Grammy winner, and Inductee to the Nashville Songwriter Association International's (NSAI)’s Hall of Fame, 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.
Hummon has written 6 musicals and an opera. Three of his musicals, Warrior and 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. Warrior and American Duet received invitations to be work-shopped at the prestigious Eugene O'Neill Summer Conference in 2005 and 2006. For Warrior, a musical about the life of Jim Thorpe, Hummon received an Award for Creative Excellence from the Native American Association of Tennessee. His opera, Surrender Road, was supported by Opera America, and staged by The Nashville Opera Company in 2005. His musical, Atlanta enjoyed a 3-month long run at The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles in 2007. His Celtic-based musical, The Piper, received a 2-week workshop and production at NYC’s Irish Rep in 2011.
Hummon has received 7 BMI Awards, and 5 BMI #1 Awards; for Rascal Flatts’ Bless The Broken Road (winner of the Grammy for Best Country Song 2005, nominated for Song Of The Year in all genres 2005, two-time NSAI Song Of The Year Award 2005 and 2007, nominated for a Dove Award for Song Of The Year 2007); The Dixie Chick’s Cowboy Take Me Away; Sara Evans’ Born To Fly (nominated for CMA Song Of The Year 2001, won CMA Video Of The Year 2001), Tim McGraw’s One Of These Days; Wynonna Judd’s Only Love (nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance, Female). Another Hummon co-written song, the Dixie Chick’s Ready To Run, was nominated for a Grammy for Country Song Of The Year, and won the Grammy for "Best Country Performance By A Group Or A Duo," off the Grammy Award-winning Country Album Of The Year, Fly in 2000. In addition, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was nominated for a Grammy Award for "Best Country Performance By A Group Or A Duo With Vocal" for Roll The Stone Away co-written by Hummon.
As a recording artist and instrumentalist, Hummon released a critically acclaimed country record for Columbia Records in 1995, All In Good Time. In 1998, he and Scottish Big Country front-man, Stuart Adamson, released their duo album Supernatural, as The Raphaels, with Track Records out of London. He has also released several independent records.
Hummon has had several songs featured in film, notably three songs which he wrote and produced in Disney’s The Fox And The Hound 2: Friends For Life (One Flew South), Good Doggie No Bone (Reba McEntire) and We Go Together (Little Big Town).
Hummon has scored two films: Lost Boy Home narrated by Sam Waterston, winner of Best Shorts Award for the Palm Beach International Film Festival 2013; and The Last Songwriter (a documentary he co-produced, featuring Garth Brooks and Jason Isbell), winner of the Audience Award at the Nashville Film Festival 2017.
In literature, Hummon's children's book, Anytime, Anywhere, was published by Athenium Press, a division of Simon and Schuster, in 2009. In 2017 his book, The Passion, a book co-written with his wife Rev. Becca Stevens, was published by Church Publishing, reflecting his cantata of the same name, released on CTM Records.
Composer, Lyricist, Book & Producer
Charles Randolph-Wright has built a dynamic and diversified career in directing, writing, and producing for theatre, television, and film.
For theatre, Charles directed the smash hit Motown The Musical (Broadway, the National tour, and London), the world premiere of the Broadway bound musical Born For This, which he co-wrote with gospel icon Bebe Winans, the Pulitzer prize winning play Ruined and the record breaking musical Sophisticated Ladies (starring Maurice Hines), at Arena Stage, the 75th anniversary tour of the opera Porgy and Bess, Brian Stokes Mitchell in his solo show Love/Life at Lincoln Center, Daniel Beaty’s Through the Night at the Union Square Theatre and the Geffen Theatre, the world premiere of Akeelah and the Bee for the 50th anniversary season of the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, the hit revival of Guys and Dolls (also starring Maurice Hines) which was selected by the Loesser estate to become a national tour celebrating the musical’s 50th anniversary, They’re Playing Our Song (in Portuguese) in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brasil, Blood Knot at ACT in San Francisco (featuring music by Tracy Chapman), and Cabaret Verboten at the Mark Taper Forum (with Bebe Neuwirth and Roger Rees).
Charles also directed the world premieres of Tough Titty by Oni Faida Lampley at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and Senor Discretion Himself (the last musical written by Frank Loesser, based on a story by Budd Schulberg, and co-written with Culture Clash). He directed and co-wrote Me and Mrs. Jones (a musical which starred Lou Rawls, and featured the classic R&B music of the Sound of Philadelphia) at the Prince Music Theatre, The Diva Dismissed (starring Jenifer Lewis) at the NYSF Public Theater and the Hudson Theatre (LA), and Homework (starring Kim Coles) in NYC, Crossroads (NJ), and LA.
Charles wrote the play Blue, starring Phylicia Rashad, which broke box office records at Arena Stage (where Charles is an inaugural resident playwright). Blue has had many sold out productions throughout the United States, including the Roundabout Theatre and the Pasadena Playhouse (which starred Ms. Rashad, Diahann Carroll, and Clifton Davis). Charles also wrote Cuttin’ Up (based upon the best selling book by Craig Marberry), The Night is a Child (starring JoBeth Williams), Love in Afghanistan, and co-wrote Just Between Friends starring Bea Arthur, which toured internationally, including a Tony nominated run on Broadway.
