In 1998, after several independent records, Shawn recorded Soul’s Core that included a song called Lullaby which became a chart topper. In 1999, Shawn was nominated for a Grammy, Soul’s Core had gone platinum in the U.S. and Australia, and Lullaby enjoyed worldwide radio success. Mullins toured for a year in support of Soul’s Core and then released Beneath the Velvet Sun in the fall of 2000. He also began collaborating with other songwriters. Shawn released his new album 9th Ward Pickin’ Parlor in February this year with the help of a close circle of friends including Mike West on guitar, mandolin, banjo and banjolin (a banjo/mandolin hybrid), Gerry Hansen and Kenny Malone on drums and percussion, David Labruyere (John Mayer) on bass, and Peter Stroud (Sheryl Crow and Don Henley) on electric guitar.