Dan + Shay

Dan + Shay

Dan + Shay perform in Nashville
Background information
Origin Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Genres Country
Years active 2012–present
Labels Warner Bros. Nashville
Associated acts Bonaventure, Rascal Flatts
  • Dan Smyers
  • Shay Mooney

Dan + Shay is an American country music duo composed of vocalists and songwriters Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney.[1] They are signed to Warner Bros. Records Nashville and have released two albums, Where It All Began which produced three Top 40 singles on Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay, and Obsessed.

Early life

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] Smyers has been in a relationship with Abby Law for a few years. Smyers and Law became engaged in 2016.

James Shay Mooney (born December 27, 1991) was raised in Natural Dam, Arkansas and attended Union Christian Academy (Fort Smith, Arkansas). Following high school, he attended Valley Forge Christian College for one year before completely pursuing his music career.[4] He was in a relationship with country singer Veronica Ballestrini from 2011 to early 2013. During their relationship, they would post cover and original songs on YouTube and reached over 150,000 views combined. He wrote a song for Ballestrini's sophomore album "Flip Side" entitled "Lonely Alone". He is the subject of her song "Death of Me" and sang background on it. October 8, 2016, Mooney announced on Istagram, he and his fiancé Hannah Billingsley are expecting a baby together.

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.[5]


2013–present: Where It All Began and Obsessed

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.[6]

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[7] was released on April 1, 2014, which Orton produced with Scott Hendricks.[8] "Show You Off" was released to country radio on May 12, 2014, as the album's second single.[9] They performed on The Ellen Show performing "19 You + Me" in 2014. They made their Grand Ole Opry debut February 1, 2014.[10] They also received a 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards Vocal Duo of the Year nomination.[11] The album's third single, "Nothin' Like You" released to country radio on February 23, 2015. It reached at #1 on Country Airplay in December 2015.

Dan + Shay was the opening act for Hunter Hayes on his We're Not Invisible Tour, which began in March 2014.[12] 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.[13] 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.[14] 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'.

In August 2015, the duo announced the Just The Right Kind of Crazy Tour across the Midwest and eastern United States.[15]

Their sophomore album's first single, "From The Ground Up", was released to country radio in February 2016.

Dan + Shay were 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.

The album's second single, "How Not To" released to country radio on September 26, 2016.



Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US Country US AUS
CAN UK Country
Where It All Began 1 6 12 14
  • Release date: June 3, 2016[19]
  • Label: Warner Bros. Nashville
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2 8 91 23 1


Year Single Peak chart positions Sales Certification Album
US Country
US Country Airplay
CAN Country
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"B 44 36
"—" denotes a single that failed to chart.

Other charted songs

Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
2014 "What You Do to Me" 39 Where It All Began
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" 17 N/A
2016 "Already Ready" 44 Obsessed
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other appearances

Title Year Artist Album
"Say"[34] 2016 RaeLynn WildHorse
"Those Days" 2016 Lindsey Stirling Brave Enough

Music videos

Year Video Director
2014 "19 You + Me"[35] Brian Lazzaro
"Show You Off"[36] Patrick Tracy
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"[37]
2015 "Nothin' Like You"[38]
2016 "From the Ground Up"[39] Shaun Silva
"How Not To"

Awards and nominations

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"
Country Music Association Awards Vocal Duo of the Year Nominated



Touring band


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