Shay Mooney - Biography

Last Modified: Sep 27, 2022

Shay Mooney
Profession: Singer, Songwriter
Best Known For: Dan + Shay (band)
Salary: Under Review
Net Worth: $5 million

Personal Details

Born on : December 27, 1991 (age 32)
Birth Name /
Full Name:
James Shay Mooney
Birth Place: Natural Dam, Arkansas, USA
Horoscope: Capricorn
Father's Name: Rick Mooney
Mother's Name: Cindy (Reed) Mooney
Siblings: 2

Gabrielle Mooney (older sister)
Erica Bankston (older sister)

High School: Union Christian Academy, Van Buren High School
Ethnicity: Multi-ethnic (English, Irish)
Nationality: American


Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Married Date: October 20, 2017
Wife's Name: Hannah Billingsley
Children: 3

Asher James Mooney (son)
Ames Alexander Mooney (son)

Body Measurements

Height: 1.70 meter (5 feet 7 inch)
Weight: 75 kg (165.35 lb)
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Shoe Size: N/A
Bicep Size: N/A
Chest Size: N/A
Waist Size: N/A

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Who is Shay Mooney?

Shay Mooney is a singer, and songwriter by profession, and American by nationality. He is best known as a member of the group Dan + Shay and shares the spotlight with Dan Smyers. The group rose to fame with their hit song tequila.

Shay Mooney – Age, Parents, Siblings

Born James Shay Mooney, his birthday falls on December 27, 1991. He was born and raised on farms in Natural Dam, Arkansas, the United States by his parents Cindy (Reed) Mooney and Rick Mooney. He has siblings as well- two older sisters - Erica Bankston, who is a real estate agent, and Gabrielle Mooney who is also a musician.

Source: Instagram (Shay Mooney with his sisters)

Education, Ethnicity

For education, Shay Mooney went to Union Christian Academy, a private Christian school. After that, he attended Van Buren High School and graduated from the same. For his Bachelor’s degree, he enrolled at the Valley Forge Christian College but dropped out after a year to pursue a career in music.

His ethnicity is English, and Irish.

Shay Mooney – Girlfriend, Wife, Children, Divorce

Mooney was in a relationship with Veronica Ballestrini from January 2012 to March 2013. The boyfriend-girlfriend duo had worked together in some tracks in Ballestrini’s Flip Side. 

Shay Mooney then started dating Hannah Billingsley, a former Miss Arkansas. The two were also engaged in August 2016. To share the happy news of a pregnancy, the announcement was made via Instagram on October 8, 2016.

On January 24, 2017, Mooney’s fiancée Billingsley gave birth to their son, Asher James Mooney. The couple finally married on October 20, 2017, on Mooney’s parent’s farm in Arkansas.

Since the wedding, they have shared that Hannah is pregnant with their second child, a baby boy. The couple announced the birth of their son Ames Alexander Mooney on February 21, 2020.

In August 2022, Hannah shared via social media that she is pregnant with her third child.

Dan + Shay's Shay Mooney and wife Hannah Billingsley become parents for the second time

Source: Instagram (Shay Mooney, Hannah Billingsley, Asher James Mooney)

Shay Mooney – Career

Early Days

Shay Mooney’s career in music started, much like artists Justin Bieber and Madison Beer, on YouTube “stage”. Along with girlfriend Veronica Ballestrini, also a country singer they posted the cover and original songs. Their videos reached over 150,000 views combined.

Ballestrini had much help from Mooney with her debut album Flip Side, which was released on June 17, 2014. Shay Mooney wrote the song Lonely Alone for Ballestrini’s album. Also, Ballestrini’s song Death of Me is about Shay Mooney, and Dan + Shay’s Nothin' Like You is about Veronica Ballestrini. He was signed with Nappy Boy Entertainment music label.

Mooney Meets Smyers 

Shay Mooney met Dan Smyers, also a promising country singer on December 7, 2012, in Nashville, Tennessee. They started writing songs the very next day and in two months’ time, they had many publishing offers. As Dan + Shay, they signed in to Warner/Chappell Music.

With the help of Danny Orton, Rhett Atkins and Ben Hayslip, Dan + Shay started working on their new album. Their single 19 You + Me was released on October 14, 2013, and was a huge success. Already armed with a hit single, they released their debut album Where It All Began on April 1, 2014, and was produced by Scott Hendricks.

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Source: rollingstone (Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney performs on stage) 

Albums released

The album’s first single Show You Off was released on May 12, 2014, while the third single Nothin' Like You on February 23, 2015. In December 2015, the latter reached number one on the Country Airplay chart.

Following initial success, Dan + Shay toured with Hunter Hayes, and Blake Shelton in 2014 as their opening acts. On October 9, 2014, they began their own tour Ten Times Crazier Tour. The tour started in Minneapolis and ended on October 26, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. Dan + Shay toured once more in 2015, Just the Right Kind of Crazy Tour.

After much touring, they released their second album Obsessed on June 3, 2016. This was followed by the release of their third album Dan + Shay on June 22, 2018. The album contained the single Tequila, which was a major hit, reaching the top 40 on the US Billboard Hot 100.  

In August 2018, the musical duo released Dan + Shay (The Vocals). In addition, they have collaborated with Kelly Clarkson and Lindsey Stirling. They released their fourth studio album Good Things in 2021.

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Shay Mooney – Awards, Nominations

The duo has had numerous prestigious awards nominations including the Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music Association Awards, CMT Music Awards, Grammy Awards, etc.

Among nominations, they are the winners of 2015’s ASCAP Country Music Awards for Most Performed Songs and the 2018’s CMT Music Awards for Duo Video of the Year – Tequila.

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Their most recent win is the 2019’s Grammy Awards. They were able to win the category of Best Country Duo Group Performance and were nominated for Best Country Song at the same 2019 Grammy Awards.

At the 2019 Academy of Country Music Awards, Dan + Shay was nominated in six categories. The duo won the best duo prize and was awarded its category song of the year and single record of the year.

Source: CBS Pittsburgh (Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney win the 2019 Grammy Awards)

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Shay Mooney – Net Worth, Salary

The net worth of Mooney is estimated to be around $5 million while the figure on his annual salary is unknown.

Shay Mooney – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

Shay Mooney is active on social media sites Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook and is followed by several hundred thousand followers and counting.

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