Dan + Shay Pittsburgh benefit raised $60K for synagogue
Monday, December 3, 2018
– Dan + Shay's headlining benefit concert in Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon raised more than $60,000 for the Tree of Life Synagogue.
Dan+ Shay played the show to support the synagogue devastated by the murder of 11 members during Sabbath morning services on Oct. 27. The gunman, Robert Bowers, survived the shooting and has been charged with murder.
The 1,200 in attendance at the sold-out show contributed several thousand dollars additional via merchandise purchases (an exclusive, event-only t-shirt designed by Dan + Shay) as well as their own monetary donations. All proceeds were donated to re-building the synagogue.
The duo heads tomorrow to ABC's Good Morning America for a performance of the fifth most-streamed country song of 2018 and their latest hit radio single, "Speechless."
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The track list on Dan +Shay's self-titled third album has a song crediting Kelly Clarkson as a featured vocalist. Upon a full listen, you will think they forgot about a few others. The disc features the duo's contemporary sound that mirrors many artists in the genre. The lead-off track, "Alone Together," evokes Rascal Flatts' Gary LeVox and is half of the only seven minutes on the tidy 35-minute collection that represent anything near up-tempo.
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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.
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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. »»»