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Shawn Mullins Biography

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Born: 1968/03/08
Birth Place: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Years Active: 1990 - present
Genres: Alternative Rock, Country Rock

Shawn Mullins was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1968 and is a folk-rock/alternative/county-rock singer and songwriter. He cultivated an interest in music beginning in his days at Clarkston High School in Clarkston, Georgia. 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 (Golden Eagle Band).

He attended North Georgia College and State University on an Army ROTC scholarship with an intention of possibly pursuing a military career. Although he quickly abandoned this notion in favor of songwriting, 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 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 renown.

1990 saw Mullins embark on a solo career and release his self-titled debut album. It would be Mullins’ eighth studio album, “Soul’s Core,” released in 1998, that would earn the musician mainstream attention and commercial success. The album peaked at #54 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and was certified platinum. It produced the massive hit, “Lullaby,” which reached #1 on the Billboard Adult Top 40 chart, #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart and #9 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.

In early 2002, he formed the supergroup The Thorns with Matthew Sweet and Pete Droge.

2006 saw the release of Mullins’ debut album with Vanguard Records, “9th Ward Pickin’ Parlor,” which produced the single, “Beautiful Wreck.” The album peaked at #49 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart.

Mullins scored a minor hit with, “All in My Head,” a single from his 2008 album “Honeydew.” The song was written after an e-mail was sent out by the producers of the television program “Scrubs” searching for a theme song. Mullins wrote a demo version and sent it in within 24 hours. It wasn't selected as the theme song, but the demo version was used in a season one episode of the series.

2010 saw the release of Mullins’ album, “Light You Up.”