Shane McAnally

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Shane McAnally
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Background information
Birth nameShane McAnally
Also known asShane Mack
Born(1974-10-12) October 12, 1974 (age 40)
OriginMineral Wells, Texas, USA
Occupation(s)Singer/Songwriter/Record Producer
Years active1999-present
Associated actsKacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark, Kelly Clarkson, Sam Hunt, Kenny Chesney
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Shane McAnally
Shane McAnally 2013.jpg
Background information
Birth nameShane McAnally
Also known asShane Mack
Born(1974-10-12) October 12, 1974 (age 40)
OriginMineral Wells, Texas, USA
Occupation(s)Singer/Songwriter/Record Producer
Years active1999-present
Associated actsKacey 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 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 has worked with co-producer Zach Crowell on Sam Hunt’s major label debut, Montevallo, and co-wrote the lead single "Leave the Night On”.


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" "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]

2008Lee Ann WomackCall Me Crazy"Last Call"Erin Enderlin
2009Luke BryanDoin' My Thing"What Country Is"Jamie Teachenor
2010Kenny ChesneyHemingway's Whiskey"Somewhere with You"J.T. Harding
Reba McEntireAll 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 RimesLady & Gentlemen"Crazy Women"Brandy Clark, Jessi Jo Dillion
2011Luke BryanTailgates & Tanlines"Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye"Luke Bryan, Jeff Stevens
"You Don’t Know Jack"Erin Enderlin
Kristin ChenowethSome 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 DriftersThis is My Blood"Hurt Somebody"
Uncle KrackerMy Hometown"My Hometown"
Miranda LambertFour the Record"Mama's Broken Heart"Brandy Clark, Kacey Musgraves
David NailThe Sound of a Million Dreams"That’s How I’ll Remember You"Brandy Clark, Madeleine Slate
Jake OwenBarefoot Blue Jean Night"Alone with You"Catt Gravitt, J.T. Harding
Ashton ShepherdWhere Country Grows"Tryin' to Go to Church"Ashton Shepherd, Brandy Clark
Chris YoungNeon"Neon"Josh Osborne, Trevor Rosen
2012Greg BatesGreg Bates"Fill In the Blank"
”Go Time”
Kenny ChesneyWelcome to the Fishbowl"Come Over"Josh Osborne, Sam Hunt
Easton CorbinAll Over the Road"Are You With Me"Tommy Lee James, Terry McBride
Florida Georgia LineHere's to the Good Times"Party People"Luke Laird, J.T. Harding
Love and TheftLove and Theft"Runnin' Out of Air"Josh Osborne, Matt Jenkins
Sam Palladio & Clare BowenNashville (ABC, TV Series)"Fade Into You"Matt Jenkins, Trevor Rose
Randy Rogers BandTrouble"Fuzzy”Josh Osborne, Trevor Rosen
Joanna SmithBe What It Wants to Be"We Can't Be Friends"
2013The Band PerryPioneer"Better Dig Two"Brandy Clark, Trevor Rosen
ChainsawJosh Osborne, Matt Ramsey
Wade BowenSongs About Trucks“Songs About Trucks”
Luke BryanCrash My Party“Goodbye Girl”Josh Osborne, Matt Ramsey
Brandy Clark12 Stories“Stripes”Brandy Clark, Matt Jenkins
“Pray to Jesus”Brandy Clark, Jessi Jo Dillion
“Crazy WomenBrandy Clark
“Take A Little PillBrandy Clark, Mark D. Sanders
“The Day She Got Divorced”
“Hungover”Brandy Clark, Jessie Jo Dillion
“Just Like Him”
Kelly ClarksonN/A"Tie It Up"Ashley Arrison, Josh Osborne
Wrapped in RedWrapped in RedKelly Clarkson, Ashley Arrison, Aben Eubanks
Sheryl CrowFeels Like Home“Homecoming Queen”Brandy Clark, Luke Laird
Billy CurringtonWe Are Tonight“Closer Tonight”J.T. Harding, Marv Green
“Another Day Without You”Barry Dean, Andrew Dorff
Brett EldredgeBring You Back“On & On”Brett Eldredge, Luke Laird, Barry Dean
Florida Georgia LineHere's to the Good Times“Take It Out On Me"Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley
Hunter HayesHunter Hayes (Encore)“Light Me Up”Hunter Hayes, busbee
Lady AntebellumGolden"Downtown"Natalie Hemby, Luke Laird
Scotty McCreerySee You Tonight’’“Feel Good Summer Song”J.T. Harding, Josh Osborne
Tim McGrawTwo Lanes of Freedom“It’s Your World”Josh Osborne, Scott Stepakoff
Ashley MonroeLike a Rose“Two Weeks Late”Ashley Monroe
Lorrie Morgan & Pam TillisDos Divas“Last Night’s Makeup”Jessi Jo Dillion, Brandy Clark
Kacey MusgravesSame Trailer Different ParkMerry Go RoundKacey Musgraves, Josh Osborne
"Blowin' Smoke"Kacey Musgraves, Luke Laird
"Follow Your Arrow"Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark
"Silver LiningKacey Musgraves, Josh Osborne
"My House"
"Dandelion"Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark
"Keep It to Yourself"Kacey Musgraves, Luke Laird
"Stupid"Kacey Musgraves, Josh Osborne
"Step OffKacey Musgraves, Luke Laird
Matt NathansonLast of the Great Pretenders“Farewell December"
Jake OwenDays of Gold"Ghost Town"Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley
"One Little Kiss"Ashley Gorley, Jimmy Robbins
"Tipsy"Matt Jenkins, Trevor Rosen
Hayden PanettiereNashville (ABC, TV series)"Boys & Buses"Brandy Clark, Josh Osborne
Thomas RhettIt Goes Like This"Call Me Up"Luke Laird, Rhett Akins
Darius Rucker (feat Sheryl Crow)True Believers"Love Without You"Brandy Clark
Thompson SquareJust Feels Good"Testing The Water"Luke Laird, Hillary Lindsey
Keith UrbanFuse“Come Back To Me”Brandy Clark, Trevor Rosen
Gretchen WilsonRight on Time“Get Outta My Yard”Brandy Clark, Kacey Musgraves
Charlie WorshamRubberband“Someone Like Me”Charlie Worsham, Ryan Tyndell
“Break What’s Broken”Charlie Worsham, Josh Osborne
Chris YoungA.M.“Hold You To It”Chris Young, Josh Osborne
“Text Me Texas”Rhett Atkins
2014Frankie BallardSunshine & Whiskey"Young & Crazy"Rhett Akins, Ashley Gorley
Dierks BentleyRiser"Say You Do"Matt Ramsey, Trevor Rosen
"Hurt Somebody"Mark Nesler, Matt Fleeney
Kenny ChesneyThe Big Revival"American Kids"Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird
"Wild Child"Kenny Chesney, Josh Osborne
Sara EvansSlow Me Down"You Never Know"Sara Evans, Josh Osborne
Lady Antebellum747"Freestyle"Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood
"Just a Girl
"Damn You Seventeen"Luke Laird, Rodney Clawsom
Miranda Lambert feat. Little Big TownPlatinum"Smokin' and Drinkin"Natalie Hemby, Luke Laird
David NailI'm a Fire"Burnin' Bed"Brandy Clark, Bob DiPiero
"Brand New Day"Scooter Carusoe
Eric PaslayEric Paslay"Country Side of Heaven"Eric Paslay, Dylan Altman
Carrie UnderwoodN/A"Keep Us Safe" [2]Carrie Underwood, Luke Laird, Hillary Lindsey
Chase RiceIgnite the Night"Gonna Wanna Tonight"Jon Nite, Jimmy Robbins
Josh Abbott BandN/A"Hangin' Around"Josh Abbott, Josh Osborne
Kacey MusgravesN/A"The Trailer Song"Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark
Sam HuntMontevallo"Break Up in a Small Town"Sam Hunt, Zach Crowell
"Leave the Night On"Sam Hunt, Josh Osborne
"Take Your Time"Sam Hunt, Josh Osborne
"Single for the Summer"Sam Hunt, Zach Crowell, Josh Osborne
Little Big TownPain Killer"Quit Breaking Up with Me"Natalie Hemby, Busbee
"Things You Don't Think About"Natalie Hemby, Ross Copperman
Tim McGrawSundown Heaven Town"Overrated"Josh Osborne, Rivers Rutherford
Lee BriceI Don't Dance"Somebody's Been Drinkin'"Hillary Lindsey, Ashley Gorley
Brothers OsborneBrothers Osborne"Stay a Little Longer'"Josh Osborne, TJ Osborne
Pat Green feat. Lyle LovettN/A"Girls from Texas"Jon Randall
Blake SheltonBringing Back the Sunshine"I Really Shouldn't Drink Around You"Josh Osborne, Trevor Rosen
"Messed Up"Thomas Harding, Luke Laird
Kacey MusgravesThe Best of Me (Soundtrack)"Love Is a Liar"Kacey Musgraves, Josh Osborne
Toby Keith35 MPH Town"Drunk Americans"Brandy Clark, Bob DiPiero
Connie BrittonNashville (ABC, TV Series)"Lies of the Lonely"Natalie Hemby, Josh Osborne

