ROYAL OAK (WYCD) They spend some time on T-Pain’s Nappy Boy record label and showed off a mean beat box rhythm at WYCD’s Ten Man Jam Wednesday night — so are Dan + Shay secretly rap artists?

Not so much.

“I grew up on a farm, on a farm, you’ve got to make up cool things to do … I beat boxed to chickens,” Shay told WYCD’s Rob Stone, explaining that they’ve always been country boys.  T-Pain helped connect them with great songwriters in Nashville, and loves country music, Shay said, adding, “He helped me out.”

The duo has only been together a year, starting out huddled under tents to stay warm, but has that brought jealousy from struggling Nashville artists? Shay said they get nothing but love.

“We’re friends with all of them,” Shay said, laughing. “It’s one of those things, man, timing is everything. As an artist, you try so hard to do this for a living, so many of our wonderful friends in Nashville are working hard.”

It’s been a whirlwind for Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney, who released their debut single “19 You + Me” in October, and had their first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry Feb. 1, 2014.

They’re opening up for Hunter Hayes on his “We’re Not Invisible” tour, starting in March, and their debut album “Where It All Began” will be released in April 2014.


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