Cody Johnson, Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney; Photo by Catherine Powell/Getty Images for CMT
Cody Johnson, Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney; Photo by Catherine Powell/Getty Images for CMT

Dan + Shay’s Dream Collab Is With Cody Johnson, Talks Kenny Chesney Being A Huge Inspiration

Dan + Shay recently shared their dream collaboration.

While speaking with E! News at this year’s ACM Honors, the pair said they’d love to team up with fellow country artist Cody Johnson and pop artist Adele.

“My favorite artist in country music right now is Cody Johnson. I don’t think anybody would see that coming. I feel like it would be incredible,” Smyers said of a potential collaboration. “I just went and saw him in concert and he’s unbelievable. He’s killing it and that would be sick.”

“That would be a great one,” Mooney agreed before naming Adele as another singer he’d want to collaborate with. “I’ve always said Adele would be so much fun to do a collaboration with because she’s such a powerhouse vocalist and obviously a legend so… I keep throwing it out there, maybe one day she’ll see and say, ‘yeah, I guess I can do that.’ She’d say it a lot cooler though because her accent’s way cooler than ours. But yeah, Adele would be a dream collab,” he explained.

In addition, the pair shared what it was like to open for Kenny Chesney on his Here And Now Tour this past summer.

“It’s a dream come true for a couple of clowns like us,” Smyers shared of the opportunity.

“He’s amazing,” Mooney added. “And honestly, he’s very inspiring, watching his show. He’s running around on stage for three hours, and I’m like, we run around a lot, but we have nothing on Kenny. He’s running back and forth covering the entire stage and that’s a stage in a stadium that’s massive, so uh, it’s been very inspiring to be out with him and he’s been so kind to us. We’re very thankful he asked us to come out, it’s been a fun summer.”

The duo are such big fans of Chesney’s that they wrote a song paying tribute to him called “I Go Back.”

While they have yet to release the song, the pair shared a clip of themselves performing it on social media in May. In the video, the pair sing the Chesney tribute inside an empty Nissan Stadium ahead of one of the stops on the tour.

The singers described getting to play the stadium alongside Chesney as a “full circle moment” in the post’s caption.

Dan + Shay served as support on Chesney’s tour alongside Old Dominion and Carly Pearce. They are currently in the process of “making [their] best album yet,” according to River Country 101.7.

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