The Producer’s Chair with Shane McAnally will be at Douglas on March 31st at 6:00pm. The cover is $10
The Producer’s Chair with Shane McAnally.
Shane McAnally started writing songs in Texas when he was 8, he began performing in clubs for the first time when he was 12, appeared on Star Search at 15 and later spent a whole summer performing in Branson, before returning to Texas, where he became a regular, on the Opry cirvuit … and he never slowed down. So it’s no wonder that, when the ‘very savvy’ 19 yr old singer/songwriter/musician arrived in Nashville in ‘93, it only took him 2 years to get signed to both, a record deal and a pub deal. During his 5 yr stint with Curb, Shane toured with Reba, Kenny Chesney and Alabama, living his childhood dream on the big stage but, as fate would have it, not at radio. The best of the three singles released on McAnally peaked at No. 31 on Billboard and he exited the label, which ‘in hind-sight’ was the beginning of a miraculous transition, that eventually propelled him from being ‘the artist’, to becoming one of this year’s nominees for Music Row ‘Producer of the Year’ and a 2016 nominee for ACM ‘Songwriter of the Year’.
After Curb, Shane had a private show with Joe Galante at RCA but, while recording a few sides and doing a showcase, he had already made up his mind to move to LA, which turned out to be a pretty rough 7 yr stretch as a bartender, while continuing to write and play a lot of music by himself. But Nashville wasn’t finished with McAnally. In 2008, Shane finally got his first major cut with Leann Womack’s, ‘Last Call’, thanks to co-writer Erin Enderlin, and it was back to Music City. In 2009 his co-write with Jamie Teachenor, ‘What Is Country’ was cut by Luke Bryan and then, in 2010 … the flood gates opened. Reba cut ‘All the Woman I am’, a co-write with Kent Blazy and Marv Green, ‘Cry’, a co-write with Brandy Clark and ‘The Day She Got Divorced’, another co-write with Brandy and Mark D. Sanders. That same year, LeAnn Rimes recorded ‘Crazy Women’ another co-write with Clark and Jessi Jo Dillon and Shane got his first # 1 ‘HIT’ with Kenny Chesney, a co-write with J.T. Harding. Not bad for a guy without a publishing deal. But that was only half of what was brewing.
Along the way, McAnally’s obsession with songwriting led to what became the final phase of his transition into producing. It all began when Shane organized the first of many songwriter retreats, at a cabin on Center Hill Lake with Brandy Clark, Josh Osborne, Old Dominion’s Mathew Ramsey & Trevor Rosen and Matt Jenkins. At the time, they’d all been kickin’ around for about 10 years with little success but something clicked. And as they began writing and recording their demos, Shane found himself, at their request, producing their demos.
(From The Producer’s Chair website: theproducerschair.com)