Are Dan and Shay brothers? Country duo call each other 'family'

Eve Edwards November 21, 2022
Are Dan and Shay brothers? Country duo call each other 'family'

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As Dan and Shay claim Favorite Country Duo/Group at this year’s American Music Awards, some music lovers are still curious to know whether the ‘brothers’ are actually related.

“Shay, I love you brother. I’m so glad to make music with you. This is a dream come true to stand on stage with you,” Dan told his musical partner Shay when accepting the award.

Last year saw Dan and Shay take home the Favorite Country Duo/Group award at the AMAs, showing their reign over country music is as strong as ever.

So, let’s take a look at how Dan and Shay are connected and whether the two musicians are related.

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Are Dan and Shay brothers?

No. Despite being incredibly close and sharing some physical resemblance, Dan and Shay are not related. As they are professionally known by their forenames, you might not know that the two have different surnames. Their full names are Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney.

This news has come as a surprise to some fans, who were led to believe the musicians were actually brothers. “I assumed Dan and Shay were related this whole time wow,” music critic Craig Jenkins tweeted in disbelief in 2018.

Dan and Shay have only known one another for a decade, having met in 2012, as reported by Cheat Sheet. They broke out in the music industry two years later, with the release of their debut studio album.

Dan and Shay share their ‘family photo’

While they are not actually brothers, that doesn’t mean Dan and Shay don’t consider one another family.

In October 2019, Dan and Shay’s official Twitter account shared a photo of the musicians with their partners. It was captioned “family photo.”

This appears to be the sentiment echoed by their fans, as one tweeted: “They’re brothers even if they’re not blood related and we’re their family.”

Are Dan and Shay married?

Yes, both Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney are married. While professional tied to one another, they both have loving supportive families at home. This was emphasized at this year’s American Music Awards, as Shay Mooney thanked his partner who was at home.

“I got to give a shoutout to my wife and boys watching at home,” Shay told the crowd at the AMAs 2022.

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Meet Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney’s wives

In August 2016, Shay Mooney announced he was engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Hannah Billingsley. Then, three months later, Dan Smyers proposed to his girlfriend, Abby Law, in November after three years of dating.

Dan and Abby tied the knot just six months later, marrying on May 13, 2017. Shay and Hannah’s wedding came later in the year, and they wed on October 20, 2017.

Shay and Hannah, who is the former Miss Arkansas, welcomed their first son, Asher, in January 2017. Their second son, Ames, was born on February 21, 2020. Hannah is currently pregnant with the couple’s third child, who is due this winter.

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