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 40)
Origin Mineral Wells, Texas, USA
Occupation(s) 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 record producer. He has written and produced songs for Kacey Musgraves, Kelly Clarkson, Sam Hunt, Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire, Jake Owen, Luke Bryan, The Band Perry, Lady Antebellum, and Miranda Lambert. The Academy of Country Music named him Songwriter of the Year in 2014.

McAnally co-produced Kacey Musgraves' 2012 Award Winning debut Same Trailer Different Park with her and fellow songwriter, Luke Laird. He co-wrote nine of the album's twelve tracks including all four singles, "Merry Go 'Round", "Blowin' Smoke", "Follow Your Arrow" and "Keep It to Yourself". He co-produced with Zach Crowell Sam Hunt’s major label debut, Montevallo, and co-wrote the singles "Leave the Night On” and "Take Your Time".


McAnally began performing at local clubs at age 12 and appeared on Star Search when he was 14, singing Dan Hill's "Sometimes When We Touch." He moved to Branson, Missouri at age 15, then to Nashville at 19, where he released his debut album, Shane McAnally.[1]


In 2008, McAnally co-wrote Lee Ann Womack's single "Last Call".[2] He went on to write a string of American Country Music hits including Kenny Chesney's singles "Somewhere with You" "Come Over" and "American Kids", Jake Owen's "Alone with You", Luke Bryan's "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye", The Band Perry's "Better Dig Two" and Chainsaw, Lady Antebellum's "Downtown", Miranda Lambert's "Mama's Broken Heart" and Sam Hunt’s "Leave the Night On”. He won the 2014 Grammy Award for Country Song of the Year with Kacey Musgraves' "Merry Go 'Round" and the 2014 Country Music Association's Song of the Year for "Follow Your Arrow"

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 The Music of Nashville: Season 1 Volume 2 "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 Musgraves, 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 Season 2 "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
Lee Brice I Don't Dance "Somebody's Been Drinkin'" Hillary Lindsey, Ashley Gorley
Connie Britton The Music of Nashville: Season 3, Volume 1 "Lies of the Lonely" Natalie Hemby, Josh Osborne
Brothers Osborne Brothers Osborne "Stay a Little Longer'" Josh Osborne, TJ Osborne
Kenny Chesney The Big Revival "American Kids" Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird
"Wild Child" Kenny Chesney, Josh Osborne
Sara Evans Slow Me Down "You Never Know" Sara Evans, Josh Osborne
Pat Green feat. Lyle Lovett N/A "Girls from Texas" Jon Randall
Sam Hunt Montevallo "Break Up in a Small Town" Sam Hunt, Zach Crowell
"Leave the Night On" Sam Hunt, Josh Osborne
"Take Your Time"
"Single for the Summer" Sam Hunt, Josh Osborne, Zach Crowell
Josh Abbott Band N/A "Hangin' Around" Josh Abbott, Josh Osborne
Lady Antebellum 747 "Freestyle" Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood
"Just a Girl
"Damn You Seventeen" Luke Laird, Rodney Clawsom
Little Big Town Pain Killer "Quit Breaking Up with Me" Natalie Hemby, Busbee
"Things You Don't Think About" Natalie Hemby, Ross Copperman
Miranda Lambert feat. Little Big Town Platinum "Smokin' and Drinkin" Natalie Hemby, Luke Laird
Tim McGraw Sundown Heaven Town "Overrated" Josh Osborne, Rivers Rutherford
Kacey Musgraves N/A "The Trailer Song" Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark
The Best of Me (Soundtrack) "Love Is a Liar" Kacey Musgraves, Josh Osborne
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
Chase Rice Ignite the Night "Gonna Wanna Tonight" Jon Nite, Jimmy Robbins
Blake Shelton Bringing Back the Sunshine "I Really Shouldn't Drink Around You" Josh Osborne, Trevor Rosen
"Messed Up" Thomas Harding, Luke Laird
Carrie Underwood N/A "Keep Us Safe" Carrie Underwood, Luke Laird, Hillary Lindsey
2015 Kelly Clarkson Piece by Piece "Good Goes the Bye" Natalie Hemby, Jimmy Robbins
"Second Wind Chris DeStefano, Maren Morris
Toby Keith 35 MPH Town "Drunk Americans" Brandy Clark, Bob DiPiero
Reba McEntire Love Somebody "She Got Drunk Last Night" Brandy Clark
"Until They Don't Love You" Lori McKenna, Josh Osborne
"Love Somebody" Josh Osborne, Sam Hunt
"More Than Just Her Last Name" Brandy Clark, Josh Osborne
Kacey Musgraves Pageant Material "High Time" Kacey Musgraves, Luke Laird
"Dime Store Cowgirl"
"Pageant Material"
"Biscuits" Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark
"Somebody to Love" Kacey Musgraves, Josh Osborne
"Die Fun" Kacey Musgraves, Luke Laird
"Family Is Family" Kacey Musgraves, Josh Osborne
"Cup of Tea"
"Fine" Kacey Musgraves, Ashley Arrison
George Strait Texas Rising (Soundtrack) "Take Me to Texas" Brandy Clark
Laura Bell Bundy Another Piece of Me "Let's Pretend We're Married" Laura Bell Bundy, Josh Osborne
Jake Owen single "Real Life" Josh Osborne, Ashley Gorley, Ross Copperman
Lucy Angel Lucy Angel "Crazy Too" Brandy Clark, Karen Rochelle
"Stripes" Brandy Clark, Matt Jenkins

Broadway Shows[edit]

In 2013, McAnally and Brandy Clark wrote the music and lyrics for a new, original Broadway musical inspired by the TV classic, 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 Album Montevallo
Old Dominion Track "Dirt on a Road"
EP Old Dominion EP
2015 Jake Owen Track "Real Life"
Kacey Musgraves Album Pageant Material

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2015 MusicRow Awards Producer of the Year N/A Nominated
Academy of Country Music Awards Song of the Year "American Kids" Nominated
"Follow Your Arrow" Nominated
Grammy Awards Best Country Song "American Kids" Nominated
2014 Country Music Association Awards Song of the Year "Follow Your Arrow" Won
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]


  1. ^ Rodman, Sarah (19 February 2015). "Songwriter Spotlight: Shane McAnally Tells Stories Behind the Hits". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  2. ^ Vercher, Brady (2008-06-18). "Lee Ann Womack - "Last Call"". Engine 145. Retrieved 2008-10-14. 
  3. ^ "Shane McAnally : Allmusic : Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved June 2, 2011. 
  4. ^ " Music from The Here! Original Film Shelter". Retrieved June 2, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Shane McAnally Album & Song Chart History - Country Songs". Billboard. Retrieved June 2, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada - Country Singles". RPM. Retrieved June 2, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c Rosen, Jody (May 24, 2013). "Shane McAnally, Out and Riding High in Nashville". The New York Times. Retrieved July 12, 2013. 

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