Dan + Shay are an American country music duo composed of vocalists and songwriters Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney. They are signed to Warner Bros. Records Nashville and have released one album, Where It All Began. This album has produced three Top 40 singles on Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay.
Dan Smyers (born August 16, 1987) was raised in Wexford, Pennsylvania, where he attended North Allegheny Senior High School. He attended Carnegie Mellon University to study finance.
James Shay Mooney (born December 27, 1991) was raised in Natural Dam, Arkansas and attended Union Christian Academy (Fort Smith, Arkansas). Following high school, he attended Valley Forge Christian College for one year before completely pursuing his music career. He was in a relationship with country singer Veronica Ballestrini from 2011 to early 2013. During their relationship, they would post cover and original songs on Youtube and reached over 150,000 views combined. He wrote a song for Ballestrini’s sophomore album “Flip Side” entitled “Lonely Alone”. He is the subject of her song “Death of Me” and sang background on it.
Before the duo’s foundation, Mooney was a solo artist on T-Pain’s Nappy Boy Entertainment label, and Smyers was a member of a group called Bonaventure as well as a previous member of the band Transition on Floodgate Records.