Dan + Shay Share The Stage With The Voice Contestant Ryan Argast For Surprise Collab

Argast took a chance and it paid off!


Lauren Jo Black

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February 27, 2024

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Dan + Shay with Ryan Argast; Photo Courtesy YouTube

Ryan Argast took a chance when he decided to cover Dan + Shay’s “Speechless” for his blind audition on The Voice, knowing that he would be performing in front of the duo themselves. It appears that risk paid off because Argast got a chair turn from the award-winning duo and even had the opportunity to sing with them! 

A Cover Of Dan + Shay’s “Speechless”

You never know what’s going to happen during The Voice blind auditions and Monday’s premiere was no exception. Ryan Argast, a member of the band Marina City, delivered a soaring rendition of “Speechless,” Dan + Shay’s No.1 hit from 2018. 

Ryan Argast; Photo by Casey Durkin/NBC
Ryan Argast; Photo by Casey Durkin/NBC

As the duo listened from their custom double chair, they appeared to be really into his performance, however, they waited until he was almost finished to finally turn their chair.

The duo gave him a standing ovation, telling him, “Great song choice!” 

While the other coaches didn’t turn their chairs, they offered the Illinois native some feedback. 

Ryan Argast; Photo by Casey Durkin/NBC
Ryan Argast; Photo by Casey Durkin/NBC

“I love the texture of your voice. I love that. It feels like it’s breaking, but it’s strong at the same time. Welcome to The Voice,” John Legend shared. 

Chance the Rapper joked, “I could tell that Dan + Shay wanted to turn, they just wanted to hear more of their own song before they turned around!”

Finally, Reba added, “You are going to have such a good time with these two over here. They’re knowledgeable. They are such great singers, songwriters, so sorry I missed out on it, but you’re going to have fun with it.”

Watch His Blind Audition

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A “Risky” Move

After complimenting his hair, Dan + Shay’s Shay Mooney told the contestant, “It was risky, man. But it paid off, dude. I knew exactly what I was listening for and you were the magic we were looking for, man.”

Dan Smyers added, “The beginning of it was super true to form super sexy, super R&B, and when that chorus hit, you made it your own. I’m going to be thinking about that performance every time we sing that song. Now we’re trying to keep up with you, man.”

Just when viewers thought it was over, Legend suggested that Dan + Shay get up to sing with Ryan Argast.

“Let’s do it brother,” Mooney shouted. 

Ryan Argast; Photo by Casey Durkin/NBC
Ryan Argast; Photo by Casey Durkin/NBC

Moments later, Dan + Shay joined Argast on stage to perform more of Speechless. 

“This is nuts,” the contestant admitted.   

Together, they delivered a goosebumps-inducing performance of the song.

The Voice returns to NBC with another round of blind auditions next Monday and Tuesday at 8/7c.

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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.