In 1963, Mr. Shay and his wife — who died in 2018 — picked up a shy Dylan and girlfriend Suze Rotolo at 30th Street Station. Abby also made a short cameo appearance in the lyric video for Dan + Shay’s hit song “Nothin’ Like You.” Check it out here: Smyers’ musicial partner, Shay Mooney, announced his own engagement to his longtime girlfriend and former Miss Arkansas Hannah Billingsley in August of 2016. Bout to be a new duo in town,” wrote the crooner with a photo of his two-and-a-half year old son Asher posing next to pink and blue hearts. Dan + Shay's Shay Mooney and wife Hannah Billingsley become parents for the second time. LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 07: Musician Joey Martin Feek of Joey & Rory arrive at the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dan Smyers, of the country music duo Dan + Shay, is up for four 2018 CMA awards. Shay Mooney and Dan Smyers make up the country superstars Dan + Shay. He said his intent was simply to share "small vignettes from our lives," but stressed he felt thankful that Joey's life, and ultimately her death, "might possibly help or encourage someone else somewhere.". Gonna have a new band member in the Mooney family… 2017 is gonna be the start of our best adventure yet! In it Joey's idol, Dolly Parton, shares a special message. A few months later in October, the couple revealed that they were expecting a child! He is probably most remembered for being acquitted in the shooting death of a black man in 1917. Found out today we’re having a BOY! I still believe there’s healing in prayer.”, MORE: Rory Feek reflects on 'week to remember,' Valentine's Day with Joey. And a moment later took her first breath on the other side.". “You didn’t have a lot of entertainment when you lived on Germantown Avenue in Nicetown,” he recalled. But I try. MORE: Rory Feek opens up on final days with wife Joey in TODAY exclusive: 'God only knows'. Princess Diana died when Harry was just 12 years old ... “The first thing my wife and I did on our anniversary was watch that video and we were both speechless. Joey married Rory on June 15, 2002, and helped raise his two then-teenage daughters from a previous marriage, Heidi and Hopie. Dan + Shay (pronounced as "Dan and Shay") is an American country pop music duo … "I just think that you're wonderful, and I know God's proud of you," Parton said as an emotional and frail Joey watched, surrounded by loved ones. He pulls down 250 a week!’ ” he joked in 2015. They met in Nashville, Tennessee and they started writing music together the following day. The couple formed a country duo in 2008, coming up with "Joey + Rory" after being asked for a stage name by the country music reality show, "Can You Duet," Rory explained in a blog post. I’m really at peace. “Gene is part of the Philadelphia Folk Festival’s DNA, and vice versa. I don't know what I did to deserve such an amazing baby boy. He loved musicals like Pal Joey and South Pacific and studied smooth-talking Philly deejays like George Michael and Joe Niagara, “guys to me who sounded very false. Shay Mooney is a married man. As a boy, he would talk into a silver tube used to sell women’s stockings to practice his announcer’s voice. Shay's baseball career was relatively mediocre, but his short temper was well-documented. Mr. Shay’s impact on the Philadelphia music scene was immense. Jayne Mansfield!’ And it was true,” he recalled. Joey Feek, playing with her daughter, Indiana in mid-December. The two singers have more to celebrate now that they are expanding their families! (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for CMT). He lost money, selling only 45 tickets at $3. It strengthens your love for each other, but it also just opens up this entire other deeper world of love that you never knew you could have.”. Joey knew this and she has made each and every day count," he wrote. Music people in general. … The musicians I’ve known have all been very kind. In 1963, Mr. Shay and his wife — who died in 2018 — picked up a shy Dylan and girlfriend Suze Rotolo at 30th Street Station. “God has truly honored us with the privilege of being the parents of this sweet boy.” What a cutie! Mooney admitted that becoming parents strengthened his relationship with the former Miss Arkansas. “They were lovebirds,” Mr. Shay recalled in 2018. The couple went on to release seven studio albums. To remember all the stations where he worked — “I had a show on WXTU in there somewhere” — Mr. Shay would consult the career timeline on the box for the Gene Shay Bobblehead presented to him in 2002 to celebrate 40 years in Philadelphia radio. The room sold out, and everyone knew the words. Best known as one half of the country duo Dan + Shay, he rose to fame with the 2013 release of his band's United States Country Music Chart #7-ranked hit "19 You + Me. Law added, “We’re both vegetarians so there’s going to be a lot of vegetarian and vegan food options, and our dogs are going to be in the wedding so it’s going to be very us and laid-back.”. The couple welcomed Asher in January 2017 and wed nine months later during a ceremony on Mooney’s family property in Arkansas. We thought for sure we’d be announcing a baby girl, but God has other plans for the Mooney’s. Mr. Shay helped shape the course of history of Philadelphia music over half a century. “I’ve had the most unusual and colorful life living among musicians,” Mr. Shay said in 2015. "Because that's what it actually was. She underwent an aggressive treatment plan that included a hysterectomy and other surgeries, as well as chemotherapy and radiation, which she resumed again in 2015 after the cancer returned. Dan + Shay's Dan Smyers Marries Abby Law - See Their Wedding Photos! He was the host at the event, always ready with a corny joke, until 2015. Later that year, Dylan came back and played Town Hall on North Broad Street. You couldn’t find a nicer group of people. ", Rory said his wife died in the afternoon, surrounded by loved ones. Dan and Shay Wives include Dan’s wife Abby and Shay’s wife Hannah. She was 40. I love you both so much. Country singer Joey Feek, whose final months battling cervical cancer were chronicled through a series of emotional posts on social media and her husband's blog, died Friday. Asher James, I promise to be the father you deserve. I love you baby. “They were lovebirds,” Mr. Shay recalled in 2018. MORE: ‘Life goes on': Joey Feek sows seeds for family's spring garden. He was removed from the ventilator on April 11, according to his son-in-law, Tom Vaughan, but was found to have had a stroke from which he never recovered. Philadelphia deejay and Folk Festival host Gene Shay at his Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame induction in 2013. