Should I tell him?’ I was like, ‘I don’t know.’ So there was still a hangover of that. Associated acts: Kacey […] But everything changed on a chance trip to Palm Springs, when he found his future husband, Michael Baum, 45. “We met at a pool,” recalls McAnally, 44, who was struggling with his sexuality at the time. Whether it’s a gay guy in the audience, or a gay woman, or a straight guy, or a straight woman — I want them all to hear a song and say, ‘That’s my story.’ “. She is married to Kent Earls, vp/GM of Brown's music publisher, Universal Music Group Nashville, and she says being wed to a fellow power player in the same industry means, “You have somebody who understands the nature of what we do.”. A daily briefing on what matters in the music industry, Red Velvet's Irene Apologizes After Verbally Attacking Fashion Editor | Billboard News, Aaliyah Book 'Baby Girl: Better Known As Aaliyah' Dropping Next Year | Billboard News, 'The Voice' Contestant Lain Roy Triggers Tears With 'Someone You Loved' Performance: Watch, Watch This Incredible Mother-Daughter Trio on 'The Voice' Get an Instant Four-Chair Turn, Luke Bryan on Tragedy, Triumph and Why He May Never Write Another 'Hunting and Fishing' Song, Ariana Grande Teases Upcoming Single 'Positions' With New Cover Art | Billboard News.

It’s awkward, but you have to appreciate that they’re trying.”. “I was telling the truth.”, Finally, in 2008, McAnally got his big break when LeeAnn Womack recorded his song “Last Call.” He moved to Nashville to pursue country music full-time, then scored his first No. He had good connections: he shared a manager with Alabama and Kenny Chesney, and opened for those acts on tour.

Shane McAnally and husband Michael Baum's twins went in a similar-yet-different direction than their parents.
At the time, McAnally was living in Los Angeles and Baum was in Atlanta, so they pursued a friendship. Shane McAnally/Instagram, |

He can’t recall a time when he didn’t want to be a country singer. Nashville has been carrying on a sotto voce conversation about homosexuality for years, but in recent years the talk has gotten louder.

In the years since he came out, McAnally has penned 40 No. “If someone knows too much about the songwriter, they don’t get to insert their own characters. The close-knit group of collaborators that produced that album includes Mr. McAnally; Ms. Musgraves; Mr. Osborne; Luke Laird, a songwriter-producer with dozens of hits under his belt; and Brandy Clark, a rising singer-songwriter, and a lesbian.

“So I felt like [Songland] was an opportunity to be entertaining in a way that appealed to me.”. He was just age 12 when persistently stopover at local venues and club of Texas to perform songs. “He was like, ‘If we’re going to be together, I can’t hide.’ At that point, I had had no success anyway.

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And it was represented in my work. More details on their son Dash McAnally Baum It’s so true that Shane McAnally has been pretty lucky all his life though; his hard work has played a big role in his success.

He lives in Nashville with his husband and their 5-month-old twins. “We met at a pool,” recalls McAnally, 44, who was struggling with his sexuality at the time. Mr. McAnally performing this month in New York, at Joe’s Pub in the Public Theater. He and Baum married in 2012 — the same year they welcomed their twins, daughter Dylan and son Dash, via surrogate, and started their Nashville publishing company Smack. Nashville has been carrying on a sotto voce conversation about homosexuality for years, but in … “I thought it would just be a weekend hookup.”. “Being able to have a family and the career I wanted,” he says, “is way more than I dreamed of.”. Mr. McAnally’s quick work that morning was typical of Music Row pros. Michael McAnally Baum President, SmackSongs "I found Chris at exactly the right time in my career and for my company’s future. Shane McAnally. Thank you, Mayor MEGAN BARRY, for making it official!". And in 2007, Shane even found the love of his life with partner Michael Baum.
“If it’s not going to happen for me, who else in the whole world would I want it to happen for? NASHVILLE — You can’t beat Shane McAnally’s commute. Brandy Clark. Real name: Shane McAnally Child: Dash McAnally Baum Shane McAnally’s Height: N/A Nationality: American Began career: 1999 The most popular song of Shane McAnally: Somewhere With You. “I was sure I was going to be a superstar,” Mr. McAnally said. Welcome to AllAccess.com, the web's largest radio and music industry community.

