Shane McAnally is one of country's hottest songwriters. After an attempt at his own music career in 2000, he revamped his strategy in Nashville and has since went on to write handfuls of No. 1 songs. He's worked with some of the best country artists and has helped others rise on the big stage. When not writing song after song with a commercial intent, he's raising a family with husband Michael McAnally Baum. Here are 5 things you didn't know about Shane McAnally. At the 2017 ACM Awards, he has three nominations including Songwriter of the Year.
1. Shane McAnally married five years ago but became legal in January 2017
Shane McAnally and husband Michael McAnally Baum were married in September 2012 in Mexico. Same-sex marriage in the United States was not recognized nationwide at the time and their marriage was not legally bound. That all changed with the Supreme Court ruling in 2015 which found bans unconstitutional. On January 20, 2017, the two were officially married with an actual marriage certificate thanks to Nashville's Mayor Megan Berry. McAnally took to Instagram to proudly show off their love with their two children, Dash and Dylan.
2. His first No. 1 write was Kenny Chesney's "Somewhere with You"
Kenny Chesney recorded "Somewhere with You" for his 2010 album Hemingway's Whiskey. It was released as the second single from the project that suited Chesney's styling but in a darker way. It was melodically different than what he is used to and earned praise. It became McAnally's first write to reach No. 1 on the chart when it peaked at the top of Hot Country Songs, a chart that now combines sales, radio airplay and streaming much like its parent chart, the Hot 100. "Somewhere with You" cracked the top 40 on the Hot 100 peaking at No. 31 and No. 15 on Adult Contemporary.
McAnally helped country star Kacey Musgraves get a record deal when the two went to the labels with a five-song demo they did with Luke Laird. Musgraves was offered deals on the spot by some of the heavyweights in the industry but Musgraves had a certain chemistry with Luke Lewis of Universal Music Nashville (Mercury Nashville). Laird and McAnally helped write and produce her first album Same Trailer Different Park which features the Grammy winning song "Merry Go Round" which took home the Grammy Award for Best Country Song. The album also took home the award for Best Country Album.
4. Shane McAnally is friends with Kelly Clarkson and her team
In 2013, McAnally teamed up with pop superstar Kelly Clarkson to co-write and produce her country single "Tie It Up." Clarkson's assistant Ashley Arrison has been friends with McAnally for many years and the group is close. Arrison not only serves as Clarkson's friend and assistant, she is a creative part of McAnally's Smack Songs team. Also released in 2013 was Clarkson's first holiday effort Wrapped in Red. Both McAnally and Arrison co-wrote the title track and performed it live during Clarkson's charity event "Miracle on Broadway" along with Arrison's husband Aben Eubanks who is Clarkson's longtime guitarist.
Thanks to his success with Kacey Musgraves, Shane McAnally took home three prestigious prizes in 2014 for their work together. He took home the CMA Award for Song of the Year for his co-write credit on Musgraves' "Follow Your Arrow." "Merry Go Round" won the Grammy Award for Country Song of the Year in 2014 as well before he was named Songwriter of the Year at the 2014 ACMs, an award he's up for again on April 2, 2017.