Damian Marley Net Worth 2017: Short Bio & Wiki

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Damian Marley was born on 21 July 1978, in Kingston, Jamaica as Damian Robert Nesta “Jr. Gong” Marley. He‘s a Jamaican reggae artist and is best known not only for his musical career spanning for about twenty years but also for being a son of a famous musician Bob Marley. He is also called Junior Gong – it‘s a nickname related to his father‘s nickname Tuff Gong.

So how rich is Damian? According to various sources, his net worth is estimated to be over $20 million. No doubt, the successful career, many albums he has released and shows he performed gained the biggest part of his wealth.

Damian Marley Net Worth $20 Million

Damian’s father, Bob Marley, was a reggae music legend and his mother, Cindy Breakspeare, was a Miss World 1976 winner. Unfortunately, Bob Marley died when Damian was only two years old and after a year his mother remarried to Tom Finson. Damian claims that stepfather was as influential on his life as his real father.

Marley founded a group called the Shepards being thirteen years old. Other group members were also the kids of famous musicians: Freddie McGregor’s daughter and Stephen “Cat” Coore‘s son. In the early 90‘s Damian began his solo career after the split of the group. The first album Mr. Marley was released in 1996 and after about five years the second album Halfway Tree was released. The name of the album is a reflection of Damian‘s parents love story, since his mother was from a rich family and his father was poor before he gained fame, so the halfway tree represents the point between the poor and rich world.

In 2005, Marley released the third album Welcome to Jamrock, which was produced by his brother Stephen. Stephen Marley also helped to release the second album and co-write some songs. The album has been certified gold after selling about five hundred thousand copies only in United States, so it’s not surprising that Damian can associate his net worth to such successful sales of his albums. Welcome to Jamrock gained not only money but also awards and made Damian the first Jamaican reggae musician to win two Grammy Awards in one night (for the Best Reggae Album and the Best Alternative Performance).

Also, co-working with Nas, Marley released another album Distant Relatives in 2010. The title refers to the bond between these two musicians and the link to their African ancestry. More, Damian has released album SuperHeavy in 2011. He has collaborated with a lead vocalist of The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, and Dave Stewart and they together formed a group, which has released some singles, inspired by Indian music. Surprisingly, Damian has also co-worked with electronic music artist Skrillex.

In his personal life, Marley has never been married but he has a two years old son Elijah. Damian has also won one more Grammy for the album Halfway Tree and awards, such as MOBO Award and Soul Train Music Award for his other albums, especially, Halfway Tree and Welcome to Jamrock.

Quick Facts

Birth date: July 21, 1978
Birth place: Kingston, Jamaica
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Profession:Musician, Singer, Artist, Music artist
Nationality:Jamaica
Parents:Cindy Breakspeare, Bob Marley
Siblings:Stephen Marley, Ziggy Marley, Ky-Mani Marley
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Released collaborative album with QB rapper Nas, 'Distant Relatives'.
2Is of African descent.
3He has 13 half siblings in total. 11 from father and 2 from his mother (a brother and sister).
4Half-brother of Sharon Marley Prendergast, Cedella Marley, Ziggy Marley, Stephen Marley, Stephanie Marley, Rohan Marley, Robbie Marley, Karen Marley, Julian Marley, Ky-Mani Marley and Makeda Jahnesta.
5Son of Bob Marley and Cindy Breakspeare, Miss World in 1976.


