Dan + Shay

2012-
Dan Smyers
Shay Mooney

Dan + Shay Artistfacts

  • Before they formed the Dan + Shay duo, Pennsylvania native Dan Smyers was a member of a group called Bonaventure and Arkansas born Shay Mooney was a solo artist on rapper T-Pain's Nappy Boy Entertainment label.
  • Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney first met at a party at the formers'' house in Nashville on December 7, 2012.

    "I was living in a terrible house; it was the worst house of all time. I found it on Craigslist for $100 a month when I first moved to town. No locks on the door, no heat, no AC. It was rough," Smyers recalled to The Boot. "Shay came over with a buddy. We started singing together, singing cover songs and making stuff up on the spot … It was about four in the morning, and we were like, 'We should write together.'"

    "A couple hours later, we woke up and wrote a song," Smyers continued. "The first song we wrote got put on hold."
  • Dan Smyers married Abby Law on May 13, 2017. She made a cameo in Dan+Shay lyric's video for their 2014 single "Nothin' Like You." That song was about Mooney's then girlfriend country singer Veronica Ballestrini.
  • Shay Mooney's fiancée Hannah Billingsley gave birth to their son, Asher James Mooney on January 24, 2017. Dan + Shay's song "When I Pray For You" was written in anticipation of the baby boy's arrival. Mooney and Hannah later got married on October 20, 2017 in Arkansas.

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