Reggae artist Ziggy Marley recently participated in an installment of The Recording Academy Los Angeles Chapter's Up Close & Personal interview series. Hosted by owner and CEO of The Village studios Jeff Greenberg, the six-time GRAMMY winner discussed songwriting, exploring his Rasta roots and pushing boundaries on his new album, Fly Rasta, among other topics. Marley also performed a brief set featuring songs from Fly Rasta — "I Don't Wanna Live On Mars" and "I Get Up" — as well as "Love Is My Religion" and his father Bob Marley's classic "So Much Trouble In The World."
"I haven't touched the topic of Rasta for many years now on my records and I felt like I wanted to come home," said Marley. "I wanted to reach back and express it again. So that's what Fly Rasta is — it's just a celebration of my roots."
Born David Marley in Kingston, Jamaica, Marley learned how to play guitar and drums from his father — Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Bob Marley — and sat in on Wailers recording sessions at the age of 10. In 1979 Marley, along with his sister Cedella, brother Stephen and half-sister Sharon recorded "Children Playing In The Streets," subsequently naming themselves Ziggy Marley And The Melody Makers. The quartet issued their debut LP, Play The Game Right, in 1985, and earned three GRAMMYs, including Best Reggae Album for 1997's Fallen Is Babylon.
Marley released his debut solo album, Dragonfly, in 2003, which peaked at No. 3 on Billboard's Top Reggae Albums chart. He followed with 2006's Love Is My Religion and 2009's Family Time, which garnered GRAMMYs for Best Reggae Album and Best Musical Album For Children, respectively. At the 56th GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 26, Marley earned his sixth GRAMMY for Best Reggae Album for 2013's Ziggy Marley In Concert.
Released on April 15, Fly Rasta features 10 tracks written or co-written by Marley, including "I Don't Wanna Live On Mars" and "I Get Up," the latter of which features his sister Cedella.
Marley is currently in the midst of an international tour, with dates scheduled through August.