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Country Music duo consisting of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney. Before pairing up, Mooney was a solo artist on Nappy Boy Entertainment (owned by T-Pain), and Smyers was in the groups Bonaventure and Transition. After writing a song for Rascal Flatts, who has been a major influence on their sound, they signed to Warner (Bros.) Records in 2013.

Their debut single "19 You + Me" made some noise on the charts, and they got their first #1 with the album's last single, "Nothin' Like You". Second album Obsessed included the hits "From the Ground Up" and "How Not To", while their self-titled third disc produced their biggest hit to date in "Tequila".

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Their sound is smoothly-voiced country-pop with strong melodic hooks, leading many critics to compare them favorably to the early work of Rascal Flatts.

Albums

  • Where It All Began (2014)
  • Obsessed (2016)
  • Dan + Shay (2018)

Tropes present in their work

  • Album Title Drop: The first line of "19 You + Me" name-drops "Where It All Began".
  • Book-Ends: "19 You + Me" begins and ends on the lyric "It was our first week at Myrtle Beach, Where It All Began".
  • Break-Up Song: "How Not To" has the narrator trying to figure out "how not to" deal with certain relationships after a breakup.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: "Nothin' Like You":
    I remember when I first met you
    Sipping coffee in a corner booth
    You were twirling your hair
    And I just had to stare
    For a minute or two...
  • In Vino Veritas: In "Tequila", the narrator realizes that certain emotions of a breakup only come through when he drinks tequila.
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  • Love Nostalgia Song: "19 You + Me".
  • The Power of Love: "From the Ground Up" is about building a long-lasting relationship that the narrator hopes will still be around 65 years later.
  • Wanderlust Song: "Road Trippin'" is about wanting to take a road trip with a loved one.
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