Shane McAnally: Authentic and Real
If country music’s songwriting community has one common denominator, it could very likely be Shane McAnally. With over 40 #1 songs since breaking through in 2010 with Kenny Chesney’s Somewhere With You (which he co-wrote with JT Harding), McAnally has emerged as gifted a writer and producer as Nashville has ever seen. Seemingly without effort, he navigates between pushing the style of contemporary country music (Sam Hunt), while still giving plenty of attention to country’s traditional roots (Midland). He’s also comfortable working with artists who aren’t so easily labeled (Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark). And he is undeniably country music’s most high-profile songwriter: as a coach on NBC’s breakout songwriting TV show Songland, McAnally has demonstrated for the rest of America not only his talent for turning a phrase, but his innate ability to work with others to bring out their best.
And while he makes his success look easy, it isn’t, nor has it been, and that makes his accomplishments all that more impressive.
Published: Friday November 29, 2019