Shane McAnally

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Shane McAnally
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Background information
Also known asShane Mack
Born (1974-10-12) October 12, 1974 (age 46)
OriginMineral Wells, Texas, United States
GenresCountry
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active
  • 1999–2000
  • 2005–present
LabelsCurb
Associated acts

Shane McAnally (born October 12, 1974) is an American country music 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 record producer. He has written and produced songs for Walker Hayes, Kacey Musgraves, Kelly Clarkson, Sam Hunt, Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire, Jake Owen, Luke Bryan, The Band Perry, Lady A, Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett, Brothers Osborne, Old Dominion, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, and more. The Academy of Country Music named him Songwriter of the Year in 2014. He also won "Best Country Album" and "Best Country Song" at the 2014 Grammy Awards for his work on Kacey Musgraves's Same Trailer Different Park. In 2015, Billboard named him the Hot Country Songwriter of the Year as well as a Billboard Power Player. McAnally joined industry veteran Jason Owen in early 2017 to relaunch Monument Records as co-presidents.[1] McAnally stars as one of the on-screen talent producers in the NBC television reality series Songland.[2] In 2019, McAnally won the ACM Award for Songwriter of the Year and Grammy Award for Best Country Song for co-writing Kacey Musgraves's "Space Cowboy."[3] Most recently, he was named as one of Billboard's 2020 Country Power Players and chosen as the recipient of the 2020 Billboard Trailblazer Award, held only by previous winners Reba McEntire and Florida Georgia Line.

Musical career[edit]

McAnally in 2017.

McAnally began performing at local clubs at the age of 12 and appeared on Star Search when he was 14, singing Dan Hill's "Sometimes When We Touch." He moved to Branson, Missouri at 15, then to Nashville at 19.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6]

Songwriting[edit]

In 2001, McAnally moved to Los Angeles, where he came out. He composed six songs for the soundtrack of 2007 independent film Shelter, credited as Shane Mack.[7]

Returning to Nashville in late 2007, McAnally began writing songs for other artists, starting with "Last Call", released by Lee Ann Womack in 2008.[7] From this point onward, McAnally has been primarily known for his songwriting work.[5] He has also worked as a record producer, for artists such as Kacey Musgraves, Old Dominion, and Midland.[5]

Personal life[edit]

McAnally married his partner of five years, Michael Baum, in September 2012. The couple welcomed their daughter and son in December 2012.[7] In January 2017, the two were legally married by Nashville Mayor Megan Barry.[8]

Discography and videography[edit]

Title Details
Shane McAnally

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
US Country
[9]
CAN Country
[10]
1999 "Say Anything" 41 46 Shane McAnally
"Are Your Eyes Still Blue" 31 47
2000 "Run Away" 50 57
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1999 "Say Anything" Chris Rogers

Producing discography[edit]

McAnally has produced or co-produced the following works:

Year Artist Type Project[11]
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"
2016 Jake Owen Album "American Love"
Artists of Then, Now & Forever Single "Forever Country"
Jo Smith EP "Introducing Jo Smith"
Midland EP "Midland EP"
2017 Candi Carpenter Single "Burn the Bed"
Old Dominion Album "Happy Endings"
Midland Album "On the Rocks"
Walker Hayes Album "boom."
2018 Little Big Town Single "Summer Fever"
Old Dominion Single "Make It Sweet"
Walker Hayes Single "90's Country"
Teddy Robb Single "Lead Me On"
Renee Blair Track "Gotta Quit Drinkin"
Renee Blair Track "Me Tonight"
Brandon Ratcliff Single "Rules of Breaking Up"
2019 Aloe Blacc Track "Same Blood"
Teddy Robb Single "Really Shouldn't Drink Around You"
Midland Single "Mr. Lonely"
Brandon Ratcliff Track "Number in My Phone"
Teddy Robb Track "Tell Me How"
Walker Hayes Single "Don't Let Her"
John Legend Single "We Need Love (from Songland)"
Old Dominion Album Old Dominion
2020 Kylie Morgan Single "Break Things"
Kelsea Ballerini Track "The Other Girl" (with Halsey)
Teddy Robb EP "Teddy Robb - EP"
Lady Antebellum Single "Champagne Night (From Songland)"
Walker Hayes Single "Trash My Heart"
Todd Tilghman Track "Long Way Home (From The Voice)"
Boyz II Men Track "Love Struck (From Songland)"
Brandon Ratcliff EP "Sometimes Always Never"
Carly Pearce Single "Next Girl"
Kylie Morgan, Walker Hayes Track "Cuss A Little"
Old Dominion Tracks "Old Dominion: Band Behind The Curtain"
2021
Carly Pearce Album "29"

