Chart-topping two-time Grammy©-nominated Skip Marley – whose live show dates take him to Austin City Limits tonight and next Friday – sets the scene for his next long-play project with the sizzling new track, “Vibe” featuring Jamaican reggae artist Popcaan. “Vibe,” produced by Rykeyz, who also produced “Slow Down,” is sure to activate every listener’s highest vibrations with its fun, feel-good dance riddim. The track is available today via Tuff Gong/Island Records. Skip is currently in the studio gearing up to release more music.
“Vibe” follows the release of the Higher Place anniversary vinyl, a special one-year anniversary expanded limited edition vinyl LP of his debut EP originally released August 28th, 2020. The limited-edition vinyl comes in a special beige tone with the song lyrics printed on the inner sleeve.
Skip’s current round of shows began with a headlining performance at the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival (at Prospect Park Bandshell) on August 13th, followed by the 10th annual all-star 24-hour Global Citizen Festival broadcast on September 25th where he performed in a lineup of talent paying homage to his legendary late Grandfather Bob Marley, and will wrap up back in Brooklyn on October 21st at the 2021 Lights On Fest (curated by H.E.R.) at Barclays Center.
In the spring of 2020, “Slow Down,” now RIAA certified gold, with over 70 million global streams, became the quickest and biggest-streaming song in Marley family history, and elevated Skip to over 200 million global artist streams. It was the first time a Jamaican-born artist reached the #1 spot on the Billboard Adult R&B chart. At the sametime, Skip became the first Jamaican-born solo artist inside the Top 15 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart in nearly a decade and a half (since Sean Paul and Keyshia Cole in 2006, “When You Gonna Give it Up to Me”).
Over the course of 2020, amazing chemistry radiated between Skip and two-time Grammy©-winner H.E.R. performing “Slow Down” live together. The song’s television debut on Fallon and show-stopping performance at the NAACP Image Awards (where he was nominated for “Outstanding New Artist”) both took place in February, followed in June by the ABC Good Morning America Summer Concert Series session.
At the same time, Skip won critical acclaim from Rolling Stone, Fader, Hypebeast, Vibe, Billboard, Complex, Essence, Teen Vogue, and others. During the lockdown, he performed for the launch of the Essence Music Monday series, Billboard Live, Global Citizen & World Health Organization, and Univision’s 17th Annual Premios Juventud Latin youth awards (sharing the stage for the opening performance with the Wailers, Cedella Marley, Pedró Capó, Rauw Alejandro, Camilo and Kany García). Earlier this year, he was nominated for two Soul Train Music Awards and Best New Artist at the iHeart Music Awards.
SKIP MARLEY SHOW DATES:
Date City Venue
Oct. 1 Austin, TX Zilker Park – Austin City Limits
Oct. 8 Austin, TX Zilker Park – Austin City Limits
Oct. 21 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center – 2021 Lights On Fest
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