The writer behind big hits for Wynonna, Tim McGraw, Bryan White and Alabama, Marcus Hummon has been making waves in Nashville for the past decade. However, the artist/songwriter now has hit a creative stride that is turning out to be the most rewarding period of his career - one that also includes a book of poetry, three stage musicals, and even the lyrics for the PBS children's cartoon series Book of Virtues.
With Dixie Chick Martie Seidel, he co-wrote the first two singles from the Chicks' sophomore #1 album, Fly. Both "Cowboy, Take Me Away" and "Ready To Run" topped Billboard's Country Singles Chart. The latter tune turned up in the Julia Roberts-Richard Gere film Runaway Bride, and netted Seidel and Hummon a Grammy nomination for Best Country Song.
Coinciding with his recent songwriting success, Hummon released Looking for the Child, the follow-up disc to his album All in Good Time, which he cut in 1996 for Columbia. The new collection was released on Velvet Armadillo Records, an Internet-based label owned by Tim McGraw's manager Scott Siman.
Don't expect a dry spell anytime soon from Hummon. He has cuts on upcoming albums by, among others, Steve Wariner and Sara Evans, and he's also been busy writing tunes with Mary Chapin Carpenter, SHeDAISY, Deana Carter and several more songs with Seidel.
"I mostly attribute this rewarding period to perseverance and hard work and not spinning out," Hummon says.
"When things didn't work out with my [artist] deal at Columbia, I did not over emphasize that as a factor in my life. It really isn't a big factor. It was a great opportunity, and it had its low moments, but I pushed through that and believed in myself as a creative person."