“An artist is really who I am.”
Sharon Marley is a dynamic, multi-faceted Artist, Educator and Advocate. Her timeline of experiences include recording music with Rita Marley, Lauryn Hill and Wyclef Jean, performing and touring with Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers for over 20 years. She then became Principal of her own early childhood education centre, and entered the role of Curator and Director of the Bob Marley Museum 1986-1996, as well as A&R for then newly formed Ghetto Youth United record label.
In 1994, through her school Total Care Learning Centre, Sharon advocated for The Rights of the child to be recognized in Jamaica. She adopted The Montessori Method and trained hundreds of children and caregivers. Her curriculum was used to rewrite early childhood policies and procedures in basic schools across the island. She continues to do Montessori lectures and create environments in inner cities across the globe.
Throughout the years, Sharon continued to tour the world, served as United Nations Youth Ambassadors for Peace, received an NAACP Award, recorded 9 albums to date, 3 of which won Grammy Awards, while raising 4 beautiful children. Her group Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers most recently received the 2023 Reggae Icon Award from the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association JaRIA.
Sharon cites that motivating and inspiring people is her natural calling. “An artist is really who I am” Sharon states. Music, art, yoga, philosophy, spiritual midwifery, photography and creative writing are her tools to take introspective down time. She has recently stepped back into the studio, releasing her two latest singles “Just One More Morning”, a tribute to her mother Rita Marley, and “Butterflies in the sky” written by her son Ingemar.
Her first full length album is slated for release in 2024. The mixture of soul, jazz and reggae will create a smooth listening experience anywhere you are in the world. The butterfly has spread her wings and taken flight.
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