As a young child, growing up in Mineral Wells, he was already musically inclined. His mother said she remembered picking him up from daycare when he was around four years old and he would be sitting on the fence, singing while he waited for her. When he was 13, he started working as a radio DJ and was a regular performing at local opries and the Crazy Water Festival.
“I just wanted to be in the music business,” he told the Index recently. “Everybody in town watched me do this all through my childhood. I always wrote my own songs, even as a kid.”
Shane graduated from Mineral Wells High School in 1993 and left to attend the University of Texas in Austin, but he didn’t stay there long. When he was 19, he decided college wasn’t the right fit for him and
moved to Nashville to pursue his musical dreams. His mom supported his decision, saying she “knew where his heart was.”
Shane got a break in 1999, when he signed with Curb Records and released his self-titled debut album that produced three singles. It was a big step for an aspiring musician, but not enough to allow Shane to stop waiting tables or bar-tending to make ends meet.
“I was playing music for the passion, but I wasn’t able to survive on it,” he said. “The last five years have been a pretty major turn. It’s just amazing that the community here in Nashville has been so accepting of the things I’ve done the last few years. I mean, I get to make a living doing music.”
It was in the last five years that Shane started focusing exclusively on songwriting and producing. The fruits of his labor appear to have been fantastic.
Besides the artists he is up for awards with this year, Shane has written music for other Nashville royalty: such as of Reba McEntire, Keith Urban and Tim McGraw, to name a few. He has written more of country music’s latest hits than many realize, including “Better Dig Two” sung by The Band Perry, “Downtown” sung by Lady Antebellum and “Come Over” by Kenny Chesney.