Memories of the past often fade over time, but not the “Songs We Sang.” A native son of Nashville with a distinguished musical pedigree, singer/songwriter Levi Hummontaps the connection we have to songs that stay vibrant long after lesser details wilt with time with his thoughtful new single.
“Songs We Sang,” with its bouncy, throwback feel and contemporary message is available now at retail and streaming. With a voice Rolling Stone has compared to Ed Sheeran, Hummon is more self-aware than self-conscious: “Don’t remember the blur of them nights/We partied like we got paid/and after all of this time/I still remember the songs we sang.”
“As I’ve grown older I’ve noticed my memories of high-school, and growing up in Nashville, are beginning to fade,” says Hummon. “Now, there is a kind of golden nostalgic glow around that period of my life. The crazy thing is, I still remember every single word to every song I used to crank up in my Mom’s old minivan. “Songs We Sang” is about those memories, that feeling, and the realization that you may be getting older, but you can still reach back in time, and even sing along.”
“Songs We Sang,” which was written by Hummon, Matt McVaney and Kylie Sackley, is the anticipated follow up to his hit “Stupid,” which has been the only song by an unsigned artist on the Billboard Top Country Songs chart for the last two consecutive weeks and has amassed over 10 million streams. And fans can further go down the rabbit hole with Hummon’s powerful ballad, “Love Heals,” a deeply meaningful duet with Alison Krauss that features their vocals intertwining like spring ivy.
The son of country songwriter Marcus Hummon and a visionary pastor Becca Stevens, Hummon grew up with an appreciation for the subtle shades between hardship and happiness. He’s seen his dad win GRAMMY awards for hits like Rascal Flatts’ “Bless the Broken Road,” and watched as his mom worked to give abused and exploited women a better life through her Nashville-based charity, Thistle Farms, which helps survivors of sex trafficking, prostitution and addiction.
Hummon wrote “Love Heals” with his father as a tribute to the women of Thistle Farms and the resilience of the human heart with lyrics including: “Never seen a broken heart/one shattered and torn apart/that couldn’t come back together.”
It’s a message that Hummon has been taking around the world as a frequent participant in high-profile songwriter showcases including the popular CMA Songwriters Series, where he participated in recent shows in Toronto and the sold-out series return to London in October during Country Music Month, where he built an enthusiastic fan base.
Hummon has worked with notable songwriters including Jimmy Robbins, Shane McAnally, Andrew Dorff, Josh Osborne, Jonathan Singleton, Nathan Barlowe, Brandy Clark and Trevor Rosen, among many others. Hummon also wrote with legendary entertainer Steven Tyler on the rocker’s single “Red, White and You,” which hit No. 1 in Italy.
He is a nimble writer who can easily traverse the span between commercial appeal and artistic integrity, but he is an equally gifted performer with an eagerness that is addictive and an on-stage bravado beyond his 25-years.
Hummon has toured with Frankie Ballard, Kelsea Ballerini, Billy Currington, Hunter Hayes, Sam Hunt, Kip Moore, David Nail, Michael Ray and A Thousand Horses, and has captured the attention of some of the most notable industry outlets, including being named “One to Watch” by Rolling Stone Country and making his debut on the Grand Ole Opry.