Entertainment, On A High Note

Double the fun for Dan + Shay as they celebrate two No. 1 hits

Photo courtesy of ASCAP

The hitmaking duo of Dan + Shay treated invited guests to a two-for-one bash as they celebrated a pair of No. 1 singles, “From the Ground Up” and “How Not To,” at the ASCAP building in Nashville, Tuesday (Jan. 30th).

The duo of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney were joined by their “From the Ground Up” co-writer Chris DeStefano, along with songwriters Adam Hambrick, Paul DiGiovanni and Kevin Bard, who wrote “How Not To.” The honorees received plaques and gifts from their various publishing companies, along with commemorative medallions from the Country Music Association. John Esposito, President and CEO of the Warner Music Nashville label, surprised the duo with a Gold record for their 2014 debut album, “Where It All Began,” declaring that, “You guys make me so proud.”

Before the festivities got underway, Smyers and Mooney met with members of the Nashville music media to talk about the two hits and their career trajectory. Smyers agreed that having two consecutive No. 1s has started to create the necessary momentum that artists aim for.

Tom Luteran, Jeremy Stover, “How Not To” songwriter Adam Hambrick, Warner Music Nashville’s John Esposito, “How Not To” songwriter Kevin Bard, Dan+Shay, “How Not To” songwriter Paul DiGiovanni, Kent Earls and Ole’s John Ozier. Photo courtesy of ASCAP

“We feel that momentum every day on the road,” Smyers noted. “We had a No. 1 before with ‘Nothin’ Like You,’ but ‘From the Ground Up’ broke barriers for us. We would get up in front of big festival crowds and everybody knew the words. That’s the one we felt sort of tipped the scale for us and took us to the next level. Now, it feels like the first step to a new chapter.”

That success is continuing with the rapid climb of their current single “Tequila,” along with big plans for the coming year. “We will have some new music soon,” Mooney said, referring to an album in the works. “We’re very excited to release the first single from that project, ‘Tequila.’ The reaction to that has been absolutely crazy. We’re [also] going on tour this year with Rascal Flatts. We are such huge fans of those guys.”

The twosome expressed additional praises during the party. “Every time I hear this guy sing,” said Smyers, pointing to Mooney, “I’m like, ‘How did I get so lucky?’ This guy is the best singer in the entire world.” Mooney added, “I can’t believe we get to do this for a living. This community is a family and country music is a family.”