Van Buren Man Nominated For Academy Of Country Music Award

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From singing in his church to being nominated for an Academy Country Music Award, singer Shay Mooney has come a long way.

Shay is part of the duo Dan + Shay that was nominated for vocal duo of the year. The duo was up against big names like Florida Georgia Line and Big & Rich.

He graduated from Van Buren high school just four short years ago. Since then his career has sky-rocketed.

In February of 2014 the duo played at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Shay's family said this is when they knew he had made it.

"I cried...I'm so proud of him, and he's just a good ole country boy, raised up in a little town and now I've think he's made it," said his grandfather Willie Mooney.

The duo's first single came out in October of 2013, and they received the nomination for the award in February of 2014. Their first album was just released on April 1.

Dan + Shay have been recognized by Rascal Flatts for their talent in writing songs; the band has picked up two of their songs to record. The duo have only been together for a year, and the family is amazed at their fast track to success.

"We hope tonight is his night because I mean I don't think anyone has come up as fast as he has and he may not win this year, but you better wait, he will win...he will win," said his uncle Todd Mooney.

Unfortunately for Dan + Shay, they lost vocal duo of the year to Florida Georgia Line.


  • Guess Who

    How sad to see such God given talent. This young man was demoted it appears from singing behind a pulpit to the Grand Ole Opry stage.
    What is disturbing to me is a so called “Pentecostal Preacher” for a grandpa fully supporting and encouraging this young man to stardom and worldly fame.
    From the precious Gospel Message to a good ole love song, country boy star.
    Shame on you Willie Mooney. I can’t believe I actually stepped my feet into the “Sanctuary” one day. I’m know why I never went back now.

    • kristydelgado

      I am sorry but I have to say that I disagree with what you are saying. This is why so many individuals have a misconception of Christ. When we make such harsh judgements or assumptions. Every individual has a different calling and relationship with Christ. Shay could very well use this very opportunity to reach out to an entire venue of individuals who just might need the light and love He and his family have to share. We are not called to speak out in such judgement. It is God ALONE who has written Shay’s story so I think that rather than stand back and be the “stereotypical judgemental and hateful people” that Christians think we are and show light by loving on God’s people and praying for them and encouraging them to be who God mad made them in WHATEVER calling and “pulpit” God has placed them in. I think it is a shame that we sometimes paint an image that makes all those wrong stereotypes true. Love. Encourage. That’s what Christ did.

  • Happy, happy, happy

    Shay, I am so proud of you for your chance to achieve your dreams. After talking to your sweet mother, I know you have wanted this for a long time. I love your family. Your mom and dad and your sister, Erica and I go back a long long time. It has been and will be great to follow your career, and I look forward to seeing you at the Blake Shelton concert in June. You are one of a kind….best of luck.

  • Happy, happy, happy

    Why did you delete the post that Shay is from Natural D.? He’s proud of that fact and so are his family. He graduated from Van B. High, but he is from Natural D.

  • At peace

    Guess Who, Willie Mooney, Shay’s grandpa, has found what Christianity is all about LOVE. Hopefully you can find the true meaning of Christianity someday…

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