About Julian Marley
Julian Marley contributes to the rich legacy of the UK reggae music scene. In the Spirit of his father Bob Marley, Julian “Ju Ju” Marley is the next generation of Reggae pioneers proudly paying it forward in his home town of London, England. Along-side a list of Reggae luminaries that have spawned out of England such as Aswad and Steel Pulse, Julian “Ju Ju” Marley firmly plants his roots in London, inherently influencing the U.K. music scene with his rich legacy.
Born in London, England to Lucy Pounder on June 4, 1975, Julian Marley has been blessed by his father’s great talent and by the unique perspective that comes with an upbringing in a multicultural community. As the only son of Bob Marley born and raised in the UK, Julian has credited his British upbringing as a deep influence on his musical career.
Julian reflects, “Growing up in London remains a large part of who I am today. Musically, I have become increasingly aware of how self-motivating the history of the U.K. Reggae scene has been on my work. I feel privileged to be a part of the musical roots that my father laid in England, and as the next generation of British born reggae artists, I look forward to relating the cultural gifts that have been bestowed on to me back onto the U.K. music scene through my musical creations, visions and contributions. ”
Reggae and Bob Marley in particular, have always had a unique part in British popular culture since the 1970s. The masterpiece that was Bob Marley’s Exodus was recorded in the U.K. and transformed Bob Marley’s career. Resonating with audiences around the world, the legendary Marley influenced an array of musicians, including some of today’s largest British pop icons including, The Police.
Transcending musical genres, Julian Marley has become a spiritual, moral, musical visionary with an international mission. Just as his father, “Ju Ju ” Marley ranks higher in the consciousness movement of music than most international reggae artists of today.
Julian Marley’s fame has risen to new heights with the success of his Grammy Award Nominated album entitled, Awake. Marley’s ‘Awake’ world tour with his band The Uprising flourished in North America in 2009, and propelled into a burgeoning international run in 2010 which included the Raggamuffin tour of Australia and New Zealand and performance dates that took centre stage in the United States, Brazil, the Caribbean and Europe .
Co-produced with his brothers Stephen Marley and Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley, Julian Marley’s third studio album , Awake was released on April 28, 2009 on Ghetto Youths / Universal Records, and took home the award for ‘Best Album of the Year’ at the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) in New York City on May 2nd, 2010.