Rascal Flatts Benefits from Dan + Shay's Songwriting

November 28, 2018
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From the very start, Dan + Shay have drawn comparisons to Rascal Flatts, and apparently, the boys of Rascal Flatts hear the sonic similarities, too, because they've recorded several songs written by one or both members of the duo.

The latest single from Rascal Flatts, "Back to Life," was co-written by Shay Mooney, who also co-wrote their hit, "I Like the Sound of That." He's also written  "Hopin' You Were Lookin'" (on which Dan Smyers also has writing credit) and "Love What You've Done with the Place," both on Flatts' Back to Life album.

Rascal Flatts’ latest song, “Back to Life,” was co-written by Shay Mooney of Dan & Shay, and it’s not the first song the group has recorded that was co-written by Shay or his partner, Dan Smyers.  Shay also co-wrote their #1 song, “I Like the Sound of That” and two songs on their last album, “Love What You’ve Done with the Place” and “Hopin’ You Were Lookin’,” the latter of which was also co-written by Dan.

“Every once in a while, when they pitch a song, you kind of want to say, 'Hmmm, you guys sure you don’t want to cut this? I mean, you’re still trying to have hits yourself, you know and you might want to keep some of these good ones for a Dan + Shay record because God knows some of the ones you put out are…' jokes Jay DeMarcus in a statement from the trio's label. "No, I’m kidding. But, you know, you’re kind of surprised that they want to give up such great material and I’m very, very grateful.”

“Keep it up boys!” adds his bandmate Gary LeVox.