Dan + Shay
Dan + Shay
Warner Music Nashville’s new duo Dan + Shay (Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney) are currently in the studio recording their debut album in Nashville, TN, and set to release their first single to Country radio, “19 You + Me”, in October. The album, which is expected to be released in 2014, is being co-produced by Dan, Shay and Scott Hendricks.
Dan and Shay met in December of 2012 and quickly hit it off with their musical similarities. The two began writing together and with their very first cut gained attention of country superstars Rascal Flatts who immediately put the track on hold for their album. From those first writing sessions, their relationship grew to include performing together, where the two discovered an infectious original sound all their own, mixing country rock/pop seamlessly throughout intimate power-ballads and stadium-worthy hits.
Born and raised in Natural Dam, AK, Shay has been singing since he was a young child. At 14-years-old he fell in love with songwriting and at 16 began learning the guitar. He officially moved to Nashville last year but grew up frequently visiting and recording in Music City. Musical influences include Rascal Flatts, Dave Matthews Band, Usher and Kenny Chesney.
Dan was born and raised in suburban Wexford, Pennsylvania and has been writing and playing music since the age of 12. A Nashville resident since 2010, Dan has been on the local songwriting scene writing with people like Blair Daly, Cary Barlowe and Jason Reeves among others. Musical influences range from Ryan Adams and Tom Petty to Kenny Chesney and Alison Krauss.