Shawn Mullins Inks Deal With Josh Joplin Band

Atlanta crooner Shawn Mullins enjoyed a breakthrough year in 1998, as his ballad, "Lullaby," was all over the radio and TV airwaves, and helped the folk singer/songwriter garner a Grammy nod for "Best Male Pop Vocal Performance."

Now Mullins is hoping to spread a little of his good fortune to his fellow musicians back home, and has made his friends in another Atlanta act, the Josh Joplin Band, the first signing to Mullins' label, SMG Records.

"After having little success in attracting major label attention earlier in my career," Mullins said in a statement heralding the signing. "I decided to form SMG Records in 1994 as an avenue to continue practicing my art. I always wanted other artists on the label to help expose their music, and Josh Joplin was somebody whose songs have always moved me from the first time we played together in 1989."

The Josh Joplin Band has released a pair of albums, 1996's "Boxing Nostalgic" and 1994's "Projector Head," and hopes to issue its next,

as-yet-untitled album by the fall.