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Dan + Shay is an American country music duo composed of vocalists and songwriters Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney.[4] They are signed to Warner Bros. Records Nashville and have released three albums, Where It All Began, Obsessed, and Dan + Shay. These albums have accounted for a total of nine singles, of which 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 among others.

Dan + Shay
Dan + Shay in 2017.jpg
Dan + Shay performing at the New Daisy Theatre in Memphis, Tennessee, February 2017
Background information
OriginNashville, Tennessee, United States
Genres
Years active2012–present
LabelsWarner Bros. Nashville
Members
  • Dan Smyers
  • Shay Mooney

MembersEdit

Dan SmyersEdit

 
Dan Smyers

Daniel Smyers (born (1987-08-16) August 16, 1987 (age 32)) was raised in Wexford, Pennsylvania, where he attended North Allegheny Senior High School.[5] He attended Carnegie Mellon University to study finance and play football.[6] Smyers has been in a relationship with Abby Law for a many years. Smyers and Law became engaged in 2016. Abby made a cameo in a Dan + Shay lyric video for their song "Nothin' Like You." Dan and Abby got married on May 13, 2017. They have four rescue dogs named Chief, Joy, Ghost and Mac (Macaroni).

Shay MooneyEdit

 
Shay Mooney

James Shay Mooney (born (1991-12-27) December 27, 1991 (age 27)) was raised in Natural Dam, Arkansas, and attended Union Christian Academy (Fort Smith, Arkansas) and Van Buren High School (Van Buren, Arkansas). Following high school, he attended Valley Forge Christian College for one year before completely pursuing his music career.[7] On October 8, 2016, Mooney announced on Instagram that he and his fiancée Hannah Billingsley were expecting a baby together. On January 24, 2017, Billingsley gave birth to their son, Asher James Mooney. Mooney and Billingsley were married on October 20, 2017, in Arkansas.[8]

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.[9]

HistoryEdit

2013–2017: Where It All Began and ObsessedEdit

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.[10]

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."[9] Their debut album, Where It All Began,[11] was released on April 1, 2014, which Orton produced with Scott Hendricks.[12] The album's second single, "Show You Off", was released to country radio on May 12, 2014.[13] They performed on The Ellen Show, performing "19 You + Me" in 2014. They made their Grand Ole Opry debut on February 1, 2014.[14] They also received a 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards Vocal Duo of the Year nomination.[15] 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.[16] 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.[17] 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.[18] 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.[19] 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 + ShayEdit

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".[20] In August, they released Dan + Shay (The Vocals), which includes the vocal tracks of the two singles from the album.[21]

In popular cultureEdit

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.

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
US Country
[22]
US
[23]
AUS
[24]
CAN
[25]
UK Country
[26]
Where It All Began 1 6 12 11
Obsessed
  • Release date: June 3, 2016
  • Label: Warner Bros. Nashville
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2 8 91 23 1
Dan + Shay
  • Release date: June 22, 2018
  • Label: Warner Bros. Nashville
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1 6 15 11 2
"—" denotes an album that failed to chart.

SinglesEdit

Year Single Peak chart positions Sales Certification Album
US Country
[32]
US Country Airplay
[33]
US
[34]
US Adult
[35]
AUS
[36]
CAN Country
[37]
CAN
[38]
2013 "19 You + Me" 7 11 42 23 47 Where It All Began
2014 "Show You Off" 29 21 [A]
2015 "Nothin' Like You" 5 1 51 4 72
2016 "From the Ground Up" 3 1 48 10 77 Obsessed
"How Not To" 7 1 57 25
2017 "Road Trippin'" 42
2018 "Tequila" 1 1 21 10 69 1 59 Dan + Shay
"Speechless" 1 1 24 5 2 41
2019 "All to Myself" 3 1 31 1 69
"—" denotes a single that failed to chart.

Notes

  1. ^ "Show You Off" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 11 on Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.[42]

Promotional singlesEdit

Year Single Peak chart positions Sales Certification Album
US Country
[32]
US
Christ

[60]
2016 "Already Ready" 44 Obsessed
2017 "When I Pray for You" 39 3 The Shack
2018 "Alone Together" 39 Dan + Shay
"Keeping Score"
(featuring Kelly Clarkson)
32
"—" denotes a single that failed to chart.

Other charted songsEdit

Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
[32]
US AC
[63]
2014 "What You Do to Me" 39 Where It All Began
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" 17 Non-album single
2018 "What Keeps You Up at Night" 50 Dan + Shay
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other appearancesEdit

Year Title Artist Album
2016 "Those Days"[64] Lindsey Stirling Brave Enough
2017 "Say"[65] RaeLynn WildHorse
"When I Pray for You"[66] Various artists The Shack

Music videosEdit

Year Video Director Ref.
2014 "19 You + Me" Brian Lazzaro [67]
"Show You Off" Patrick Tracy [68]
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" [69]
2015 "Nothin' Like You" [70]
2016 "From the Ground Up" Shaun Silva [71]
"How Not To" Patrick Tracy [72]
2017 "When I Pray for You" N/A [73]
"Road Trippin'" Patrick Tracy [74]
2018 "Tequila" [75]
"All to Myself" N/A [76]
"Speechless" [77]
"Alone Together" [78]

Awards and nominationsEdit

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
2017 Academy of Country Music Awards Vocal Duo of the Year Nominated
New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year Nominated
CMT Music Awards Duo Video of the Year
"How Not To"
Nominated
Country Music Association Awards Vocal Duo of the Year Nominated
2018 CMT Music Awards[79] Duo Video of the Year – "Tequila" Won
American Music Awards[80] Favorite Duo or Group - Country Nominated
Favorite Song - Country - "Tequila" Nominated
2019 Grammy Awards Best Country Duo Group Performance Won
Best Country Song Nominated
iHeartRadio Music Awards Country Song of the Year - "Tequila" Nominated
Billboard Music Awards Billboard Chart Achievement Award Nominated
Top Duo/Group Nominated
Top Country Artist Nominated
Top Country Duo/Group Won
Top Country Song - "Speechless" Nominated
Top Country Song - "Tequila" Nominated
Top Country Album - Dan + Shay Nominated
Academy of Country Music Awards Vocal Duo of the Year Won
Album of the Year - Dan + Shay Nominated
Single of the Year - “Tequila Won
Song of the Year - “Tequila Won
Musical Event of the Year - “Keeping Score” feat. Kelly Clarkson Nominated
Video of the Year - “Tequila Nominated
CMT Music Awards Duo Video of the Year - "Speechless" Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Country Artist Won
Choice Country Song - “Speechless Won

ToursEdit

Headlining
Supporting

Touring bandEdit

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