Damian Marley Biography

Updated On May 24, 2019 Published On Jan 15, 2016
Facts of Damian Marley
Date of Birth: 1978 , July-21
Birth Nation: Jamaica
Height: 5 Feet 10 Inch
Name Damian Marley
Birth Name Damian Robert Nesta Marley
Nick Name Jr. Gong, Gongzilla
Father Bob Marley
Mother Cindy Breakspeare
Nationality Jamaican
Birth Place/City Kingston, Jamaica
Religion Rastafari
Ethnicity Mixed
Profession Singer and Songwriter
Net Worth $20 million
Famous for Son of Bob Marley
Affair with Lisa Bonet
Married No
Children 2
Awards 2002 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album
Online Presence Instagram, Twitter
Music Group SuperHeavy
Siblings 13
Albums Mr. Marley, Halfway Tree, Distant Relatives
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The Grammy Awards Winner, Damian Marley is a reggae artist from Jamaica popular all over the world as the youngest child of reggae legend Bob Marley. He is also famous for his albums like Mr. Marley, Halfway Tree, and son. 

Damian Marley's early life

The 5 ft. 10 inches tall Damian Marley was born Damian Robert Nesta Marley on 21 July 1978, in Kingston, Jamaica to parents, mother Cindy Breakspeare, and father, Bob Marley.

His father is a legendary revolutionary singer, who passed away just after the 2 years of his birth, while his mother os the 1976 Miss World. He has no siblings as he was the only child of Bob and Cindy. 

However, Damian has a lot of half-siblings from his father's as well as mother's sides. From his father, he has 11 siblings and from his mother, he has two, a brother and a sister. 

Damian Marley has been singing for 13 years' of age and with that, he has also been smoking since. The singer has only studied till mid school as she left his high school to pursue his singing career. After his drop out of high school, he started growing dreadlocks in resemblance to his father.

He is a Jamaican national while being ethnically linked to Jamaica and Britain. He is a follower of the Rastafari religion, an Abrahamic religion developed in Jamaica. 

The same as his father Bob Marley, Damian is also famed for his dreadlocks. It has been reported that his dreadlocks have already moved way past his feet.

During live shows, he trims a little bit of his hair to be on stage. Similarly, while playing soccer, Damian packs his hair into a backpack to prevent tangling in it and injuring other players with his hair. 

Damian Marley's personal life

Damian Marley isn't married either has any high-profile public relationships. However, allegedly he was in a less-known relationship with Lisa Bonet. Even with no wife, he has two children, both sons, Christian Marley, and Elijah Marley.

Damian is not married yet, but he has been in a dating relationship with his girlfriend Cristal Chaitram since 2013. The pair has been together till now too and there are not rumors of break up or extra affairs. Being said that, there are also no rumors of him and his girlfriend getting married. 

The pair had already hooked up some years earlier as on August 19, 2009, Cristal gave birth of Damian's second child, Elijah Marley. Anything more than this fact is not known to any of us. 

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Damian Marley's musical career

In 1991, when Damian Marley was just 13, he formed the musical group, the Shepherds, which also included the daughter of Freddie McGregor and the son of the Third World's Cat Core.

The group opened the 1992 Reggae Sunsplash festival and performed in several festivals and shows. Shephards was dissolved in the early 1990s and then Marley began pursuing his solo career.

He released his debut studio album in 1996 titled Mr. Marley, and his second - Halfway Tree was released in 2001. Halfway Tree was co-produced by Damian Marley and Stephen Marley, Marley's half-brother. The album was Marley's breakthrough, landing him the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.

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In 2005, he released his third studio album titled Welcome to Jamrock. Stephen Marley produced a song with the same title, Welcome to Jamrock, which was a huge success.

Centered around the poverty, politics, and crime in Jamaica, the song reached No. 13 on the UK Singles Chart and No. 55 on the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart. The single was also No. 100 on the Top 100 Songs of the Decade listing by the Rolling Stone.

At the 2009 Grammy Awards, American hip-hop artist Nas announced that he and Marley would collaborate on an alum. Distant Relatives was released on May 17, 2010, Marley and Nas' collaborative album. Distant Relatives debuted at No. 5 on the US Billboard 200 chart with first week sales for 57,000 copies.

Marley joined hands with Mick Jagger, Joss Stone (vocals), Dave Stewart, and A. R. Rahman to form SuperHeavy. The group began recording their self-titled debut album in early 2009. The band released its first lead single, Miracle Worker on iTunes on July 7, 2011.

'Miracle' is a reggae song performed by Marley, Stone, and Jagger. His second single, Satyameva Jayathe (the national motto of India, which means 'Truth Alone Triumphs') was released on August 9, 2011.

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In 2012, Damian also worked with the e-artist Skrillex on the song, Make it Bun Dem. The song appeared in the 2012 game Far Cry 3.   

Stony Hill, Marley's fourth studio album was released in July 2018. Stony Hill won the Grammy award for Best Reggae Album at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.

Damian Marley's net worth

The reggae singer and songwriter, Damian Marley has an estimated net worth of $20million. He earns a decent amount of salary from his singing career. In 2005, he earned around $609K from his album, Welcome to Jamrock. Similarly, in 2010, Damian earned around $134K from his album Distant Relatives

Damian Marley's social media

Damian Marley AKA Jr. Gong is usually active on his social media profile such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. There are 2,306 tweets on his Twitter with over 523K followers. Similarly, his Instagram profile has over 350 posts, with over 744K followers

The Gongzilla uses his social media profile to post much about his professional career rather than post anything of his personal life. 

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Born in Kingston, Jamaica

July 21 , 1978

The five feet and ten inch tall, Damian Marley was born as Damian Robert Nesta Marley in Kingston, Jamaica to Cindy Breakspeare and Bob Marley

His father Bob Marley died

May 11 , 1981

Damian Marley was born to Cindy Breakspeare and Bob Marley. His mother, Cindy is a former model and his father Bob Marley was the legendary Jamaican reggae singer. Bob died of the spread of melanoma to his lungs on 11th of May 1981.

Formed the band, the Shephards

1991

Damian Marley was just 13, he formed the musical group. The daughter of Freddie McGregor and son of Third World's Cat Core were his band members. Though they performed in several festivals and shows, it disbanded within few years.

Released his debut album, Mr Marley

September 9 , 1996

After his musical group the Shephards got disbanded, he began pursuing his solo career. Damian Marley's debut album, Mr. Marley was released on 9th of September 1996. The cover of this album portrays the picture of his father, Bob Marley holding him.

Released his third album, Welcome to Jamrock

September 12 , 2005

Damian Marley's second album was mainly about his parent’s love life. This album was a massive successful album as he was also honored with 2002 Grammy Award. His third album, Welcome to Jamrock was released on 12th of September 2005

Won Grammy Awards

2002

Grammy Awards is one of the prestigious awards in the singing world and it’s an honor if anyone wins this award. Damian Marley has also been honored with this award several times. He won this award for the first time in 2002 from his second album, Halfway Tree

Dating Cristal Chaitram

2013

Damian Marley has not been married but he is having a romantic love affair with Cristal Chaitram since a long time. As a loving couple, they have also welcomed a son named Elijah Marley. He also has a son from his previous relationship.