Cedella Marley (born on 23 August 1967) is a Jamaican singer, dancer, fashion designer, actress, and entrepreneur. She is the first-born daughter of reggae singers Bob Marley and Rita Marley.
1980-1999: Early life and The Melody Makers:
Formed at the request of their father, Bob Marley, it was only after his death that the Melody Makers came into their own. Their vision, however, was similar to their father's desire to bring people together through music and the Melody Makers' pop-reggae sound has certainly done that. The band comprises four of Bob Marley's ten children, vocalist/guitarist Ziggy, vocalist/guitarist/drummer Stephen, vocalist Cedella, and vocalist Sharon. Her young brother Ziggy was the group's leader, with Stephen often sharing in the songwriting and lead vocals.
The group released over ten albums which includes their Grammy winning albums "Conscious Party", "One Bright Day", and "Fallen Is Babylon". They have scored a number one hit "Tumblin' Down" along with other successful singles "Tomorrow People", "Everyone Wants to Be", "Look Who's Dancin'", and "Power to Move Ya".
In the late 80s and early 90s, Cedella Marley appeared in a few movies, including The Mighty Quinn (1989) starring Denzel Washington, and was the female lead in Joey Breaker (1993) opposite Richard Edson.
2002-present: Disbandment of the Melody Makers and recent work:
In 2002, the group officially disbanded. Cedella is now the CEO of her father's recording label, Tuff Gong International. She also helps run her family's charitable organization, 1Love. In June 2010, Cedella released a song called, "Can You Feel The Love Tonight", which was featured on the compilation album, "The Disney Reggae Club".
Cedella has begun several clothing lines which are, "Catch a Fire", "High Tide", "Nice Time Deconstructed", and "Nice Time Kids". In February 2011, it was announced that she would design the uniform for the Jamaican track and field team at the 2012 Olympics, including world champion Usain Bolt, under an arrangement with Puma. She described her vision for the outfits as "Grace Jones meets my Dad - very music-inspired and a bit retro."
In September 2011, she released her book "One Love". Cedella is also featured in the documentary movie, "Marley", which was released in April 2012. Cedella Marley is also currently recording an album to be released in 2012 or 2013.
Her musical Bob Marley's Three Little Birds, which includes several of her father's songs, opens at the New Victory Theater in New York City in February 2014.
In June 2014, Marley presented a line of menswear she designed inspired both by clothes her father wore on the soccer field as well as the 2014 World Cup team designs. It consisted mainly of sportswear items such as t-shirts, hoodies, and tracksuit jackets. The line was named, simply, Marley. The proceeds from the line will go toward funding Jamaica's national women's soccer team, the Reggae Girlz, of which Marley is currently a sponsor and official ambassador.
In November 2014, Cedella launched the cannabis brand Marley Natural and developed by the Marley family in conjunction with Privateer Holdings of Washington state, US.
Marley is married to David Minto and has three children. They currently live in Miami, Florida.
2002: 56 Thoughts from 56 Hope Road: The Sayings & Psalms of Bob Marley,
2006: Three Little Birds,
2008: The Boy from Nine Miles: The Early Life of Bob Marley (Young Spirit Books),
2011: One Love,
2012: Every Little Thing: Based on the song 'Three Little Birds' by Bob Marley
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