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".
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.
- 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.
- 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.