Shane McAnally

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Shane McAnally
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Background information
Birth name Shane McAnally
Also known as Shane Mack
Born (1974-10-12) October 12, 1974 (age 39)
Origin Mineral Wells, Texas, USA
Occupations Singer/Songwriter/Record Producer
Years active 1999-present
Associated acts Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark, Kelly Clarkson, Sam Hunt, Kenny Chesney,

Shane McAnally (born October 12, 1974 in Mineral Wells, Texas), is a multiple Grammy Award winning country music singer, songwriter and producer. He has written songs for Lee Ann Womack, Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire, Jake Owen, Luke Bryan, The Band Perry, Lady Antebellum, and Miranda Lambert. The Academy of Country Music named him the Songwriter of the Year in 2014.

In 2012 he produced Kacey Musgraves' major label debut Same Trailer Different Park with Musgraves and fellow songwriter, Luke Laird. He co-wrote nine of the album's twelve tracks including the first three singles, "Merry Go 'Round", "Blowin' Smoke" and "Follow Your Arrow".


In 2008, McAnally co-wrote Lee Ann Womack's single "Last Call".[1] He went on to write a string of American Country Music hits including Kenny Chesney's singles "Somewhere with You" and "Come Over", Jake Owen's 2011 single "Alone with You", Luke Bryan's single "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye", The Band Perry's single "Better Dig Two", Lady Antebellum's single "Downtown" and Miranda Lambert's single "Mama's Broken Heart".

Songs written by McAnally[edit]

Year Artist Album Song Co-writer(s)
2008 Lee Ann Womack Call Me Crazy "Last Call" Erin Enderlin
2009 Luke Bryan Doin' My Thing "What Country Is" Jamie Teachenor
2010 Kenny Chesney Hemingway's Whiskey "Somewhere with You" J.T. Harding
Reba McEntire All The Women I Am "All the Women I Am" Kent Blazy, Marv Green
"Cry" Brandy Clark
"The Day She Got Divorced" Brandy Clark, Mark D. Sanders
LeAnn Rimes Lady & Gentlemen "Crazy Women" Brandy Clark, Jessi Jo Dillion
2011 Luke Bryan Tailgates & Tanlines "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye" Luke Bryan, Jeff Stevens
"You Don’t Know Jack" Erin Enderlin
Kristin Chenoweth Some Lessons Learned "What Would Dolly Do?" Kristen Chenoweth, Desmond Child, Bob Ezrin
Sarah Darling (feat Vince Gill) Angels & Devils "Bad Habit" Sarah Darling, Josh Osborne
The Dirt Drifters This is My Blood "Hurt Somebody"
Uncle Kracker My Hometown "My Hometown"
Miranda Lambert Four the Record "Mama's Broken Heart" Brandy Clark, Kacey Musgraves
David Nail The Sound of a Million Dreams "That’s How I’ll Remember You" Brandy Clark, Madeleine Slate
Jake Owen Barefoot Blue Jean Night "Alone with You" Catt Gravitt, J.T. Harding
Ashton Shepherd Where Country Grows "Tryin' to Go to Church" Ashton Shepherd, Brandy Clark
Chris Young Neon "Neon" Josh Osborne, Trevor Rosen
2012 Greg Bates Greg Bates "Fill In the Blank"
”Go Time”
Kenny Chesney Welcome to the Fishbowl "Come Over" Josh Osborne, Sam Hunt
Easton Corbin All Over the Road "Are You With Me" Tommy Lee James, Terry McBride
Florida Georgia Line Here's to the Good Times "Party People" Luke Laird, J.T. Harding
Love and Theft Love and Theft "Runnin' Out of Air" Josh Osborne, Matt Jenkins
Sam Palladio & Clare Bowen Nashville (ABC, TV Series) "Fade Into You" Matt Jenkins, Trevor Rose
Randy Rogers Band Trouble "Fuzzy” Josh Osborne, Trevor Rosen
Joanna Smith Be What It Wants to Be "We Can't Be Friends"
2013 The Band Perry Pioneer "Better Dig Two" Brandy Clark, Trevor Rosen
Chainsaw Josh Osborne, Matt Ramsey
Wade Bowen Songs About Trucks “Songs About Trucks”
Luke Bryan Crash My Party “Goodbye Girl” Josh Osborne, Matt Ramsey
Brandy Clark 12 Stories “Stripes” Brandy Clark, Matt Jenkins
“Pray to Jesus” Brandy Clark, Jessi Jo Dillion
“Crazy Women Brandy Clark
“Take A Little Pill Brandy Clark, Mark D. Sanders
“The Day She Got Divorced”
“Hungover” Brandy Clark, Jessie Jo Dillion
“Just Like Him”
Kelly Clarkson N/A "Tie It Up" Ashley Arrison, Josh Osborne
Wrapped in Red Wrapped in Red Kelly Clarkson, Ashley Arrison, Aben Eubanks
Sheryl Crow Feels Like Home “Homecoming Queen” Brandy Clark, Luke Laird
Billy Currington We Are Tonight “Closer Tonight” J.T. Harding, Marv Green
“Another Day Without You” Barry Dean, Andrew Dorff
Brett Eldredge Bring You Back “On & On” Brett Eldredge, Luke Laird, Barry Dean
Florida Georgia Line Here's to the Good Times “Take It Out On Me" Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley
Hunter Hayes Hunter Hayes (Encore) “Light Me Up” Hunter Hayes, busbee
Lady Antebellum Golden "Downtown" Natalie Hemby, Luke Laird
Scotty McCreery See You Tonight’’ “Feel Good Summer Song” J.T. Harding, Josh Osborne
Tim McGraw Two Lanes of Freedom “It’s Your World” Josh Osborne, Scott Stepakoff
Ashley Monroe Like a Rose “Two Weeks Late” Ashley Monroe
Lorrie Morgan & Pam Tillis Dos Divas “Last Night’s Makeup” Jessi Jo Dillion, Brandy Clark
Kacey Musgraves Same Trailer Different Park Merry Go Round Kacey Musgraves, Josh Osborne
"Blowin' Smoke" Kacey Musgraves, Luke Laird
"Follow Your Arrow" Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark
"Silver Lining Kacey Musgraves, Josh Osborne
"My House"
"Dandelion" Kacey Muagraves, Brandy Clark
"Keep It to Yourself" Kacey Musgraves, Luke Laird
"Stupid" Kacey Musgraves, Josh Osborne
"Step Off Kacey Musgraves, Luke Laird
Matt Nathanson Last of the Great Pretenders “Farewell December"
Jake Owen Days of Gold "Ghost Town" Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley
"One Little Kiss" Ashley Gorley, Jimmy Robbins
"Tipsy" Matt Jenkins, Trevor Rosen
Hayden Panettiere Nashville (ABC, TV series) "Boys & Buses" Brandy Clark, Josh Osborne
Thomas Rhett It Goes Like This "Call Me Up" Luke Laird, Rhett Akins
Darius Rucker (feat Sheryl Crow) True Believers "Love Without You" Brandy Clark
Thompson Square Just Feels Good "Testing The Water" Luke Laird, Hillary Lindsey
Keith Urban Fuse “Come Back To Me” Brandy Clark, Trevor Rosen
Gretchen Wilson Right on Time “Get Outta My Yard” Brandy Clark, Kacey Musgraves
Charlie Worsham Rubberband “Someone Like Me” Charlie Worsham, Ryan Tyndell
“Break What’s Broken” Charlie Worsham, Josh Osborne
Chris Young A.M. “Hold You To It” Chris Young, Josh Osborne
“Text Me Texas” Rhett Atkins
2014 Frankie Ballard Sunshine & Whiskey "Young & Crazy" Rhett Akins, Ashley Gorley
Dierks Bentley Riser "Say You Do" Matt Ramsey, Trevor Rosen
"Hurt Somebody" Mark Nesler, Matt Fleeney
Kenny Chesney TBA "American Kids"
Sara Evans Slow Me Down "You Never Know" Sara Evans, Josh Osborne
Miranda Lambert feat. Little Big Town Platinum "Smokin' and Drinkin" Natalie Hemby, Luke Laird
David Nail I'm a Fire "Burnin' Bed" Brandy Clark, Bob DiPiero
"Brand New Day" Scooter Carusoe
Eric Paslay Eric Paslay "Country Side of Heaven" Eric Paslay, Dylan Altman
Carrie Underwood N/A "Keep Us Safe" [2] Carrie Underwood, Luke Laird, Hillary Lindsey