Songland[edit]

McAnally is also a mentor on NBC's songwriting competition series, Songland. On Songland, McAnally works alongside esteemed producers Ryan Tedder and Ester Dean, collaborating with unknown songwriters to craft hit songs. Each "winning" song is recorded by that episode's musical guest and released immediately following the episode. McAnally has described his role on the show as his "wildest dream job that I never knew I wanted." Songs co-written by McAnally as a part of his role on Songland are as follows.

Season Episode Producer Song Co-writers Result
1 John Legend Shane McAnally "We Need Love" Tebby Burrows, John Legend, Ester Dean, Ryan Tedder, Andrew DeRoberts, Andre Lyon, Imran Avaz, Juan Jose Botero, Marcello Valenzano, Thomas Kessler Won
Ester Dean "Something New" Ollie Gabriel, Ryan Tedder, Ester Dean, Marty West, Rodney Jones Top 3
Ryan Tedder "Lookin' Up" Max Embers, Ryan Tedder, Ester Dean, Andrew DeRoberts, Elliott Marchent, Emily Shearman Top 3
will.i.am Ester Dean "Be Nice" will.i.am, Adam Friedman, Martjin Konijenburg, Ryan Merchant, Anish Sood, Ryan Tedder, Ester Dean, Snoop Dogg, Keith Harris, Lance Tolbert Won
Shane McAnally "Boxes" Josh Logan, Bruce Wiegner, Ester Dean, Ryan Tedder, Andrew DeRoberts, will.i.am Recorded
Ryan Tedder "Invincible" Charisma Divina Dixon, Calvin George Dixon, Ryan Stockbridge, Cody Michael Bolton, Ester Dean, Ryan Tedder, will.i.am Recorded
Jonas Brothers Ester Dean "Greenlight" John Brandon Paciolla, Nick Jonas, Kevin Jonas, Joe Jonas, Ester Dean, Ryan Tedder, Zach Skelton Won
Shane McAnally "Crowded Places" Rynn Kempthorn, Emily Fullerton, Michael McEachern, Ester Dean, Ryan Tedder, Andrew DeRoberts Recorded
Ryan Tedder "Do You Think of Me" Rachel Elizabeth Smith, Ester Dean, Ryan Tedder, Brent Kutzle Recorded
Kelsea Ballerini Ryan Tedder "Better Luck Next Time" Kelsea Ballerini, Darius Coleman, Taylor Sparks, Ester Dean, Ryan Tedder, Andrew DeRoberts Won
Ester Dean "Crush" Daniel Wright Goldberger, Jackson Wise, Ester Dean, Ryan Tedder Recorded
Shane McAnally "Lying (Next To You)" Jack Newsome, Elsa Curran, Christina Galligan, Ester Dean, Ryan Tedder, Andrew DeRoberts Recorded
Meghan Trainor Ryan Tedder "Hurt Me" Meghan Trainor, Ryan Tedder, Ester Dean, Nicole Haley Cohen, Jack Newsome, Mike Sabath, Zach Skelton Won
Shane McAnally "Alone" Josh Wood, Peter Wallevik, Daniel Davidsen, Ruby Spiro, Catie Turner, Ester Dean, Ryan Tedder, Andrew DeRoberts Recorded
Ester Dean "We Got Us" Brandin Jay, Kaylan Mary, Ester Dean, Ryan Tedder Recorded
Aloe Blacc Ryan Tedder "Getting Started (Hobbs & Shaw)" Aloe Blacc, Kyle Williams, Joel Rousseau, Justin Amundrud, Ester Dean, Ryan Tedder, Andrew DeRoberts, JID, Zach Skelton Won
Ester Dean "Hero" Maggie Gabbard, Heather Holley, Stefan Bredereck, Ester Dean, Ryan Tedder, John Paciolla, Khyre Ryler Recorded
Shane McAnally "Same Blood" Aloe Blacc, Steve Fee, Zachary Kale, Ester Dean, Ryan Tedder, Andrew DeRoberts Released as Single
Macklemore Shane McAnally "Shadow" Ester Dean, Ryan Tedder, Andrew DeRoberts, Ben Haggerty, Ori Rakib, Aaron Kleinstub, Coyle Girelli Won
