Country duo Dan+Shay just released their debut album, “Where It All Began!” The duo, Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney, met just a year ago in Nashville (in a tent of all places), and started writing songs together the next morning. It’s been a whirlwind year for them, with the early success of their single, “19 You + Me,” which was added to country radio stations across the US last fall, and has peaked at #12 on the charts as of release day. They have already been nominated for an Academy of Country Music Award for Vocals Duo of the Year. Tune in on April 6th to see if they win!
Dan + Shay have been releasing tracks in anticipation of the album, including “19 You + Me,” “What You Do To Me,” and “Show You Off.” Each track has already been in heavy rotation in the Secret Fangirl office! (We may have played “What You Do To Me” about 10 times in a row after it was released during the Oscars.) The album has been streaming on Spotify for the past week, and yes we have been playing it every day since. We’re so excited to get the full album for ourselves!
From the first notes of this album, you know it’s going to be on repeat all summer long! The album is the perfect blend of country crooning, upbeat pop melodies, and lyrics that make us wish it was perpetually summer. Dan+Shay nailed it not only musically, but from live performances to hanging out with fans before concerts, these guys have the star quality and potential to become heavy hitters in the country world within the next year. Hopefully they can become the next big crossover duo into the pop world, too!
It’s really difficult to pick a favorite song, they’re all so good! A few standout tracks are definitely “Stop Drop + Roll”, “Parking Brake”, and “First Time Feeling”.
Basically, this album makes us want to drive around with the windows down, drinking real Southern sweet tea, and pick up our acoustic guitar again.
Make sure you pick up your copy of Dan+Shay’s debut album, “Where It All Began” on iTunes and Amazon now!
Be sure to catch Dan+Shay on tour with Hunter Hayes right now! Get dates and ticket info HERE. If you missed out on tickets for this tour, Dan+Shay are hopping on the “Ten Times Crazier” Tour with Blake Shelton in June! Get all the dates and ticket info HERE.
It’s Friday and that means it’s time for The Friday Five! This week, we’re picking five upcoming albums that we are totally excited to hear. So, let’s get started!!!
1. AJR – Title and Release Date TBD
AJR’s unique sound makes us excited about music again! The indie pop band, comprised of brothers Adam, Jack and Ryan Met, are the true definition of an independent, DIY artist. We’ve loved every song we’ve heard from them so far (seriously, it’s impossible to pick a favorite), and can’t wait to hear more! They’re tentatively naming their debut album “Living Room,” as much of the album was written, produced and recorded from their parents’ living room in NYC. The album should be released sometime this Spring. Are you ready?
While you wait for the album, make sure to download their EP 6foot1!
2. Hunter Hayes – “Storyline” (due May 6th) Hunter is another artist who makes us excited about music again. The multi-talented singer not only wrote or co-wrote every track on his self-titled debut, he also played the 30+ instruments used in the recording.We had the opportunity to attend his “Encore” release concert at Webster Hall last summer, and were blown away by his musicianship. We’re thrilled to finally be seeing Hunter live again on the “We’re Not Invisible Tour,” and for his new album, “Storyline!” And have you heard about how you can be a part of Hunter’s attempt to break the world record for most concerts in 24-hours? You can pre-order “Storyline” now and get an instant download of the tracks “Invisible” and “Wild Card!”
3. Dan + Shay – “Where It All Began” (due April 1st)
We hadn’t heard of country duo Dan + Shay until they were announced as the opening act on Hunter Hayes’ “We’re Not Invisible Tour,” but it was love at first listen when we heard their single “19 You + Me.” The duo met last year in Nashville, and started writing together the next day. If the rest of their album is anywhere near as good as the tracks they’ve released so far, including “What You Do To Me” and “Show You Off,” we may have our new favorite summer album.
4. Austin Mahone – Title and Release Date TBD
It’s hard to believe that after releasing so many hit singles, we STILL don’t know when Austin’s debut album will be released. Austin just wrapped up his first headlining tour with MTV, and we’re hoping we’ll have an announcement for a new tour and album before the summer!
Be sure to follow Austin on Twitter for updates and get his latest single, “MMM Yeah” on iTunes!
5. The Vamps – Title TBA (due April 14th in the UK; US Date TBD) Unfortunately for now there is no US release date for this album, but we are eagerly awaiting the release date! We love The Vamps energetic sound and after a very solid set at their headlining show in NYC, we’re looking forward to hearing more!
Country duo Dan +Shay released a video from the Warehouse Sessions for their newest single, “What You Do To Me” this week. Check out the video below!
Visit Danandshay.com and follow Dan + Shay on Twitter and Facebook.
Pre-order Dan + Shay’s debut album, “Where It All Began” on iTunes now.
Don’t forget they’re going on tour with Hunter Hayes in May! Get all the tour info HERE!
Happy Friday! Here’s what we’ve been listening to this week.
5. Demi Lovato – “Trainwreck”
We’re seeing the Neon Lights Tour tonight, and hoping that she’ll bring back this classic from her first album
4. Justin Timberlake – “Murder”/”Poison” Mashup
If you haven’t caught JT’s 20/20 Experience Tour yet, what are you waiting for? This mashup of “Murder” and Bell Biv Devoe’s “Poison” is a highlight in the nearly 3-hour show.
3. Austin Mahone – “Till I Find You”
We caught Austin’s Artist to Watch Tour at Hammerstein Ballroom this week, and immediately fell in love with this song. It sounds like something NSYNC could have released, which is always a good thing! But Austin (the one man boy band) has yet another winner with this song. When is his album coming out again?! We’ve been waiting so long!!
2. Dan + Shay – “What You Do To Me”
This song was released once pre-orders went live for their debut album, “Where It All Began,” out April 1st. And we immediately listened to it 5 times in a row. We love what we’ve heard from Dan + Shay so far, and can’t wait for more!
1. Austin Mahone – “What About Love”
Yes, Austin gets to be on this list twice because his show at Hammerstein Ballroom was just that good. We’re still trying to learn the “What About Love” dance. Maybe Austin can teach us next tour?
Country music duo Dan + Shay have only been writing together since last year, but their debut single “19 You + Me” has already made huge strides on the country music charts, peaking as high as #15.
Their debut album, “Where It All Began,” will be released on April 1st. Pre-order now, and you’ll get an instant download of the tracks “What You Do To Me” and “19 You + Me!” You can also buy the songs as singles if you’d rather wait for the physical album.
Dan + Shay will be heading out on tour opening for Hunter Hayes and Blake Shelton later this year. You can purchase the Dan + Shay + You Experience, and get to meet the guys and attend a private acoustic set before the show. Check out all the details here and view all of their tour dates at DanandShay.com!
We can’t wait for the album to be released but more importantly, for these guys to get to touring! They’re heading out with Hunter Hayes in May, on his “We’re Not Invisible” Tour, and then joining Blake Shelton’s “Ten Times Crazier” Summer Tour. Big things are ahead of Dan+Shay and we’re excited for every second of it!!