Jimmy Malcolm, Bob Marley’s first cousin, has become an internationally renowned performer as a talented and passionate pianist. From a young age he was educated in classical and gospel music as he grew up playing piano for his father’s church. At an early age his cousin Bob Marley saw his musical potential and encouraged Jimmy to move to Miami and work on various projects with him. At the age of 19, he began producing with the Wailers releasing a gospel influenced Mother Don’t Cry album featuring Mother Cedella Marley Booker (Bob Marley’s mother) in 1981.
His musical talents and experiences are innumerable, from working with for some of the music industries top-notch performers, such as Lauren Hill, Roberta Flack, actor Woody Harrelson as well as his own family; Ziggy Marley, Stephen Marley, and his Aunt Cedella Marley Booker whom he co-produced her most recent Woman Divine album released in 2004.
Jimmy’s melodic aptitude has risen to encompass sound tracks for major motion pictures, such as co-scoring with Mike Todd the remaking of an interview with Elizabeth Taylor, in Around the World in Eighty Days. February 2005 Jimmy honorably debuted in Ethiopia’s Jubilee Royal Palace in the Addis Ababa for the President and his wife. Jimmy performed in Gambia, Africa at the Roots Festival as well as performed at various orphanages in the area. In 2008 Jimmy performed in China with his cousin Julian Marley at the Olympic celebrations, as well as performed in Conakary, Guinea for a Bob Marley concert celebration.
His own music is at first, brilliant and on the cutting egde of the evolution of fused reggae, jazz, and classical. No other musician can carve out each rythmn and melody as Jimmy does when he is creating. What is amazing about these captivating melodies is the element of his music to move people to an emotional soul searching level,it inspires people to laugh, cry and to live.