Dan + Shay Dedicate Forthcoming New Single, ‘Glad You Exist,’ To Their Fans, Friends and Families

After taking “I Should Probably Go To Bed” to No.1, GRAMMY-wining duo, Dan + Shay, is back with a brand…


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After taking “I Should Probably Go To Bed” to No.1, GRAMMY-wining duo, Dan + Shay, is back with a brand new single, “Glad You Exist.” 

The duo revealed the single title and shared a few more details about the song on social media on Tuesday, just days before the track’s official release date. 

“To us, ‘Glad You Exist’ is more than just a song. “It’s a message of gratitude and hope. A message to everyone in our lives: our fans, our friends, our families, to remind them all how grateful we are to be on the planet at the same time,” Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney shared across the duo’s social media channels. 


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Their letter to fans tapped into the state of the world throughout the past year and shared their hopes for the song. 

“It’s truly remarkable when you think about it. We’ve spent the majority of the past year, like many others, searching for answers and a sense of normalcy, but finding comfort in memories of better days (that we all know will return soon). Concerts, bonfires, road trips with friends, even the simple things like date night at a restaurant, or beers at a bar during a football game,” they wrote. “This song has taken on new meaning not being able to see our loved ones in person, but throughout history, music has always had a special way of bringing people together, even when we are furthest apart. These words hold a special place in our hearts, and hopefully they will in yours too. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again (and again). We’re just so glad you exist. Every. Single. One of you.” 

Just weeks after releasing their new single, Dan + Shay will appear on NBC’s The Voice as Battle Advisors to Team Blake. The news was announced earlier this week by Dan + Shay and Blake Shelton during an appearance on Access

Fans can tune in to The Voice on Monday, March 1 on NBC. 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.