L-R: 8 Track Entertainment’s Noah Gordon, NBA All-Star Kevin Willis, Shenandoah’s Marty Raybon and Mike McGuire, FAME’s Rodney Hall and Shenandoah’s Manager, Cole Johnstone

GRAMMY®, ACM and CMA winning Shenandoah celebrated the group’s No. 1 for “Two Dozen Roses” with Luke Combs, released via 8 Track Entertainment, at The Mane Room at The University of North Alabama. NBA all-star Kevin Willis joined the celebration.

“Two Dozen Roses” marked Shenandoah’s first No. 1 in 30 years, landing at No. 1 on the iTunes All Genre and Country charts. Shenandoah and Combs recorded the track, produced by GRAMMY® winning engineer Noah Gordon, at the historic Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala., where the original version was recorded.

The collaboration, which exclusively premiered on Billboard, officially went out to country radio last month as Shenandoah’s new single. Founding members, Marty Raybon and Mike McGuire, recently discussed “Two Dozen Roses” on “The Bobby Bones Show” and “Big D & Bubba.”

Marty Raybon and Mike McGuire formed Shenandoah in 1984 in Muscle Shoals, Alabama with bassist Ralph Ezell, keyboardist Stan Thorn and guitarist Jim Seales. Shenandoah inked a deal with Columbia Records and began establishing a national fan base with their self-titled debut in 1987. However, it was the band’s sophomore effort, The Road Not Taken, that spawned their first top ten hits, “She Doesn’t Cry Anymore” and “Mama Knows.”

The group followed with three consecutive No. 1 hits, “Church on Cumberland Road,” “Sunday in the South” and “Two Dozen Roses.” “The Church on Cumberland Road” spent two weeks at the top of the chart and made country music history as it marked the first time that a country band’s first No. 1 single spent more than one week at the summit. It also helped propel sales of the album to more than half a million units thus giving Shenandoah their first gold album.

Shenandoah became known for delivering songs that celebrated the importance of faith and family while reveling in the joys of small town life. “Next to You, Next to Me” topped the charts for three weeks and “Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart,” a beautiful duet with Alison Krauss, won a Country Music Association Award for Vocal Event of the year and a GRAMMY® for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. Shenandoah also won the Academy of Country Music’s Vocal Group of the Year in 1991.

The group currently consists of original members Marty Raybon (lead), Mike McGuire (drums) along with Paul Sanders (bass), Donnie Allen (acoustic guitar/fiddle), Andrew Ishee (keys), Nicky V Hines (guitar).