Dan + Shay, the GRAMMY-award winning duo, composed of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney, officially released their new album, Good Things, on August 13.
To celebrate the release, we compiled a list of 8 fun facts about their new album, which you can see below.
Shawn Mendes Co-Wrote A Song On The Project
“[we wrote “Body Language” with Shawn] and it was really fun to write that one dude,” Mooney explained to Bobby Bones on The Bobby Bones Show. “Just being there with him, a lot of people in the pop world, you kind of wonder is he truly as talented as I want him to be? You know, kind of this pedestal I’ve put him on and he was every bit as talented and every bit as nice. He’s one of the nicest human beings in the world and that was one of my favorite sessions.”
“What a guy, I mean, he’s an incredible person, he’s tremendously successful, sells out arenas and stadiums. Most humble, sweetest kid and insanely talented,” Smyers added.
Drake Influenced The Shawn Mendes Co-Penned Track “Body Language”
“We were just listening to random stuff. I remember Shawn was really inspired by Drake at the time and he was playing ‘Marvin’s Room,’ which is one of my favorite Drake songs too,” Smyers told Billboard. “I don’t know if that inspired the direction of ‘Body Language,’ but it kind of had that R&B flow and groove. It was incredible to watch him work. He’s got the goods.”
The Entire Album Was Produced By Dan Smyers
While Smyers did produced the entire project, the album also had some co-producers including Scott Hendricks, Jason Evigan and Jordan Reynolds. Hendricks co-produced “Let Me Get Over Her,” “Irresponsible,” “Body Language” and “You,” while Evigan co-produced the title track “Good Things” and Reynolds co-produced “Give It To You.”
The Late Bill Withers’ Has Writing Credit On “Lying”
“Lying” features vocals/songwriting from the late “Lean On Me” singer.
Dan Smyers’ Wife Abby Sings Backup Vocals On “Glad You Exist,” “Tequila” and “10,000 Hours”
“Yeah, she’s on there, she’s been on a bunch of our stuff – ‘Tequila,’ ‘10,000 Hours,'” Smyers explained to Audacy’s Katie & Company. “It’s a pretty good, she’s a good singer, she jumps on the mic with those kinds of things, like the pad, background vocals things, the more texture you get the better. And I’ll layer like a hundred of my vocals, and I’m like it sounds like too much Dan and then she just comes in and drops a few lines and gives it that perfect shimmer and yeah it’s a vibe. So, yeah she’s on there for sure!”
First New Album in 3 Years
“I’m feeling charged, I’m ready to go. It’s been 3 years since our last album, which is surreal to think about. It’s like we blinked our eyes and it was 3 years. We feel like it’s our best album yet,” the award-winning country duo told Audacy’s Katie & Company.
“Apologies to you all in radio, and to our fans for making you wait this long but we feel like it’s our best album yet,” Smyers added. “We worked really hard on it, poured our hearts and souls in. It’s finally out in the world ad we’re so excited about it!”
The Album Was Preceded By Five Singles
Good Things was preceded by five singles from the project, including “10,000 Hours (feat. Justin Bieber),” “I Should Probably Go To Bed,” “Glad You Exist,” “Good Things” and “Lying.”
Good Things Album Art Was Shot In Joshua Tree, California
According to 92.5 XTU, the chart-topping duo captured their album art in Joshua Tree, California and it was so hot there that they had no choice but to jump in the pool fully clothed to cool off.
“There was a swimming pool there, and it was kinda hot, like a 110 degrees in the desert,” Smyers told XTU. “We’re like, ‘Man, it would feel pretty good to go in that pool. What if we jumped in there, and maybe we could get a picture.’ It might be the thing. You think of all these iconic album covers throughout the history of music and they’re always just some random spur-of-the-moment unplanned thing.”
Smyers continued to explain, “We got in that pool, and we dipped our toes in first and then, ‘What if we like put our jeans in,’ then we just kept going in further and further. Then the photographers, who were well prepared, maybe they knew there was gonna be a pool there, and they had this underwater casing for the camera, which still made me nervous ’cause those cameras they’re shooting with are like, way more expensive than my life.”
“The photographer just jumped in in his clothes and went in, and he’s underwater shooting these photos, and we’re chilling in there feeling great,” Smyers added. “I mean, we are out in the desert, and we were sweating two minutes ago, and now we’re just chilling in the pool hanging out. It was just a magic moment. We weren’t staged, we weren’t set up or put a certain way, we were just hanging out, laughing, and having a good time.”