Damian Marley was born on 21st July 1978. He is a Jamaican artist. He is the youngest child of the legend Bob Marley. His father died when he was just 2 years old. His mother, Cindy Breakspeare was Miss World in 1976. His father’s nickname was Tuff Gong which led to his nickname as Junior Gong. He formed his musical group at an early age of 13 years. He named the group as “Shephards”. The group included Freddie McGregor’s daughter. The group performed in the Reggae Sunsplash Festival in the year 1992. The group members parted ways in early 1990s which led Damian to pursue his solo career.

He released his first album in the year 1996 under the name “Mr. Marley”. This album was released under his father’s label named as Tuff Gong. His second album was named as “Halfway Tree”. The name was inspired owing to the financial status of his parents. His mother came from the rich community of the city and his father came from the poor community of the city. He considered himself as the Halfway Tree. The album was released on the year 2001 and bagged a Grammy award in the year 2002. In the year 2005, he released his 3rd album named as “Welcome to Jamrock”. It received a Gold after more than 500,000 copies were sold. The album included the song “Road to Zion” which featured Nas.

He won the award for “Best Raggae Album” in the Grammy Award of 2006. At the same time, he made history by winning another Grammy award for “Best Urban/Alternative Performance”. During the Grammy awards in the year 2009, there was a news of collaboration of himself and Nas for an upcoming album. The album was released in the year 2010. The album opened at number 5 in the US Billboard 200. The album subsequently achieved number 4 among the Digital Albums on Billboard. It achieved number 1 on Hip-Hop Albums chart and Reggae Albums chart. The album’s first single was released on iTunes in the month of February in 2010. The formation of Superheavy happened in the year 2011. The group recorded continuously for 35 hours for entire album. The album was released on YouTube in the month of August in the same year. In the year 2012, he worked with Skrillex who is an electronic artist. They worked together on the song “Make it Bun Dem”. He described his musical style as Reggae and Dancehall.

He is a Rastafarian. His music reflects his beliefs and Rastafari principles. He has a son named as Elijah who was born on August 19th 2009. He is on tour for most of his time in a year. He has homes in Kingston, Jamaica and Florida. He has an estimated net worth of $20 million. His mother married Tom Finson when he was 3 years old. He remembers Tom only as his father who has taken care of him during his childhood days. He has a half-brother and a half-sister.

Last Modified: Apr 7, 2020

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