There is no doubt in our minds that Dan + Shay’s Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney are two uber-talented dudes. But throw those heavenly harmonies on a holiday favorite and the goose bumps get their own goose bumps.
These longtime pals took part in the “CMA Country Christmas” special with host Reba McEntire and a lineup of performers that also included Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Trisha Yearwood, Kelsea Ballerini, Dustin Lynch, Chris Young, Alan Jackson, Cece Winans, Brett Eldredge and Luke Bryan.
Our duo of handsome fellas was super sentimental with their seasonal song selection, performing the contemporary Christmas classic, “Do You Hear What I Hear.”
TRIVIA TIME! Did you know that “Do You Hear What I Hear” is relatively new as seasonal standards go? According to “The Atlantic,” it was written in 1962 by Noel Regney and Gloria Shayne Baker around the time of the Cuban missile crisis as a plea for peace during the Cold War. The first line—”Said the night wind to the little lamb”—was inspired by Noel seeing two mothers pushing their babies in strollers.
Cue goose bumps.
If you missed the original broadcast of “CMA Country Christmas” on ABC Nov. 27, many of the performances are available on YouTube. And while we haven’t seen an announcement yet for a replay of this magical holiday special, we have our fingers crossed that it will air again on the network in December.
Christmas could come early for Dan + Shay. The pair is 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 RareCountryAwards.com. Winners will be revealed during a livestreamed concert event on Dec. 14 in Nashville.