Shane Minor

If the best songs come from life’s own experiences, Shane Minor has a lot to pull from.

On the road that led him to hit songwriting he grew up as a working cowboy’s son and a preacher’s grandson. He started singing in church at 4 years old and around the same age learned to ride horses and started rodeo’n. After a bad rodeo injury at 20 years old Shane rode the brakes for a while unable to heal up. He moved in with his southern Oklahoma grandparents who pastored a church. Shane credits his tenacity and God-fearing spirit to his grandparents, especially his grandmother Elsie Earp who is the great niece of legendary lawman, Wyatt Earp.

In his teenage years and college years Shane traveled most of California and Oklahoma singing in local honky-tonks and dives where he would sit in with complete strangers and local bands and started building up a grass roots following. Not making enough money to support himself he followed the Earp blue line in his blood and by an accidental twist of fate he took a job with the Los Angeles police dept as a police officer.  Shane worked in Watts area in south central Los Angeles during the 1992 Rodney King riots. While working with the LAPD, Shane would still sing around the greater LA area and that is where he and CMA award winning producer Dann Huff first met. Dann had Shane come to Nashville for label meetings. On the trip Shane was signed by Mercury Records and ended his 9 years stint with the LAPD.

Shane Minor’s first record was released in 1999. Slave To The Habit, his first single, went Top 10 on the country billboard charts. He was Shania Twain’s opening act on her stadium tour. His video for Slave To The Habit won him VH1/MTV awards which were some of the first given to country artists. Ater his journey with Mercury Records, Shane turned down making another record to pursue his love of writing songs. Shane knows his way around the billboard charts. He has spent time there with his own songs as an artist and a writer. Shane is currently one of Sony Nashville’s most prestige writers. He not only writes but mentors newly signed artists. He is also an award-winning member of BMI Nashville.

If you listen to country radio you will hear a Shane Minor song being sung by a big major artist and the new rising stars as well.

Shane’s Hit Songs Include:

  • Beautiful Mess  – Diamond Rio
  • She Thinks She Needs Me – Andy Griggs
  • Fall – Clay Walker And Kimberly Locke From American Idol
  • Brand New Girlfriend- Steve Holy
  • International Harvester – Craig Morgan
  • Live A Little – Kenny Chesney
  • Chillin’ It – Cole Swindell
  • Close Your Eyes – Parmalee
  • Playing The Part – Jamey Johnson
  • His Kind Of Money – Eric Church
  • Broken Windshield View – Chris Lane
  • You’re In My Head – Brian Mccomas
  • Yup – Easton Corbin


Shane has written for many other artists including Rascal Flatts, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert, Randy Houser, Justin Moore, Chase Rice, Chris Young, Neal McCoy, Tyler Farr, The Farm, Kevin Fowler, Rodney Atkins, Love and Theft, Brett Michaels, Josh Thompson, Trace Adkins and many more.

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