[Music Biz 2018 Speaker Spotlight] Shane McAnally, SMACKSongs 

The Music Business Association is excited to welcome Shane McAnally, CEO, Songwriter, Producer at SMACKSongs for ‘TRENDSPOTTING: The Power of Queer Storytelling in Song‘ on Thursday, May 17 at 9 AM during the Music Biz 2018 conference in Nashville! Check out the fun Speaker Spotlight below to get to know Shane a little more before his Music Biz panel.

If you could have front row tickets to any concert in any city at any venue — what and where would you choose?
It would definitely have to be Prince at The Park Theater in Vegas. I love how intimate but energetic the venue is, it feels like you’re at a big club with your friends watching your favorite artist perform.

If you had to pick just one album to listen to for the rest of your life — what would it be and why?
“There’s More Where That Came From” by Lee Ann Womack. My sister and I got an advanced copy of the album one Christmas, and we listened to it on repeat for two weeks straight while we were home in Texas. I think it’s the best country record ever made.

If you could perform with a hologram of any artist, who would it be and what song would you sing?
Tina Turner, singing “Private Dancer”.

Music Biz 2018 — the Music Business Association’s 60th anniversary conference — is set to take place Monday, May 14 through Thursday, May 17 at the Omni Nashville. The 4-day innovative event will bring together global power players and industry enthusiasts committed to the future of music monetization for 100+ panels, presentations, workshops, private meetings, cocktail parties, live music, and more.

Highlights will include keynotes from YouTube’s Lyor Cohen, mega-manager Scooter Braun, Republic’s Wendy Goldstein; Digital Service Workshops with Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Pandora, SoundCloud, Spotify, and YouTube; Music’s Leading Ladies Speak Out powered by Nielsen Music; the Awards Breakfast sponsored by CMA featuring special presentations to the RIAA’s Cary Sherman and the Radakovitz Family of Dimple Records’; the Awards Luncheon sponsored by BuzzAngle Music & TiVo honoring breakthrough singer/songwriter Julia Michaels, Scooter Braun, Latin hit Despacito, and more to be announced. The full preliminary schedule can be accessed at

Register today at to join the 2,000+ attendees expected to descend on Nashville for the four most important days on the industry calendar!

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