Dan + Shay announce debut
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
– ACM Award nominees Dan + Shay will release their debut album April 1 on Warner Bros. Records.
The yet to be titled release is written entirely by the pair, produced by Dan Smyers and co-produced by Scott Hendricks and Nashville songwriter, Danny Orton. On Feb. 1, just a couple days after receiving their first ever nomination for 2014 ACM Award's "Vocal Duo of the Year," the pair made their Grand Ole Opry debut, performing their Top 20 single "19 You + Me" and "First Time Feeling" from their upcoming album.
Dan + Shay recently released the video for the single, which was filmed in Myrtle Beach, S.C., directed by Brian Lazzaro and edited by Patrick Tracy.
Dan + Shay will go on tour with Hunter Hayes on his "We're Not Invisible Tour" kicking off March 20 through May 31. The country duo will continue on the road this summer with Blake Shelton on his "Ten Times Crazier Tour 2014" kicking off in June. Dan + Shay are also the only new artists included on the first annual iHeartRadio Country Festival being held in Austin on March 29.
Smyers, a Pittsburgh native, and Mooney, originally of Natural Dam, Ark. met at a party at Smyers' house only one year ago. What started as a late night jam session led to daily writing sessions.
Tour dates are:
March 20 Pikeville, KY
March 21 Huntington, WV
March 22 Youngstown, OH
March 27 Peoria, IL
March 28 Toledo, OH
March 29 Austin, TX (iHeartRadio Country Festival)
April 10 Memphis, TN
April 11 Cape Girardeau, MO
April 12 Springfield, MO
April 17 Huntsville, AL
April 18 Roanoke, VA
April 19 Asheville, NC
April 23 Colorado Springs, CO
April 24 Salt Lake City, UT
May 1 Bangor, ME
May 2 Boston
May 3 Uncasville, CT
May 29 Augusta, GA
May 30 Pensacola, FL
May 31 Estero, FL
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