One World, the album that marks the Wailers’ return to the recording studios, has just been nominated for a Grammy® Award in the Best Reggae Album category.
This is the band’s first album in more than 25 years, which was produced by 19 Grammy® Award winner Emilio Estefan and co-written by Emilio Estefan with Aston Barrett Jr. and The Wailers
It is made up of 14 songs that combine the generational legacy of reggae music with a current and modern sound, which is irresistible for fans of the genre.
The album is packed with guests including latin urban star Farruko, Shaggy, Cedella Marley, Julian Marley, fellow nominee Skip Marley, Latin Grammy® nominees Natiruts, rising star Emily Estefan, Kush Gad, the urban jazz harmonica player Frederic Yonnet, Jesse Royal, Paul Anthony and from Brazil, the legendary Carlinhos Brown.
The 63rd Annual GRAMMY® Awards will air at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, Sunday, January 31st, live on CBS.
About The Wailers
Bob Marley and the Wailers recorded, toured and made history together between 1972 and 1981. It was Bob Marley himself that requested the Wailers stayed together. Today, carrying on the mission are legitimate members, children-of-legends and a host of immensely talented musicians. The afore mentioned Aston Barrett Jr delivers startling echoes of his uncle’s (Carlton ‘Carly’ Barrett) one drop drumming sound and his father’s (Aston Familyman Barrett) bass. Guitarist Donald Kinsey is joined by Wendel ‘Junior Jazz’ Ferraro, shaping that classic sonic identity. Josh David Barrett achieves the seemingly impossible by confidently stepping into Bob Marley’s shoes to provide truly excellent lead vocals. Owen ‘Dreadie’ Reid (Julian Marley’s Uprising Band and a former student of ‘Familyman’) and Andres Lopez (Albrosie, Lutan Fyah) add yet more quality to an incredible line up that also includes the youngest of the earliest formation of the Wailers, Tyrone Downie, saxophone player Glen Dacosta and Dennis Thompson, the engineer who was there from the very beginnings of the band. Shema McGregor, daughter of I Three singer Judy Mowatt and Reggae pioneer Freddie McGregor, are joined by Anne-Marie Thompson (a gospel singer of stunning ability) and Tamara Barnes who has been in the music industry for over 20 years, providing backing vocals in studio and on stage for I-Threes, Jimmy Cliff, Ky-Mani Marley, Beres Hammond and Freddie McGregor among many others. Together they bring the smoothest backing vocals, contributing to this unique melting pot, both classic and excitingly fresh at the same time
About Aston Barrett Jr.
In 2017, Aston Barrett Jr. received a Grammy certificate as co-producer with Damian Marley for the track The Struggle Discontinues, featured in the Album “Stony Hill” which won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.
Aston Barrett Jr. is a co-owner of BAD Lions Productions, LLC. who operates a studio in Pompano Beach, Florida. He can be heard playing guitar, drums, bass, and organ for Stephen Marley, Junior Reed, Julian Marley, Kwame Bediaco, Aka Beka, Jessee Royale, Reggae Force, and many more. His sponsors include Rupert Neve (whose pro audio gear is heard on every album he has played on and every live Wailers show), as well as Fender, Mannabasso, Black Lion Audio, and Pigtronics.
About Emilio Estefan
A multiple Grammy Award winner, Emilio Estefan is a musician, songwriter, record and television producer, best-selling author, filmmaker, and cultural ambassador. He has shaped and directed the careers of many musical talents, including Shakira, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, Jon Secada, Jennifer López, and many others. He is one of the founding leaders of the Latin Grammy Awards. Estefan was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame presented him with a lifetime achievement award. He was selected as the second vice chair to the Commission for the National Museum of the American Latino by President Barack Obama, and President George W. Bush appointed him as a member of the President’s Committee of the Arts and Humanities. He is an entrepreneur owning and operating seven (7) restaurants, two (2) hotels, and an internationally recognized publishing company. In 2019, along with his wife Gloria, received the coveted Gershwin Prize by the Library of Congress for excellence in songwriting.