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Since we last heard from Shawn Mullins on 2008â€™s honeydew, the Atlanta-based singer/songwriter and bandleaderhas undergone a series of transformative experiences, leading to a second coming for the veteran artist. Evidence of Mullinsâ€™ 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 Mullinsâ€™ 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 Bandâ€™s â€œToes,â€ marking his third #1 single, following 1999â€™s â€œLullabyâ€ and the 2006 Triple A/Americana chart-topper â€œBeautiful Wreck.â€ 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. All of this creative activity was topped off by the birth of Shawnâ€™s first child, Murphy, in August of 2009.
â€œEven in the hospital with our new son, something changed for me,â€ Mullins recalls. â€œIt was almost like nothing else mattered. It feels that different now. And at the same time, co-writing has become a sort of community for me.â€
These two crucial realizations are at the center of Light You Up.The new albumreaches out, boldly and magnanimously, into present-day existenceâ€”and at times like these, like-minded individuals can find strength in numbers. In this sense, the process that brought the new album to life parallels its underlying theme of banding together. Light You Up is an ensemble album through and through, the result of creative interaction from the writing through the recording. Tracking began with two weeks of playing and recording live at Mullinsâ€™ rustic Georgia cabin with his core musiciansâ€”drummer Gerry Hansen, bassist Patrick Blanchard and guitarist Davis Causey . The project continued with the addition of Hammond B3 organ and other keyboards from Marty Kearns, pedal steel from Dan Dugmore and Clay Cook, saxes from Tom Ryan, a string quartet and additional percussion. $18.00 advance / $22.00 door