When Sharon Marley dated Just one more morning, it was the first time that fans saw her in real vocal mode since the days of Melody Makers. Obviously, it had to be something very important for her to take the time to make her debut as a solo artist and walk the nine meters, with an accompanying music video.
The synopsis on YouTube reads: “The official music video for Just one more morning performed by Sharon Marley in honor of Rita Marley’s 75th Earthstrong this year.
That pretty much sums it up. But there are so many layers in this love song that was written by Ricky Walters and is on his mom’s classic album, We must continue. The video tribute opens with a fabulous Rita Marley gently placing the needle on a vinyl record to get the music playing. Sharon is the singer, but it’s Rita who permeates the video, which is performed by her granddaughter, Donisha, Sharon’s firstborn. This is actually Rita Marley’s first music video in 20 years. Visually and artistically, it hits the mark.
Sharon Marley is proud that âfour generations of Marleysâ were involved in the project and noted that many pieces came from her mother’s wardrobe. âMum gets involved in a lot of things. She loves her garden, she loves to travel and she was in the studio when I was performing the song. Mom was showing me the movements when I was doing the video, âshe said lovingly.
Sharon is the ultimate mom’s daughter, no apologies. During his conversation with The gleaner, his love for Rita Marley was that intangible presence that floated everywhere. she describes Just one more morning like “a deep and personal song” and that she was determined to make, even if the idea of ââtrying to reproduce Rita’s magnificent falsetto style “was frightening”.
âThis song is made in mom’s falsetto and I have a low scale. I spoke to Grub [Cooper] and told him I was concerned about the key, and he sent it back to my key and Soul (his nephew) remixed it. It’s a tribute to mom and I did it the best I could, âSharon said simply.
OPEN TO EXPLORATION
It wasn’t difficult for Sharon to use her voice in tribute as she didn’t let it go to dust.
âI sing in the shower all the time. Singing comes naturally to me. All of us who are part of this project, music is our life. It brought back my love for music, and the producers now send me songs, âshe said with a laugh, admitting that although she is atâ a different stage than [her] life “, she is” open “to exploring her options musically.
His musical journey on stage was cemented with Grammy-winning sibling group Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. âBeing on the road with my brothers and my sisterâ¦ I couldn’t have asked for better. The first time I went on stage, I cried. I was 15 and the little ones were all looking at me like, “Why is she crying?” I was in Canada when the Melody Makers started and came home after Bob passed away, âshe explained.
Once she became a Melody Maker, they went back to the studio and added her vocals to the song. Children playing in the street. and Sharon recalled with a laugh that during the tour, with Rita as “mom”, “No one could touch Rita’s children”. And, like Rita, Sharon Marley is now just as fiercely protective of her mother. Rita is her hero, and she thinks her mother deserves national hero status just as much as âBrother Bob,â as her daughter Donisha pointed out, is how Rita refers to him.
âI’m not trying to create a dilemma as to who is a national hero. The question was asked [in an interview] and I answered. No disrespect to any order. Mom’s contribution isn’t just in Jamaica, it’s around the world. She is queen mother of an African village; she created a home for the aged in St Mary’s, she created the Rita Marley Foundation and much more. She does everything with the heart. She could have quit and gone into hiding when Bob died, but she kept going and kept up with the pace that Bob had started. She didn’t stop. Just looking at her tells you you have to keep going, âsaid Sharon Marley, now a grandmother of four.
She spoke passionately about Trench Town, where her parents lived when she, Ziggy and Cedella were born.
âWe want to open a Rita Marley Girls Center in Trench Town because that’s where we’re from. This little girl from Trench Town, who they called ‘Blackie Tutus’ and said nothing good would come from, inspired so many people. They want to dress like Rita, sing like her, be like Rita. She and Brother Bob went there to conquer Babylon and expand the Rastafarian mission, and she still does. When my parents were shot, a police car came to our house and we were rushed in the back of the car to Strawberry Hill. They were hiding us. And two days later my mother played [at the Smile Jamaica Concert] with a bullet in the head. It’s the kind of commitment that comes once in a lifetime, âconcluded a satisfied Sharon Marley.