"We needed to find a sound that was the Dan and Shay sound," says Dan Smyers, who makes up the ACM-nominated duo with Shay Mooney. "We were just trying to get a writing deal to be songwriters and people were like, 'I like the way your voices blend together.'"
Unlike some duos, who are thrown together by publishers, managers or even a record label, Dan + Shay came to fruition naturally. The innate chemistry is apparent in their harmonies, from breakout first single "19 You + Me" to their new love song "From the Ground Up."
"You know it's right when it's right, and that's what happened when we found each other," says Smyers.
Up for Vocal Duo of the Year at April 3rd's Academy of Country Music Awards, Dan + Shay will hit the road with Darius Rucker for his Good for a Good Time Tour this summer.