“The reason we wrote ‘Merry Go Round’ ultimately was that ‘Mama’s Broken Heart’ was a song that Kacey had recorded for her album and then Miranda (Lambert) recorded it, with Kacey’s blessing. But that left a void for our first single. So, we wrote ‘Merry Go Round’ out of necessity, but it ended up being a great twist of fate. It was the right song for her and the statement she wanted to make.”
Now that he has two Grammys in hand, one of McAnally’s biggest problems is deciding where to put them. He said he jokingly cleared a space on a front table at his Music Row office in Nashville just big enough for two Grammys saying, “We’re just going to leave this open right here and assume this is where the Grammys are going to go.”
Little did he know, he would deliver on his promise and now has second thoughts about just where the two trophies should be displayed.
“I don’t know, it’s so weird,” he said with a laugh. “You want them to go everywhere. I think they’ll probably go home with me, but I don’t know for sure. I might have to just sleep with them under my pillow.”
McAnally said he wanted to extend his heartfelt thanks to everyone in the Mineral Wells community who has supported him throughout this journey. His mother especially wanted to recognize his late grandparents, Wesley and Barbara Sager, who helped raise McAnally through his time at Mineral Wells High School and “just believed in that child every step of the way.”
“It makes me very emotional actually because there’s just been an outpouring of love, especially from out there (in Mineral Wells),” McAnally said. “It just feels like people have lifted me up in my career. It’s been a long road and this is an awesome moment.