Stephen to tour the US


stephen_smileJA_edit.jpgStephen Marley, Multiple-Grammy winning artist/producer (he holds the Reggae record with six Grammy wins), fresh off his latest Grammy win for Best Reggae Album for his 2007 masterpiece Mind Control, has begun a much anticipated spring U.S. Tour.

The tour will take him to 29 cities, and includes a handful of celebrated Festivals including his spring '08 finale performance on June 13, at the much heralded Bonnaroo Festival, the 4 day multi-stage music and cultural extravaganza held on a 700 acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee.

Marley, who became the third consecutive son from the great Marley musical dynasty to win the Best Reggae Album Grammy, will headline the non-festival shows, tapping Kingston Reggae sensation, Gully Bank Sound to open on the tour. The trek kicked off on May 4, in West Palm Beach at the Sun Fest and includes shows in North Myrtle Beach on May 8, Las Vegas' Hard Rock & Casino on May 23, and Boulder, CO on June 7, at the prestigious Fox Theatre (see entire list of dates below).

Considered one of the most versatile studio and live Reggae performers, Stephen's debut solo release, Mind Control (Tuff Gong/ Ghetto Youths/Universal-Republic), landed at #1 of the coveted Billboard Reggae Chart, and in the upper tier of the Billboard Top 40 Album Chart, as well. Critics raved about the groundbreaking album, with People Magazine calling it a "masterful fusion of reggae and hip hop,'" Entertainment Weekly seconded that notion, calling Mind Control the best Marley album in a generation.

In 2006, Stephen snagged his 5th Grammy award for his triumphant co-production work on brother Damian "Jr.Gong" Marley's acclaimed RIAA certified Gold disc Welcome To Jamrock, making him the most honored Grammy winner of the Marley family, as well as netting him the most Grammy wins of any other Reggae artist in history.