Weddings, fatherhood and the fans will inform the next Dan + Shay album Instagram/@danandshay

This has been a banner year for Dan + Shay both personally and professionally. On the music side, the guys continued their run of hits with their third consecutive No. 1 single, “How Not To,” which was included on their latest project, “Obsessed.” They ended the year taking their music overseas for concerts in the U.K., Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands.

As for their personal lives, Dan Smyers wed longtime girlfriend Abby Law in May, and their rescue dogs — Chief, Joy, and foster-turned-adoptee Ghost — were all part of the ceremony. Shay and fianceé Hannah Billingsley welcomed a baby in January and tied the knot in October at his family’s farm in Arkansas.

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Shay tells Rare Country all those life events we’ll be showing up in the music they’re working on now.

“I think it affects your music in a big way,” Shay says of those big life changes. “I’m excited to kind of take that and put it into our next album. We do have new music coming. We’ve been writing and we’re excited … to get new music out there. It’s been awesome. We’re so thankful for this album, and our fans have really loved it. It’s been incredible. We’re ready for 2018. It’s going to be a good year.”


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As they write and record the new album, Dan says they’re keeping their fans at the center of all their decisions.

He says, “We know what they like. We know what they don’t like. You know, we make the music for the fans. Next project is going to be tailored towards them.”

Dan + Shay have their work cut out for them deciding which songs will make the cut for the next album, though.


Says Dan, “We’ve written, like, 120 songs for this new record. Now, we’ve got to pick which ones we’re going to record. It’s a process.”

Dan + Shay are nominated for Duo/Group of the Year in the Rare Country Awards, and it’s up to you to decide the winner. Vote now through Dec. 13 at Winners will be revealed during a livestreamed concert event on Dec. 14 in Nashville.

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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