Dan + Shay

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Dan + Shay
Origin Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Genres Country
Years active 2013-present
Labels Warner Bros. Nashville
Associated acts Danny Orton, Brighten, The Receiving End of Sirens, My American Heart
Members Dan Smyers
Shay Mooney

Dan + Shay is an American country music duo composed of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney.[1] The duo is signed to Warner Bros. Records Nashville and has released its debut single "19 You + Me", which has charted on Country Airplay and Hot Country Songs.

Early life[edit]

Dan Smyers (born August 16, 1987) was raised in Wexford, Pennsylvania, where he attended North Allegheny Senior High School.[2] He attended Carnegie Mellon University to study Finance.[3]

James Shay Mooney (born December 27, 1991) was raised in Natural Dam, Arkansas, where he attended Union Christian Academy (Fort Smith, Arkansas). Following high school, Shay attended Valley Forge Christian College for one year before completely pursuing his music career.[4]

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 label.[5]

December 2011 to Early 2013, Shay was in a relationship with country-pop singer Veronica Ballestrini. During their relationship they would post cover and original songs to Youtube and generated over 100,000 video views combined. Shay is the subject to Ballestrini's song "Death Of Me" and sings background vocals on the recording. [6]

History[edit]

2013–present: Where It All Began[edit]

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.[7]

On October 14, 2013, the debut single "19 You + Me" was added 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".[5] Their debut album Where It All Began[8] was released on April 1, 2014, which Orton produced with Scott Hendricks.[9] "Show You Off" was released to country radio on May 12, 2014, as the album's second single.[10] The duo performed on The Ellen Show performing 19 you + me in 2014 The duo made their Grand Ole Opry debut February 1, 2014.[11] They also received a 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards Vocal Duo of the Year nomination.[12]

Dan + Shay was the opening act for Hunter Hayes on his We're Not Invisible Tour, which began in March 2014.[13] 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 of 2014.[14] Following the end of the Ten Times Crazier Tour, Dan + Shay embarked on their own 12-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. 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.

Their song 'Stop Drop + Roll' was featured on the Nashville season two episode, 'Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad'.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US Country US CAN UK Country
Where It All Began 1 6 12 14

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Sales Certification Album
US Country
[17]
US Country Airplay
[18]
US
[19]
CAN Country
[20]
CAN
[21]
2013 "19 You + Me" 7 11 42 23 47 Where It All Began
2014 "Show You Off" 29 21 111
2015 "Nothin' Like You"A 36 26
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
  • ACurrent single.[25]

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
[17]
US AC
2014 "What You Do to Me" 39 Where It All Began
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" 17 N/A

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2014 "19 You + Me"[26] Brian Lazzaro
"Show You Off"[27] Patrick Tracy
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"[28]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Recipients Result
2014 Academy of Country Music Awards Vocal Duo of the Year Dan + Shay Nominated
CMT Music Awards Duo Video of the Year "19 You + Me" Nominated
Country Music Association Awards Vocal Duo of the Year Dan + Shay Nominated

Tours[edit]

Supporting

Touring band[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://blog.gactv.com/blog/2013/10/16/dan-shay-release-debut-single-to-country-radio/
  2. ^ "Local rockers Transition straddle commercialism and conviction’". http://www.pghcitypaper.com/. June 8, 2006. Retrieved June 8, 2006. 
  3. ^ "Bonaventure: ‘Our dream is to touch people with our music’". http://patriciatanne.com/. May 12, 2012. Retrieved May 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Shay Mooney – 'a redneck in an urban world’". http://cnnradio.cnn.com/. March 17, 2013. Retrieved March 17, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b http://tasteofcountry.com/dan-and-shay-19-you-and-me/
  6. ^ "Shay and Veronica sing original song". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1Dfl7S3SL0. 
  7. ^ "Inside Guy Oseary and Paul McGuinness' $30M Live Nation Deal". http://www.billboard.com/. November 13, 2013. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
  8. ^ http://theboot.com/dan-shay-where-it-all-began-cover-track-listing/
  9. ^ "2014 ACM Award Nominees Dan + Shay to Release Debut Album April 1st on Warner Bros. Records’". http://www.warnermusicnashville.com. February 4, 2014. Retrieved February 2014. 
  10. ^ "R&R :: Going For Adds :: Country". Radio & Records. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Dan + Shay Grand Ole Opry’". http://www.opry.com. January 15, 2014. Retrieved January 15, 2014. 
  12. ^ "ACM Awards Nominees’". acmcountry.com/. January 29, 2014. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  13. ^ "BREAKING NEWS - TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT'". hunterhayes.com. January 26, 2014. Retrieved January 26, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Blake Announces Ten Times Crazier Tour’". BlakeShelton.com. January 17, 2014. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Future Releases for Country Radio Stations". All Access. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  16. ^ Matt Bjorke (March 11, 2015). "Country Album Chart Report For March 11, 2015". Roughstock.  Sales figure given here
  17. ^ a b "Dan + Shay Album & Song Chart History - Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Dan + Shay Album & Song Chart History - Country Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Dan + Shay Album & Song Chart History - Bubbling Under Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Dan + Shay Album & Song Chart History - Canada Country". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 25, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Dan + Shay Album & Song Chart History - Billboard Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  22. ^ Sterling Whitaker (October 19, 2014). "Dan + Shay Strike Gold With ’19 You + Me’". Taste of Country (Townsquare Media). Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  23. ^ "American single certifications – Dan + Shay – 19". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  24. ^ Matt Bjorke (December 3, 2014). "Country Music’s Top 30 Digital Singles: December 3, 2014". Roughstock. 
  25. ^ "R&R :: Going For Adds :: Country". Radio & Records. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  26. ^ "CMT : Videos : Dan + Shay : 19 You + Me". Country Music Television. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  27. ^ "CMT : Videos : Dan + Shay : Show You Off". Country Music Television. Retrieved July 18, 2014. 
  28. ^ "CMT : Videos : Dan + Shay : Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas". Country Music Television. Retrieved December 19, 2014. 

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