ST. PETERSBURG — Stephen Marley will perform Sunday, July 7, 6 p.m., at Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg.
Tickets are $30.50 in advance and $35 at the door. For information or to purchase tickets, call 727-565-0550 or visit jannuslive.com.
Few people were surprised when Stephen Marley’s long-awaited debut solo album “Mind Control” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Reggae Album chart in March 2007. After all, the singing, songwriting and production excellence Stephen had brought to other Marley family projects over the years, including younger brother Damian’s two Grammy Award winning albums, practically guaranteed “Mind Control” would be a remarkable effort.
“Mind Control” is that rare self-produced set featuring a cohesive range of diversified styles, each delivered with equal proficiency. Whether Stephen is the revolutionary roots rocker decrying mental slavery on the album’s title cut, an outraged prisoner protesting his jail term for marijuana possession on the bluesy “Iron Bars,” a forlorn romantic mourning a break-up on “You’re Gonna Leave” or an irresistible retro-dancehall toaster flaunting his mic skills on “The Traffic Jam,” each track on “Mind Control” reconfirms Stephen’s expansive capabilities as an affecting vocalist, a versatile lyricist and an accomplished instrumentalist while furthering his renown as an ingenious producer.
The album won a Grammy in 2008 for Best Reggae Album. An acoustic version of the album was released in December 2008.
In 2011, Stephen followed up his debut with “Revelation Pt. 1 — The Root of Life.” The album won a Grammy Award in 2012 for Best Reggae Album. “Revelation Pt. 2 — The Fruit of Life” followed in 2016.