|Birth name||Marcus Spencer Hummon|
|Born||December 28, 1960|
|Origin||Washington, DC, U.S.|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, harmonica, mandolin, piano, banjo|
|Labels||Columbia, Velvet Armadillo|
|Associated acts||Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Raphaels, Rascal Flatts|
Grammy winner Marcus Hummon has enjoyed a successful career as a songwriter, recording artist, composer, playwright and author. His songs have been recorded in many genres – Pop, R&B, Gospel - and most notably in country music.
His best known hits are "Bless The Broken Road" (Rascal Flatts), "Cowboy Take Me Away", and "Ready to Run" (The Dixie Chicks), "Born to Fly" (Sara Evans), "One of These Days" (Tim McGraw), and "Only Love" (Wynonna). Several of his songs have been nominated for Grammys, ACMs and CMAs. In 2005, "Bless The Broken Road", won the Grammy for Best Country Song. Along the way, he has garnered numerous BMI awards, 5 #1 awards from BMI.
As a recording artist and multi-instrumentalist, Marcus released a critically acclaimed country record for Columbia Records in 1995, All In Good Time. In 1998, Marcus and Scottish ‘Big Country’ front-man, Stuart Adamson, released their duo album Supernatural, as ‘The Raphaels’, with Track Records out of London. He has also released several independent records; most recently, The Passion, on CTM Records.
Turning to theater, Hummon has written six musicals and an opera. Three of his musicals, Warrior and The Piper and the musical-dance-hybrid Tut (a collaboration with Abdel Salaam and the Force of Nature Dance Company) were featured Off-Broadway as part of the New York New Musical Festival in 2005, 2006, and 2011 respectively. Warrior and American Duet received invitations to be work-shopped at prestigious Eugene O’Neill Summer Conference in 2005 and 2006. Warrior, a musical about the life of Jim Thorpe, Marcus received an Award for Creative Excellence from the Native American Association of Tennessee. His opera, Surrender Road, was supported by Opera America, and staged by The Nashville Opera Company. His musical, Atlanta enjoyed a 3-month long run at The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles in 2007. His Celtic based musical, The Piper, received a two-week workshop and production at NYC’s Irish Rep in 2011.
In literature, Hummon’s children’s book, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE was published by Athenium Press, a division of Simon and Schuster, in 2009.
Recent projects include scoring the documentary film, Lost Boy Home (a story of a Sudanese ‘lost boy’ returning home to South Sudan to find out if his parents survived the genocide), and a cantata commissioned by Christ Church Cathedral, The Passion – a liturgical choral/vocal/instrumental piece commemorating Christ’s Passion.
Marcus lives in Nashville, TN with his wife Rev. Becca Stevens and their three sons, Levi, Caney and Moses
List of singles composed by Marcus Hummon
- Alabama – "The Cheap Seats"
- Suzy Bogguss – "No Way Out"
- Dixie Chicks – "Ready to Run", "Cowboy Take Me Away"
- Sara Evans – "Born to Fly"
- Hal Ketchum – "Mama Knows the Highway", "Every Little Word"
- Wynonna Judd – "Only Love"
- Lauren Lucas – "What You Ain't Gonna Get"
- Tim McGraw – "One of These Days"
- One Flew South – "My Kind of Beautiful"
- Rascal Flatts – "Bless the Broken Road"
- SHeDAISY – "Get Over Yourself"
- Steve Wariner – "Road Trippin'"
- Western Flyer – "Friday Night Stampede"
- Bryan White – "Love Is the Right Place"
- Chely Wright – "Jezebel"
Hummon previously recorded "Bless the Broken Road" and "One of These Days" on his 1995 debut album All in Good Time.
|All in Good Time||
|The Sound of One Fan Clapping||
|Looking for the Child||
|Francis of Guernica||
|Nowhere to Go but Up||
|1996||"God's Country"||73||All in Good Time|
|"Honky Tonk Mona Lisa"||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|1996||"Honky Tonk Mona Lisa"||R. Brad Murano|
- Anytime, Anywhere: A Little Boy's Prayer. Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 2009. ISBN 978-1416948568.
- Gospel Haiku. Providence House Publishers. 1998. ISBN 9781577361190.
Hummon was the composer-lyricist, and co-librettist with actor Adrian Pasdar, of the musical Atlanta, and co-writer of the associated book. It premiered in January 2005 at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center's Johnson Theater in Nashville, presented by the Actors Bridge Ensemble Theatre, and was developed for a second production that premiered November 2007 at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.
- Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 197. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
- "CMT : Videos : Marcus Hummon : Honky Tonk Mona Lisa". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 14, 2011.
- Henerson, Evan (2007-11-27). ""Atlanta" was never destined to be an ordinary musical". LA.com.
- Gross, Cristofer (November 2007). "The Acting of the Apostles". Theater Times.
- "Marcus Hummon Biography". Actors Bridge Ensemble. Retrieved 2014-06-20.
- "Marcus Hummon Debuts Musical ‘Atlanta’ January 27 in Nashville". BMI. 2005-01-20. Retrieved 2014-06-20.
- Hernandez, Ernio (2007-11-20). "Whistlin' Dixie: New Musical Atlanta Debuts at L.A's Geffen Playhouse Nov. 20". Playbill.