Marlon Asher, a native Trinidadian started singing at the age of 7 in the choir of his grandparent's church. The name "Asher" was derived from the 12 tribes of Israel and "Asher" is the tribe which represents December and the spirit of Christ. His musical style is that of a conscious reggae artist and he cites Bob Marley, Dennis Brown and Barrington Levy as some of his musical mentors.
Marlon feels that reggae touches his soul and he wants to communicate that extension of spiritual soulfulness with the world. A gifted musician, Marlon teaches musical arrangement of the steelpan, the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago, to young enthusiasts with an average age range of 7-17years.
Marlon Asher's talent and ingenuity was reveled with the release of the song "Ganja Farmer" which became a huge hit via aggressive underground marketing. The song "Ganja Farmer" was derived from an older selection named "Ganja Man", which was also written by Asher. Asher maintains that he is not a ganja farmer and that the song does not promote the cultivation or use of the illegal substance. However, he hopes to create an awareness for the work that farmers do, and to be mindful, that regardless of their crop, destroying any farm takes away someone's livelihood.
Marlon has been performing throughout Trinidad and Tobago , the Caribbean as well as the United States. He has taken the stage amongst renowned performers such as Collie Buddz, Richie Spice, Buju Banton, Damien "Jr. Gong" Marley, Beenie Man, Shaggy, Maxi Priest, Sizzla, Mr Lexxus, Luciano, Glen Washington and even R&B sensation Boys II Men. Since his debut in the United States at Reggae Carifest in July 2005, Marlon has been performing extensively in the Tri State area as well as in Miami, Toronto, Baltimore, Boston, Virginia and in 2007 he has already performed in the UK, Ethiopia and is scheduled to perform his music in Europe, other African nations.
Asher feels that he has been blessed and his future is one that will involve him singing. He said "God has his plans for me. I believe I am a messenger& here to deliver a serious message. I am just waiting for him [God] to reveal his message." Asher has a message for the youth: "your talent should never go to waste& with God all things are possible. Pray hard and you will succeed."
Marlon's preview album was produced by Carl "Beaver" Henderson in Trinidad. He is co-managed by brother and sister duo Geron "Big G" Woodruffe and Anje Woodruffe of Caribbean Underground Productions.
With the success of the "Ganja Farmer", Marlon has now released the love song "I love you" on the same riddim and has been performing his new tracks "Love of Jah", "Standing" and the title track of the album "Locked out".
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