Dan + Shay

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Dan + Shay
Dan + Shay performing in 2017
Dan + Shay performing in 2017
Background information
OriginNashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Genres
Years active2013–present
LabelsWarner Music Nashville
Members
  • Dan Smyers
  • Shay Mooney

Dan + Shay (pronounced as "Dan and Shay") is an American Country music duo composed of vocalists, YouTubers, and songwriters Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney.[3] They are signed to Warner Records Nashville and have released three albums, Where It All Began, Obsessed, and Dan + Shay. Of their nine singles; five have topped the Country Airplay chart and two have topped the Hot Country Songs chart. In addition to their own material, the group's members have collaborated with Rascal Flatts, Lindsey Stirling, RaeLynn, and Kelly Clarkson.

History[edit]

2013–2017: Where It All Began and Obsessed[edit]

Before the duo's foundation, Mooney was a solo artist on T-Pain's Nappy Boy Entertainment label and Smyers was a member of a group called Bonaventure as well as a previous member of the band Transition on Floodgate Records.[4] The two met in Nashville, Tennessee, on December 7, 2012, and started writing the day after they met. The first song they ever wrote together got put on hold for Rascal Flatts. Within two months, the duo had multiple publishing offers and signed with Warner/Chappell Music.[5]

On October 14, 2013, the debut single, "19 You + Me", was released to country radio. Dan + Shay wrote the song with Danny Orton. The song received a positive review at Taste of Country which praised the "warm details" and "emotion."[4] Their debut album, Where It All Began,[6] was released on April 1, 2014, which Orton produced with Scott Hendricks.[7] The album's second single, "Show You Off", was released to country radio on May 12, 2014.[8] They performed on The Ellen Show, performing "19 You + Me" in 2014. They made their Grand Ole Opry debut on February 1, 2014.[9] They also received a 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards Vocal Duo of the Year nomination.[10] The album's third single, "Nothin' Like You", was released to country radio on February 23, 2015. It reached number one on the Country Airplay chart in December 2015.

Dan + Shay was the opening act for Hunter Hayes on his We're Not Invisible Tour, which began in March 2014.[11] Dan + Shay opened up for Blake Shelton on the 2014 leg of his Ten Times Crazier Tour. The tour began in June 2014 and ended in October 2014.[12] Following the end of the Ten Times Crazier Tour, Dan + Shay embarked on their own 10-date headlining tour, entitled the "Where It All Began Tour." The tour began on October 9, 2014, in Minneapolis and concluded in Columbus, Ohio, on October 26, 2014.[13] After the conclusion of the "Where It All Began Tour," Dan + Shay set out on the road once more with Hunter Hayes on his Tattoo (Your Name) Tour.

In August 2015, the duo announced the Just the Right Kind of Crazy Tour across the Midwest and eastern United States.[14] Their sophomore album's first single, "From the Ground Up", was released to country radio in February 2016. The album's second single, "How Not To", was released to country radio on September 26, 2016. It reached number one on the Country Airplay chart in July 2017. The album's third single, "Road Trippin'", was released to country radio on July 17, 2017.

2018: Dan + Shay[edit]

In January 2018, the duo released "Tequila", the lead single from their self-titled third studio album, which was released on June 22, 2018. "Tequila" has since become their highest-charting effort on the US Billboard Hot 100, with it reaching the top 40. The album also features a collaboration with Kelly Clarkson on "Keeping Score".[15] In August, they released Dan + Shay (The Vocals), which includes the vocal tracks of the two singles from the album.[16]

2019–present: Upcoming fourth studio album[edit]

On October 2, 2019, they released "10,000 Hours", a collaboration with Canadian singer Justin Bieber, after Justin and Hailey Bieber's wedding in South Carolina on September 30, 2019. The song debuted at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. The duo co-wrote Eric Ethridge's 2020 single "Dream Girl".[17] In August 2020, the duo returned with the single, "I Should Probably Go to Bed".

In popular culture[edit]

Dan + Shay song "Stop Drop + Roll" was featured on the Nashville season two episode, "Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad". They were also featured on The Bachelorette in an episode that aired on June 7, 2016.

The duo also collaborated with violinist, dancer, and YouTuber Lindsey Stirling on a song from her third album Brave Enough. The song was entitled "Those Days", and the album was released on August 19, 2016.

