When most people hear the name Marley, they think of reggae and Rastafari. Though he bears that famous surname, Hymn Marley is determined to make music on his own terms.
In My Head, his first EP, was released October 9 by Tuff Gong International, his family’s company. It features five songs, two of which (Since You’ve Been Gone and You Don’t Even Love Me) were released this earlier year.
A mix of soulful ballads, reggae and reggaeton, the 26-year-old singer delivers the eclectic songs he long envisioned.
“I am very satisfied with the project. It’s a great start to who I am and where I am going,” he said. “There’s always things on final listen that I could’ve done differently, but what I kept, I am very happy with. No complaints here.”
Diverse music scene
Hymn is the son of multiple Grammy Award-winner Stephen Marley, and grandson of reggae legend Bob Marley. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, he was raised in South Florida, home to the diverse music scene that nurtured his appreciation for different sounds.
On In My Head, he worked with musicians from South Florida who share his fondness for not only Jamaican culture, but Latin and pop sounds.
Those influences can be heard on the soulful Since You’ve Been Gone, while You Don’t Even Love Me, which features his younger brother, Yohan, is a reggaeton number that hails the Cuban lineage of Rita Marley, their grandmother.
Hot Step, a dancehall track, is the latest release from In My Head.
Hymn Marley said that while he respects the patented message music his grandfather made famous, he has never felt pressured to follow in his, or his father’s footsteps.
His biggest assignment since launching his recording career two years ago is producing In My Head. Now for the hard work.
He is looking forward to “getting on stage and letting the world know Hymn is here! Pushing the songs and keep on keeping on.”