Marcus Mumford

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Marcus Mumford
Marcus Mumford at Newport Folk Festival 2018 by Sachyn Mital.jpg
Mumford at Newport Folk Festival in 2018
Marcus Oliver Johnstone Mumford

(1987-01-31) 31 January 1987 (age 35)
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
United States
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
  • record producer
(m. 2012)
Musical career
OriginWimbledon, London
Years active2007–present

Marcus Oliver Johnstone Mumford (born 31 January 1987)[2] is a British singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. He is best known as the lead singer of the folk band Mumford & Sons. He also plays a number of instruments with the group, including guitar, drums and mandolin.[3] He is married to English actress Carey Mulligan.

Early life and career[edit]

Mumford was born on 31 January 1987 in Yorba Linda, California, to English parents, John and Eleanor (née Weir-Breen) Mumford,[4] international leaders of the Vineyard Churches.[5][6] As a result, he has held both UK and US citizenship from birth. Mumford has an older brother, James.[7] Mumford's family moved back to the UK when Marcus was six months old.[6] He grew up on Chatsworth Avenue in Wimbledon Chase, southwest London, and was educated at King's College School in Wimbledon, where he met future band member Ben Lovett.[8][9] He returned to London to focus on his music career after his first year of study at the University of Edinburgh, where he collaborated on Mumford & Sons' debut album, Sigh No More.

Mumford has revealed that he was sexually abused as a child: "Not by family and not in the church, which might be some people’s assumption. But I hadn’t told anyone about it for 30 years".[10]

Mumford 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.[11]

Mumford was included in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list of music stars in December 2012 for his achievements with his band. 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."[12][13]

Mumford sang a cover of "Dink's Song" with Oscar Isaac for the 2013 Coen brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis. Although he is not seen in the film, Mumford voices the protagonist's musical partner, Mike, who dies by suicide before the beginning of the film.[14]

Mumford is featured on the 2014 album Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes, a collective/Supergroup with other musicians including Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens, Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James, produced by T Bone Burnett.[15] Mumford takes co-writing credits on tracks "Kansas City", "When I Get My Hands on You", "Stranger", "The Whistle Is Blowing", and "Lost on the River #20".[16] On 23 September 2014, the video for "When I Get My Hands on You" was released and features him on lead vocals.[17]

Mumford & Sons' third album, Wilder Mind, was released on 4 May 2015.[18]

Mumford & Sons' fourth album, Delta, was released on 16 November 2018, featuring appearances from Maggie Rogers, Yebba and Gill Landry.[19]

On 12 July 2022, Mumford announced his debut solo album Self-Titled would be released in September of that year. Produced by Blake Mills, it features guests Brandi Carlile, Phoebe Bridgers, Clairo and Monica Martin and includes "Cannibal", a song Mumford wrote in January 2021 about his personal struggles.[20] Steven Spielberg directed the music video for the song, which was shot on 3 July in a high school gym in New York.[21]

Production work[edit]

In 2014 Mumford produced Hold Fast by Christian Letts (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros), released February 2015. Mumford co-wrote four tracks from the record - "Copper Bells", "La Mer", "Emeralds" and "Matches".[22]

Mumford produced the album Gamble for a Rose by King Charles, released January 2016.[23]

Personal life[edit]

In April 2012 he married Carey Mulligan in Somerset.[24] They were childhood pen pals who reconnected as adults. They married a few weeks after working together on the Coen brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis.[25][26] They have two children.[27][28]

Mumford is a supporter of AFC Wimbledon.[29]


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected details and chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions

Self-Titled 4 11 30 25 23 53


As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album

"You'll Never Walk Alone" 2020 72 72 Non-album single
"Cannibal" 2022 Self-Titled
"Better Off High"

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak positions Album


"Lay Your Head on Me"
(Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford)
2020 10 1 Music Is the Weapon


Guest appearances[edit]

Title Year Artist(s) Album
"The Auld Triangle" 2013 Chris Thile, Chris Eldridge, Justin Timberlake and Gabe Witcher Inside Llewyn Davis
"Fare Thee Well (Dink's Song)" Oscar Isaac
"Find Another Way" 2018 Tom Morello The Atlas Underground
"Cowboy Like Me" 2020 Taylor Swift Evermore

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director
"You'll Never Walk Alone" 2020 Nicolas Jack Davies
"Cannibal" 2022 Steven Spielberg
"Grace" Diane Martel


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  4. ^ "No 18 February 2002". 18 February 2002. Retrieved 1 October 2012.
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  8. ^ "The Tatler List". Tatler. Archived from the original on 5 February 2016.
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  12. ^ 30 Under 30:Music; retrieved 1 April 2013.
  13. ^ MARCUS MUMFORD, ADELE, ONE DIRECTION INCLUDED IN NEW FORBES LIST,, 19 December 2012; retrieved 1 April 2013.
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  19. ^ "Inside Mumford & Sons' Wildly Experimental Fourth Album 'Delta'". Rolling Stone. 20 September 2018.
  20. ^ "Marcus Mumford's Debut Solo Album Features Phoebe Bridgers, Clairo, Blake Mills, and More". Pitchfork. 12 July 2022.
  21. ^ Legaspi, Althea (18 July 2022). "Steven Spielberg Directs Marcus Mumford's Video for 'Cannibal'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 28 July 2022.
  22. ^ "Hear Letts' Surging, Marcus Mumford-Produced 'Emeralds'". 13 January 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
  23. ^ "King Charles on making his album with Marcus Mumford – video interview". Archived from the original on 8 June 2017. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
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