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 41)
Origin Mineral Wells, Texas, USA
Genres Country
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active
  • 1999–2000
  • 2005–present
Labels Curb
Associated acts

Shane McAnally (born October 12, 1974) is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. Originally a solo artist for Curb Records in 1999, McAnally charted three singles on Hot Country Songs, including the No. 31 "Are Your Eyes Still Blue", before becoming a songwriter and 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 is a frequent collaborator of Kacey Musgraves, having co-produced both of her studio albums (Same Trailer Different Park and Pageant Material) and co-written most of the songs on them; he has also produced for Sam Hunt, Kelly Clarkson, Old Dominion, and Jake Owen.

Musical career[edit]

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.[1]

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.[2] In 1999, McAnally signed with Curb and began recording his first album for the label as well as his first single. "Say Anything" was released in 1999 as his debut single. The song peaked at No. 41 the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The follow-up single, "Are Your Eyes Still Blue", became his first top 40 single, peaking at No. 31. McAnally charted a third and final time with "Run Away", which reached No. 50.[3]

Songwriting[edit]

McAnally briefly recorded under the name Shane Mack from 2005–07. Six of his songs appear in the 2007 LGBT film Shelter.[4]

McAnally returned to Nashville and began writing songs for other artists, starting with "Last Call", released by Lee Ann Womack in 2008. In 2010, he had his first No. 1 on Hot Country Songs as a songwriter with Kenny Chesney's "Somewhere with You". Other songs that McAnally has written that have reached No. 1 on the country charts include "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye" by Luke Bryan; "Alone with You" by Jake Owen; "Come Over", "American Kids", and "Wild Child" by Kenny Chesney; "Better Dig Two" by The Band Perry; "Say You Do" by Dierks Bentley; "Leave the Night On" and "Take Your Time" by Sam Hunt. He also co-produced Hunt's major-label debut album Montevallo with Zach Crowell. McAnally is closely associated with Kacey Musgraves, having co-written several songs on both of her major-label albums, Same Trailer Different Park and Pageant Material, in addition to co-producing both albums with Musgraves and Luke Laird.

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 'Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical is set to debut in Dallas at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in September.

Personal life[edit]

McAnally is openly gay.[5] McAnally married his partner of six years, Michael Baum, in September 2012.[5] The couple welcomed a daughter and a son in December 2012.[5]

Producer[edit]

McAnally has produced or co-produced the following works:

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
Kacey Musgraves Track "A Spoonful of Sugar"
Old Dominion Album Meat and Candy

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
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
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
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
Country Music Association Awards Album of the Year Pageant Material Nominated
Single of the Year "American Kids" Nominated
Song of the Year "American Kids" Nominated
"Take Your Time" Nominated
Grammy Awards Best Country Album Pageant Material Nominated
Montevallo Nominated

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details
Shane McAnally

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
US Country
[6]
CAN Country
[7]
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rodman, Sarah (19 February 2015). "Songwriter Spotlight: Shane McAnally Tells Stories Behind the Hits". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Shane McAnally : Allmusic : Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved June 2, 2011. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 261. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  4. ^ "Amazon.com: Music from The Here! Original Film Shelter". Amazon.com. Retrieved June 2, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c Rosen, Jody (May 24, 2013). "Shane McAnally, Out and Riding High in Nashville". The New York Times. Retrieved July 12, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Shane McAnally Album & Song Chart History - Country Songs". Billboard. Retrieved June 2, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada - Country Singles". RPM. Retrieved June 2, 2011. 

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