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MP3 Marcus Hummon - Surrender Road

Rock opera

10 MP3 Songs
EASY LISTENING: Musicals/Broadway, ROCK: Americana

Selections from the World Premiere of Marcus''s first opera, Surrender Road, featuring Shakespeare like you''ve never heard it before! Vintage Marcus melodies and harmonies make this a must have!!

Marcus Hummon has a dual career as a writer of theatrical works and as a chart-topping, award-winning song composer.

To date, he has created six musical productions that have been staged at various venues in his home city of Nashville and beyond. American Duet is about race relations and musical identity. It has been performed in 1998, 1999 and 2004 in Music City and is currently awaiting it’s off-Broadway debut. Francis of Guernica blends the themes of Pablo Picasso painting his masterpiece with the Spanish civil war, the issue of insanity and the rise of Fascism. Its initial run in 2000 led to a full-scale production by the Tennessee Repertory Theater in 2002.

Hummon’s Warrior is the story of the tragic Olympic athlete Jim Thorpe. Its 2001 premiere was in the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Ford Theater. As a result of its box-office success and educational consciousness raising, the Native American Association of Tennessee gave him its Outstanding Achievement award later that year. Celtic music and suicide are the foundations for The Piper. This work premiered in 2004 at the Hartford Conservatory in Connecticut. Atlanta is a Civil War musical. It premiered in Nashville in early 2005 and is now being readied for a staging in Los Angeles.

Surrender Road is Hummon’s first opera. It is sung via Shakespeare’s soliloquies accompanied by piano and string quartet. Surrender Road is about a day in the life of a boxer. It was staged by Nashville Opera in late 2005 and was chosen as a featured new work at Opera America’s national conference in Detroit.

Alongside this theatrical work is one of the most successful songwriting careers in America’s capital of songwriting. Hummon moved to Nashville in 1986. Two years later, Michael Martin Murphey became the first to record one of his songs, “Pilgrims on the Way.” In 1993, Wynonna scored a major hit with his “Only Love.” Alabama had a hit with his baseball song “The Cheap Seats” the following year.

Hummon’s debut album, All in Good Time, was released in 1995. It contained “One of These Days,” which Tim McGraw took to the top of the charts in 1998, and “Bless the Broken Road.” Rascal Flatts’ version of the later has become the biggest country-music hit of 2005, won the Nashville Songwriter’s Association International’s Song of the Year, and was nominated in several categories, including Song of the Year, at the 2005 CMA awards. It remained at No. 1 on the charts for six weeks. Other songwriting successes include Bryan White’s “Love Is the Right Place” (1997), Sara Evans’ “Born to Fly”(2000), SHeDAISY’s “Get Over Yourself” (2002) and the Dixie Chicks’ “Ready to Run” and “Cowboy Take Me Away” (both 1999).

The singer-songwriter formed his own label, Velvet Armadillo Records, and has used it to market his CDs The Sound of One Fan Clapping (1997), Looking for the Child (1999), Revolution (2003) and Nowhere to Go But Up (2005), as well as recordings of his theatrical works. He has also written a book of poetry, lyrics for the PBS children’s cartoon series Book of Virtues, songs for his 2001 pop/rock band The Raphaels, and recently signed on to write a children’s book with Siman and Schuster, preliminarily titled, “Isaac’s Prayer.”

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