Numerous Country artists took to social media over the weekend to protest last week’s killing of GEORGE FLOYD by a MINNEAPOLIS police officer, to speak out in support of the ensuing protests and against the looting and violence that followed in cities across the country, including NASHVILLE, and to express support for the black community. Continue reading Country Stars Speak Out Against Racism And Violence
Photo Credit: Daniel Brown for ViacomCBS NASHVILLE, TN – On February 13th, Save The Music and SongFarm.org rallied Nashville’s songwriting and producing community together at the inaugural “Hometown to Hometown” event. The night was full of emotional speeches and intimate musical performances, with over $200k in proceeds raised to benefit new music technology programs in public high schools both locally and nationwide.
GRAMMY-AWARD WINNING DUO TO HEADLINE THEIR FIRST EVER ARENA TOUR ACROSS 35+ U.S. CITIES “10,000 HOURS” – NEW SINGLE WITH JUSTIN BIEBER HAS MASSIVE WORLDWIDE DEBUT (October 7, 2019) – Solidifying their superstar status with yet another career milestone, GRAMMY-winning duo Dan + Shay have announced dates for their first ever headlining arena trek, Dan + Shay The (Arena) Tour. The 35+ date tour, presented by AEG Presents, will kick off March 6, 2020 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN and conclude October 31, 2020 at Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, WA. The tour will also include a stop at New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden.
WARNER BROS./WAR’s DAN + SHAY will release their new, self-titled “DAN + SHAY” album on FRIDAY, JUNE 22nd. The 11-track project will include their current single, “Tequila,” as well as the just-released “Speechless,” for which the duo dropped a romantic video today (5/18) featuring each of their real-life weddings. Also included on the album will be “Alone Together,” “All To Myself,” and “Keeping Score,” which features KELLY CLARKSON. The duo’s DAN SMYERS and SHAY MOONEY each either had a hand in writing or co-writing ten of the eleven tracks; SMYERS also co-produced the album alongside longtime collaborator, WMN EVP/A&R SCOTT HENDRICKS. “Our first two albums helped us build an incredible and super-loyal fan base, so we knew it was our responsibility to them to put out the best music we could on this record,” said DAN + SHAY. “Most importantly, we wanted to deliver a project that would satisfy the people who got us where we are in the first place. Where we are musically and in our personal lives is different than where we were when this all started, which makes this album unique while still being true to who we are.”
As Dan + Shay (Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney) teased on social media last week, fans are just days away from a taste of the duo’s brand new music. “Tequila,” their first offering in nearly a year, will be available to radio and all streaming partners this Wednesday, January 10. Co-written by Smyers alongside Jordan Reynolds and Nicolle Galyon, the reflective single is much more than just your typical drinking song. The breakout duo are amping up the momentum from an exceptional 2017, which saw them amass more than 230 million streams, sell out shows in four international territories and earn a half-dozen award nominations – all between celebrating two marriages and a baby. The first new country duo in SoundScan recorded history to debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Albums Chart, Dan + Shay collected their second RIAA Platinum certification in 2017 for “From The Ground Up,” the first single off of their sophomore Warner Bros. / Warner Music Nashville release Obsessed. Soon after they notched their third consecutive No. 1 song with the Gold-certified “How Not To.” Dan + Shay are currently in the studio working on their upcoming project, due later this year.
ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT LAUNCHES NEW YOUTUBE SERIES “CERTIFIED COUNTRY” TO DIRECTLY CONNECT FANS WITH THE BIGGEST STARS FROM COUNTRY MUSIC “Certified Country” Premieres Friday, July 21 at 12:00PM PT on ET’s YouTube Channel (http://youtube.com/entertainmenttonight) July 21, 2017 (Los Angeles, CA) – ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, the worldwide authority on all things entertainment, fashion and music, is again expanding its highly successful digital footprint with a new weekly series on YouTube, “Certified Country.” ETonline’s senior music editor and country music super fan, Sophie Schillaci, hosts the new series featuring exclusive conversations with Nashville’s most talked about hit makers through rapid-fire games, thoughtful interviews, first-looks and breaking news. “Certified Country” will go inside the superstar lives and careers with interviews from Dan + Shay, Hunter Hayes, Scotty McCreery, RaeLynn, Canaan Smith, Bailey Brian, Little Big Town, Darius Rucker and many more. Along with candid commentary on new music, stories and major events coming out of the country music scene, “Certified Country” will also explore buzzworthy artists and releases while offering the expertise and insight that viewers can only expect from ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT. ABOUT SOPHIE SCHILLACI: Sophie Schillaci loves living and working in Los Angeles, but a piece of her heart is forever tied to Nashville. She earned a College Television Award (EMMY) from the Television Academy for her early work in sports broadcasting, serving as the executive producer, lead anchor and reporter for RIT SportsZone in Rochester, New York, and went on to pursue her dreams of red carpets and awards shows. Schillaci joined the ET family in 2014 and specializes in all things music-related – including reporting each week from “The Voice” and “American Idol” and has covered the Academy of Country Music Awards, the CMT Music Awards and many more major Hollywood events. For more on Sophie click here and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @SophieSchillaci. “Certified Country” Premieres Friday, July 21 at 12:00PM PT on ET’s YouTube Channel (http://youtube.com/entertainmenttonight)
5x Academy of Country Music-nominated duo’s Obsessed Tour makes unforgettable stop at Mother Church With fans singing along from the very first word, Academy of Country Music-nominated duo Dan + Shay celebrated their first appearance at historic Ryman Auditorium with a raucous show that left the sold-out crowd breathless for more. The show, part of the rising duo’s spring Obsessed Tour, was a crowning moment for Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney, who moved to Nashville five years ago to chase their musical obsession. “This is just the best night of my entire life,” Mooney told screaming fans at Nashville’s most iconic live music venue. “I had this dream, and Shay had this dream, too,” Smyers said, “and we moved here because we wanted to do this. … If it weren’t for our fans sharing our music and spreading the word … we wouldn’t be here.” Much of the sold-out crowd stood for the entirety of the performance, joining in harmony to tracks like current single, “How Not To,” “When I Pray For You,” a ballad the duo penned for March 1’s major motion picture The Shack, recent No. 1 “From the Ground Up” from the 2016 album Obsessed to the duo’s first No. 1, “Nothin’ Like You” and their Platinum-certified hit “19 You + Me” among the 18-song set. The critical response to the performance was as exuberant as the fans’. “The duo famous for their tight harmonies… perform with a joy and fire that is contagious,” raved Cindy Watts of The Tennessean. “Dan + Shay are an undeniable force headed nowhere but up.” Taste of Country‘s Billy Dukes echoed that sentiment, noting the “electric” set “prove[s] they’re at the head of the class” and their “commitment to their fans’ concert experience… will ensure it’s a long, long ride.” The members of the “velvet-voiced duo” (Rolling Stone Country) are up for two awards at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 2 in Las Vegas. Dan + Shay were nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year as well as New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year recently and will perform around the awards when Vegas goes country. It’s the group’s fourth consecutive ACM nomination for Vocal Duo of the Year. The duo’s latest single from Obsessed, “How Not To,” was one of the night’s biggest singalong moments (see the video). A few well-timed covers like Jon Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love A Bad Name,” The Killers’ “Mr. Brightside” and CeeLo Green’s “Forget You” turned the night into a dancealong. Raucous fans brought the boys out for a three-song encore that stretched to 30 minutes, concluding an amazing night. “We just sold out the Ryman tonight,” Mooney said. “That’s insane.” The duo’s Obsessed Tour continues Friday in Knoxville, Tennessee, with dates across the U.S. and Canada through the spring.
