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The Wailers Band

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The Wailers Band
OriginKingston, Jamaica
Years active1981–present
LabelsSony Latin, Island Records, Atlantic Records, Tabu Records, RAS Records
Spinoff ofBob Marley & the Wailers
The Original Wailers
MembersAston Barrett Jr.
Owen "Dreadie" Reid
Josh David Barrett
Glen DaCosta
Andres Lopez
Junior Jazz
Past membersAston "Familyman" Barrett
Donald Kinsey
Junior Marvin
Carlton Barrett
Alvin "Seeco" Patterson
Tyrone Downie
Earl "Wire" Lindo
Al Anderson
Gary "Nesta" Pine
Joe Yamanaka
Elan Atias
Anthony Watson
Chico Chin
Everald Gayle
Irvin "Carrot" Jarrett
Brady Walters
Basil Creary
Keith Sterling
Kevin "Yvad" Davy
Ras Mel Glover
"Drummie Zeb" Williams
Audley Chisholm
Koolant Brown
Dwayne Anglin
Ceegee Victory
Javaughn Bond
Shema McGregor

The Wailers Band is a reggae band formed by former members of Bob Marley and the Wailers after his death in 1981, one of several spinoffs from Marley's original group.


After Marley, death of Carly Barrett, and Marvin's departure (1981-1997)[edit]

After the death of Bob Marley in 1981, the Wailers continued, led by Aston "Familyman" Barrett and Junior Marvin. The band played a heavy worldwide touring schedule and recorded as backing band with several singers. Carlton "Carly" Barrett, 36, was murdered at his Jamaica home in 1987; despite this, and with a majority of the original musician lineup, they released their first album after Marley's death, I.D., in 1989. They followed up with an additional two studio albums, Majestic Warriors in 1991 and JAH Message in 1994. In addition to these three studio albums, a live album consisting of live performances of the band between the years of 1995 and 1997 was released as My Friends in 1997. Junior Marvin departed the band to pursue solo work after this album and what was described as a disappointing 1997 tour.[1]

Lineup changes, newfound competition, and success (1998-2008)[edit]

In 1998, Gary Pine joined the band's lineup as lead singer after Junior Marvin's departure. In 2003 the band released a live DVD titled The Wailers - Live and followed it up in 2006 with the live album Legend - Live.

In 2008, Junior Marvin joined another former Wailer, Al Anderson, in another Marley spinoff known as The Original Wailers, but left in 2011 to form The Legendary Wailers. That same year the Wailers Band were guests on the Kenny Chesney single "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven"; the single proved successful, topping the US Country charts and peaking at #41 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Legend Tour and Wailers Reunited (2014-2016)[edit]

In 2014, The Wailers Band embarked on a worldwide tour marking the 30th anniversary of the release of the Legend compilation.

In 2015, Aston "Familyman" Barrett began the process of reuniting past members of the Wailers, using the name the Wailers Reunited. Shows occurred in South America which included past members such as Aston "Familyman" Barrett, Junior Marvin, Al Anderson, and Tyrone Downie. In 2015 the Wailers Band performed in India for the first time.[2] A US and UK tour took place in 2016, after which "Familyman" Barrett retired from the group; despite this, he would be included as an official member well into 2020. His son and Wailers drummer, Aston Barrett Jr took over as leader of the band.

One World and death of Familyman (2020 to present)[edit]

On August 21, 2020, the group released the album One World, their first studio album in twenty-six years.[3] This was the first studio album released that contained a lineup without any of the original musicians in the band's lineup; the album, however, did receive contributions from the trio the I Threes, Marley's backing vocalists.

Aston "Family Man" Barrett died on 3 February, 2024.[4]


Current members[edit]

  • Aston Barrett Jr. - drums, vocals
  • Mitchell Brunnings - lead vocals
  • Wendell "Junior Jazz" Ferraro - guitar, vocals
  • Owen "Dreadie" Reid - bass
  • Andres "Ipez" Lopez - keys
  • Teena "Tamara" Barnes - vocals
  • Leonard "Lennie" Chen - "vibes man"

Former members[edit]


Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

  • My Friends (Live '95-'97) (1997)
  • Live at Maritime Hall (1999)
  • Live In Jamaica (2001)
  • The Wailers Live (2003) (DVD)
  • Legend Live (2006)

With other artists[edit]

  • Reggae Vibration with Joe Yamanaka (1982)
  • Reggae Vibration 2 with Joe Yamanaka (1983)
  • It's About Time, with John Denver (1983)
  • Reggae Vibration 3 with Joe Yamanaka (1984)
  • Watchful Eyes Acclaimed LP for Jah Mel (1983)
  • International Farmer, Peter Broggs feat. the Wailers (1985)
  • "Makisupa Policeman" for Sharin' in the Groove (2001)
  • My Beautiful Garden, Donald & Lulu with The Wailers (1982)
  • Jerusalem (Alpha Blondy album) (1986)
  • Inkarnation, Iya Karna album with the Wailers (1986)
  • Real Joy, Ludovic DeBarboza And The Wailers (1987)
  • "A Step for Mankind" with Duane Stephenson & Bishop Lamont, Solutions for Dreamers: Season 3 (2010)[5]
  • HiFi Calypso, with Karl Zéro (2004)

Guest singles[edit]

Year Single Artist Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Country US CAN
2008 "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven" Kenny Chesney 1 41 49 Lucky Old Sun
2012 "Al Leila Ya Samra" Mohamed Mounir Arabiac Studio
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2008 "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven" (with Kenny Chesney) Shaun Silva
2010 "A Step for Mankind" (feat. Duane Stephenson & Bishop Lamont) Luke Archer[5]
2013 "Spread The Love" (with Kenny Chesney) Shaun Silva


  1. ^ Miller, Mark. "Junior Marvin, Out of the Shadow & Into the Light".
  2. ^ "Wailers break ground in India", Jamaica Observer, 28 October 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2015
  3. ^ "THE WAILERS RELEASE NEW ALBUM, ONE WORLD, TODAY!". The Wailers. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  4. ^ Kreps, Daniel (3 February 2024). "Aston 'Family Man' Barrett, Bassist and Rhythmic Backbone of Bob Marley & The Wailers, Dead at 77". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 21 February 2024.
  5. ^ a b ""A Step for Mankind" by the Wailers (Music Video)". YouTube.com. Oniric Records. 16 September 2010. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 5 April 2015. The single is "A Step for Mankind" by the Wailers featuring Duane Stephenson and Bishop Lamont. It is featured on Oniric Records' "Solutions for Dreamers : Season 3" benefit compilation album for the United Nations World Food Programme. Enjoy this beautiful Music Video put together by director Luke Archer.
  6. ^ "American single certifications – Kenny Chesney – Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven". Recording Industry Association of America.

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