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 29)
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 also 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.

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.[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 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."[12]

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

The band's 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 English actress Carey Mulligan in Somerset, England.[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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