages children to take off their shoes and socks and to explore nature with bare feet. The video involves many celebrities with their children, singing along. The main message of the video however is to just "Go Barefoot and Wiggle Those Toes!".
  • 2009
    Age 40
    Marley and his daughter Judah made an appearance in the 2009 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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    On 5 May 2009, his third solo children's album Family Time, was released on Tuff Gong Worldwide.
    More Details Hide Details Family Time features family and friends; Rita Marley, Cedella Marley, Judah Marley, Paul Simon, Willie Nelson, Jack Johnson, Toots Hibbert, Laurie Berkner, Elizabeth Mitchell, and more. This album won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Album for Children. In 2013 his song "I Love You Too" won him a Daytime Emmy Award in the 'Outstanding Original Song – Children's and Animation' category, after it was used in the Disney Channel animation 3rd & Bird. Ziggy released his first children's book based off the song "I Love You Too," illustrated by Agnieszka Jatkowska. The book release coincided with the release of the I Love You Too interactive mobile app. In April 2011, Ziggy Marley announced his fourth album, entitled Wild and Free would be released on 14 June. The title track, featuring Woody Harrelson, was available for free with the pre-order of Ziggy's first comic book, "Marijuanaman".
  • 2006
    Age 37
    On 2 July 2006, his second solo album, Love Is My Religion, was released on his independent record company Tuff Gong Worldwide. The album carried on the reggae-style pop sound and the lyrical themes established in Dragonfly. The album won a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album, making it Ziggy's 4th Grammy win. Collaborated for the Crayons album Crayons being released during summer of 2008 debuting at #17 on the US Billboard 200 albums chart, which was also its peak and again peaking at #5 on the US R&B albums chart in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details The title track is a duet with the one and only Donna Summer.
  • 2003
    Age 34
    Ziggy Marley's debut solo album, Dragonfly was released on 15 April 2003.
    More Details Hide Details The album featured the single "True To Myself." The track "Rainbow in the Sky" features both Flea and John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, while "Melancholy Mood" features only Flea.
  • 2001
    Age 32
    In May 2001, the group released a concert DVD "Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers Live".
    More Details Hide Details The DVD was filmed in 2001 in Pompano Beach, Florida.
  • 2000
    Age 31
    In 2000, the group released their live album "Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers Live, Vol. 1", which charted at #5 on the Top Reggae Albums chart.
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  • 1997
    Age 28
    In early 1997, the group performed at the tribute concert "Marley Magic Live" in Central Park, New York on the Summerstage.
    More Details Hide Details They also released their second best-of album "The Best of (1988-1993)". Later that year, the group released ninth album "Fallen Is Babylon". The album only charted #3 on the Top Reggae Albums chart. In 1998, the second single "Everyone Wants to Be" charted at #16 on the Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart. The album earned the group their third Grammy award. In 1999, the group released their tenth studio album, "The Spirit of Music". The album peaked at #1 on the Top Reggae Albums chart. The album spawned the singles "Higher Vibration", "Jah Will Be Done", and "One Good Spliff". Later that year, the group reunited to perform at the "One Love All-Star Tribute Concert". The concert was recorded and released in the same year and features other performances from Rita Marley, Julian Marley, Erykah Badu, and other artists.
  • 1996
    Age 27
    In 1996 Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers released a song called "Love Power" for the Jim Henson soundtrack movie Muppet Treasure Island with the composers Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil http://www.allmusic.com/album/muppet-treasure-island-original-motion-picture-soundtrack-mw0000183957
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  • 1986
    Age 17
    In 1986, Hey World was released and credited to Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers.
    More Details Hide Details This album laid the groundwork for the group's fast maturing sound. A phenomenal mix of upbeat pop and heavier roots, cemented by hip electro-production, it was evident that the Melody Makers were no longer in the thrall of their father's music, but had found their own voice. In support of the album, Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers embarked on their first tour, a veritable Tuff Gong roadshow with Nadine Sutherland and the I-Threes along as opening acts. The group was well received at the yearly Reggae Sunsplash in 1986 and 1987. In 1988, the band's popularity was at such a height that they were signed to the international major label Virgin Records. Later that year, they went into the studio with Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz of Talking Heads to record their third album, Conscious Party. The album charted at #23 on the Billboard 200 and at #26 on the R&B Albums chart. The album spawned the successful single "Tomorrow People", which charted at #16 on the Mainstream Rock chart and #39 on the Hot 100. The second single "Tumblin' Down" was also well received charting at #1 on Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart and at #28 on the Dance Music/Club Play Singles charts. The album received a Grammy award for "Best Reggae Album".
  • 1984
    Age 15
    Later in 1984, Ziggy Marley got back into the studio with his siblings and English producer Steve Levine for what became the single, "Lying in Bed."
    More Details Hide Details The following year, they released their debut LP, Play the Game Right. The album was produced by their mother, Rita Marley, and featured Aston and Carlton Barrett on bass and drums, respectively, who were originally the rhythm section for Bob Marley’s Wailers.
    After Bob Marley’s passing, Ziggy began performing in his place alongside the Wailers at various shows around Jamaica, and in 1984 the group went on tour in support of the year’s Bob Marley ’Legend’ compilation album release.
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  • 1979
    Age 10
    Later that year, the Melody Makers made their on-stage debut as a group on 23 September 1979, performing on the same bill as their father for the first and only time at the ‘Roots Rock Reggae’ two-day concert series in Kingston's National Arena. Ziggy was 11 years old at the time. Notable other early moments in Ziggy’s musical history include a performance with Stephen at their father’s funeral in 1981, and later that year the Melody Makers released their second single, "What A Plot", under the family’s Tuff Gong record label.
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    Also in 1979, Ziggy and his siblings Sharon, Cedella and Stephen formed the Melody Makers – named after the British weekly pop/rock music newspaper, Melody Maker – and made their recording debut with "Children Playing in the Streets".
    More Details Hide Details The track was written for them by their father, who had composed the song four years earlier for them and wanted to share this gift with children around the world. All royalties from the single were pledged to the United Nations, to aid its efforts during the International Year of the Child.
  • 1968
    Born on October 17, 1968.
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