Kentucky native Elvie Shane had to navigate a tumultuous path, shaken faith and heartbreak to become the person he is today. He chronicles that journey on his full-length debut, Backslider.
Now that Elvie’s a rising star with a number-one hit, “My Boy,” he’s grateful to everyone who helped him get here. But he’s not shy about admitting which member of his support system has been most impactful: his wife.
“Last night, we had dinner with my first group of believers to celebrate the number-one,” Elvie tells ABC Audio. “The people who were there when I first came to town, the first people who took a chance on me...Obviously, my wife was the very first one of those.”
He adds, “I always was looking for the music before I met her, but never truly found it until she came around.”
Even as he celebrates his chart-topping hit, Elvie’s already looking ahead to what’s next -- a process that’s a little daunting, he admits.
“I don’t know if I’ll ever have another song like ‘My Boy,’” he says. “...You feel like [having your first big hit] would be the happiest time in your life. And it is for a few days. It’s like, ‘This is what I’ve been dreaming of for so many years.’
“But then it’s like, ‘What do I do now?’” he adds, after a pause.
Eventually, Elvie settled on a nostalgic, rock-influenced anthem that recounts his upbringing in rural Kentucky. Elvie’s next submission to country radio is “County Roads,” another track off Backslider.