Songwriter/producer Shane McAnally, who recently scored two No. 1 country hits and a No. 1 entry on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, is the textbook Nashville overnight sensation. "It only took me six months to get a record deal, but it took me 20 years to have a hit," McAnally says with a laugh.

McAnally moved to Music City after his freshman year at the University of Texas. Six months later, he signed a publishing deal, then an artist deal with Curb. Limited success followed. He charted three songs but none went further than No. 31 on the Hot Country Songs tally.

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