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, and been named Nashville’s Best Local Songwriter 5 times by The Nashville Scene.
As a recording artist and multi-instrumentalist, Marcus released a critically acclaimed country record for Columbia Records in 1995, ‘All In Good Time’. In 1997, Marcus and Scottish ‘Big Country’ front-man, Stuart Adamson, released their duo album ‘Supernatural’, as ‘The Raphaels’, with Track Records out of London. Marcus has also released two independent albums for Velvet Armadillo Records.
Turning to theatre, Hummon has written 5 musicals and 2 operas. Three of his musicals, ‘Warrior’ and ‘The Piper’, and the opera-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 the 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 Angelos in 2007. His celtic based musical, ‘The Piper’, received a 2-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 parent’s survived the genocide. Also, Marcus has been commissioned by Christ Cathedral (Episcopal) to write a cantata based Christ’s ‘Passion’…to be premiered at the Cathedral in April ’14.
Marcus lives in Nashville, TN, with his wife Rev. Becca Stevens and their 3 sons…Levi, Caney and Moses.