Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Jango Song Of The Day-Shawn Mullins
Album:The Essential Shawn Mullins
Singer songwriter Shawn Mullins had his biggest commercial success with the 1998 top ten hit Lullaby. He was recording for several years before that hit and he continues to record today. He is unlikely to ever have that kind of commercial success again but has a big enough fanbase that he won't need it. And he now records for a label more suitable for his kind of acoustic oriented music. He was born Mar. 8, 1968 in Atlanta. He became interested in music in high school but was headed to a career in the military after attending North Georgia College and State University on an Army ROTC scholarship. So after fulfilling his contract as an infantry officer in the US Army Airborne Division, he left the military and formed Shawn Eric Mullins & Twice Removed. He recorded several CDs independently until he finally signed with Columbia Records. His 1998 CD Soul's Core was his major label debut. Lullaby was the first single and reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. And if you're trying to place a name to the face of the girl in the video, it's actress Dominique Swain. Mullins wrote all the songs on the CD except for a cover of Kris Kristofferson's Sunday Morning Coming Down. The CD was produced by Peter Collins, a British producer who made his name producing Rush in the 80s. Mullins has never been able to match the commercial success of Lullaby. But he released a couple more CDs on Columbia and also formed The Thorns with Matthew Sweet and Pete Droge. Mullins now records for Vanguard Records and his latest CD Live At The Variety Playhouse was released in Oct. 2008. This 2003 comp is a good intro to his music. Sony re-released it as a budget comp last year. Here's the video for Lullaby by Shawn Mullins.