Members[edit]

Dan Smyers[edit]

Dan Smyers

Daniel "Dan" Smyers, born (1987-08-16) August 16, 1987 (age 33) was raised in Wexford, Pennsylvania, where he attended North Allegheny Senior High School.[18] He attended Carnegie Mellon University with plans to study finance and play football.[19]

Instruments: Vocals, Guitar, Piano

Smyers and Abby Law were in a relationship for many years before becoming engaged in 2016 and were married May 13, 2017.[citation needed] Law made a cameo in a Dan + Shay videos for their songs "Nothin' Like You", “Speechless” and "10,000 Hours".[citation needed]

Shay Mooney[edit]

Shay Mooney

James Shay Mooney, born (1991-12-27) December 27, 1991 (age 29) was raised in Natural Dam, Arkansas, and attended Union Christian Academy and Van Buren High School. Following high school, he attended Valley Forge Christian College for one year before completely pursuing his music career.[20]

Instruments: Vocals

On January 24, 2017, his fiancée Hannah Billingsley gave birth to their son, Asher James Mooney.[21] Mooney and Billingsley were married on October 20, 2017, in Arkansas.[22] On February 21, 2020, the couple welcomed their second son, Ames Alexander Mooney.[23]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Category Result
2014 Academy of Country Music Awards Vocal Duo of the Year Nominated
CMT Music Awards Duo Video of the Year – "19 You + Me"
Country Music Association Awards Vocal Duo of the Year
2015 Academy of Country Music Awards
ASCAP Country Music Awards Most Performed Songs – "19 You + Me" Won
Country Music Association Awards Vocal Duo of the Year Nominated
2016 Academy of Country Music Awards Vocal Duo of the Year
Country Music Association Awards Vocal Duo of the Year
2017 Academy of Country Music Awards Vocal Duo of the Year
New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year
CMT Music Awards Duo Video of the Year – "How Not To"
Country Music Association Awards Vocal Duo of the Year
2018 Academy of Country Music Awards Vocal Duo of the Year
CMT Music Awards[24] Duo Video of the Year – "Tequila" Won
Country Music Association Awards Vocal Duo of the Year Nominated
Single of the Year – "Tequila"
Music Video of the Year – "Tequila"
American Music Awards[25] Favorite Duo or Group: Country
Favorite Song: Country – "Tequila"
2019 Grammy Awards Best Country Duo Group Performance – "Tequila" Won
Best Country Song Nominated
iHeartRadio Music Awards Song of the Year - "Tequila"
Song of the Year - "Speechless"
Country Song of the Year – "Tequila"
Billboard Music Awards Billboard Chart Achievement Award
Top Duo/Group
Top Country Artist
Top Country Duo/Group Won
Top Country Song – "Speechless" Nominated
Top Country Song – "Tequila"
Top Country AlbumDan + Shay
Academy of Country Music Awards Duo of the Year Won
Album of the Year – "Dan + Shay" Nominated
Single of the Year – "Tequila" Won
Song of the Year – "Tequila"
Musical Event of the Year – "Keeping Score" (ft. Kelly Clarkson) Nominated
Video of the Year – "Tequila"
CMT Music Awards Duo Video of the Year - "Speechless" Won
Country Music Association Awards Vocal Duo of the Year
Album of the Year – "Dan + Shay" Nominated
Single of the Year – "Speechless"
Teen Choice Awards Choice Country Artist Won
Choice Country Song – "Speechless"
2020 Grammy Awards Best Country Duo Group Performance – "Speechless"
Best Country Song – "Speechless" Nominated
iHeartRadio Music Awards Best Lyrics – "10,000 Hours" (with Justin Bieber) Won
Best Duo/Group of the Year Nominated
Country Artist of the Year
Academy of Country Music Awards Duo of the Year Won
Song of the Year – "10,000 Hours" (with Justin Bieber) Nominated
Music Event of the Year – "10,000 Hours" (with Justin Bieber)
Video of the Year – "10,000 Hours" (with Justin Bieber)
Country Music Association Awards Vocal Duo of the Year Won
Single of the Year – "10,000 Hours" (with Justin Bieber) Nominated
Musical Event of the Year – "10,000 Hours" (with Justin Bieber)
Music Video of the Year – "10,000 Hours" (with Justin Bieber)

