Marc Beeson, Marcus Hummon, Mike Reid
Friday, October 12, 2018
*Ticket price does not include the $20 food and beverage minimum.
This Illinois native and 25 year Nashville veteran has had over 100 cuts including songs recorded by Reba McEntire, Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, Martina McBride, Billy Currington, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood and Chicago, among others. He has won 10 ASCAP awards including both Country and Pop Song of the Year for his #1, “When She Cries”… As an artist, he has recorded for Warner Bros., BNA and Curb Records… He has served on the Board of NSAI; has worked as a mentor in the MTSU music business program and is on the NARAS educational committee. He co-wrote the title track and Billy Currington #1 single, “We Are Tonight” and more recently, the title track of Ashley Monroe’s Grammy nominated record, “The Blade”, Blake Shelton’s “She’s Got a Way With Words” and Josh Turner’s #1, “Hometown Girl”.
“I don’t know that I have a motto or a maxim. I just believe in enlarging the circle of love around, and pursuing your dreams passionately.”
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, and most notably in Country Music, where he has written some of the genre’s most iconic songs and worked with some of the genre’s most prolific artists. Along with 7 BMI Awards, and 5 BMI #1 Awards, Hummon’s contributions a writer and cowriter in the field of country music have been acknowledged with the industry’s highest honors, including the following:
• Rascal Flatts’ “Bless The Broken Road” (winner of the Grammy for Best Country Song and nominated for Song Of The Year for all genres in 2005; two-time NSAI Song Of The Year Award in 2005 and 2007; nominated for a Dove Award for Song Of The Year in 2007)
• The Dixie Chicks’ 2000 album Fly (winner of the Grammy for Best Country Performance By Group Or A Duo and Country Album Of The Year) included the co-written “Ready to Run” (also nominated for Song Of The Year) • Sara Evans’ “Born To Fly” (nominated for CMA’s Song Of The Year award and winner of Video Of The Year in 2001)
• Wynonna Judd’s “Only Love” (nominated for a 2003 Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance, Female)
• The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s “Roll The Stone Away,” co-written by Hummon (nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Performance By A Group Or A Duo With Vocal in 2002)
As a recording artist and instrumentalist, Hummon released a critically acclaimed country record for Columbia Records in 1995, All In Good Time. In 1998, Marcus and Scottish Big Country front man, Stuart Adamson, released their duo album Supernatural as The Raphaels with Track Records out of London. Hummon has also released several independent records.
Collaborating on projects for the film industry as well, Hummon has had several songs featured in projects such as
• Disney’s The Fox And The Hound 2, which includes three songs he wrote and produced called “Friends For Life” (performed by One Flew South), “Good Doggie No Bone” (performed by Reba McEntire) and “We Go Together” (performed by Little Big Town)
• Lost Boy Home, which was narrated by Sam Waterston and won Best Shorts Award for The Palm Beach International Film Festival in 2013, was scored by Hummon
The Last Songwriter, 2017 documentary featuring Garth Brooks and Jason Isabell and winner of the Audience Award at the Nashville Film Festival, was scored and co-produced by Hummon.
Turning to theatre, Hummon has written 6 musicals and an opera. Three of his musicals—Warrior, 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. Other honors include
• Warrior, a musical about the life of Jim Thorpe, received an Award for Creative Excellence from the Native American Association of Tennessee and received invitations to be workshopped at the prestigious Eugene O’Neill Summer Conference in 2005
• The musical American Duet was also invited to be workshopped at the O’Neill Confernece in 2006
• The Piper, a Celtic-based musical, received a two-week workshop and production at NYC’s Irish Rep in 2011
• Hummon’s opera Surrender Road was supported by Opera America and staged by The Nashville Opera Company in 2005
Finally, in the realm of literature, Hummon’s children’s book, Anytime, Anywhere was published by Athenium Press, a division of Simon and Schuster, in 2009. In 2017, Hummon’s book The Passion, co-written with his wife The Rev. Becca Stevens, was published by Church Publishing; this happened in tandem with Hummon’s cantata of the same name being released on CTM Records. At present, Marcus lives in Nashville, TN, with his wife Becca and their 3 sons, Levi, Caney and Moses. He is working on various projects as an independent artist. One of his recent passion projects, Frederick Douglass: The Making of An American Prophet, a concert theatrical that Hummon was commissioned by Christ Church Cathedral to create based on Douglass’ writings, has received excellent reviews for its local performances and was put on at New York’s Marble Collegiate Church in 2017. When not at work in his home studio or Nashville at-large, Hummon can be found traveling, fishing with his sons, and enjoying a good cup of coffee.
Mike Reid received his degree in music from Penn State University in 1970. But that achievement was considerably overshadowed by his reputation on the football field. At Penn State he was an All-America selection and won the Outland Trophy as the country’s outstanding collegiate lineman. He was the first-round draft pick of the Cincinnati Bengals that year and at the end of his first season in the NFL, was named Defensive Rookie Of The Year. Reid’s success continued when he was voted NFL All-Pro in 1972 and ’73. In spite of these honors, Reid decided he would rather play music than football for a living. He retired from the Bengals and in 1980, moved to Nashville to pursue song writing.
Since 1983 when Mike Reid scored his first number one country hit song “Inside” by Ronnie Milsap, he has composed more than 30 top ten country and pop hits. Twenty-one of those records have gone all the way to number one on the charts.
He has been the recipient of ASCAPS’ “Songwriter of the Year” award and one of the many songs that Milsap recorded, “Stranger In My House”, has earned a Grammy award.
In addition to Milsap, Reid has had his songs recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Anita Baker, Bette Midler, Prince, George Michael, Nancy Wilson, Etta James, Kenny Rogers, Ann Murray, Wynonna Judd, Alabama, Joe Cocker, Tanya Tucker, Willie Nelson, Collin Raye and Tim McGraw. Among the songs that Mike has composed are “I Can’t Make You Love Me” (Raitt, Michael and Prince), “My Strongest Weakness” and “To Be Loved By You” (Judd), “In This Life” (Raye and Midler), “Sometimes I Wonder Why” (Baker), “Forever’s As Far As I’ll Go” (Alabama) and “Everywhere” (McGraw).
Presently, Mike divides his time between Nashville and New York City with his wife and their children. He is currently at work writing songs as well as composing the score for the musical “Casanova Returns” slated for a workshop in Australia in 2010.