Born in London in 1975, he has been blessed both by his father's great talent and legacy and by the unique perspective that comes with an upbringing in a multicultural community. Since recording his first song at age five at the Marley family home in Kingston, Julian has become a skillful, self-taught musician, mastering the bass, drums, and keyboards.
In 1989 he released his first album Uprising which is also the name of his backing band. He moved to Jamaica in 1992 and began to work with such reggae veterans as Aston "Family Man" Barrett, Earl "Wire" Lindo, Tyrone Downie and Earl "Chinna" Smith. In 1996, his second release, Lion in the Morning, was produced by Ghetto Youths, the label founded by siblings Stephen and Ziggy, and the family connection goes further: he and brother Damian were also featured as part of the "Marley Magic" North American tour in 1996.
His last album Awake released with Universal in June 2009. A veteran performer despite his youth, Julian has performed at Jamaica's Sumfest and Sunsplash shows, and has toured all over the world, including Europe (Roskilde, Summerjam, Arezzo Wave Love Festival..). While clearly reflecting his roots and heritage, his music is however his own testament !
Julian Ricardo Marley né le 4 juin 1975 à Londres. Fils de Bob Marley et de Lucy Pounder, il grandit entre l’Angleterre et la Jamaïque. Formé à la musique dès son plus jeune âge, il est à la fois claviériste, batteur, bassiste, guitariste, entre autres.
En 1989, il s'implique dans la création de la maison de production Ghetto Youths Crew en compagnie de ses frères Ziggy et Stephen. Dès 1992, il part vivre en Jamaïque et commence à travailler avec les plus grands musiciens reggae de l’île comme Aston "Family Man" Barrett, Earl "Wire" Lindo, Tyrone Downie, Earl "Chinna" Smith etc…
En 1996, il réalise un album solo, Lion in the Morning, et entame une tournée internationale. Son dernier album, Awake, réalisé avec ses frères Damian et Stephen entre Miami et Kingston, est sorti en juin 2009 chez Universal pour le monde, et révèle un reggae à la fois moderne, teinté de hip-hop et de R’n’B, mais élaboré dans la plus pure tradition Roots.