Tours[edit]

Headlining
  • Where It All Began Tour (2014–15)
  • Just the Right Kind of Crazy Tour (2015) [14]
  • The Obsessed Tour (2016–17)
  • Dan + Shay Tour (2019)
  • Dan + Shay The (Arena) Tour (2020)
Supporting

Touring band[edit]

  • Justin Richards – guitar
  • Dustin Hook – bass
  • Andrew Cook – drums
  • Izaac Burkhart – guitar, keys, backing vocals

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ves Garcia (August 1, 2020). "Dan + Shay 'would love to collab' with BTS' Jungkook as he nails '10,000 Hours' cover". Retrieved October 13, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Dan + Shay AllMusic Bio". AllMusic. Retrieved October 13, 2020.
  3. ^ Wyland, Sarah (2013-10-16). "Dan + Shay Release Debut Single To Country Radio | Great American Country". Blog.gactv.com. Retrieved 2015-07-29.
  4. ^ a b "Dan + Shay, '19 You + Me' [Listen]". Tasteofcountry.com. Retrieved July 29, 2015.
  5. ^ "Inside Guy Oseary and Paul McGuinness' $30M Live Nation Deal". Billboard.com/. November 13, 2013. Retrieved November 13, 2014.
  6. ^ "Dan + Shay Reveal Title, Cover + Track Listing for Debut". Theboot.com. Retrieved 2015-07-29.
  7. ^ "2014 ACM Award Nominees Dan + Shay to Release Debut Album April 1st on Warner Bros. Records'". Warnermusicnashville.com. February 4, 2014. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  8. ^ "R&R :: Going For Adds :: Country". Radio & Records. Archived from the original on April 29, 2014. Retrieved April 28, 2014.
  9. ^ "Dan + Shay Grand Ole Opry'". opry.com. January 15, 2014. Retrieved January 15, 2014.
  10. ^ "ACM Awards Nominees'". acmcountry.com/. January 29, 2014. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  11. ^ "Breaking News - Tour Announcement". Hunterhayes.com. January 26, 2014. Archived from the original on February 2, 2014. Retrieved January 26, 2014.
  12. ^ "Blake Announces Ten Times Crazier Tour'". BlakeShelton.com. January 17, 2014. Archived from the original on January 20, 2014. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
  13. ^ "Dan + Shay Announce Where It All Began Tour". Great American Country. May 24, 2014. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
  14. ^ a b "Dan + Shay Announce 'Just The Right Kind of Crazy' Tour". Radio.com. August 13, 2015. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  15. ^ Shay, Dan + (May 17, 2018). "SELF-TITLED ALBUM | JUNE 22 Pre-order starts tonight at 11 PM CT!pic.twitter.com/es5uTgFKXm".
  16. ^ "Dan + Shay (The Vocals) - Single by Dan + Shay on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  17. ^ Houghton, Cillea (February 20, 2020). "Eric Ethridge's 'Dream Girl' Becomes a Precious Memory in Dan + Shay-Penned Single [Exclusive Premiere]". Taste of Country. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  18. ^ "Local rockers Transition straddle commercialism and conviction'". Pghcitypaper.com. June 8, 2006. Retrieved June 8, 2006.
  19. ^ "Bonaventure: 'Our dream is to touch people with our music'". Patriciatanne.com/. May 12, 2012. Retrieved May 12, 2012.
  20. ^ "Shay Mooney – 'a redneck in an urban world'". Cnnradio.cnn.com. Retrieved March 17, 2013.
  21. ^ "Shay Mooney and Hannah Billingsley Welcome Son Asher James". people.com. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
  22. ^ "Dan + Shay's Shay Mooney Marries Hannah Billingsley — All the Wedding Details!". people.com. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  23. ^ "Meet Ames Alexander! Dan + Shay's Shay Mooney and Wife Hannah Welcome Second Son". people.com. Retrieved February 22, 2020.
  24. ^ "CMT Music Awards 2018 Winners". CMT.com. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  25. ^ "Here Are All the Winners From the 2018 AMAs". Billboard. Retrieved 20 July 2019.

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