The Imaginaries, consisting of married duo Maggie McClure and Shane Henry, have had successful solo careers in which their songs have been featured in such popular shows like Cougar Town, Dr. Phil, The Real World, The Night Shift, The Young & The Restless, including numerous movies and commercials. Maggie had a recurring role on ABC’s “The Middle,” featuring her acting and singing. Shane has opened for B.B. King’s Festival Tour, opening for the legend himself, and has shared the stage with such iconic acts as Etta James, The Neville Brothers, Jonny Lang, among others.
The duo have come together, and release holiday music annually, which has been heard on a variety of radio stations, Hallmark Channel movies, Walgreens, Macy’s and FedEx. Now known as The Imaginaries, Maggie and Shane, released their debut single of a holiday classic, “Merry Christmas, Baby,” in 2017, along with their original holiday composition, “First Thing On My Christmas List.” Watch the music video below, featuring the couple adorning their home with all of the right trimmings to get themselves into the holiday spirit.
Discover their love of all things Christmas, memories and traditions, what’s next for 2020 and their fun music favorites.
I really enjoy your latest Christmas single, “First Thing On My Christmas List.” What influences you both to write and produce Christmas singles each year?
Maggie McClure & Shane Henry: Thanks! We just love the holidays and Christmas music. We love performing Christmas songs! There’s something magical and nostalgic about it.
What are some of your favorite Christmas memories?
Maggie: one of my favorite Christmas memories is when I was 5 years old, I actually caught Santa Claus leaving a present for me under the tree. It was a memory I will never forget!
Do you guys have any Christmas traditions you engage in each year?
Maggie: My mom and I make homemade Christmas cookies every year!
For your original holiday song with “First Thing On My Christmas List,” what was collaboration like filming the music video for it?
Shane: We had a blast filming the video. We worked with our talented friends at Intellego Media in Oklahoma – Reagan Elkins is an incredible director. We wanted to capture all things Christmas – and I think we did just that and more!
What is each of you guys’ writing and recording process like?
Maggie & Shane: We both have our own ways of writing but really each song comes in its own way and in its own time. Sometimes we will write lyrics first. Sometimes music comes first. Sometimes we start songs from scratch together but a lot of the time one of us will bring an idea to the other. We have recorded in many different ways as well but love to record in an organic setting where we are all recording together!
What’s next for you guys in 2020?
Maggie & Shane: We are excited to release our debut non-holiday album as The Imaginaries in 2020!
Who was each of you guys’ first concert, and who has been your favorite as a couple so far?
Maggie: Amy Grant and Michael W Smith. Recently we saw John Mayer and it was epic.
Shane: Tom Petty and BB King. We saw The Time Jumpers with Vince Gill in Nashville a few weeks ago – it was fantastic!
What was your first album on cassette, CD and/or vinyl?
Maggie: Amy Grant Baby, Baby – cassette tape
Shane The Beatles – The White Album
Which five albums and/or artists would you not want to live without?
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Do you have a guilty music and/or entertainment pleasure?
Maggie: Shane always loves to listen to and impersonate Aaron Neville’s version of “Oh Holy Night” this time of year. (smiles)
Five fun facts people would find interesting to know about both of you?
Maggie & Shane:
1. We are gluten free
2. We love dogs
3. We love coffee
4. Shane loves to work on classic trucks
5. Maggie loves to bake and cook