Where It All Began (Dan + Shay album)

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Where It All Began
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1, 2014 (2014-04-01)
LabelWarner Bros. Nashville
Dan + Shay chronology
Where It All Began
Singles from Where It All Began
  1. "19 You + Me"
    Released: October 14, 2013
  2. "Show You Off"
    Released: May 12, 2014
  3. "Nothin' Like You"
    Released: February 23, 2015

Where It All Began is the debut studio album by American country music duo Dan + Shay. It was released on April 1, 2014 via Warner Bros. Nashville.[1][2] The album includes the singles "19 You + Me", "Show You Off", and "Nothin' Like You".[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[4]
Country WeeklyB[5]
Got Country Online3.5/5 stars[6]
Roughstock4/5 stars[7]
USA Today3/4 stars[8]

Where It All Began has garnered generally positive reviews from five music critics. Brian Mansfield of USA Today gave the album three stars out of four, saying stating that the duo "make[s] the music of first dates and summertime flings that last forever in the memory", and their "sun-kissed harmonizing and carefree delivery may be informed by contemporary pop, but they're storytellers at heart."[8] Alanna Conaway of Country Weekly gave the album a B grade, writing that the duo "have emerged [...] as true songwriters and vocalists, and still have plenty of directions to go with future albums."[5] However, Conaway believes that the album could have been better in the lyrical department because they focus on "the good memories and moments in life."[5] Mark Deming of AllMusic rated it three out of five stars, saying that "As far as craft goes, Dan + Shay clearly know what they're doing and are remarkably canny" and "If country radio needs clean-cut but hunky young men to croon with maximum professionalism for female listeners (and the guys who want to get to know them better), there's no question Dan + Shay can fill the bill, and Where It All Began shows they do what they do very well indeed."[4] Matt Bjorke of Roughstock rated the album four out of five stars, stating that the release "feels like the album will indeed be the point where the duo and fans point to and say" this is the place it started, which according to him is "Not bad for the music world’s latest 'overnight sensation.'"[7] Tara Toro of Got Country Online rated the album three-and-a-half stars out of five, writing that "The songs flow together nicely, but at times tend to sound alike, especially lyrically."[6] In addition, Toro closes with saying that this "is an easy to listen to youthful album that many country fans surely wont 'say no' to adding to their library."[6]

Commercial performance[edit]

Where It All Began debuted at number six on the US Billboard 200 and number one on the US Top Country Albums, selling 29,000 album-equivalent units in its first week.[9][10] As of June 2016, the album has sold 157,000 copies in the United States.[11] On January 10, 2018, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for combined sales and album-equivalent units of over 500,000 in the United States.[12]

Track listing[edit]

1."Show You Off"
2."Stop Drop + Roll"
  • Smyers
  • Mooney
  • Orton
3."19 You + Me"
  • Smyers
  • Mooney
  • Orton
4."What You Do to Me"
  • Smyers
  • Mooney
  • Orton
5."Can't Say No"2:54
6."First Time Feeling"
  • Smyers
  • Mooney
  • Hayslip
7."Nothin' Like You"3:06
8."Somewhere Only We Know"
9."Parking Brake"
10."I Heard Goodbye"
  • Smyers
  • Mooney
  • Orton
11."Party Girl"
  • Smyers
  • Mooney
  • Nicolle Galyon
12."Close Your Eyes"
  • Smyers
  • Mooney
  • Orton
Total length:41:40

All songs produced by Dan Smyers, Scott Hendricks, and Danny Orton, except "Can't Say No", produced by Smyers and Hendricks, and "Nothin' Like You", produced by Chris DeStefano.


Dan + Shay
Additional musicians



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[23] Gold 500,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone


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  8. ^ a b Mansfield, Brian (March 31, 2014). "Listen Up: Other notable releases". USA Today. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
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