Grammy®-nominated Singer/Songwriter Shawn Mullins will play a gig in the Alhambra After Dark music series at Jacksonville’s iconic Alhambra Theatre & Dining. Mullins, nominated for a Grammy Award for his breakout song, “Lullaby,” is touring North America to promote My Stupid Heart, his new album available now on Rounder Sugar Hill.
Originally from Clarkston, GA, Mullins’ critical breakthrough came in 1998 when his song “Lullaby,” from the album Soul’s Core, became a radio and video hit. Also from Soul’s Core, “All in My Head,” was featured on the hit television sitcom Scrubs. Another hit single, “Shimmer,” was included on the soundtrack for the TV show Dawson’s Creek. “Shimmer” was also used in Australia as part of its promotional campaign during the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics and is still considered in Australia as the unofficial anthem of the games.
My Stupid Heart is Mullins’ ninth studio album. Coming off a tour of music festival performances, Mullins is wrapping up his US tour that included stops in Atlanta, New York, Tampa and Washington, DC, and found some time to fit in a show at America’s longest running dinner theater. The Alhambra has produced several tribute artist shows commemorating artists like Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, The Carpenters and John Denver, and even hosted The Amazing Kreskin, but this is its inaugural foray hosting a contemporary artist on a current tour.
“When we started the concept of Alhambra After Dark, artists like Shawn were exactly what we had in mind,” said Alhambra Managing Partner, Craig Smith. Smith continued, “Shawn is a big-time performer who owns our kind of room: intimate and authentic. It’s taken us a while to perfect that vibe, and we’re excited to host acts of Shawn’s caliber. He’s a Grammy-nominee on our stage. It’s a bit of a milestone for us as we continue trying new things to celebrate our 50th anniversary.”
Said Director of Operations and talent coordinator, Gary Smith, “From a business perspective, we’re hoping the music industry takes notice of this room. Everyone who has played here comments on how hip, cool and intimate it is. Plus, artists like Shawn will help us draw some folks who have not been here before. Shawn is just the first such artist to play our room.”
Tickets start at $40 for regular seating and $75 for a limited amount of VIP seats which include a pre-show meet and greet, seats at the stage-side tables and an autographed CD or poster. Ticket price includes the show and parking. Call the box office at 904.641.1212 or at www.alhambrajax.com.