Dot To Dot Fesival, Bristol 23 May 2009
|Born||Marcus Oliver Johnstone Mumford
January 31, 1987
|Spouse(s)||Carey Mulligan (m. 2012)|
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."
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 to be the protagonist's musical partner, Mike, who has committed suicide before the starting point of the film.
Mumford is featured on the upcoming 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. The collaborative release is due out November 11th, 2014. 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".
On September 23, 2014, the video for "When I Get My Hands On You" was released and features Mumford on lead vocals.
Mumford has stated that he believes in God, but does not identify as Christian or adhere to strict religious beliefs. 
Mumford formly dated Laura Marling from whom he separated in late 2010. In April 2012 Mumford married English actress Carey Mulligan in Somerset, England. 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, which they were both involved in.
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