Young Empress, Deborah Adela Marla Brown is popularly known on stage as Marla Brown, ‘’The Crown Princess of Reggae’’. She was born on November, 1986 and is the youngest child of the late, great, ‘’The Crown Prince of Reggae’’, Dennis Emanuel Brown. Dennis Brown was an inspiration and influence for many reggae singers from the late 1970s and on. Even Bob Marley once stated for him, that he is one of his favorite and best reggae singers of all time.

With all this music history and professionalism in the family, young Marla is also no stranger when it comes to performance and entertainment. Learning Ballet, Street and Contemporary dance she performed around Europe for more than 14 years. She was named as one of the Ambassadors for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games and was noted for her dancing abilities by the sporting giant Adidas. Marla Brown also performed her way to the semi-finals on the popular TV show, Britain’s Got Talent. Collecting English national championship titles, performing in extensive theatre productions and showcases around Europe, Marla Brown is a name well known in circles around London.

With such array of achievements, Marla is continuing her father’s legacy through her own artistic way and it was always believed young Empress is destined for the stages. Her swift transition from dancing to the recording studio came naturally and her debut as an artist took place at London’s famous Jazz Café in November 2013, where she performed as the guest and opening act for the event “Grooving With The Legends,” Bunny “Striker” Lee’s, 72th Birthday and 46th year Anniversary within the music industry. Her performance was awarded with an encore of applause and full enjoyment from the audience. But this was just the beginning for “The Crown Princess of Reggae”.

“Music and Art have been embedded in my heart and soul from young so it is an organic movement to enter the music world on a professional level and share my love for it with others.”

Her next move was to Kingston Jamaica, where she began to launch her solo career as a professional singer. Representing her father during the Reggae Month in February, 2014, she performed at various shows and events all around the Jamaican island. As with any child of an icon, a great deal of responsibility comes with the creation and delivery of your own ideas.  With extensive radio and magazine interviews, shows and appearances, it was Marla’s impressive performance at the Dennis Brown Annual Tribute Show, where she really made the Brown name shine bright.

As quoted by the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper, “young Brown delivered a brilliant set, which sent the audience into sheer nostalgia as her performance reminded them of Dennis Brown. Remarks about how much she resembled her father could be heard all around the car park. Her renditions of Silhouette and How Could I Leave were obvious crowd-pleasers, but it was her original song, Here Comes the King, that gave young Brown her biggest and most favorable response from the crowd. The song was dedicated to her father and was her own personal tribute to his life and work. Following her performance was a presentation of an International Reggae Day Award, dedicated to The Crown Prince for his contribution to the genre.”

Better Days, her debut single, available also on iTunes, was produced by Royal Order Music in 2015 and was premiered by, non-other than, David ‘’Ram Jam’’ Rodigan on BBC 1XTRA. The song perfectly demonstrates Marla’s writing and vocal skills and as she explains:

‘’The song is an upful declaration to my people, that no matter what challenges you may face in life, you will not and shall not face it alone.”

Last year her first EP named Deliverance was finally released. It contains 7 songs that represent her first steps into the music business. By naming the EP ‘’Deliverance’’, she aims to represent her own deliverance to the music industry while also giving great respect to her father. Her latest project was a remake of her father’s song, Words of Wisdom feat. Mutabaruka, released on ‘’We Remember Dennis Brown’’ Tribute Album. This two sided album contains 30 timeless hits covered by some of reggae’s most renowned artists today like Jesse Royal, Chronixx, Mykal Rose, Raging Fyah, Jah Cure, Roman Virgo, Etana, Richie Spice and many others.

Marla Brown’s musical collaborations with popular artists like Kabaka Pyramid, Beenie Man, Runkus and Jamaica’s finest producers, only show that ‘’The Crown Princess of Regae’’ has a bright and exciting future ahead within the music industry.


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