Knitting Factory Presents

DAN + SHAY, Jackie Lee

Event Info:

Knitting Factory Concert House - Spokane
Spokane , WA
Sunday Mar 26, 2017
Show: 8:00 PM
Doors: 7:00 PM
All Ages

Additional Info:

All Ages
DAN + SHAY ...
DAN + SHAY ...
DAN + SHAY OBSESSED The music blaring from the second-floor stereo speakers was so loud it rattled the third-floor windows, setting off a late-night alarm. It’s happened often enough – at least 30 times in the first two months of 2016 – that everyone working afterhours at the Warner Bros. Nashville building collectively knew, “It’s just Dan + Shay.” The duo – Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney – have literally been obsessing over the song selection for their aptly titled sophomore album Obsessed. After finishing their debut album, Where It All Began, Dan + Shay never stopped writing songs and by the time they seriously thought about their second album, they had a Dropbox with more than 80 songs they had already demoed. “At the end of the night we get the board rocking and turn it up and just sit there and listen,” said Dan. Shay added, “We just want it to be Dan + Shay. Whenever you make your own lane and you’re not trying to chase anything else, that’s when it clicks and you can truly create.” Their most enduring song is arguably “From the Ground Up,” the first single from their forthcoming album Obsessed. It’s the most personal song Dan + Shay have written together. Dan, who said a great song starts with a powerful lyric, had just returned to Nashville following a heartbreaking trip to home for his grandfather’s funeral. Shay, who recalled it being “a real emotional time,” also lost his grandfather a short time later. The two friends were recording vocals for another track when they started talking about the love their grandparents had for one another. Both families were married for over 65 years and that kind of long-lasting love is unheard of these days. “When we had those conversations, that’s when we realized that kind of love is the example that we strive for in our own personal relationships,” said Dan, who initially worried it might be too personal before concluding, “That needed to be said in a song.” “Like the song says, they lived in this tiny, tiny house and lived right up the road from us,” said Shay, who became obsessed with country music because of the stories told, like the one of his grandparents’ relationship. “All they had was each other and us. That was it.” “From the Ground Up” has made an impression on listeners, evident by the fact that, according to Billboard charts, it was the No. 1 most added song at country radio. “It connected to people of all ages,” said Dan, who said its success is exciting and scary, “and you get a little choked up sometimes.” Shay added, “Anyone can relate to it even though it’s a very specific story to us.” No one knows the Dan + Shay sound better than they know themselves, so whether it’s a heartfelt ballad like “From the Ground Up,” their first No. 1 “Nothin’ Like You,” or the up tempo title track “Obsessed,” their music has largely been the two of them in the studio working all night on one song after another. “We were recording some vocals for this new album,” recalled Dan, “and we had the studio rented out and we always ask, ‘How long do we have the studio?’ It probably took us about two hours to do what we needed to do but we just stayed there the entire night. We were, and continue to be, just fixated in that environment – cranking up music – just jamming. That’s when you know you’re truly obsessed with it.” Shay has been bound and determined to make his mark as a songwriter in Nashville ever since his father brought him to town when he was eight and again when he was 12-years-old, but it wasn’t until meeting Dan that he found someone who he naturally felt comfortable with when it came to songwriting, singing harmonies, recording and eventually performing live. Whether it’s another late night with their acoustics jamming for close friends or on stage for thousands of fans on tour, Dan + Shay enjoy what they’ve been able to create together. Their layered voices – Shay brings a gospel and R&B flavor, while Dan is influenced by the harmonies of Fleetwood Mac and The Eagles – give each of their songs, especially a song like “Obsessed,” a dynamic feel that stretches the boundaries and creates its own unique place in the soundscape that is contemporary country music. “Whenever Dan and I got together there was just a magic in the room,” Shay said, “This is what we’ve been trying to do is capture that energy. Everything on our iPods that we had listened to for years had come together in that moment. This is Dan + Shay."