Quotes

#Quote
1One of the first albums that I remember, rap albums I remember really listening to, was LL Cool J 'Mama Said Knock You Out.'
2Being Bob Marley's son has done many things for me, in terms of having a career in music. I'm very proud of my music, and I'm very proud of where I'm from. People hear that I'm Bob Marley's son, and they turn on my music to listen just out of curiosity.
3I used to buy records in high school. Mainly dancehall: Super Cat, Buju Banton.
4The U.K. crowds always have a lot of energy, and I've done some milestone shows there that I'm very proud of.
5Coming where I'm coming from, really, my family name isn't a pressure because, you know, music is not like sports, where you can go and do a hundred reps in a gym and come out and be all buffed up. Music is an expression of what's inside of you. And that's how I make music.
6You say 'African music' and you think 'tribal drumming.' But there's a lot of African music that's like James Brown, and a lot, too, that sounds very Hispanic.
7Jamaica full of ghetto, but boy, I tell you: me never see it like that.
8The U.K. is one of the places that has always been an advocate of my music and I spend a lot of time touring here. I've got family and friends over here, but more than that, there's a large Jamaican community and the Jamaican culture is very widespread in the U.K. which I love.
9By the time Africa is developed, it will be the wonderland of the world, 'cause it will be able to make use of all the mistakes of other nations. But it nah go just drop out of the sky. So we have to put in work.
10Technology has changed things, same as everywhere. But the economy has changed drastically. When Jamaica first won independence, our dollar was stronger than the U.S. dollar. Now ours is about 90 to one. That's had a big impact on crime and poverty.
11More people would recognise me in Kingston, but it's rare to go on the road and not get recognised by someone. The problem now is everyone has a camera in their pocket, on their cell phone - at the airport it's difficult to get from point A to point B without taking half an hour because there are so many people taking pictures.
12I'm a big fan of hip-hop, so it reflects in my approach.
13I'm about 5' 10", and my hair is the length of my whole body now. We grow our hair because of faith, but it's getting heavy. Most of the rastas I know with hair my length are elders, and they keep it tied up, but for a young person who's active and running around, the weight is a big thing. So to play sports, I put it in a backpack.
14Everything I've experienced, things that my friends have experienced and we talk about, things that are on the news - all aspects of life are in my message.
15The whole world is set up so that for places like Switzerland to exist, that are crime-free and with the best care for everybody, you have to have places like Sudan, or Jamaica. But really, there's enough to share, when you check it. It's not that complicated, really. It's probably less thinking and more feeling that's required.
16My father has been a voice of encouragement in times of desperation for so many people. But he died when I was so young that, for me, his music has been a way for me to get to know him better.
17Toasting is basically what you call rapping. It came off of playing the beats at the parties, however it be. You find a space in the beat, and you have somebody live just basically saying rhymes over the beat.
18I grew up in uptown Jamaica; I went to a rich school. I was raised by my mother and my stepfather; they made sure education came before anything. I had a good childhood, grew up spending time with my bigger brothers and sisters. My people are good people. I was exposed to a lot of different kinds of people and culture.
19I record all night and sleep all day. It started because you're excited about the music and you want to stay up longer, but over 15 years, it's become a habit. In my circle, I think a lot of musicians operate like this. When the place is quiet, you're more creative. I have plenty of people I can call at 4 A.M. and know they'll be up.
20I record all night and sleep all day.
21I would never say that being Bob Marley's son has been a pressure. It has been a door opener.
22I can remember the first time I ever recorded my vocals on to a beat. Cat Coore from Third World - a legendary Jamaican band - had a little demo set up at his house. I'm very good friends with his eldest son, Shiah, who plays with me now. So we were rhyming over a track by the dancehall artist Peter Metro. I've still got it somewhere.
23In Jamaica, them always have throwback riddims, recycled old beats, and the hardcore reggae scene is always present. You have faster stuff like the more commercialized stuff, but you always have that segment of music that is always from the core, from the original root of it.
24It's my luck to be at the frontier of what looks to be a resurrection of roots music on the international scene. That's really what reggae music is about: that voice against oppression and struggle.
25I think after a time there won't be anything left to be interesting for mankind. Computers are about to do everything for us. Cellphones are smarter than we are. We'll embrace spirituality because we'll be bored of everything else.
26Everyone is related to Africa; everyone comes from Africa. We are all distant relatives.
27We take for granted electricity, water, even concerts. Count your blessings.
28A revolution is to bring on change and we're spiritual people trying to bring on spiritual change. It might sound like I'm a dreamer, but economic models have reached their height of evolution. Technology has evolved. What hasn't evolved is mankind's spirituality; everything is from 3,000 years ago.
29I like singing all songs, really, but I find that writing social commentary comes naturally.
30It might sound like I'm a dreamer, but economic models have reached their height of evolution. Technology has evolved. What hasn't evolved is mankind's spirituality; everything is from 3,000 years ago. With spirituality comes morals, a better way of thinking.
31I've been preparing to go on tour with them so I'm trying to be more familiar with a lot of their music. What I do know about them is that they stand for something, defending humanitarian rights, people in general. That is something that I've admired about them for years. (On U2)