Dan + Shay Celebrate No. 1 Single, “From The Ground Up” by Announcing Fall Headlining Tour Obsessed Tour to hit 15 cities across the U.S. and Canada this November and December NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 22, 2016) Earlier today, “From The Ground Up,” the impactful first song released from Dan + Shay’s critically acclaimed sophomore album, Obsessed, hit No. 1 on both the Mediabase and Billboard Country Charts. So what better way to celebrate than for the Warner Bros. Records/Warner Music Nashville Platinum-selling recording duo to announce the Obsessed Tour. Earning its name from the title of their hit album and its title track, which was directly inspired by fans, the headlining tour will also feature special guest singer/songwriter Walker Hayes. The Obsessed Tour kicks off Nov. 10 in Denver, Colorado and will hit 15 cities across the U.S. and Canada through Dec. 17, including their first ever tour stop in Honolulu, Hawaii. “We have been so humbled by the response to our new album, and can’t wait to perform live for our fans this fall,” said Dan Smyers. “Our fans inspired the title of the Obsessed album, so it was only fitting to name the tour after the album.” “We are also so grateful to everyone for help making ‘From The Ground Up’ No. 1,” added Shay Mooney. “This is such a personal song for both of us, and we are thrilled that people have loved the song as much as we do.” The tour is the perfect ending to what has been a monumental year for Dan + Shay. Earlier this year, the duo released their second album, Obsessed, whose first single, “From The Ground Up,” was an immediate hit. The pair debuted the song on Good Morning America and has since performed it on Live With K= elly, Dancing With the Stars, The Bachelorette and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The song marks the second No. 1 for the duo in less than a year, and also the first No. 1 song produced by Smyers, along with Scott Hendricks. Tickets for Dan + Shay’s Obsessed Tour go on sale Friday, Aug. 26 with the exception of the Salt Lake City, Flagstaff and New York City shows, which go on sale Friday, Sept. 9. The dates for the tour are as follows: Nov. 10 – Ogden Theatre, Denver, Colorado Nov. 11 – The Depot, Salt Lake City, Utah Nov. 12 – Prochnow Audito rium, Flagstaff, Arizona Nov. 15 – The Novo, Los Angeles, California Nov. 18 – The Republik, Honolulu, Hawaii* Dec. 1 – Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa, Oklahoma Dec. 2 – The Blue Note, Columbia, Missouri Dec. 4 – House of Blues, Dallas, Texas Dec. 9 – Newport Music Hall, Columbus, Ohio Dec. 10 – London Music Hall, London, Ontario Dec. 11 – Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, Ontario Dec. 13 – Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, New York Dec. 15 – Rams Head Live, Baltimore, Maryland Dec. 16 – Playstation Theater, New York, New Continue reading Dan + Shay Celebrate No. 1 Single, “From The Ground Up” by Announcing Fall Headlining Tour
DAN + SHAY ANNOUNCE FORTHCOMING ALBUM OBSESSED TO BE RELEASED JUNE 3 Lead single “ From The Ground Up” Top 30 and climbing on Country radio NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (April 20, 2016) – Multiple ACM Award, CMT Music Awards and CMA Award nominated chart-topping duo Dan + Shay (Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney) announced today that they are set to release their brand new album Obsessed, the follow up to their No. 1-peaking album Where It All Began, June 3 on Warner Bros. / Warner Music Nashville. “The idea for the album title, Obsessed, came directly from our fans,” shares Smyers. “Our fans know we live on social media both when we’re in and out of the studio, and we started noticing that hashtag ‘#obsessed’ being tagged in all our fans’ posts when we first revealed our single, ‘From The Ground Up,’” Mooney adds. “So when it came time to pick a title for this album, it seemed pretty appropriate that we’re even more obsessed with making music for our fans than they are to hear it.” “From The Ground Up,” the first single off of Obsessed, is currently Top 30 on Country radio and climbing. Dan + Shay premiered the heartfelt song last month on ABC’s Good Morning America. Written by the pair along with Chris DeStefano and co-produced by Smyers and the award-winning Scott Hendricks, the track has already accumulated more than 8 million streams. The duo recently earned American Country Countdown Award nominations for Group/Duo of the Year and Breakthrough Group /Duo of the Year, as well as a nod from the Radio Disney Music Awards for their No. 1 hit single, “Nothin’ Like You.” With their debut album, Where It All Began, producing three Top 40 singles, Dan + Shay have sold an excess of 1.6 million tracks, more than 400,000 album equivalents and racked up more than 140 million streams in addition to their 30 million YouTube views. They also earned Platinum certification from the RIAA for their debut single, “19 You + Me.” MusicRow magazine, which named the pair one of their “Next Big Thing” artists of 2016, declared, “Dan + Shay are equipped to be superstars, possessing the unbeatable combination of musical talent, good looks and outgoing charm.” Dan + Shay are currently on the road and will join Darius Rucker on his Good for a Good Time Tour this summer2C kicking off on June 3 in Tampa, Fla. For tour dates and more information, visit www.DanandShay.com and follow @danandshay on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Dan + Shay Credit: Robby Klein