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/ACMA2013/Getty Images for ACM). “Without hesitation he said, ‘Why don’t you come by the station on Sunday?’ I learned that type of openness and generosity was not unique to my situation. “He’s one of our forefathers,” said Lisa Schwartz, festival and program director for the Folk Festival and its presenting organization, the Philadelphia Folksong Society. NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 16: Singer Joey Martin Feek and Rory Lee Feek of Joey + Rory perform on stage during the 2009 CMT Music Awards at the Sommet Center on June 16, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. "I pray that one morning I just don't wake up," she told the Tennessean. To date, they have recorded two studio albums: Where It All Began and Obsessed. In an interview in November 2015, Joey said she was not afraid of dying. Their wedding was held in Nashville, in the closeness of their families, band-mate Shay Mooney, and their three adopted dogs. The cancer is gone. They welcomed their son, Asher, into the world in January of 2017. At night, he listened to the radio. “My real value is how much I know about the music and how much I love the music. Gene Shay, 85, the affable and influential deejay who was a much-loved mainstay on Philadelphia radio and the face of the Philadelphia Folk Festival for more than 50 years, died Friday night of the coronavirus. They met in Nashville, Tennessee and they started writing music together the following day. Mr. Shay’s daughter Rachel Vaughan said on Saturday that her father had died peacefully at Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood. I will thank God every day for this little guy. And all her tears are dry. Welcome to the world Asher James Mooney. Unfortunately, Smyers was on the road with his music partner for the Dan + Shay Obsessed Tour, so Law was left with planning most of the wedding. In her final months, Joey was much more than half of the eponymous musical duo, Joey + Rory. He loved music, and sharing it is what brought him joy.”. A post shared by Dan Smyers (@dansmyers) on Aug 7, 2017 at 8:02pm PDT, “We were going to try and keep it super small, but we have so many people that we love and care about and we both have decent-sized families,” Law shared with People prior to the wedding. "There have been too many beautiful moments to count or even begin to share in this blog. Dan + Shay singer Dan Smyers tied the knot Saturday as the sun set … Country music duo Dan + Shay started working together back in late 2012 and immediately clicked as a team. Mini Mooney is comin in hot. "She is in Heaven. © 2020 The Philadelphia Inquirer, LLC Terms of Use/Privacy Policy. Joey Feek died Friday at home, surrounded by loved ones. A post shared by Shay Mooney (@shaymooney) on Jul 20, 2017 at 3:35pm PDT. The couple announced news that they are expecting their second child together on Wednesday afternoon (8/21). And he also had complete command of the subject matter. On Feb. 12, the couple released their final album, "Hymns That Are Important To Us," which they recorded last summer in Nashville. You + Me = whatever this is going to be," he said. "His group's debut album, Where It All Began, was released in 2014. On Dec. 7, the pair received a Grammy nomination, their first, for best country duo/group performance. He began hosting a Sunday night folk-music show on WHAT-FM in 1962, the same year he cofounded the Philadelphia Folk Fest. The hit-maker, who makes up one half of the country band Dan + Shay, and his new fiancee Abby Law both announced the big news via Instagram on Friday. At the time, he told his wife he felt "Joey + Rory" made the most sense. “But I don’t fear anything because I’m so close to God and we’ve talked about it so many times. His interviews were always really casual, informed, and interesting.”, "Without Gene Shay, I would never have had the career I did,” said Michael Tearson, who was at WMMR with Mr. Shay in the 1970s. Dan and Abby Law don't have any kids yet, but they do share three dogs. In the 1970s, he wrote a book called Gene Shay’s Secrets of Magic Revealed: 15 Amazing Mind Boggling Magic Tricks You Can Master in Minutes. They followed her journey through the electronic journals kept by Joey’s husband, who recorded his wife’s battle through pictures on the couple’s Facebook and Instagram pages and through heartbreaking updates posted to his blog, “This Life I Live.”, "Though this is, and has been, a time of many tears of sorrow, it has also been a time of countless tears of joy," Rory wrote Friday. “Mostly because of Gene, playing him on the radio,” future WMMR colleague Jonathan Takiff recalled. "My wife's greatest dream came true today," her spouse and musical partner, Rory Feek, wrote in a blog post. Dan Smyers' Affair, Relationship, And Wife. Gene Shay was born Ivan Shaner and grew up in the Nicetown section of Philadelphia. In 1963, he and his wife, Gloria, brought Bob Dylan to town for the first time, for a sparsely attended gig at the Ethical Society on Rittenhouse Square. Daniel Charles Shay (born Daniel Shea, November 8, 1876 – December 1, 1927) was a shortstop, manager and scout in professional baseball in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. James Shay Mooney was born December 27, 1991 (making Shay Mooney 28 years old). Another baby boy is on the way for Dan + Shay’s Shay Mooney and his wife Hannah. Hannah and I have been dying to share the news. “It has been a huge change and the best change,” Mooney told PEOPLE after Asher’s arrival.

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