Sharon Marley

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Sharon Marley
Birth name Sharon Marley Prendergast
Born (1964-11-23) 23 November 1964 (age 53)
Kingston, Jamaica
Genres Reggae
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, dancer, curator
Instruments Percussion
Years active 1979–2008
Labels Tuff Gong, Ghetto Youths
Associated acts Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley, Cedella Marley, Stephen Marley

Sharon Marley Prendergast (born 23 November 1964) is a Jamaican singer, dancer, and curator. She is the biological daughter of Rita Marley and was adopted by Bob Marley when the two married. She was in the group Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers along with her young sister and brothers. With the group, she has won three Grammy awards.


1980–1999: Early life and The Melody Makers[edit]

Formed at the request of their father, Bob Marley, it was only after his death that the Melody Makers came into their own. Their vision, however, was similar to their father's desire to bring people together through music and the Melody Makers' pop-reggae sound has certainly done that. The band is comprised by four of Bob Marley's ten children, vocalist/guitarist Ziggy, vocalist/guitarist/drummer Stephen, vocalist Cedella, and vocalist Sharon. Her young brother Ziggy was the group's leader, with Stephen often sharing in the songwriting and lead vocals.

The group released over ten albums which includes their Grammy winning albums "Conscious Party", "One Bright Day", and "Fallen Is Babylon". They have scored a number one hit "Tumblin' Down" along with other successful singles "Tomorrow People", "Everyone Wants to Be", "Look Who's Dancin'", and "Power to Move Ya".

In 1989, she made an appearance in the movie "The Mighty Quinn" as "Jody". Her song "I'm Hurting Inside", which features Sheryl Lee Ralph and Cedella Marley, appears on the soundtrack.

2002–present: Disbandment of the Melody Makers and recent work[edit]

In 2002, the group disbanded after their worldwide tour. Sharon now balances her prowess on stage with the Caribbean business of Ghetto Youth United, the Melody Makers support group, and as the curator of the Bob Marley Museum. She is managing director of Total Care Learning Centre (TCLC) on Lady Musgrave Road in Kingston, Jamaica.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Sharon has four children named Donisha, Ingermar, Matthew, and Peter-Shane. She practices yoga and meditates for 15 minutes a day.[1]


  1. ^ a b Sharon Marley on motherhood, polygamy and Bob's remains. Jamaica Observer. Retrieved on 14 April 2012

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