The week of Monday January 8 to Monday January 15 we had the pleasure of welcoming the talented musician and artist Marcus Hummon on to our campus. He arrived at Episcopal with his wife, our theologian in residence and founder of the non-profit organization Thistle Farms, Becca Stevens. Stevens and Hummon gave us multiple opportunities to hear their thoughts on love and justice, as well as Hummon’s beautiful music. His career in music and the arts has been remarkable, his most known achievement being the Grammy award he received for his song “The Broken Road” that he co-wrote for Rascal Flatts. Hummon continues to use his music to touch those around him, and we are so lucky to have heard him play for us multiple times here at Episcopal.
He revealed some of his personal thoughts about music, composing, and inspiration in an interview with Episcopal student Bay Cohen. Hummon started by admitting that music was not always the central focus in his life, it would come and go during his adolescence years. Hummon’s parents made all their children learn at least one instrument, so he started with piano and moved to guitar. Hummon went on to college without expecting to do any music, but started playing covers on his guitar at clubs and started slipping in some of his own songs. Writing songs was always a passion for Hummon, and he loves using music to tell stories. He went on to become “somewhat obsessed” with composing and playing music in college, and started focusing more on music than school. Hummon taught himself piano by ear and through time he has become a successful and multifaceted musician. He has written three number one country hits which include “Cowboy Take Me Away” by the Dixie Chicks, “Born to Fly” by Sara Evans, and “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts.
Hummon’s journey with music has often intertwined with his wife’s work. He has used music to help heal the broken and spread messages about faith, love, and recovery, much like Stevens has done with her own work.
Hummon concluded his interview by sending out a message to young, aspiring artists. His message is as follows, “Learn how to find your own voice, you can never be too much of yourself. The thing about the arts, from a professional standpoint, is that sometimes we find out who we are throughout our careers. There are people who are brilliant artists, and they might not ever fill stadiums or get a hit on the radio, but that doesn’t mean they should stop. There will also be mediocre artists who have tremendous careers. But, the best thing you can do is see your career as a pilgrimage, a journey, and maybe you will be lucky enough to find success. At the end of the day, the best thing you can do is find out how to be uniquely you. If you can find that, you will find the greatest pleasure.” With Hummon and Stevens’ visit to the High School it has become clear that through love, music, and kindness, all can be possible.