“So I felt like [Songland] was an opportunity to be entertaining in a way that appealed to me.”. “I used to just soak up anything country,” he said. Ms. Musgraves recalled the “Follow Your Arrow” co-write: “I had a few lines, ‘Make lots of noise, kiss lots of boys.’ I was like: ‘I wish I could just say: ‘Or kiss lots of girls.’ And Shane was like, ‘Why can’t you?’ I’m not sure that line would have happened if Shane wasn’t in the room.”, Mr. McAnally said: “ ‘Follow Your Arrow’ might be kind of a bridge. In 2007, McAnally — an aspiring songwriter who had hustled 14 years without catching a break — was couch-surfing in Los Angeles after losing his home and having his car repossessed. Shane McAnally Wife – Michael Baum. Acknowledging his triumph and chart-topping singles with every album release, McAnally’s parents must be so proud of him. He and Baum married in 2012 — the same year they welcomed their twins, daughter Dylan and son Dash, via surrogate, and started their Nashville publishing company Smack. The hook was one of those nifty lyrics that are country songwriters’ stock in trade: a quip that sketches a whole story line. I’m sure I speak for all three of us boys when I say “we’re…” Congratulations to songwriter SHANE MCANALLY and husband MICHAEL BAUM, who were legally wed TODAY (1/20) in NASHVILLE. “I think gay men by nature are more sensitive,” Mr. McAnally said. Last September, Mr. McAnally married his partner of six years, Michael Baum, a former mortgage specialist who runs Mr. McAnally’s production and publishing companies. Christopher Berkey for The New York Times. “We know the demands of the music industry, so there’s no misconception that there won't be late-night phone conversations and emails, [and working] weekends,” agrees Amazon Music's senior label relations manager Kelly Rich, who’s married to Big Machine Label Group COO Andrew Kautz.

In the case of Kent and Martha Earls, they're usually on the same page when it comes to Brown, but if he has a single out that he didn't write -- like "Heaven," for instance -- it puts Kent in a position of having other songs he publishes competing with it on the charts.

Mr. McAnally presents a paradox: a Nashville powerhouse who is also an out gay man — a songwriter who cooks up chart-topping country songs at the home he shares with his husband and their 5-month-old twins. “I never had anything but open arms from the professional community. Shane’s helped change a lot of people’s careers with these songs that take things to a different place.”. I can’t help but be a little disappointed that it’s not me. His hard work of more than 2 decades with multiple smash-hit albums has augmented Shane’s bank account.

His music holds all kinds of sounds: ‘70s easy listening, ‘80s arena rock, ‘00’s radio pop. 1’s and become a go-to collaborator for Music City A-Listers, from Maren Morris and Kelsea Ballerini to Miranda Lambert and Sam Hunt. The week he returned, Ms. Womack, one of country’s supreme torch singers, recorded “Last Call,” written by Mr. McAnally and Erin Enderlin.

McAnally was 14 when competed on Syndicated reality game show ‘Star Search’ singing ‘Sometimes When We Touch’ by Dan Hill. Often shy Shane hasn’t talked a lot about his parents but it’s pretty sure that they incessantly cheer for him.

But his album flopped.

There’s even a faint hint of hip-hop in Mr. McAnally’s vocal rhythms.

I worried: ‘Will a good ol’ boy sing a song if a gay guy wrote it?’ I was in the closet. He and Baum married in 2012 — the same year they welcomed their twins, daughter Dylan and son Dash, via surrogate, and started their Nashville publishing company Smack. We continue in the hope and belief that open minds and accepting hearts will always conquer fear. Five Shane Mack songs turned up on the soundtrack to the 2007 film “Shelter,” a gay-themed romantic melodrama. “The truth is, I probably would be dead if I had become a star, because at that point I was so closeted and so afraid of people of finding out I was gay. © 2020 Billboard. Credit: More details on their son Dash McAnally Baum It’s so true that Shane McAnally has been pretty lucky all his life though; his hard work has played a big role in his success. All rights reserved.


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