Broadway Shows[edit]

In 2013, McAnally and Brandy Clark wrote the music and lyrics for the new original, Broadway musical, Hee-Haw. The book was written by Robert Horn and it is currently in pre-production.


Year Artist Type Project
2013 Kacey Musgraves Album Same Trailer Different Park
Kelly Clarkson Track "Tie It Up"
2014 Sam Hunt Track Raised on It
Old Dominion Track Dirt on a Road

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2014 Academy of Country Music Awards Album of the Year Same Trailer Different Park Won
Song of the Year "Mama's Broken Heart" Nominated
Songwriter of the Year N/A Won
Grammy Awards Best Country Album Same Trailer Different Park Won
Best Country Song "Merry Go Round" Won
"Mama's Broken Heart" Nominated
2013 American Country Awards Song of the Year "Merry Go Round" Nominated
"Mama's Broken Heart" Nominated
"Better Dig Two" Nominated
Country Music Association Awards Album of the Year Same Trailer Different Park Nominated
Single of the Year "Merry Go Round" Nominated
Song of the Year "Merry Go Round" Nominated
"Mama's Broken Heart" Nominated
MusicRow Awards Song of the Year "Merry Go Round" Won
Academy of Country Music Awards Songwriter of the Year N/A Nominated

Recording Artist[edit]

McAnally and music producer Rich Herring recorded a demo of a song that McAnally had written. The song, "Just One Touch", earned McAnally a publishing deal as well as a recording contract with Curb Records.[3]

In 1999, McAnally signed with Curb Records and began recording his first album for the label as well as his first single. "Say Anything" was released in 1999 as the lead-off single to his self-titled debut album. The song failed to reach the Top 40 of the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart. The follow-up single, "Are Your Eyes Still Blue", became his first Top 40 single, peaking at number 31. McAnally released two more singles from the album; "Run Away", which peaked at number 50 on the country chart, and "It Comes and Goes", which failed to chart at all. His album was finally released in October 2000.

McAnally briefly recorded under the name Shane Mack from 2005-2007. Six of his songs appear in the 2007 LGBT film Shelter.[4]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details
Shane McAnally


Year Single Peak chart
US Country
CAN Country
1999 "Say Anything" 41 46 Shane McAnally
"Are Your Eyes Still Blue" 31 47
2000 "Run Away" 50 57
"It Comes and Goes"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1999 "Say Anything" Chris Rogers

Personal life[edit]

McAnally is openly gay.[7] McAnally married his partner of six years, Michael Baum, in September 2012.[7] The couple welcomed a daughter and a son in December 2012.[7]


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