The Gleaner: KINGSTON, JA – Skip Marley, whose global hit, Slow Down, with Grammy award-winning artiste HER reached the number one spot on the Billboard Adult R&B chart this past spring, on Friday dropped his highly anticipated debut EP.
The seven-track project, Higher Place, is a call to action to Skip’s generation, fans, and listeners to inspire people to ascend to a higher place of love and level of consciousness. The project includes new ideas and experiences, as well as wisdom that has been passed down the Marley lineage that Skip likes to call “Marley mantras”. The opening title track, Higher Place features music legend and Skip’s grandfather, Bob Marley.
Of the release, Skip states: “It is a joy and a blessing for me to share this music with the world. When we say ‘Higher Place,’ we mean good vibrations. Positivity. Conscious influence of the heart and the mind and the soul. Music with a message is the music we love.”
In addition to Slow Down, which has amassed more than 80 million streams, Higher Place includes Make Me Feel, featuring fellow Miami hitmaker Rick Ross and R&B songstress Ari Lennox. The track, which is the #1 most added song at R&B Adult radio, is highlighted by Ross’s effortless flow and Lennox’s sweet and soulful melodies, as she sings “let’s make this a good life even through the bad times,” a mantra that resonates loudly today.
Also included on the EP is No Love, co-written by Sebastian Kole (Alessia Cara) and Trey Campbell (Ella Mai), which Skip worked on with legendary mentor and Miami family friend Betty Wright, who passed away earlier in May. Higher Place also showcases That’s Not True, a collab featuring Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley.
In May, Slow Down, with more than 70 million global streams, became the quickest and biggest-streaming song in Marley family history, and elevated Skip to more than 200 million global artiste streams It was the first time a Jamaica-born artiste reached the #1 spot on the Billboard Adult R&B chart. Skip became the first Jamaica-born artiste inside the Top 15 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart in nearly a decade and a half (since Sean Paul and Keyshia Cole in 2006, When You Gonna Give it Up to Me).
The amazing chemistry between Skip and two-time 2019 Grammy-winner H.E.R. performing live together was apparent during the song’s television debut on Fallon, followed by a show-stopping performance at the NAACP Image Awards in February, and the ABC Good Morning America Summer Concert Series session in June.
Skip has earned critical acclaim from Rolling Stone, Fader, Hypebeast, Vibe, and others. Most recently during the quarantine, Skip has performed acoustic sets for the launch of the Essence Music Monday series, Billboard Live, Global Citizen & World Health Organisation and also recently shared the stage with The Wailers, Cedella Marley, Pedró Capó, Rauw Alejandro, Camilo and Kany García for an opening performance on the 17th Annual Premios Juventud.
Higher Place was released via Tuff Gong Intl/Island Records.
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