Country hit-writing machine and producer Shane McAnally is legally married in the state of Tennessee. On Friday (Jan. 20), he wed his longtime partner, Michael Baum, in Nashville.
McAnally and Baum were technically already married, but it wasn’t recognized in Tennessee. The two decided to make it a legally official union at Nashville Mayor Megan Barry’s office. She joined them in the ceremony but they weren’t alone in the office. Their two children were also in attendance. McAnally shared the exciting news on Instagram with a beautiful photo of their “modern American family.”
“5 years ago we were married on a beach in Mexico surrounded by the ones we love,” McAnally shared with their photographer’s image. “While forever bound in our hearts, we were not legally bound by law because our government didn’t recognize our union at the time.”
“Today, marriage certificate in hand, we stand with our two beautiful children as a modern American family and say ‘love is love.’ We continue in the hope and belief that open minds and accepting hearts will always conquer fear. Thank you @mayormeganbarry for making it official!”
McAnally shared another photo of the ceremony saying that the couple were “overwhelmed with all the love and well-wishes and are so grateful we live in a time and place where our family can be recognized by our government. On a day where we felt the weight of a divided nation, we chose to celebrate our freedom to love who we love.”
McAnally is a very important songwriter and producer in the country community. His resume includes work with several top artists, including Reba McEntire, Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum, Sam Hunt, Kenny Chesney, Jake Owen, Luke Bryan and Kacey Musgraves. He’s pretty good pals, and business friends, with Musgraves. McAnally produced her two albums, and helped write the majority of her songs.
Congratulations to McAnally and Baum on their union!