Dan + Shay Met In A Tent

(Radio.com) Two years ago Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney of Dan + Shay were complete strangers. Both musicians struggling to find their place in Nashville, Shay took the solo route while Dan played in several bands until a chance meeting at a party, in a tent to be exact, changed everything.

"We met at a party randomly," Shay told Radio.com. "I met Dan and four of my best friends that night. We were jamming until 3, 4 in the morning and the next day we wrote together."

Shay first stumbled into Dan in a rather unusual place: a tent. "A funny story of when we met, it was in a tent because my house was very humble," Dan explained. "There was no heat there and no locks on the doors. I had gone to the thrift store and spent $6 got a bunch of sheets and made this circus tent situation around the TV. We're all huddled around and Shay walked in."

"I was like, 'What am I getting myself into right now?'" Shay interjected. Dan + Shay said things "just clicked" during their first songwriting session the next day. In fact, the very first song they wrote together got placed on hold by another artist and the two instantly knew they had something special. More recently, Rascal Flatts have put two of their songs on hold for their forthcoming release, Rewind.

Things happened pretty fast for the duo after that. They'd meet and write two or three songs a day, started getting publishing offers, and then a record deal with Warner Music Nashville, who released their debut single, "19 You + Me," months after they were signed. Scooter Braun (Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen, Psy) signed on to manage the duo shortly after.

"We're waiting for someone to wake us up and pinch us," Dan said, a sentiment he and Shay both shared several times throughout their interview. more on this story

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