5 Questions is a series by Steve Duffy –
The sound of summer is coming to the Paradise Rock Club when eight-time Grammy winning Reggae producer, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Stephen Marley arrives in Boston on June 30th! Marley is currently on the road for his 30-city tour in support of his fourth studio album, Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life, available July 22nd.
SD: What was the inspiration behind your new album “Revelation Pt. 2: The Fruit of Life?”
SM: This album was all about going back to my roots and expressing the impact that Jamaican music has had on me. The Fruit of Life has a sweeter offering and a more diverse sound of music. I think that everyone will like this album.
SD: How does this album set itself apart from Revelation Pt. 1?
SM: Part 1 was a little more militant. ‘The Fruit’ has a little different focus. Our integrity and morality is always in our music, so you will get conscious lyrics and topics that uplift one as a person. But we don’t get that too much with ‘The Fruit.’”
SD: What is the message you are hoping, the listeners take away from your music?
SM: Love, Unity, and Peace! If everyone could just learn to get along this world would be a more beautiful place to live.
SD: When you have one of the most famous musicians in the world as a father, who else do you look to for musical inspiration?
SM: I look to the universe. I look everywhere. I am inspired by the world around me. Music is my energy. I have been inspired by so many great musicians from my father’s generation. Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder are the first ones to come to my mind. As musicians and performers, they really knew how to keep the integrity of the music.
SD: Tell us about the Ghetto Youths Foundation that you work with?
SM: It is such a great charity organization that helps underprivileged kids reach their full potential. Humanitarian work should be a part of our everyday focus. We should always be looking for ways to help others no matter who we are or where we come from.