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Dan + Shay announce surprise release

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 – Only a month after releasing a self-titled disc, Dan + Shay are released raw recordings of their previously recorded music.

At midnight on Thursday, the duo released their megahit "Tequila" along with their new single "Speechless" in a capella versions.

Dan Smyers, one-half of the duo, tweeted, "While we were making the self-titled record, I stumbled upon the 30th Anniversary Collection of one of my favorite records of all time, Pet Sounds by @TheBeachBoys. Disc 3 is all soloed vocal tracks. I spent months listening to and studying the BRILLIANT harmony structure..."

"And finding inspiration that I applied to our vocal production. The fact that their a cappella tracks are available for listening made me want to release ours to the fans who like to dig deeper. Tonight at midnight, we'll be releasing full versions of our soloed vocals."

"Hopefully, if you like the fully produced studio versions of our songs, you'll enjoy the raw and exposed vocal tracks. And I hope, that maybe someday, they might inspire a young singer or producer, like myself, to create something special."

The duo of Shay Mooney and Smyers put out their third disc on June 22, featuring the hit "Tequila."

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Dan Myers and James Shay Mooney came from different parts of the country (Allegheny County, Pa. and Arkansas, respectively) and met in Nashville where each was tracking the well-worn path to country music success. They began writing songs together a little over three years ago, already have a hit album ("Where It All Began") and now have another tiger by the tail. Dan + Shay know a hook, can write songs and have identified a sweet spot in the formula of country music success. »»»
Where It All Began CD review - Where It All Began
Dan + Shay debut with a likable disc, if your bent is the Rascal Flatts world of country. In fact, Dan Smyers of Pittsburgh and Shay Mooney of Arkansas come mighty close to mimicking the longstanding country stars with the biggest difference that they're a duo and Rascal Flatts is a trio. Perhaps the similarities ought come as no surprise because the duo started writing the day after they met in Nashville in December 2012. Guess who placed their first song on hold? Rascal Flatts. »»»
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