Marcus Spencer Hummon (born December 28, 1960) is an American country music artist. He is the father of fellow country singer Levi Hummon.

Marcus Hummon
Birth nameMarcus Spencer Hummon
Born (1960-12-28) December 28, 1960 (age 62)[1]
OriginWashington, DC, U.S.[1]
Instrument(s)Vocals, guitar, harmonica, mandolin, piano
Years active1994–present
LabelsColumbia, Velvet Armadillo

Early life edit

Hummon was born in Washington, D.C.. He graduated from Williams College.[2]

Career edit

After several years of playing in various bands, he moved to Nashville where he was signed to a songwriting contract. A record deal with Columbia Records soon followed. His debut album All in Good Time in 1995 produced a No. 73 single on the Hot Country Songs charts with "God's Country." From 1999-2001, Hummon was a member of the alternative country band The Raphaels along with former Big Country lyricist and guitarist Stuart Adamson. The Raphaels only release was 1998's Supernatural on Track Records. Hummon also released several studio albums on his own label, Velvet Armadillo.

In 2006, his composition "Bless the Broken Road" co-written with Jeff Hanna and Bobby Boyd in 1994, won a Grammy Award for Best Country Song.[3] Hanna's Nitty Gritty Dirt Band recorded the song. Later Hummon recorded his own version followed by Melodie Crittenden, the Grammy-winning version by Rascal Flatts, and Selah in a version with Melodie Crittenden.[4]

Hummon has also co-written songs for many country music artists, including Top 40 singles for Tim McGraw, Wynonna Judd, and Alabama[5][6] as well as three Number One country hits: "Cowboy Take Me Away" by the Dixie Chicks, "Born to Fly" by Sara Evans, and the Rascal Flatts version of "Bless the Broken Road".

Hummon co-produced Last of the Good Guys, the debut album for the country group One Flew South in addition to co-writing several of the songs on it.

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.

Discography edit

Albums edit

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

Singles edit

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"[7] R. Brad Murano

References edit

  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 197. ISBN 978-0-89820-177-2.
  2. ^ "'All In Good Time'". tribunedigital-chicagotribune. Retrieved November 27, 2015.
  3. ^ "Jeff Hanna – Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
  4. ^ "Jeff Hanna + Matraca Berg — Country's Greatest Love Stories". Retrieved April 12, 2016.
  5. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Marcus Hummon biography". Allmusic. Retrieved November 18, 2007.
  6. ^ Bjorke, Matt. "Matt's Songwriter Spotlight – Marcus Hummon". Retrieved November 18, 2007.
  7. ^ "CMT : Videos : Marcus Hummon : Honky Tonk Mona Lisa". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 14, 2011.

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