|Birth name||Marcus Oliver Johnstone Mumford|
31 January 1987 |
Anaheim, California, United States
England, United Kingdom
|Genres||Folk rock, indie folk|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, drums, mandolin, accordion, ukulele, melodica, tambourine, triangle|
|Labels||Island Records (UK), Universal Music Group (Canada & AUS) and Glassnote Records (US)|
Marcus Oliver Johnstone Mumford (born 31 January 1987) is an English 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
Mumford's family moved back to their native England when Marcus was six months old. He grew up on Chatsworth Avenue in Wimbledon Chase, southwest London, and attended King's College School in Wimbledon. There he met future fellow band member Ben Lovett. 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 important gigs, as well as experimenting with his early writing that they decided to set up the band in 2007.
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."
Previously, Mumford has dated folk singer, Laura Marling. The two remain amicable. On 21 April 2012 Marcus married English actress Carey Mulligan in Somerset, England. They were childhood pen pals who lost touch and reconnected as adults.
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