Who is Shay Mooney?
Born on December 27, 1991 in Arkansas, USA, James Shay Mooney is both a singer and songwriter, best known as one half of the duo Dan + Shay. The two rose to fame in 2013 after the release of their debut single, which led to their first album. Since then, the group has made multiple musical releases.
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The wealth of Shay Mooney
As of early 2020, Shay Mooney’s net worth is estimated to be over $1 million, earned through a successful career in the music industry over the past decade. Most of his wealth can be attributed to Dan + Shay’s success, although he has also had a few solo or collaborative songwriting projects.
The two have done several tours, which has also helped them achieve their current financial status.
Early life, education and career start
Shay grew up in Natural Dam, Arkansas and attended Union Christian Academy. He then attended Van Buren High School which, as the name implies, is located in Van Buren, Arkansas. Growing up, he developed a strong interest in music, but after graduating from high school, he considered college education and decided to continue, enrolling at Valley Forge Christian College, now known as The University of Valley Forge (UVF).
The school is known for its association with the Assemblies of God, a major Pentecostal denomination. However, he was not ready for his studies as more prospects for a music career were looming in front of him, so after a year he dropped out to fully concentrate on music and started his career teaming up with his then girlfriend Veronica Ballestrino†
Solo artist and the formation of Dan + Shay
Shay uploaded covers of several popular songs through the online platform YouTube, which has been a stepping stone for many aspiring singers. He uploaded videos of himself doing covers alongside Ballestrini, which became popular, and she later released a solo album for which he received a few songwriting credits.
With his skills in singing and songwriting, he later became signed to Nappy Boy Entertainment, owned by artist T-Pain; the other well-known artists on the label are Travie McCoy and Gym Class Heroes.
Around this time, his future partner Dan Smyers also made his way through the entertainment industry and was a member of the Floodgate Records signed band called Transition. He later joined another group called Bonaventure, which associations would let them meet. With the same love for singing and songwriting, the duo soon moved into songwriting together.
Their first effort was considered by the group Rascall Flatts, and after a few months, many labels wanted to sign them as a couple. In the end they have accepted an offer to work for Warner/Chappell Music, one of the largest publishing houses in the world.
In 2013, Dan + Shay released their first single called “19 You + Me”, written by the duo with the help of Danny Orton, which got some airtime on country radio, received positive reviews and was even praised by the publication “Taste or Country”. A few months later, their debut album called “Where It All Began” was released, with production credits from Scott Hendricks, who is known for producing many hits from the 1990s.
In mid-2014, they released another single called “Show You Off” and made their first television appearance on “The Ellen Show”.
They also made their debut at the weekly stage concert “Grand Ole Opry”. With the amount of success they achieved in a short space of time, the duo were nominated for a Vocal Duo of the Year award at the Academy of Country Music Awards held in the same year. In early 2015, they released their third single called “Nothin’ Like You” which reached the top of the Country Airplay chart, while touring as the opening act for Hunter Hayes and also opening on Blake Shelton’s Ten Times Crazier Tour.
They then had their first headlining tour, where they had 10 dates to promote their album.
After their solo tour, the duo toured again with Hunter Hayes on his Tattoo (Your Name) Tour. From the middle of 2015 they held the Just the Right Kind of Crazy Tour, performing in the US. The following year they released a new single called “From the Ground Up” which promoted their forthcoming album and released “How Not To” a few months later, followed by their third album – “road trippin” in 2017.
In 2018, Shay and Dan announced plans for a third album and in the meantime released the single “Tequila”. Their self-titled album was released a few months later, just as “Tequila” hit the top 40 of the US Billboard Hot 100, their biggest hit to date. They also collaborated with Kelly Clarkson for the song “Keeping Score”, before announcing in 2019 that they were working on a new song in collaboration with singer Justin Bieber. The song “10,000 hours” was released just days after Bieber’s wedding and debuted at number four on the Billboard Hot 100.
While Shay got a bit of attention during his relationship with Veronica Ballestrini, the couple eventually broke up and embarked on separate music careers. He later began dating former Miss Arkansas Hannah Billingsley, and the couple announced their engagement in 2016. A few months later, they had a son and later married in 2017. They now have two children and live in Arkansas.