Ryan Tedder "Unforgettable" Ben Haggerty, Ryan Tedder, Ester Dean, Matthew Boda, Callan Searcy, Robbie Nevil Top 3
Ester Dean "Judgments" Casey Cook, Cameron Stymeist, Ryan Tedder, Ester Dean, Norma Jean Martine Top 3
Leona Lewis Ryan Tedder "Solo Quiero (Somebody to Love)" Ester Dean, Ryan Tedder, Leona Lewis, Rosalyn Lockhart, Matthew Fonson, Alessandro Calemme, Alejandro Rengifo, Andres Torres, Juan Magan Won
Shane McAnally "When You Fall In Love" Ester Dean, Ryan Tedder, Andrew DeRoberts, Cameron Rafati, Toby Gad Top 3
Ester Dean "Perfect Skin" Ryan Tedder, Ester Dean, Dave Pittenger, Olivia Lane, Bonnie Baker Top 3
Old Dominion Shane McAnally "Young" Ester Dean, Ryan Tedder, Trevor Rosen, Matthew Ramsey, Katelyn Tarver, Brad Tursi, William Sellers, George Sprung Jr., James Abrahart, Pierre-Antoine Melki, Raphael Judrin, Nick Seeley, Benjamin Hovey, Andrew Tinker Won
Ester Dean "Journey" Ester Dean, Ryan Tedder, Jacob Lee Scott Top 3
Ryan Tedder "Where The Road Ends" Ryan Tedder, Ester Dean, Isaac Julius-Edwards, Moises Zulaica, Dani Blau, Daniel Sobrino, Andrew DeRoberts Top 3
OneRepublic Shane McAnally "Somebody To Love" Ester Dean, Ryan Tedder, JT Roach, Brent Kutzle, Andrew Wells, Kevin Fisher, Jintae Ko, Andrew DeRoberts Won
Jason Evigan "Be Somebody" Ester Dean, Ryan Tedder, Jason Evigan, Brigetta Truitt, Brett Truitt, Amanda Zelina Top 3
Ester Dean "Darkest Days" Ryan Tedder, Ester Dean, Jason Evigan, Madison Yanofsky, Joe Henderson Top 3
Charlie Puth Shane McAnally "Pill For This" Ester Dean, Ryan Tedder, Sam DeRosa, Ben Samana, Graham Muron Top 3
Ester Dean "Hate Love" Ryan Tedder, Ester Dean, Joel Adams Top 3
2 Lady Antebellum Shane McAnally "Champagne Night" Ester Dean, Ryan Tedder, Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood, Madeline Merlo, Tina Parol, Patricia Conroy, Andrew DeRoberts, Dave Thomson Won
Luis Fonsi Ryan Tedder "Sway" Ester Dean, Ryan Tedder, Luis Fonsi, Andrew DeRoberts, Filippo Gabella, Mauricio Rengifo, Andres Torres Won
H.E.R. Ryan Tedder "Wrong Places" Ester Dean, Ryan Tedder, H.E.R., Zachary Powell, Raqual Castro, Darhyl Camper Jr. Won
Martina McBride Ester Dean "Girls Like Me" Ester Dean, Ryan Tedder, Martina McBride, Michael Tyler, Stephanie Chapman, Halie Wooldridge, Dan Swank, Alexis Kristine Shadle Won
Julia Michaels Ryan Tedder "Give It To You" Ester Dean, Ryan Tedder, Julia Michaels, Andrew DeRoberts, Joshua Keegan Bost Won
Florida Georgia Line Shane McAnally "Second Guessing" Ester Dean, Ryan Tedder, Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley (musician), Andrew DeRoberts, Corey Crowder, Griffen Palmer, Geoff Warburton, Ben Simonetti Won
Boyz II Men Ester Dean "Love Struck" Ester Dean, Ryan Tedder, Christopher Lee, James Gutch, Jerry Duplessis, Raymond Duplessis, Michael Wise, Wanya Morris, Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockman Won
Ben Platt Ryan Tedder "Everything I Did to Get to You" Ester Dean, Ryan Tedder, David Davis Won
Usher feat. Tyga Ester Dean "California" Ester Dean, Ryan Tedder, Usher, Tyga, Michael Wise, Kaj Nelson Blokhuis, Melvin Hough II, Rivelino Raoul Wouter, Ryan Cambetes Won

