Mumford at Newport Folk Festival in 2018
Marcus Oliver Johnstone Mumford
January 31, 1987
Yorba Linda, California, U.S.
Carey Mulligan (m. 2012)
Marcus Oliver Johnstone Mumford (born January 31, 1987) is a British singer, songwriter, musician and record producer best known as the lead singer of the band Mumford & Sons. He holds American citizenship due to his place of birth. He also plays a number of instruments with the group, including guitar, drums and mandolin.
Mumford was born on January 31, 1987 in Yorba Linda, California, to English parents. As a result, he has held both British and US citizenship from birth. Mumford has an older brother, James. Mumford's family moved back to their native England when Marcus was six months old. He grew up in Wimbledon Chase, southwest London, and was educated at Windlesham House School, along with future band member Ted Dwane, and King's College School in Wimbledon, where he met future band member Ben Lovett. 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.
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.
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."
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 voices the protagonist's musical partner, Mike, who commits suicide before the beginning 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".
On 23 September 2014, the video for "When I Get My Hands on You" was released and features Mumford on lead vocals.
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".
In April 2012 he married Carey Mulligan in Somerset. 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. They have two children, born in 2015 and 2017.