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Jackie Lee
(Country Pop)
When confronted with the crucible of tragedy, some will melt down and others emerge stronger than ever. The latter was the case for promising young Broken Bow Records artist Jackie Lee. ...
When confronted with the crucible of tragedy, some will melt down and others emerge stronger than ever. The latter was the case for promising young Broken Bow Records artist Jackie Lee. ...
When confronted with the crucible of tragedy, some will melt down and others emerge stronger than ever. The latter was the case for promising young Broken Bow Records artist Jackie Lee. Following the heartbreaking death of his mother in June 2016, the 25-year-old vocal powerhouse has undergone a complete transformation – personally and musically – rededicating himself to a whole new attitude and poised for a breakthrough with the romantically-charged single, “Getting Over You.” “After six years in Nashville, I had yet to look in the mirror and recognize the artist,” he admits of his early music. “I finally feel like I had that moment when I recorded ‘Getting Over You.’” Featuring an ultra-modern, electronic sound with propulsive drums and wounded vocals so hot they might spontaneously combust, Lee was determined to leave his fingerprints all over the new track, even if that meant breaking way from his earlier sound. Growing up in a loving home in Maryville, Tennessee – a picturesque town nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains – Lee cut his teeth singing faithful tunes in a church hopping three-piece band, but his unique brand of forward-thinking country was always bubbling under the surface, just waiting to be unleashed. “Until my dad met my mom in ‘89, he had never listened to any other type of music than country,” Lee explains. “No radio stations, he never bought a record, nothing. But my mom was a straight ‘80s pop girl, and because he loved her he started listening to artists like Michael Jackson, Phil Collins and Michael Bolton, and I feel like that’s where my fusion lands.” Upon first arriving in Nashville, that fusion was too far outside the box to contemplate. But forced to stare the biggest of all big pictures in the face, Lee decided it was his duty to try – if not for him, then for his mom. “There is just something about a mom that is unlike anything in this entire world,” he says, steeling his reserve against a still-broken heart. “A lot of perspective came on June 4 this year that I have never experienced before and never wanted to experience. And there are so many things in my career now that I look at and think ‘None of this is worth it if I’m not being myself.’” With a renewed sense of purpose, “Getting Over You” is a high-definition look at who Lee really is, lyrically and sonically. Co-written with hit makers Brent Anderson and Paul DiGiovanni, it shows Lee’s hard-wired connection to matters of the heart – and also reveals the genesis of his ambitious new sound. While influenced by classic country singers like Faron Young and Keith Whitley, one of Jackie’s favorite bands as a kid was the platinum selling pop-rock group Boys Like Girls – a band which happens to feature DiGiovanni as its founding guitarist. The unlikely friends met randomly during a Nashville songwriting session, inspiring Lee to ask DiGiovanni to produce his new music, and take it in the direction he helped create with Boys Like Girls – energetic, emotional and above all, fresh. More songs followed, like the turned on and turned up “All Night,” the proudly personal “Made in Tennessee” and “Leave the Light On,” an older tune full of lusty vocals and swaying melodies that now feels completely re-invigorated. So much has changed for Lee since his debut in 2014 – new producer, new sound, new songs – but the biggest shift is his new outlook on life. For the first time his vision is crystal clear, the road is open and his destination is within sight. It was a journey that tested his strength to the breaking point, but ultimately led to a question that now drives everything he does – “Do I feel this in my heart?”  “Everything is different,” says Lee. “What I write about is not so safe and conservative, we’re going for it now. And if I feel it here in my chest, I’m gonna write it.  “One of the last things my mom heard was ‘Getting Over You,’” he continues, pausing ever-so briefly to as the memory comes back. “She loved it. She was like, ‘It sounds like you’re doing what you love to do,’ so it’s got her seal of approval.” Influenced by classic country singers like Faron Young and Keith Whitley as well as popular music icons like Michael McDonald, Bob Seger -- and even Justin Timberlake – Jackie has carved out a distinctive style that lends his big, soulful vocals to both arena-ready country rockers like “Show You Around” as well as to the tenderest of love songs such as the lovelorn and riveting “First Girl.” Jackie’s versatility as a musician and vocalist may come as a surprise from the 22-year-old Maryville, TN native. At once unassuming and charismatic, Jackie was a celebrated high school athlete who played baseball, basketball and helped the Alcoa High School football team win two state championship rings. In fact the rising star, whose first love was the drums before taking up guitar and piano, turned down the chance to spend two more years playing center to future Green Bay Packer Randall Cobb to pursue his dreams of a musical career. Jackie’s music is as accessible as the artist himself, a man with an easy laugh, an engaging manner and an optimistic outlook on life: "I never knew my papaw," he says, "but my dad talks about him all the time. He used to say, 'It doesn't cost a bit more to dream big than to dream little. People on my team tell me, 'You need to get your expectations right, but I say, 'I'll let you guys do that.' I'm going to reach for the stars."

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