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 Song of the Year "Merry Go 'Round" Nominated
"Mama's Broken Heart" Nominated
Single of the Year "Merry Go 'Round" Nominated
Album of the Year Same Trailer Different Park Nominated
Academy of Country Music Awards Songwriter of the Year N/A Nominated
MusicRow Awards Song of the Year "Merry Go 'Round" Won
2014 Grammy Awards Best Country Song "Merry Go 'Round" Won
"Mama's Broken Heart" Nominated
Best Country Album Same Trailer Different Park 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
Country Music Association Awards Song of the Year "Follow Your Arrow" Won
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 "Take Your Time" Nominated
Song of the Year "American Kids" Nominated
"Take Your Time" Nominated
2016 Academy of Country Music Awards Album of the Year Montevallo Nominated
Single Record of the Year "Take Your Time" Nominated
Songwriter of the Year N/A Nominated
AIMP Nashville Awards Song of the Year "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16" Nominated
"Say You Do" Nominated
"Take Your Time" Nominated
Songwriter of the Year N/A Nominated
2017 Academy of Country Music Awards Song of the Year "Vice" Nominated
Vocal Event of the Year "Forever Country" Nominated
Songwriter of the Year N/A Nominated
Grammy Awards Best Country Album Pageant Material Nominated
Montevallo Nominated
Best Country Song "Vice" Nominated
CMT Artist of the Year Awards Song of the Year "Body Like a Back Road" Won
AIMP Nashville Awards Song of the Year "Vice" Nominated
Independent Songwriter of the Year N/A Nominated
2018 Country Music Association Awards Song of the Year "Body Like a Back Road" Nominated
Single of the Year "Drinkin' Problem" Nominated
Academy of Country Music Awards Songwriter of the Year N/A Nominated
Song of the Year "Body Like a Back Road" Nominated
"Female" Nominated
Album of the Year Happy Endings (album) Nominated
Single Record of the Year "Drinkin' Problem" Nominated
Grammy Awards Best Country Song "Body Like a Back Road" Nominated
"Drinkin' Problem" Nominated
Billboard Music Awards Top Country Song "Body Like a Back Road" Nominated
AIMP Nashville Awards Song of the Year "Drinkin' Problem" Nominated
Songwriter of the Year N/A Nominated
Publisher's Pick "Space Cowboy" Nominated
2019 Academy of Country Music Awards Songwriter of the Year N/A Won
Song of the Year "Space Cowboy" Nominated
Grammy Awards Best Country Song "Space Cowboy" Won
AIMP Nashville Awards Songwriter of the Year N/A Nominated
Song of the Year "Rainbow" Won
Country Music Association Awards Song of the Year "Rainbow" Nominated
2020 Academy of Country Music Awards Songwriter of the Year N/A Nominated
Single of the Year "One Man Band" Nominated
MusicRow Awards Song of the Year One Night Standards Nominated
AIMP Nashville Awards Publisher's Pick One Night Standards Won
2021 Academy of Country Music Awards Songwriter of the Year N/A Nominated
Song of the Year "One Night Standards" Nominated
"Some People Do" Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sony Music's Monument Records Revived By Jason Owen, Shane McAnally Biography". Billboard. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  2. ^ "Shane McAnally: Songland Producer". Billboard. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  3. ^ “61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List.” GRAMMY.com, Recording Academy, 18 Feb. 2020.
  4. ^ Rodman, Sarah (19 February 2015). "Songwriter Spotlight: Shane McAnally Tells Stories Behind the Hits". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  5. ^ a b c "Shane McAnally : Allmusic : Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved June 2, 2011.
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 261. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
  7. ^ a b c Rosen, Jody (May 24, 2013). "Shane McAnally, Out and Riding High in Nashville". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  8. ^ Shane McAnally, Michael McAnally Baum Make Marriage Legal
  9. ^ "Shane McAnally Album & Song Chart History - Country Songs". Billboard. Retrieved June 2, 2011.
  10. ^ "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada - Country Singles". RPM. Retrieved June 2, 2011.
  11. ^ "Shane McAnally: Credits". Allmusic. Retrieved 28 January 2019.

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