Shane McAnally

26Shane McAnally Quotes

American Musician born on October 12, 1974,

Shane McAnally 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 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 is a frequent collaborator of Kacey Musgraves, having co-produced both of her studio albums and co-written most of the songs on them; he has also produced for Sam Hunt, Kelly Clarkson, Old Dominion, and Jake Owen... (source)

I'm a creative person who had a lot of dark time in my life. I can still get to it: I can still go to a relationship or a time when things weren't great. But it's getting further and further from me. view quote

Nashville is a boys' club of redneck conservative ideas. But they're ready to embrace gay people. I never felt for one second that someone was judging me. Some people are like, 'Oh, I love gay people' in that 'I have lots of black friends' kind of way. It's awkward, but you have to appreciate that they're trying. view quote

I always loved Willie Nelson, but I loved the songs that Willie made famous. view quote

When I stopped hiding who I am, I started writing hits. view quote

I wake up every day thinking, 'I just can't do it anymore.' There's nothing left to say, and I'm completely dry. And then I get in the room with somebody and they say the right thing, and I'm on again. view quote

I have a hard time being happy, and I think a lot of creative people suffer with that when life gets real happy. view quote

That internal ache is the starting point of country music. If it's a happy song and I can still feel sad in it? That's my favorite. view quote

One of the greatest tools you have as a songwriter is anonymity. If someone knows too much about the songwriter, they don't get to insert their own characters. I don't want the audience thinking about the gay guy who wrote the song. view quote

If the right idea comes up, and it feels true to talk about somebody being in a truck, and that's the only way to tell the story, then I will reluctantly tell the story that way. view quote

I'm a commercial-minded songwriter. I'm here to make a living and be on the radio. view quote

It only took me six months to get a record deal, but it took me 20 years to have a hit. view quote

Sometimes you just want to write a party song. view quote

The Nashville Network, that's all I would watch as a kid. view quote

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