Marcus Hummon

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Marcus Hummon
Birth name Marcus Spencer Hummon
Born (1960-12-28) December 28, 1960 (age 54)[1]
Origin Washington, DC, U.S.[1]
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, harmonica, mandolin, piano, banjo
Years active 1995-present
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[edit]

Hummon previously recorded "Bless the Broken Road" and "One of These Days" on his 1995 debut album All in Good Time.



Title Album details
All in Good Time
The Sound of One Fan Clapping
  • Release date: 1997
  • Label: Velvet Armadillo Records
Looking for the Child
  • Release date: 1999
  • Label: Velvet Armadillo Records
Francis of Guernica
  • Release date: 2001
  • Label: Velvet Armadillo Records
  • Release date: September 25, 2001
  • Label: Velvet Armadillo Records
American Duet
  • Release date: 2003
  • Label: Velvet Armadillo Records
Revolution EP
  • Release date: 2003
  • Label: Velvet Armadillo Records
  • Release date: March 1, 2005
  • Label: Velvet Armadillo Records
Nowhere to Go but Up
  • Release date: April 27, 2005
  • Label: Velvet Armadillo Records
Surrender Road
  • Release date: December 21, 2005
  • Label: Velvet Armadllo Records
  • Release date: May 1, 2010
  • Label: self-released


Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
1996 "God's Country" 73 All in Good Time
"Honky Tonk Mona Lisa"
2005 "Revolution" single only
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1996 "Honky Tonk Mona Lisa"[2] R. Brad Murano



Hummon was the composer-lyricist, and co-librettist with actor Adrian Pasdar, of the musical Atlanta, and co-writer of the associated book.[3][4] It premiered in January 2005 at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center's Johnson Theater in Nashville, presented by the Actors Bridge Ensemble Theatre,[5][6] and was developed for a second production that premiered November 2007 at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.[4][7]


  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 197. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ "CMT : Videos : Marcus Hummon : Honky Tonk Mona Lisa". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  3. ^ Henerson, Evan (2007-11-27). ""Atlanta" was never destined to be an ordinary musical". 
  4. ^ a b Gross, Cristofer (November 2007). "The Acting of the Apostles". Theater Times. 
  5. ^ "Marcus Hummon Biography". Actors Bridge Ensemble. Retrieved 2014-06-20. 
  6. ^ "Marcus Hummon Debuts Musical ‘Atlanta’ January 27 in Nashville". BMI. 2005-01-20. Retrieved 2014-06-20. 
  7. ^ Hernandez, Ernio (2007-11-20). "Whistlin' Dixie: New Musical Atlanta Debuts at L.A's Geffen Playhouse Nov. 20". Playbill. 

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