Dan + Shay



June 7 at 7:45

Some country duos come together in a writing room, others from crossing paths in a local bar. But in the case of soulful new duo Dan + Shay, the guys met in a rather unconventional venue: underneath a tent staked inside Dan’s living room.

“We were having a party and didn’t have enough money to pay for heat, so we went to the thrift store and tented out the whole living room,” says Dan Smyers, a suburban Pittsburgh native who relocated to Nashville in 2010.

“I walked into that and we jammed until 4 in the morning, making up songs and singing for girls,” continues Shay Mooney, originally of Natural Dam, Ark., with a laugh. “Dan and I clicked from the very beginning, and we ended up writing the very next day.”

And nearly every day since. Influenced by such artists as Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban and Tim McGraw, along with a healthy dose of ‘90s rock and R&B, Dan + Shay penned songs that quickly gained the respect of fellow Nashville writers. Now, the pair’s debut single, “19 You + Me,” is catching the ear of radio listeners. Upon its release, it had the biggest first week by a new duo in trade publication Country Aircheck’s history and was the most added debut of 2013.


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