Marcus Mumford

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Marcus Mumford
Mumford drums.jpg
Dot To Dot Festival, Bristol 23 May 2009
Born Marcus Oliver Johnstone Mumford
(1987-01-31) 31 January 1987 (age 30)
Yorba Linda, California, US
Citizenship British - American
  • Musician
  • Songwriter
Spouse(s) Carey Mulligan (m. 2012)
Children 1 (Evelyn Mumford)
Musical career
Origin Wimbledon, London
Years active 2007–present
Associated acts

Marcus Oliver Johnstone Mumford[1] (born 31 January 1987) is an American-born English[2][3] singer, songwriter, 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 Orange County, California,[4] to English parents.[5] As a result, he has held both British and US citizenship from birth. Mumford has an older brother, James.[6] His aunt is an academic in law at the University of Bristol.

Mumford's family moved back to their native England when Marcus was six months old.[5] He grew up in Wimbledon Chase, southwest London, and attended King's College School in Wimbledon.[7] There he met future fellow band member Ben Lovett.[8] He returned to London to focus on his music career after his first year of study at the University of Edinburgh.

Whilst in Edinburgh he wrote 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.[9]

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."[10][11]

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 voices 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."[12]

On 23 September 2014, the video for "When I Get My Hands on You" was released and features Mumford on lead vocals.[13]

Mumford and Sons third album, Wilder Mind, was released on 4 May, 2015.[14]

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".[15]

Mumford produced the album Gamble for a Rose by King Charles, released January 2016.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Mumford's parents, John and Eleanor (née Weir-Breen),[17] are former national leaders of the Vineyard Church in the UK and Ireland.[18]

Mumford formerly dated Laura Marling from whom he separated in late 2010. In April 2012 Mumford married actress Carey Mulligan in Somerset..[19] 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.[20][21] They had a daughter, named Evelyn Grace Mumford, in September 2015.[22]


  1. ^ "Songwriter/Composer: Mumford Marcus Oliver Johnstone". Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Marcus Mumford on why he loves being in-studio right now, and how to pronounce 'New Orleans'". Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "Mumford & Sons: Rattle and Strum". Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "Marcus Oliverjohnst Mumford". California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Department of Health Services, Vital Statistics Department, Sacramento. Archived from the original on 26 June 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2015 – via FamilySearch. 
  5. ^ a b "Jared Sagal interviews Mumford and Sons Exclusive". YouTube. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "How Mumford & Sons brother tackled thug in street assault". Daily Telegraph. UK. 22 September 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "The Tatler List". Tatler. 
  8. ^ Pearson, Rick (11 September 2009). "The bookshop band Mumford & Sons". Evening Standard. UK. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  9. ^ Walker, Tim (6 February 2009). "Folk music in the city". 'The Independent. UK. Archived from the original on 15 January 2010. 
  10. ^ 30 Under 30:Music Forbes. Retrieved (1 April 2013).
  11. ^ MARCUS MUMFORD, ADELE, ONE DIRECTION INCLUDED IN NEW FORBES LIST Gigwise (19 December 2012). Retrieved (1 April 2013).
  12. ^ "Listen to and Pre-Order Lost On the River by The New Basement Tapes (ft. Marcus Mumford)". 19 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "New Release: Marcus Mumford takes lead on "When I Get My Hands on You"". 23 September 2014. 
  14. ^ "Wilder Mind - Mumford & Sons". Allmusic. Retrieved 18 July 2016. 
  15. ^ "Hear Letts' Surging, Marcus Mumford-Produced 'Emeralds'". 13 January 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  16. ^ "King Charles on making his album with Marcus Mumford – video interview - Q MagazineQ Magazine". Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  17. ^ "No 18 February 2002". 18 February 2002. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  18. ^ Fisher, Alice (30 May 2010). "Mumford & Sons: sound of the summer". The Guardian. London. 
  19. ^ Lavinthal, Andrea (21 April 2012). "Exclusive: Carey Mulligan Marries Marcus Mumford!". Us Weekly. Wenner Media LLC. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  20. ^ Marcus, Stephanie. "Marcus Mumford Gets Engaged to Carey Mulligan". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  21. ^ Perpetua, Matthew (21 April 2012). "Carey Mulligan Marries Marcus Mumford: Actress Weds Musician In England". Huffington Post. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  22. ^ "Carey Mulligan Reveals Her Daughter's Name, Just Weeks After Welcoming a Baby Girl With Marcus Mumford!". Retrieved 26 October 2016. 

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