Dan + Shay
Dan + Shay
The music blaring from the second-floor stereo speakers was so loud it rattled the third floor windows, setting off a late-night alarm. It happened often enough – at least 30 times in two months – that everyone working after hours at the Warner Music Nashville building collectively knew, “It’s just Dan + Shay.”
The duo – Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney – literally obsessed over the song selection for their latest album.
Even after finishing their debut album, Where It All Began, which landed them their debut Platinum-Certified “19 You + Me” and first No. 1 hit, “Nothin’ Like You,” that is Gold-certified by the RIAA, the pair continued writing songs almost daily. By the time they seriously thought about their second album, they had a collection of more than 80 songs already demoed. “At the end of the night we would get the board rocking, turn it up and just sit there and listen,” said Smyers. Mooney added, “We just want it to be Dan + Shay. Whenever you make your own lane and you’re not trying to chase anything else, that’s when you can truly create.”
The duo’s most recent single off the album, “How Not To” was the most-added single at country radio the week it debuted. Written by Adam Hambrick, Paul DiGiovanni and Kevin Bard, the single laments a hard-to-forget relationship. It’s one of just two tracks the duo didn’t write.
One of the more personal and perhaps most enduring songs the two have written is their first single from Obsessed, “From the Ground Up,” that hit No. 1 and is Gold-certified by the RIAA.