"Nashville's Renaissance Man"
Grammy winner and two-time NSAI Songwriter’s Hall of Fame nominee, 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. He is most notably known for his work in Country music, in which he has written some of the genre’s most iconic songs.
Hummon has received 7 BMI Awards, and 5 BMI #1 Awards for
- Rascal Flatts’ "Bless The Broken Road" (winner of the Grammy for Best Country Song 2005, nominated for Song Of The Year in all genres 2005, two-time NSAI Song Of The Year Award 2005 and 2007, nominated for a Dove Award for Song Of The Year 2007)
- The Dixie Chicks' "Cowboy Take Me Away"
- Sara Evans’ "Born To Fly" (nominated for CMA Song Of The Year 2001, won CMA Video Of The Year 2001)
- Tim McGraw’s "One Of These Days"
- Wynonna Judd’s "Only Love" (nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance, Female)
Another Hummon co-written song, the Dixie Chicks' "Ready To Run," was nominated for a Grammy For Country Song Of The Year, and won the Grammy for Best Country Performance By A Group Or A Duo, off the Grammy-winning Country Album Of The Year Fly in 2000. In addition, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Performance By A Group Or A Duo With Vocal for "Roll The Stone Away" co-written by Hummon.
As a recording artist and instrumentalist, Marcus released a critically acclaimed country record for Columbia Records in 1995, All In Good Time. In 1998, Marcus and Scottish Big Country frontman, Stuart Adamson, released their duo album Supernatural, as "The Raphaels," with Track Records out of London. He has also released several independent records.
Hummon has had several songs featured in film, notably three songs which he wrote and produced in Disney’s The Fox And The Hound 2: "Friends For Life" (One Flew South), "Good Doggie No Bone" (Reba McEntire) and "We Go Together" (Little Big Town).
Hummon has scored two films:
- Lost Boy Home, which was narrated by Sam Waterston and won the Best Shorts Award for the Palm Beach International Film Festival 2013
- The Last Songwriter, a documentary Marcus co-produced, which featuers Garth Brooks and Jason Isbell and winner of the Audience Award at the Nashville Film Festival 2017.
Turning to theatre, Hummon has written 6 musicals and an opera. Three of his musicals, Warrior and The Piper, and the musical-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. For 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 in 2005. 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 two-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. In 2017 his book, The Passion, a book co-written with his wife The Rev. Becca Stevens, was published by Church Publishing, reflecting his cantata of the same name, released on CTM Records.
Marcus lives in Nashville, TN, with his wife Becca and their 3 sons: Levi, Caney and Moses.