Last Friday, Skip Marley shared his newest single “Change,” a reggae suffused track with all the potentialities of a pop Top 40 vibe-setter. “Change” precedes the second leg of Skip’s Change Tour, kicking off at the Bottlerock Festival in Napa, California on May 27th. “Change” follows Skip’s latest release “Vibe,” and  was produced and co-written by Oscar Holter (The Weeknd, Coldplay, Katy Perry, P!nk) and released under Island Records, a label with whom he’s worked since the 2017 release of his single “Lion,” used in the infamous Pepsi short film commercial “Live for Now”).

“Change” lyric video

The last decade has brought some impressive commercial success for the Kingston-born artist. The chart-topping, two-time Grammy-nominated Skip Marley has amassed over 440 million global artist streams and received glowing acclaim from Rolling Stone, Fader, Billboard, Complex, Essence, Teen Vogue, Vibe, Hypebeast, and more. Oh yeah, and he’s Bob Marley’s grandson, in case you were wondering. 

But despite his namesake, Skip isn’t just trouncing around in his grandfather’s shoes. He’s made a serious name for himself in both reggae and pop music circles, bringing a refreshingly new crossover sound to often- selfsame pop radio stations. But music is undoubtedly in the rising star’s DNA, an itch he started to scratch while growing up under the sweltering sun of Miami Florida, teaching himself to play the piano, drums, guitar, and bass. 

Skip Marley performs on stage with H.E.R., courtesy of Billboard

Skip Marley first came onto the scene with 2015 single “Cry to Me” and a second “Life” under Tuff Gong Records. Shortly after, he signed with Blue Mountain Music and joined his uncles, Damien and Stephen, for a brief stint on their Catch a Fire Tour. Skip’s output to date hasn’t been huge––with a few singles here and there over the years, a 2020 EP Higher Place, and some (albeit quite high-profile) collaborations with Katy Perry, Ari Lennox, and H.E.R.––perhaps a sign of a young, unique artist still finding his footing. 

Listen to Higher Place (2020) on Spotify

So maybe “Change” will mean just that for Skip. Of course, he wishes the same for the world, which has seen and felt so much turmoil over the past couple of years. But the single’s feel-good vibes offer wanting listeners some hope that tomorrow might be a little brighter. Echoing his grandfather, Skip said upon the release of his new song that, “We are the change. The sooner that people realize that one man can make a difference, one woman can make a difference. Why not make a change together?” Good question Skip. 

Listen to “Change” and more from Skip Marley on Spotify and connect with him on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube, or visit his website.


May 27           Napa, CA –  Bottlerock Festival 

May 29           Morrison, CO – Red Rocks                 

June 2             Redway, CA – Mateel Center

June 3             Paso Robles, CA – Robles Amphitheatre 

June 4             Rohnert Park, CA – Somo             

June 7             Tahoe, CA  – Hawkins Amphitheatre 

June 9             Saratoga, CA – Mountain Winery 

June 10           Garden Grove, CA -Garden Grove Amphitheater 

June 11           San Diego – Humphreys    

Sept 17           Asbury Park, NJ – TBD 

Sept 21           Toronto, Canada – Toybox 

Sept 23           Burlington, VT – Higher Ground           

Sept 27           Washington DC – Union Stage   

Sept 28           Virginia Beach, VA –  Elevation 27   

Oct 2              Sacramento, CA  – Harlows Night Club    

Oct 4              Santa Barbara, CA  – SOhO Restaurant & Music Club

Oct 5              Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy        

Oct 6              Tempe, AZ – Aura   

Oct 8              Las Vegas, NV – Downtown Events Center

Oct 9              Salt Lake, UT – Hangar House

Oct 10            Denver, CO – Cervantes’ Other Side

Oct 12            Austin, TX – 3Ten   

Oct 15            Houston, TX – Bronze Peacock at House of Blues Houston 

Oct 16            New Orleans, LA – The Parish at House of Blues New Orleans 

Oct 18            Jacksonville, FL –  Underbelly 

Oct 19            Tampa, FL – Crowbar 

Nov 20            San Diego, CA –  New Waterfront Park Embarcadero

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