Marcus Mumford

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Marcus Mumford
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Dot To Dot Fesival, Bristol 23 May 2009
Born Marcus Oliver Johnstone Mumford[1]
(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 Oliver Johnstone Mumford (born 31 January 1987) is an American-British musician and producer 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.[2] As a result, he has held both British and US citizenship from birth. Mumford has an older brother, James.[3]

Mumford's family moved back to their native England when Marcus was six months old.[2] He grew up in Wimbledon Chase, southwest London, and attended King's College School in Wimbledon.[4] There he met future fellow band member Ben Lovett.[5] 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.[6]

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."[7][8]

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".[9]

On 23 September 2014, the video for "When I Get My Hands On You" was released and features Mumford on lead vocals.[10]

Production Work[edit]

In 2014 Mumford produced Hold Fast by Christian Letts (Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros), released February 2015. Mumford co-wrote 4 tracks from the record - Copper Bells, La Mer, Emeralds and Matches.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Mumford's parents, John and Eleanor (née Weir-Breen),[12] are national leaders of the Vineyard Church in the UK and Ireland.[13]

Mumford formerly dated Laura Marling from whom he separated in late 2010. In April 2012 Mumford married English actress Carey Mulligan in Somerset, England.[14] 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.[15][16]

Mumford is a supporter of his local football team AFC Wimbledon.[17]


  1. ^ Mumford, Marcus Oliver Jonhstone. "Songwriter/Composer: MUMFORD MARCUS OLIVER JOHNSTONE". Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). Retrieved April 25, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Jared Sagal interviews Mumford and Sons EXCLUSIVE!!!". YouTube. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "How Mumford & Sons brother tackled thug in street assault". Daily Telegraph. 22 September 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Tatler List". Tatler. 
  5. ^ Rick Pearson (11 September 2009). "The bookshop band Mumford & Sons – Music – Arts – Evening Standard". Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Walker, Tim (Friday, 6 February 2009) Folk music in the city The Independent[dead link]
  7. ^ 30 Under 30:Music Forbes. Retrieved (1 April 2013).
  8. ^ MARCUS MUMFORD, ADELE, ONE DIRECTION INCLUDED IN NEW FORBES LIST Gigwise (19 December 2012). Retrieved (1 April 2013).
  9. ^ "Listen to and Pre-Order Lost On the River by The New Basement Tapes (ft. Marcus Mumford)". 19 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "New Release: Marcus Mumford takes lead on "When I Get My Hands on You"". 23 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Hear Letts' Surging, Marcus Mumford-Produced 'Emeralds'". 13 January 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  12. ^ "No 18 February 2002". 18 February 2002. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  13. ^ Fisher, Alice (30 May 2010). "Mumford & Sons: sound of the summer". The Guardian (London). 
  14. ^ Lavinthal, Andrea (21 April 2012). "Exclusive: Carey Mulligan Marries Marcus Mumford!". Us Weekly (Wenner Media LLC). Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  15. ^ Marcus, Stephanie. "Marcus Mumford Gets Engaged to Carey Mulligan". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  16. ^ Perpetua, Matthew (21 April 2012). "Carey Mulligan Marries Marcus Mumford: Actress Weds Musician In England". Huffington Post. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  17. ^ "Mumford & Sons play gig to raise money for AFC Wimbledon". The BBC. 10 May 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2012.