Charles directed the award-winning film Preaching to the Choir, and has written screenplays for HBO, Showtime, Disney and Fox. Television directing credits include the series Katy Keene, Greenleaf, Step Up Highwater, Lincoln Heights, and South of Nowhere. Charles directed and co-produced Bebe Winans’ special America America on BET, directed Patina Miller in her concert on PBS’ Live From Lincoln Center, co-produced An Evening with Berry Gordy on PBS, directed the award winning Freestyle football commercial for Nike, and produced and wrote the Showtime series “Linc’s.” Charles is an Executive Producer of Maurice Hines:Bring Them Back, a documentary which recently won the Grand Jury Prize at the NY Doc Festival.
A native of York, South Carolina, Charles is an honor graduate of Duke University where he was an A.B. Duke Scholar and recently received the Distinguished Alumni Award. He was honored with the Paul Robeson Award from Actors’ Equity, co-founded “Create Carolina” - an arts festival in the Carolinas, and is a founding member of the Wright Family Foundation of South Carolina. www.Randolph-Wright.com.
Director & Book
Joseph Joubert is a hugely versatile musician whose wide-ranging accomplishments and talent as a pianist, arranger, orchestrator, Broadway conductor and music director have taken him around the world. Most recently Mr. Joubert was orchestrator with Danny Troob for Alan Menken’s Hercules, presented by Public Works for Disney. Mr. Joubert was music supervisor and orchestrator for Classic Stage Company’s Carmen Jones, starring Anika Noni Rose, to rave reviews. His Broadway orchestration credits include The Color Purple (Drama Desk Nomination), Disaster, Violet (Drama Desk Nomination), Leap of Faith, and Caroline or Change. He was Musical Director for Berry Gordy’s Motown The Musical and was the assistant conductor for Nice Work If You Can Get It, and Billy Elliot.
Mr. Joubert was Musical Director, Arranger, and Pianist for Norm Lewis’American Songbook, the PBS Live from Lincoln Center special. He was orchestrator/musical supervisor and conductor for the PBS special Three Mo’ Tenors and production of Three Mo Divas. Mr. Joubert was an orchestrator for the TV show Smash and the film Nights In Rodanthe. He received a Grammy nomination for “Best Arrangement Accompanying A Vocal” for the Broadway Inspirational Voices Great Joy.
As a record producer and arranger/orchestrator, he has worked with Ashford and Simpson, Diana Ross, George Benson, Patti LaBelle, Whitney Houston, Cissy Houston, Jennifer Holliday, Dionne Warwick, Luther Vandross, Norm Lewis and Diane Reeves. His orchestrations are used by symphonies across the USA including The New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia orchestras. He appeared in the Metropolitan Opera’s revival of Porgy and Bess as the piano-player Jasbo Brown. Critics have hailed Mr. Joubert’s “sensitive and supportive” performances as an accompanist and the “uncommon tonal beauty” of his playing. He has collaborated with such classical singers as Denyce Graves, Esther Hinds, Harolyn Blackwell, Florence Quivar, Simon Estes, and Hilda Harris, and performed with Kathleen Battle at the White House for President Bill Clinton as well as Carnegie Hall.
Mr. Joubert is at home arranging and performing in any style from classical to pop, gospel to Broadway, spiritual to R & B. He has reinterpreted classic hymns on his solo piano CD Total Praise and most recent solo piano CD A Mighty Fortress Is Our God: The Joubert Experience released by GIA Publications. His published arrangements are performed all over the world. As Musical Director for Judy Collins for five years he performed with the London Symphony and many of the major American orchestras.
Born in New York City, the son of a Baptist minister, he began playing the piano at the age of eight and by age sixteen had made his Town Hall debut with full orchestra. He received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Dora Zaslavsky, and won the nationwide piano competition of the National Association of Negro Musicians in 1980. Mr. Joubert’s extensive recording catalogue.
Reggie Hill is a long-time supporter of Marcus Hummon’s work—and the arts in general. As a lawyer and healthcare executive, he understands and appreciates the role that the arts can play in human wellness and that it can be the connector for community discussions of great importance. He sits on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville and is proud to produce this great and important work.
Nathan brings twenty years of experience working for Broadway’s leading general management and producing firms and is the president of Fifth Estate Entertainment. Nathan’s Broadway credits include A Christmas Carol, In Residence On Broadway, The Boys in the Band, The Play That Goes Wrong, The Audience, Living on Love, The Gin Game, Something Rotten!, Cirque du Soleil Paramour and Motown the Musical—to name a few.
Executive Producer & General Manager
Recently retired President and CEO of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, an IPN Broadway presenter, Kathleen recently founded KatLoon Entertainment, a production company that focuses on bringing new works to the stage that tackle social issues and themes through thought-provoking entertainment. Current projects include Part of the Plan, Perfect 36, and American Prophet.
Tara started her company in April 2001 after working for 15 years as a Casting Director at Johnson-Liff Associates. During those years she worked on productions of Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Sunset Boulevard, Jerry Zaks' revival of Guys and Dolls and Miss Saigon. She also cast the daytime drama Another World.
At Tara Rubin Casting, she and her colleagues cast the Broadway musicals Ain’t Too Proud, Dear Evan Hansen, The Band’s Visit, School of Rock, Bullets Over Broadway, Big Fish, Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Aladdin, Mary Poppins, Spamalot and The Producers. They recently completed their 15th season as Casting Directors for Yale Repertory Theater and have worked with many regional theaters including La Jolla Playhouse, The Williamstown Theater Festival, Dallas Theater Center, Arena Stage, and The Westport Country Playhouse.
Tara graduated with honors from Boston University and serves on the board of the Casting Society of America. She is a trustee of Noel Coward Foundation.