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Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012GrammyGrammy AwardsAlbum of the Year· Bruno Mars (Artist/Producer)
· B.o.B. (Featured Artist)
· CeeLo Green (Featured Artist)
· Needlz (Producer)
· Philip Lawrence (Producer)
· Ari Levine (Producer/Engineer/Mixer)
· Manny Marroquin (Engineer/Mixer)
· Stephen Marcussen (Mastering Engineer)


Filmography

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
I Am Bolt2016Documentary performer: "As We Enter" - as Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley / performer: "Everybody Wants To Be Somebody" / writer: "As We Enter"
The Perfect Guy2015/Iperformer: "WELCOME TO JAMROCK" / writer: "WELCOME TO JAMROCK"
Grand Theft Auto V2013Video Game performer: "Kingston Town Remix"
The 55th Annual Grammy Awards2013TV Special performer: "Could You Be Loved"
Far Cry 32012Video Game performer: "Make It Bun Dem" / writer: "Make It Bun Dem"
Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap2012Documentary writer: "Friends"
Jimmy Kimmel Live!TV Series writer - 2 episodes, 2010 performer - 1 episode, 2010
Entourage2010TV Series 1 episode
Late Show with David LettermanTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
The Late Late Show with Craig FergusonTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
The Tonight Show with Jay LenoTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
902102010TV Series 1 episode
How to Make It in America2010TV Series performer - 1 episode
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony2009Video Game performer: "Holiday" - as Damian "Jr Gong" Marley / writer: "Holiday"
Grand Theft Auto IV2008Video Game performer: "Stand Up Jamrock" / writer: "Stand Up Jamrock" - as D. Marley
Africa Unite: A Celebration of Bob Marley's 60th Birthday2008Documentary performer: "Love and Inity" - as Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley / writer: "Love and Inity"
Illegal Tender2007performer: "Welcome to Jamrock" / writer: "Welcome to Jamrock"
Knocked Up2007performer: "All Night" / writer: "All Night" - as Damian Robert Nesta Marley
Austin City Limits2007TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Honey2003performer: "Still Searchin'" - as Damien Marley / writer: "Still Searchin'" - as Damien Marley
Shottas2002performer: "Welcome To Jamrock", "Catch A Fire" / writer: "Welcome To Jamrock", "Catch A Fire"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nail Pon Cross2016Video short
Jo Mersa Marley: Comfortable2013Video short

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Superheavy2012Documentary superheavy album vocals, programming

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
DreadtownDocumentary post-productionHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2005-2016TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest / Himself
Hangout Music Fest2015TV Special
Journey to Jah2013DocumentaryHimself
Experience Montreux2013DocumentaryHimself
The 55th Annual Grammy Awards2013TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Reincarnated2012DocumentaryHimself
Superheavy2012DocumentaryHimself
Late Show with David Letterman2010TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2006-2010TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
The Mo'Nique Show2010TV SeriesHimself
Last Call with Carson Daly2005-2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Tavis Smiley2005-2010TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2005-2010TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Musical Guest
SOS Saving OurSelves: Help for Haiti2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Damian Marley: Beautiful2009Video shortHimself
The 16th Annual Caribbean Festival2009Himself
Jamaican Gold2008Video
Africa Unite: A Celebration of Bob Marley's 60th Birthday2008DocumentaryHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2007TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Austin City Limits2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Roots of Reggae: The Ernest Ranglin Story2006Video documentary shortHimself
T in the Park2006TV MovieHimself
Transmission with T-Mobile2006TV SeriesHimself
The Henry Rollins Show2006TV SeriesHimself
Musikprogrammet - programmet om musik2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition2006TV SeriesHimself
The 3rd Annual Vibe Awards2005TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Being Bobby Brown2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Unplugged2005TV Series documentaryHimself
The 44th Annual Grammy Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
One Love: The Bob Marley All-Star Tribute1999TV Movie documentaryHimself - Performer
Making the Video1999TV Series documentaryHimself
New York Undercover1997TV SeriesHimself

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