The Young Lion, widely known as Skip Marley, releases his seven-track Higher Place debut EP to acclaim across various media. The collection of songs showcase lofty productions that depict Marley’s exposition of topics ranging from introspective social commentary to the more intimate romantic realm.
The extended play, which merges lover’s rock, traditional reggae, afrobeats and R&B, was so name “to inspire people to ascend to a higher place of love and level of consciousness” according to the third-generation Marley clan musician.
The Tuff Gong International-Island Records project is formidably lead by Marley’s Billboard Adult R&B #1 hit single Slow Down, which features Grammy award-winner H.E.R. The unprecedented success of the track etches the young Marley’s name into the history books as the first Jamaica to achieve such a charting feat.
After slowing down and playing it cool, the singer-songwriter becomes more embolden to pursue ‘affairs of the heart’ on My World, Marley confidently croons “it’s nice to meet yah, I was checking you from across the room… nice to greet yah, I would like to spend some time with you.”
“It is a joy and a blessing for me to share this music with the world. When we say ‘Higher Place,’ we mean good vibrations. Positivity. Conscious influence of the heart and the mind and the soul. Music with a message is the music we love,” Marley describes the overall project.
The 24 year old effortlessly conveys the “good vibrations” singing “sometime life can kick you when you down, but we got that Faith” on the track bearing the same name. The song harmoniously incorporates a stirring afrobeats rhythm with intentionally motivational lyrics such as “we got that star gaze in our eyes…we got that willingness to try.”
The Young Lion also elicits strong familial support from uncle Damian Marley on That’s Not True and, also, his grandfather’s revered musical outfit Bob Marley & The Wailers for the title track. Additionally, rapper Rick Ross and R&B singer Ari Lennox team to give the singer an assist on Make Me Feel.
The son of former Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers member Cedella Marley was largely under the mentorship of late R&B songstress Betty Wright, who provided guidance for No Love that borrows from hip-hop legends Wu-Tang Clan‘s Tearz.