Welp, anyone else single on Valentine's Day? Well this kid is. Relationship or not, Valentine's Day may be the most overrated holiday on the planet. And it’s a great excuse to buy your significant other a teddy bear, some flowers and/or a $300 overpriced dinner. Love is real and I don't think there is anything more real than getting your heart broken. Shane Profitt introduces himself to Country Music with a genuine heartbreak jam-a-roo.
Get To Know Shane
"I'm 20 years old and was born and raised in Columbia, Tennessee. I knew early on that school wasn't my thing. I did just enough to get by and as soon as I finished I began pouring concrete. I picked up a guitar about two years ago. My granddad taught me three chords on the guitar, G,C & D 'cause I wanted to learn every Hank (Williams) song that I could. I really wanted to stick with it because when I was younger, my whole family loved to sit around and play music I thought it was the coolest thing. I started singing, and have been playing out at bars and smaller venues for about a year and a half now. It has been such a cool experience - getting to play for people and have people really sit down and focus on me singing. They take time out of their day to see me play music. As I continued to become more passionate about music, I really wanted to tell my own stories and have people hear them, so I started writing songs. I never have been a person to tell you how I feel, so it's a nice outlet to turn feelings into lyrics and find a way to transform that into a song. One day I really hope to do music full-time."
A Man With A Story To Tell
Shane Profitt is wise beyond his years with his songwriting ability and has a voice that will make you stop in your tracks. In each line and verse of a song you can hear him tell him a genuine story of heartbreak. As a listener it is easy to jump on board and connect your personal experiences to the words Shane is speaking. Shane Profitt is on a mission to get his music heard in Nashville. With some flavors of Luke Combs and Riley Green, he too intertwines his own soul into the mix bringing a very authentic and real product. Shane is on the train of bringing traditional Country Music across the radio waves. With songs like "Gone Before Goodbye", it is safe to say this young man is on the road to success in Music City.
Inspiration Behind "Gone Before Goodbye"
Written By: Anderson Elswick, McCoy Moore & Shane Profitt, Produced By: Josh Bright
"So, I was having some girl trouble at the time. I was talking to some of my buddies and my dad and was just tore up dude. I told them "she was gone before goodbye" and I wrote that down in my phone right when I said it. I wrote "Gone Before Goodbye" with Anderson Elswick & McCoy Moore. We really took the title and went from there. I was so happy with how it turned out. We’d changed the song like 4 times before hearing exactly what we wanted. It was my first time writing with McCoy or Anderson and it was cool to be able to get such a solid song right out of the gate. At first, we wanted to do a super slow song with a Keith Whitley vibe. Ended up changing some lyrics, studied it for 3 or 4 days and then we found that Luke Combs and Riley Green vibe which fit perfectly. I sent the copy of the song over to Josh Bright and he really dug it. He really brought the song to life."
Q & A With Shane Profitt
Q: When did you know that you wanted to pursue music?
A: "So, when I first started playing guitar and learned my first few chords, I played a Merle Haggard song and posted it. People went crazy over it. When I saw the reaction, I was like "man, this is badass. I can get down with this". That post really changed my perspective on playing music. Social media nowadays is such a useful tool to get your music heard. Then when I had that girl trouble, and came up with the saying “gone before goodbye”, I knew there was a reason I’d thought of it. I am such a big believer in "everything happens for a reason". That was probably the lowest part of my life so far. I tried to keep a positive mindset and thought to myself that maybe the experience had happened to me so I could get my first song out of it. It was a good feeling to know that the girl in the song could click my name on Apple Music and listen to a song about her."
Q: Who are some artists and songwriters that influence your music?
A: "Oh man, as for artists, I would say Riley Green, Luke Combs. At the same time, I want to make my music authentic and my own. I believe "Gone Before Goodbye" is a result of Songwriters that have influenced me... Country Music has changed so freakin' much in the last few years - it's been crazy. A guy like Luke Combs, nobody knew who he was 5 years ago. Now he’s the face of Country. Honestly, I have so much respect for guys like Ernest, who can write Morgan Wallen type songs, but also have the mindset to write whatever, with whoever. I want to have that versatility with my songwriting. And Tim Nichols is freaking good. He has written so many classics like "Live Like You Were Dying" and "Heads Carolina, Tails California". More recently, Drew Parker is really killing it... golly, there are just so many. But some other songwriters that are on the come up that I have a lot of respect for are guys like McCoy Moore, Blane Rudd, Trey Lewis, Matt McKinney and Johno Clayton."
Q: What has been a memorable moment for you in your music career?
A: "Well there are really 2 occasions. A couple of months ago I was at a writer's round with McCoy (Moore) and Johno (Clayton). They played and I went to watch them perform. McCoy brought me over to introduce me to someone. At first I didn't realize who it was - with all this mask nonsense. It was Rob Williford and JD Groover. We sat and talked for a while. I had just started going to rounds in Nashville, so to meet two guys like that was really cool. I played Puckett's which is a kind of high end place. It was two years ago and I had just picked up the guitar. My family and I went to eat dinner at Puckett's and whoever was playing that night had 6 tables reserved for people who were coming to watch him play. I told my dad "playing guitar and singing is cool, but to come here and play at some point would mean a whole lot." In November, I got to play Puckett's for the first time! The day before I got to play, the show sold out."
Q: What is a go-to food spot and what's your order?
A: "There is a little rag-tag cajun restaurant in Santa Fe, Tennessee. It's on this backroad. I go there and order Gospel Creole with a piece of red fish on top. And dude... that place freakin' smacks. You have never had food with so much soul in it. It's like they sprinkled some fairy dust on it, it's pretty expensive. Like if me and you went, there is no way we are spending less than $100 bucks. It's a small place with only like 5 tables, but there are pictures all over the walls. Famous people go there. Kid Rock flew his helicopter there just to eat one time. Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus and Chris Stapleton go there. The place is a hit."