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.


2013Kacey MusgravesAlbumSame Trailer Different Park
Kelly ClarksonTrack"Tie It Up"
2014Sam HuntAlbumMontevallo
Old DominionTracks"Dirt on a Road"
"Shut Me Up"

Awards and Nominations[edit]

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
2014Country Music Association AwardsSong of the YearFollow Your ArrowWon
Academy of Country Music AwardsAlbum of the YearSame Trailer Different ParkWon
Song of the Year"Mama's Broken Heart"Nominated
Songwriter of the YearN/AWon
Grammy AwardsBest Country AlbumSame Trailer Different ParkWon
Best Country Song"Merry Go Round"Won
"Mama's Broken Heart"Nominated
2013American Country AwardsSong of the Year"Merry Go Round"Nominated
"Mama's Broken Heart"Nominated
"Better Dig Two"Nominated
Country Music Association AwardsAlbum of the YearSame Trailer Different ParkNominated
Single of the Year"Merry Go Round"Nominated
Song of the Year"Merry Go Round"Nominated
"Mama's Broken Heart"Nominated
MusicRow AwardsSong of the Year"Merry Go Round"Won
Academy of Country Music AwardsSongwriter of the YearN/ANominated

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]

Shane McAnally


YearSinglePeak chart
US Country
CAN Country
1999"Say Anything"4146Shane McAnally
"Are Your Eyes Still Blue"3147
2000"Run Away"5057
"It Comes and Goes"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

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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