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Skip Marley Releases New Single “Calm Down” on Island Records

Island Records artist Skip Marley, whose debut single “Lions” hit #1 on Spotify’s Global and U.S. Viral charts upon its release, has released his new single “Calm Down” ! Listen HERE!

                Skip made music history earlier this year as the first member of the Marley family to reach the Billboard Hot 100 Top 5, as featured guest on Katy Perry’s #4 smash “Chained to the Rhythm,” which he co-wrote with her (and producers Max Martin and Ali Payami).  Perry and Marley performed the song together live at the globally broadcast 59th annual Grammy Awards, the 37th annual BRIT Awards and then the 4th annual iHeartRadio Music Awards.

                Skip Marley, a prodigy for a new generation, touched audiences worldwide with his message in “Lions”: “We are the lions, we are the chosen/ We gonna shine out the dark/ We are the movement, this generation/ You better know who we are, who we are…”  As he explained, the song is an intense call to action that “shows people when we are strong and unified no evil can get us.”

                Although reggae is at the root of his music, “I’m coming from a new generation,” Skip says, “blending influences and letting it come out organically in the music.”  Referencing the Rolling Stones, soca, hip-hop, and EDM artists in one breath, Skip doesn’t like to limit himself, instead he “just let ideas drop down on me and go with the flow.”

                Deeply connected to his craft and refreshingly self-assured, Skip is authentic in a way most artists these days could never claim to be.  His songs follow suit, confidently mixing genres, influences, and instruments while maintaining their important messaging.  Those messages aren’t wedded to a particular moment in history, however.  They’re universal and important, bringing the love his grandfather Bob Marley preached to a new generation.

                “I want to spread my music to the people and help them unify,” he says.  “I want people to take away a message of love, of looking at the way you are living and thinking where we can work to be or better and feel better.  Whatever they’re feeling, I want them to be able to turn up my music and think, relax, and get good vibes.”






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