Shane McAnally Reveals Story Behind Song Written for The Shack

Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Lori McKenna Help Solve Question of Film's End Theme

How do you even begin to write the end theme for a film?

First, according to Shane McAnally, you have to get up off the floor.

“Keep Your Eyes on Me” — the song he wrote with Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Lori McKenna for The Shack — is starting to make the social-media rounds for a couple of reasons. One, it’s the first song McGraw and Hill have done together since “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” in 2014. And two, The Shack is one of the most highly anticipated films for 2017.

McAnally shared the story of how the song came to be.

“One of the most amazing projects I’ve ever had the honor of working on. Earlier this year, @thetimmcgraw @faithhill @lorimckennama and I sat in a theater and watched an early screening of this unbelievable spiritual experience,” McAnally said on Instagram, “and after Lori picked me up off the floor — we all started working on, what came to be, the end theme for #theshack.”

McGraw and Hill both shared the song and the movie trailer on social media as well, tagging McAnally and McKenna.

The film is based on The New York Times best-selling book about Mack Phillips, a man who struggles spiritually after the disappearance of his young daughter. McGraw has a small role in the movie, too. He plays Willie, a friend of Phillips, played by Sam Worthington.

Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley and Brett Eldredge have also contributed to the film’s soundtrack.

The Shack will be in theaters on March 3.

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