When Shane Barnard borrowed
Shane Everett’s guitar to play
a gig while they were both
majoring in business at Texas A&M, neither
one of them imagined the future God had
planned for them. Fast forward several
years, two marriages, four and a half
kids (Shane Everett’s third is due soon!)
and a music career that has taken them
around the world and it’s easy to see God’s
fingerprints all over their hearts and lives.
Today, things are starting to look
different for the two men. After years of
heavy touring, they have settled back in
their home state of Texas and plugged
into a church where they lead worship and
Their days revolve around little girls,
their wives, their God and the music He
continues to lead them to make; most
recently, their new album, Bring Your
. CCM got to catch up with Shane
Barnard and hear it all first hand.
Pull up a chair…join the conversation.
CCM: I guess it’s safe to say your lives are
very different now than even a few years ago! Babies…homes…catch us up!
Beth [Dillon] and I have
two girls. Lucy is about to turn 3. Haven is
1. And Shane [Everett] is about to have a
third girl! Olive is 5 and Lily is 2.
CCM: Are you tired?
Our girls have done
pretty well. They’re pretty good sleepers.
We’re plugging away as a family. We’re
downshifting from about 150 concerts a
year to around 70. We used to do close to
300 a year. But we’re finding other ways to serve Him and people. We’re so grateful
not to have to travel.
CCM: That is different! Last time we talked
you were really starting to plug in to your
local church and serving there. How is that
a part of your life now?
We teach a songwriting class every
Monday night and lead worship there
every Tuesday night as part of a young
professional Bible study. It’s fantastic to be
a part of a body of believers. It was very
needed and refreshing.
CCM: That’s a huge jump — life on the
road to weekly classes. Has your creative
process changed as far as songwriting?
The creative process is totally different,
mainly because of the class. I make our
students write a song every week. I’ll teach
a lesson on something scriptural and write
a song about it. Every single song on this
album is one of those from class. Even the
heart behind the writing is different. I have
a passion for our students. It’s different having
names and faces than just an audience.
CCM: I’d imagine so. It seems like your
entire world — life at home, life in your
church — is all ministry focused. What a
great home to raise your girls in! Was your
own home situation growing up similar?
It’s really different. My house was as
awesome as a home can be — minus Christ.
I didn’t grow up as a beliver. My dad was
the most John Wayne-esque person I’ve
ever known. He needed nothing. To even
imagine my dad would confess in someone
and something and need something that
was above him…but at age 65, God got him. It was the craziest thing I’ve ever
seen. Seeing the blinders come off his
eyes and the hardness of heart removed
allows me to walk through life so much
more confidently now. With me, I wasn’t
looking for Him. I was doing my own thing
and had no idea who Jesus was. He just
came and got me. With my own kids, it
makes me desperate to see God move in
them. There’s an appropriate burning as
a parent — a new burden. Even at age 2,
there are breakthroughs in her heart and
understandings. There’s definitely a whole
new level of burden.
CCM: I think parents everywhere will
resonate with that. I do! How do you and
Bethany share that burden? What is your
marriage like these days?
We just celebrated our fifth anniversary.
It’s been awesome. I went to dinner
with a friend the other night and he asked
if I remember the single life. And honestly,
I don’t! We dated for almost a year, were
engaged a year, so that’s now seven years
of being committed to each other. It’s been
fantastic. She continues to blow my mind
with how she loves Jesus and how she loves
CCM: Is she doing much with music
Not really. She doesn’t have much of
a desire to be an artist. But she plays a
handful of dates each year, leads worship
at church and made an EP a year and a half
ago. She was signed for over eight years.
There was a lot of pressure. It’s good not to
be ‘Bethany Dillon’ for now. She loves being
CCM: And it’s pretty clear that you love
being a dad, husband, teacher…what do
you think is next for you guys? Will you
continue what you’ve been doing? Now
that you’ll be home more, what’s on the
We’re going to start a conference that
will hopefully replace a bit of traveling..
It will be called Linger. It’s something
the Lord has been confronting me with
for a year — ‘Don’t be in a hurry to leave.’
Ecclesiastes 8:3. I don’t claim to be very
good at it, but it’s necessary and so
missing. Just being with the Lord on a daily
basis. The conference will allow for lots of
extended time of worship and prayer and
CCM: What an amazing concept! And
something ALL of us need to work on, for
sure. Well, it’s great to hear that God has
more stirring in your hearts and lives. And,
as always, the music He’s leading you to
create is amazing. I’ve already used some
of these songs in a Bible study I teach at
my church! Before you go… ‘bring your
nothing’ is such a poignant phrase. What
does it mean to you? How did it shape this
That title is just another way to say
grace. I hope that when I’m 65 I’ll still be
coming up with new ways to say grace.
Isaiah 55 says to come by and eat the
richest of foods… come and eat and taste.
We come with absolutely nothing accept
what put Him on the cross. He gives us
Shane and Shane will be touring with Phil Wickham later this year and Shane and Bethany will be traveling to India to train worship leaders. Visit shaneandshane.com for the latest on touring, music and more.