The next generation of Marley’s are putting out music! Son of Stephen Marley and Grandson of Bob Marley, young artist, Jo Mersa is gearing up to release his Debut EP Comfortable on June 10th via the family’s imprint Ghetto Youths International (GYI)
For those not familiar with Jo Mersa, his music spans pop, hip-hop, EDM & dancehall influences and is displayed in his new Comfortable EP. Jo is a young capable & clever songwriter, flourishing in production skills. Each of the EP’s riddims, except for “Bogus” which was produced by his uncle Damian Marley, were created by Jo, working alongside his father’s keyboard player, Llamar “Riff Raff” Brown, with Stephen Marley handling the final productions.
Joseph “Jo Mersa” Marley grew up surrounded by music. By the time he was four years old, Jo was appearing onstage alongside his father, his uncle Ziggy and aunts Cedella and Sharon (a.k.a. Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers) and their children as part of the group’s rousing concert finales with Jo often taking the mic and chanting the lyrics to the Melody Makers’ biggest songs. Born in Kingston, Jamaica on March 12, 1991, Jo moved to Miami at age 11 where he keenly observed his father and his uncle Damian as they created music in Stephen’s Lion’s Den studio. Back then school was the priority for Jo; traveling with Ziggy and the Melody Makers was reserved for school breaks and summer vacations, yet those experiences provided first hand opportunities for Jo to expand his musical aspirations beyond the performance stage. He started making beats when he was about 11 and then began focusing on his songwriting and vocal delivery.
As Jo career progresses, he looks forward to making his mark as an individual artist while continuing the Marley musical legacy. “My father calls my grandfather a magician because he was the only man who could bring peace to his country (during Jamaica’s deadly political skirmishes of the 1970s) and that’s a lot of power, influence, it’s magic, but I don’t let it get to my head,” Jo declares. “He made a big step for Jamaican music and it is time for me to add my works to it, to build on it. I am just getting started; I am just getting Comfortable.”
Jor Mersa – Comfortable EP Track Listing:
1.) Rock and Swing
3.) Perfect 10 ft. Jemere Morgan
4.) All To Me
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Article By: Mike Patti
Watch: Jo Mersa – “Comfortable”
Watch: Jo Mersa – “Bad So”