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Blue Mountain Music signs Skip Marley

Published:Thursday | July 23, 2015 | 12:00 AMShereita Grizzle
Skip Marley

Blue Mountain Music has inked a publishing deal with Skip Marley, the grandson of Bob Marley.

In a press release sent to The Gleaner, Tuff Gong International stated that the worldwide publishing agreement will cover all works from Skip's upcoming release for Tuff Gong International, including the debut single, Cry To Me. Chris Blackwell, who signed Skip's grandfather, the legendary Bob Marley, to Island Records back in the 1970s, expressed his excitement at the opportunity to work with the young Marley.

"I am really excited to be working with Bob's grandson, Skip," he said. "He has so much to offer." The 19-year-old singer expressed that he doesn't think too much about carrying the weight of his grandfather's legacy, but is focused instead on using music to spread the message of positivity. "I want to spread positivity through music," he said. "It's (carrying on the legacy) not something you think about too much: we're just family and the understandings are passed on."

Although he says reggae was always present in the household where he grew up, his personal tastes are much wider. He listens to a lot of hip hop and EDM. "I like world music," he said. "I really like some Chinese instruments and African music. I also love Jimi Hendrix for his style, John Mayer because he is an excellent guitar player, and Ed Sheeran for his performance style. He can captivate a stadium when it's just him and his guitar." From the end of August 2015, when he will release his second single, Skip will be joining his uncles, Stephen and Damian Marley, playing across the United States on the monthlong Catch a Fire tour.

"I'll do four of my own numbers and maybe one of my grandfather's," he hinted. "I'll keep that positive message flowing." Skip's single, Cry To Me, is available digitally on the Tuff Gong Label and he is currently working on his EP.