A singer and songwriter whose work mixes country, pop, and R&B influences, Levi Hummon rose to fame for his heartfelt songs of good love and busted romance. Born on July 1, 1991 in Nashville, Tennessee, Hummon grew up with country music; his father, Marcus Hummon, was a songwriter whose work was recorded by Tim McGraw, the Dixie Chicks, and Rascal Flatts. Levi learned how to play guitar when he was 12 years old and occasionally wrote songs. However, though his teen years he was more interested in rock and pop music than country, and focused his creative ambitions on visual art. After completing high school, Levi enrolled at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he studied painting. However, after a romance went bad, Hummon started writing songs to express his feelings, and he sent the results to his father. Marcus told his son that the work showed promise, but if he wanted to be a songwriter, he needed to be in Nashville. Levi soon transferred to Belmont University in Nashville to study music, while also writing tunes with his dad; one of them, "Make It Love," was used in the movie Two: The Story of Roman & Nyro.
Several months later, his songs attracted the attention of Desmond Child, the massively successful tunesmith whose catalog included hits for everyone from Kiss and Bon Jovi to Kelly Clarkson and Katy Perry. Impressed with Hummon's work, Child signed him to a deal with his publishing company, and he began working with a number of noted artists and composers, including Steven Tyler, with their tune "Red, White, and You" appearing on Tyler's first solo album and becoming a major hit in Europe. While Levi had limited experience as a performer, after seeing him perform a show with this father, Scott Borchetta of Big Machine Records signed the young performer to a recording deal, and in April 2016 he released his debut EP, a self-titled five-song effort. One track from the EP, "Love You Hate You Miss You," became a hit on streaming services, and in April 2017 Hummon dropped the single "Don't Waste the Night," which Levi said was inspired by the work of Ed Sheeran. ~ Mark Deming