The Gleaner: KINGSTON, Jamaica – Grammy-winning reggae artiste Ziggy Marley on Friday released his new family album, More Family Time, a follow-up to his 2009 Grammy- and Emmy-winning album, Family Time.
To create the album, Ziggy aimed to capture the energy of his four-year-old son and put it into music form. According to his team, “The result will captivate children while also keeping their parents engaged via his signature reggae sound.”
Ziggy has a number of friends being featured on the album, including Ben Harper, Sheryl Crow, Lisa Loeb, Tom Morello, Busta Rhymes, Angelique Kidjo, Alanis Morissette, Stephen Marley, and Jamie Lee Curtis reading her new book. His children Judah, Gideon, Abraham, and Isaiah also make special appearances, along with his puppy, Romeo.
A portion of proceeds from the album will benefit Ziggy’s 501(c)3, URGE, which supports the education, social development, and overall well-being of the Chepstow Primary School and the One Love Youth Camp, both in Jamaica.
Also announced this week, Ziggy will host a concert, drive-in style, on Saturday, October 24, at the City National Grove of Anaheim. There will be two sets: the matinee will be a kid-focused set, and the evening set will be a more classic Ziggy performance. All cars, families, and attendees will be socially distanced, and the venue will follow strict COVID-19 precautions.
An eight-time Grammy winner, Ziggy Marley has released 15 albums to much critical acclaim. Now with his own label, Tuff Gong Worldwide, and publishing company, Ishti Music, Marley has complete control of his master recordings and publishing.
His early immersion into music came at age 10, when he sat in on recording sessions with his father, Bob Marley. After eight records with The Melody Makers and three Grammy Awards with such chart-topping hits as Look Who’s Dancing, Tomorrow People and Tumbling Down, he kicked off his solo career in 2003 with Dragonfly.
His first children’s album, Family Time, received the 2009 Grammy for Best Children’s Album, and he also took home a Daytime Emmy Award for I Love You Too, which shares its title with his 2012 debut children’s book. Tapping into his expansive creativity, he created the graphic novel MARIJUANAMAN and launched Ziggy Marley Organics, an innovator in GMO-free coconut oils and hemp seed snacks. As an extension of his passion for health and sustainable living, Marley published the Ziggy Marley & Family Cookbook in 2016. In May 2018, Marley released his most recent album, Rebellion Rises.