Stephen “Ragga” Marley’s ‘Fruit’ Debuts at #1 [Music News]

Stephen “Ragga” Marley’s ‘Fruit’ Debuts at #1 [Music News]

Stephen “Ragga” Marley

By Jack Barnes

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter-producer Stephen “Ragga” Marley, returns to the top of the charts with his critically acclaimed fourth solo album, Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life (Ghetto Youths International via INGrooves), with a debut at #1 atop the Reggae chart!  Marley debuted across multiple Billboard charts with an impressive debut #8 on Indie, #19 on Current Digital, #21 Overall Digital and #41 on Top Current Albums.  Fruit is available at Best Buy and digital retailers.

The critics…

“Greatness always arrives in the nick of time.” – Austin Chronicle

“Mr. Marley’s aching voice suits love songs just as well as protests.” – The New York Times

“Bob Marley has a lot of musical offspring. But his son Stephen might be the most gifted.” – Houston Chronicle

“The musicianship contained in this effort is above perfect and it takes a few listens to hear every little detail that has been painstakingly played.” – Music Blend

“…Mr. Marley lives up to the ambition that his last name demands of him.” – The New York Times

“Old-school reggae, a part of Stephen’s heart and sound, rings out on “Revelation Party,” a tune brings out the joy that seems inherent in his nature and vocals.” – Louisiana Weekly

Produced by the Grammy-winning multi-instrumentalist, Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life is the second installment of his two part series, following the Grammy-winning Revelation Part I: The Root of Life (2011).  “The Fruit is about the different branches; there are many pages within my mind, many colors and ideas” says Marley. “We come from a versatile generation that can’t be put in a box.”   Fruit features a multitude of today’s biggest names in Hip-Hop and Reggae including Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Rick Ross, Pitbull, Iggy Azalea, Waka Flocka, Dead Prez, Rakim, DJ Khaled, Busta Rhymes, Wyclef Jean, Shaggy, Black Thought (of The Roots), Bounty Killer, Sizzla, Capleton, Ky-Mani Marley, Jo Mersa and more.

Stephen “Ragga” Marley is the second eldest son of reggae legend Bob Marley and Rita Marley. He was raised in Kingston, Jamaica and started singing professionally at the age of seven with his elder siblings Ziggy, Sharon and Cedella as The Melody Makers. The singer, songwriter, musician and producer has consecutively landed #1 on the U.S. Billboard Reggae Album Chart for all of his solo albums and has earned a total of eight Grammys for Best Reggae Album. He won this accolade as a solo artist for Mind Control, Mind Control Acoustic and Revelation Part I: The Root of Life, as producer for Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley’s Half Way Tree and Welcome To Jamrock, and as a member of Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers for Conscious Party, One Bright Day and Fallen Is Babylon.   Stephen Marley continues to share his incredible musical legacy with adoring fans across the globe.

 

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