Best known for his chart-topping hit "Lullaby," Shawn Mullins' musical accomplishments include three number-one charting songs, and a Grammy nomination. Winter Wind welcomes Mullins with special guest Chuck Cannon on Thursday, April 11, for a special Winter Wind concert at 7:00 pm in the Norman Depot, 200 South Jones Avenue. Tickets are $20.
Since we last heard from Mullins on 2008’s honeydew, the Atlanta-based singer/songwriter and bandleader has undergone a series of transformative experiences, leading to a second coming for the veteran artist. Evidence of Mullins’ newfound level of musical and lyrical ambition courses comes through with Light You Up (Vanguard Records, October 12). This captivating new song cycle will likely be viewed as a flat-out revelation even by Mullins’ most fervent fans.
His experiences included an indoctrination into the collaborative creative process by numerous bouts of intensive co-writing, in one instance putting him atop of the country charts via a key contribution to the Zac Brown Band’s “Toes,” marking his third #1 single, following 1999’s “Lullaby” and the 2006 Triple A/Americana chart-topper “Beautiful Wreck.” Further co-writing yielded nine of the 11 songs on the new album, which Mullins believes represents the strongest, most expressive writing of his distinguished career.
"His music is rife with intricate storylines in an Americana-folk-bluegrass sound that's consistent, comfortable but still retains a challenging emotional edge." -- Santa Fe Reporter
Joining Mullins on stage will be award winning singer/songwriter Chuck Cannon. Cannon grew up in the low country of the South Carolina coast. His father and grand-father were both Pentecostal preachers, so his earliest musical influence was a unique strain of gospel music that was an amalgam of Appalachian folk and black spirituals. His recent honors include BMI's Two-Million-Air award for the Academy of Country Music's 1993 Song of the Year and international hit, "I Love The Way You Love Me," and BMI's Million-Air award for the #1 hit, "Me Too" written with Toby Keith. As well, Chuck received Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association nominations for the #1 hit, "How Do You Like Me Now," written with country artist Toby Keith.
Tickets are available by clicking the "Buy Now" button above, and the Performing Arts Studio in the Depot. PAS hours are 8:00 am to 3:00 pm Tuesday through Friday and from 10:00 am to noon Saturday. For additional information, phone 405-307-9320.
Winter Wind Concerts are made possible, in part, by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council and by sponsors Tom McAuliffe of Don Cies Real Estate; Cindy Merrick of Therapy in Motion, and Nancy McClellan. Additional support comes from contributors Glen Brown; Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School; Hugh and Keri Young; Dale Wares, Wares Properties; Midway Concert Series, Mike Goodman; and Danna Primm. Friends include Marie Soliel, Tom & Mary Cay Woodfin; and The Grider Family. In-kind support comes from the City of Norman, Cafe Plaid, The Montford Inn and Norman Music Institute.