The legendary Queen of Reggae, Marcia Griffiths continues to maintain her place in the musical sphere. Consistently releasing music, Griffiths is revered for a catalogue of hits, which date back to the late 1960’s.
She started her career in 1964, performing on stage with Byron Lee and the Dragonaires at the behest of Phillip James of The Blues Busters, who had heard her rehearsing in her home. Her performance was sufficiently impressive that the following day Ronnie Nasralla and Clement Dodd both offered her recording contracts. She chose to record for Dodd’s Studio One label, where she recorded a series of duets with male singers such as Tony Gregory (“You’re Mine”), Bob Marley (“Oh My Darling”), Jeff Dixon (“Words”), and Bob Andy (“Always Together”).
In 1968 she had her first success as a solo artist, with “Feel Like Jumping,” which like her other early Studio One solo hits (including “Truly” and “Melody Life”), were written by Andy.
From 1970 to 1974 she worked together with Bob Andy as a duo (Bob and Marcia), on the Harry J label and scored hits on the British pop chart. She also recorded for Lloyd Charmers.
Between 1974 and 1981, she was a member of the I Threes, a trio of backing singers, which supported Bob Marley & the Wailers. She continued to record as a solo artist throughout the 1970’s, working with producers such as Sonia Pottinger and Joseph Hoo Kim.
In 1983, she released her re-recording of the Bunny Wailer song “Electric Boogie,” originally recorded and released by Wailer in 1976. Although the 1983 version became a minor hit for Griffiths, the song was remixed in 1989, and it was this version that made the Electric Slide, a line dance, an international dance craze. It reached number 51 on the US Billboard Hot 100, making it her most successful single. It is currently the highest-selling single by a female reggae singer of all time.
In the 1990’s, she had chart hits with Closer, Half Idiot featuring Cutty Ranks, Live On featuring Beres Hammond and I Shall Sing.
In 2014, Griffiths was the recipient of the Jamaican Order of Distinction (Commander class).
Earlier this year, Griffiths signed an exclusive booking deal with New York-based Donsome Booking Agency. She is now available for bookings for 2019.
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