Ziggy Marley Overview

David Nesta "Ziggy" Marley (born October 17, 1968, Trenchtown, Jamaica) is a Jamaican musician and leader of the band Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. He is the oldest son of Rita Rita Marley and Bob Marley, the roots reggae singer.

In 1979, Ziggy and his siblings, Cedella Cedella Marley , Stephen Stephen Marley (musician) and Sharon Sharon Marley made their recording debut with their father, "Children Playing in the Streets". The Melody Makers Ziggy Marley & 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 po***rly successful, as was One Bright Day (1989) and Jahmekya (1991). Some of his most po***r 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 Dragonfly (Ziggy Marley album) 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. This album won a Grammy for best Reggae album and this was Ziggy's 4th Grammy win.

On May 5, 2009, his third solo children's album "Family Time", was released on his independent record company Tuff Gong Worldwide. 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 for "Best Musical Album for Children".

Ziggy is listed as the featured artist on Donna Summer's song, "Crayons," the title track from her 2008 album. Also he has done duets with Angelique Kidjo, Sting, Dora The Explorer, Taj Mahal, The Chieftains, Sean Paul as well as others.Ziggy Marley is married to Orly Marley who is a former vice-president of William Morris Agency* Unlimited Resources Giving Enlightenment, which works to help children, is Ziggy Marley's charity.

* 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.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 po***r artists (e.g. Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, and Elton John), with proceeds given to the Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

In 1995 Marley made a guest appearance on the sitcom Family Matters.

In 1996, Marley and the Melody Makers recorded the reggae-style theme song for the children's television series Arthur Arthur (TV series) .

He voiced Ernie, one of Sykes' (Martin Scorsese) Rasta Rastafari movement jellyfish henchmen in the 2004 film Shark Tale. In the film when Oscar (Will Smith) tries to sing the Bob Marley song Three Little Birds, Marley's character zaps Oscar on the head and says "That's not the way you sing that song, mon" The title song for the film was a cover version of Three Little Birds performed by Marley and Sean Paul.

He sang Rainbow in the Sky on the American television series Charmed in season 6.

His song Love Power was played during the end credits of Muppet Treasure Island.

He sang a cover of "Drive" by The Cars which was featured in the Adam Sandler movie 50 First Dates.

He sang a cover of "Three Little Birds" for Dora The Explorer soundtrack.

He and his Melody Makers made a guest appearance on the po***r kids television show Sesame Street and sang a Sesame Street version of "Small People" from their 1991 album Jahmekya

His po***r song "True To Myself" was featured on the TV Show Scrubs Scrubs (TV series) (Season 8 Episode 14 - My Soul On Fire Pt. 1).

On an episode of Celebrity Deathmatch, Ziggy was mentioned while his father, Bob Marley (who was brought back to life via time machine), had his hands full with Shaggy. Shaggy first implies that Ziggy was merely a Bob impersonator ("Me? What about Ziggy? He sings all your songs - he even looks like you!"), while Bob answers that Ziggy is his son. Shaggy taunts Bob on how Ziggy might have got his name, on which Bob fight backs with comments on Scooby-Doo, where Shaggy got his nickname.

He made a guest appearance in the Adventures in Wonderland episode of Wonder Pets.

Marley and his daughter Judah made an appearance in the 2009 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
With the Melody Makers

*Play the Game Right (1985)
*Children Playing (1986) (unreleased)
*Hey World! (1986)
* Time Has Come: The Best Of Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers Time Has Come (1988)
*Conscious Party (1988)
*One Bright Day (1989)
*Jahmekya (1991)
*Joy and Blues (1993)
*Free Like We Want 2 B (1995)
*The Best Of (1988–1993) The Best Of Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers (1997)
*Fallen Is Babylon (1997)
*Spirit Of Music (1999)
*Live Vol. 1 (2000)
*The Best of Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers (2008)


*Dragonfly Dragonfly (Ziggy Marley album) (2003)
*Love Is My Religion (2006, grammy winning)
*Family Time Family Time (Ziggy Marley album) (2009)


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