Damian Marley, was born on July 21, 1978 in Kingston, Jamaica, and is the youngest male child of reggae legend Bob Marley, and the only child born to Marley and Cindy Breakspeare, the Miss World 1976. Damian's nickname is Junior Gong which is derived from his father's nickname of Tuff Gong.
A talented artist in his own right, Damian has been performing since the age of 13. He shares with his brothers and sisters a full-time career in the Marley family business, music. Unlike his brothers and sisters, however, his musical specialty is "deejaying", the Jamaican style of "rapping" which some consider a predecessor of modern hip-hop. He is very much at home in this element, as his stage presence attests, and he is also an adept song-writer. As of 2005 he has released three albums, his first, Mr. Marley in 1996, his second, Halfway Tree in 2001, and his third, Welcome To Jamrock in September 2005. Halfway Tree was the 2002 recipient of the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album."Welcome to Jamrock" won 2 grammy's in 2006. Damian frequently tours with his brothers Julian and Stephen, who are both members of the Ghetto Youths Crew, their own band.
In the summer of 2004 Damian participated in the 27-city Bob Marley Roots, Rock, Reggae Festival Tour with his four brothers, Ziggy, Julian, Stephen and Ky-Mani, each of whom have their own professional recording careers.
Damian has many records, including the highest placed reggae album in the USA billboard album charts with Welcome To Jamrock (the album), and the highest place reggae song in the UK Top 40 with Welcome To Jamrock (the single).
At the 2006 Grammy Awards he won Best Reggae Album for Welcome To Jamrock and Best Urban/Alternative Performance for the song "Welcome To Jamrock".
Like his father before him (before he converted to Christianity) and the rest of the Marley family, he is a Rastafarian and his music reflects both his beliefs and the Rastafarian guiding principles of one love, one planet and freedom for all. While he travels and tours the better part of the year, his home base is split between Kingston, Jamaica and Miami, Florida. He is single and has no children.
Damian participated in Season 3 of Extreme Makeover Home Edition by performing a special concert for the Rainford family, whose father Dunstin is a Jamaican native.