Dan + Shay

Whether charming rootsy traditionalists at the Grand Ole Opry or selling out arenas, wholesome songwriting duo Dan + Shay carved out a reputation for soaring hits. Dan Smyers grew up in Wexford, Pennsylvania and studied finance at college before following his dreams and heading to Nashville in his early twenties, whilst James Shay Mooney was from more typical country music stock in Arkansas and had landed a deal as a solo artist on T-Pain's Nappy Boy Entertainment label. A house party at Dan's apartment led to the two struggling songwriters embarking on enthusiastic, acoustic jam sessions and after a few months of graft and persistence, they ended up on country radio in 2013 with their hit debut single “19 You + Me”. Built on the kind of glossy, summery anthems that helped them cross over into the pop culture mainstream, the pair cut their teeth touring with Blake Shelton and Hunter Hayes before their album Where It All Began shot to Number 6 in the US charts. Other hit singles included “Nothin' Like You”, “From the Ground Up”, and “Tequila”, and they again made the US top 10 with their second album Obsessed in 2016. After support slots with Rascal Flatts and Darius Rucker and their own headlining tours, the duo also won their first CMT Music Award and had their songs featured in popular TV shows Nashville and The Bachelorette before they returned in 2018 with their self-titled third album and “Keeping Score”, a collaboration with Kelly Clarkson. The partnership won the Grammy for Best Country/Duo Group Performance for “10,000 Hours”, a collaboration with Justin Bieber that hit was a Number 4 pop hit. 2021 saw the release of “Good Things”, a single that would also be the title track to their new album later that year and become their fourth LP to go Top 10 on the main albums chart and Top 2 on the country album chart. Following a lengthy tour that almost made them quit music altogether, Dan + Shay returned in 2023 with their fifth studio album Bigger Houses, which was preceded by the title track, "Save Me the Trouble," and "Heartbreak on the Map."

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