Singer / Songwriter
Shawn Mullins is a singer-songwriter specializing in folk rock, instrumental rock, and adult alternative music.
He is best known for the 1998 single, “Lullaby”, which hit number one on the Adult Top 40 and was nominated for a Grammy Award.
Mullins cultivated an interest in music beginning in his days at Clarkston High School in Clarkston, Georgia where he made the acquaintance of friend and mentor Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls.
Later, he honed his craft in his college days at North Georgia College and State University as a solo acoustic musician and bandmaster of the military marching band.
Although he attended college on an Army ROTC scholarship with an intention of possibly pursuing a military career, he quickly abandoned this notion in favor of songwriting. Still, the contract nonetheless obliged him after graduation to serve a short term as an inactive Infantry officer in the Individual Ready Reserve component of the U.S. Army Reserve.
He served in an inactive status, reaching the rank of 1st lieutenant before fulfilling his service obligation and resigning honorably. Soon, he added a drummer (Mickey Hendrix) and bassist (Carlton Brown) to form the power pop trio billed as “Shawn Eric Mullins with Twice Removed”, a combo that would help carry him to campus-wide and regional notoriety.
Eventually the “Twice Removed” trio parted ways under amicable terms, and Mullins began using a variety of collaborative lineups while building his reputation as a solo artist.
His critical breakthrough came when his song “Lullaby,” from the album “Soul’s Core,” became a radio and video hit. One of his more famous songs, “All In My Head,” was featured on the hit television sitcom “Scrubs.”
Another single, “Shimmer,” was included on the soundtrack for the TV show “Dawson’s Creek” and was a minor hit. It was also used in Australia as part of its promotional campaign during the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics and it is still considered in Australia as the unofficial anthem of the games.
To date, he has yet to match the overwhelming commercial success of “Lullaby,” but in 2006, he released “9th Ward Pickin Parlor,” as well as a new single, entitled “Beautiful Wreck”, from the album. The single enjoyed modest success by reaching #1 on the Americana and AAA (Adult Album Alternative), and was featured in the “Cities 97 Sampler, Volume 18.”
On January 20, 2009, Mullins performed at Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony and his newest album, “Light You Up,” was released in October, 2010.
cinematic, contemplative, and captivating all at once.” -beat.com