NORMAN — There’s no question Grammy nominee singer/songwriter Shawn Mullins will be playing his 1999 hit single “Lullaby” during his upcoming performance 8 p.m. April 11 at The Sooner Theatre, 101 E. Main St.
Mullins is a stellar songwriter and it’s the kind of tune that is liable to roam around in your noggin for a day or two after hearing it. The “Everything’s gonna be alright/ rockabye” chorus has been soothing magic for his throngs of dedicated fans. The song’s official music video with its poignant story is presently just under 2 million views on YouTube.
“That song is in classic radio rotation now, which is hilarious,” Mullins said from his home in Atlanta. “I’m grateful for that big hit I had though. It has allowed me to travel all over the world and go pretty much anywhere and play a show. Maybe not a stadium full but at least a few hundred people and that’s cool.”
Mullins shied away from the label “master songwriter” but indeed he is. His full album discography counts 18 titles since 1990. There are many genuine masterpieces of human insight, emotion and musicianship in those discs. He’s presently signed to the venerable Vanguard Records label.
Mullins is a product of the New South. He was growing up when school bussing to achieve integration was a hot controversy.
“It was intense and eye-opening,” he said. “For me it was an education to be a proud southern Georgia guy but to look ahead and get out of some of the ideas of our forefathers. I feel like I’ve been part of that. Not just in music but I’ve got to be involved in some cool civil and human rights causes that I was invited to be in.”
Although his songs aren’t blatantly political, it’s obvious that the struggles of 1970s-80s Atlanta deeply enriched his social consciousness.