Marcus Mumford

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Marcus Mumford
Mumford drums.jpg
Dot To Dot Fesival, Bristol 23 May 2009
Born Marcus Mumford
(1987-01-31) 31 January 1987 (age 28)
Yorba Linda, California, USA
  • Musician
  • Songwriter
Spouse(s) Carey Mulligan (m. 2012)
Musical career
Origin Wimbledon, London
Years active 2007–present
Associated acts

Marcus Mumford (born 31 January 1987) is an American-British musician, best known as the lead singer of the band Mumford & Sons. He also plays a number of instruments with the group, including guitar, drums and mandolin.

Early life and career[edit]

Marcus was born on 31 January 1987, in Yorba Linda, California, to English parents.[1] As a result, he has held both British and US citizenship from birth. Mumford has an older brother, James.[2]

Mumford's family moved back to their native England when Marcus was six months old.[1] He grew up on Chatsworth Avenue in Wimbledon Chase, southwest London, and attended King's College School in Wimbledon.[3] There he met future fellow band member Ben Lovett.[4] He returned to London to focus on his music career after his first year of study at the University of Edinburgh.

It was in Edinburgh that he penned most of Mumford & Sons' debut album, Sigh No More. He began his musical career playing drums for Laura Marling on tour, along with the other current members of Mumford & Sons. It was through touring with Marling and gaining experience playing gigs, as well as experimenting with his early writing that they decided to form the band in 2007.[5]

Mumford was included in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list of music stars in December 2012 for his achievements with Mumford & Sons. Forbes commented of the list which also included acts such as Adele and Rihanna: "In sum they represent the entrepreneurial, creative and intellectual best of their generation. Individually, they are engaging, surprising and incredibly hardworking."[6][7]

Mumford sang a cover of "Dink's Song" with Oscar Isaac for the 2013 Coen brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis. Although Mumford is not seen in the film, he is said[by whom?] to be the protagonist's musical partner, Mike, who has committed suicide before the starting point of the film.

Mumford is featured on the 2014 collaborative album Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes, with other artists including Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens, Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James, Jay Bellerose, and T Bone Burnett. Mumford takes co-writing credits on tracks, "Kansas City", "When I Get My Hands On You", "The Whistle Is Blowing", "Stranger", and "Lost On The River #20".[8]

On 23 September 2014, the video for "When I Get My Hands On You" was released and features Mumford on lead vocals.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Mumford's parents, John and Eleanor (née Weir-Breen),[10] are national leaders of the Vineyard Church in the UK and Ireland.[11]

Mumford has stated that he believes in God, but does not consider himself Christian: "I don't really like that word. It comes with so much baggage. So, no, I wouldn't call myself a Christian. I think the word just conjures up all these religious images that I don't really like. I have my personal views about the person of Jesus and who he was. ... I've kind of separated myself from the culture of Christianity." [12]

Mumford formerly dated Laura Marling from whom he separated in late 2010. In April 2012 Mumford married English actress Carey Mulligan in Somerset, England.[13] They were childhood pen pals who lost touch and reconnected as adults. They married a few weeks after wrapping production on the Coen brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis, in which they were both involved.[14][15]

Mumford is a supporter of his local football team AFC Wimbledon.[16]


  1. ^ a b "Jared Sagal interviews Mumford and Sons EXCLUSIVE!!!". YouTube. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "How Mumford & Sons brother tackled thug in street assault". Daily Telegraph. 22 September 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Tatler List". Tatler. 
  4. ^ Rick Pearson (11 September 2009). "The bookshop band Mumford & Sons – Music – Arts – Evening Standard". Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Walker, Tim (Friday, 6 February 2009) Folk music in the city The Independent[dead link]
  6. ^ 30 Under 30:Music Forbes. Retrieved (1 April 2013).
  7. ^ MARCUS MUMFORD, ADELE, ONE DIRECTION INCLUDED IN NEW FORBES LIST Gigwise (19 December 2012). Retrieved (1 April 2013).
  8. ^ "Listen to and Pre-Order Lost On the River by The New Basement Tapes (ft. Marcus Mumford)". 19 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "New Release: Marcus Mumford takes lead on "When I Get My Hands on You"". 23 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "No 18 February 2002". 18 February 2002. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  11. ^ Fisher, Alice (30 May 2010). "Mumford & Sons: sound of the summer". The Guardian (London). 
  12. ^ "Marcus Mumford, Lead Singer Of Mumford & Sons: "I Wouldn't Call Myself A Christian"". The Huffington Post. 3 April 2013. 
  13. ^ Lavinthal, Andrea (21 April 2012). "Exclusive: Carey Mulligan Marries Marcus Mumford!". Us Weekly (Wenner Media LLC). Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  14. ^ Marcus, Stephanie. "Marcus Mumford Gets Engaged to Carey Mulligan". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  15. ^ Perpetua, Matthew (21 April 2012). "Carey Mulligan Marries Marcus Mumford: Actress Weds Musician In England". Huffington Post. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  16. ^ "Mumford & Sons play gig to raise money for AFC Wimbledon". The BBC. 10 May 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2012.