Exclusive Premiere: Gabrielle Mooney Debuts Autobiographical New Track, ‘Bad’

“This song is the story of how I became who I am now,” Mooney shares.


Lauren Jo Black

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February 18, 2021

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It appears music runs in the blood of the Mooney family.

Gabrielle Mooney, sister of Dan + Shay‘s Shay Mooney, is debuting her edgy new pop/country track, “Bad,” exclusively on Country Now.

Co-written by Gabrielle alongside Jeffrey Michael Garrison and Aaron Kyle Jefferson and produced by Jamie Kenney, “Bad” finds the Arkansas native having a conversation with God about her “Bad” habits and questioning whether or not she’s going down the wrong path. 

“I like to be bad/ I like to wear black/ I like my country boys all covered in tats/ I like to be bad/ Like a girl Johnny Cash/ Are you cool with that/ Or am I sliding back/ ’cause I like to be bad,” she sings on the chorus. 

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Mooney says the song is an autobiographical one and offers fans a glimpse of her life story. 

“This song is me talking to God. Telling Him that I like these ‘bad’ things… Rock music, all black, tattoos, piercings, being a little rebellious,” she explains to Country Now. “It’s me asking if he’s cool with me being this way, or if I’m backsliding away from him. I went through a lot to find my way, but I feel like we all do. This song is the story of how I became who I am now.”

Mooney, who originally began her music career under the pen name Lyrx, is ready to continue to share her truths through country music. In a recent interview with People, Mooney revealed how her brother, Shay, was instrumental in her move to Nashville and pursuit of country music. 

“When I accepted who I am and where I’m from, then I loved country music, because it spoke about everything I grew up on—riding four-wheelers and going to bonfires and being a mile from every neighbor we had,” she previously shared in a statement. “When I write country music, it’s just me writing about my life.”

Click above for the exclusive premiere of “Bad,” which drops Thursday (Feb. 18) at midnight. 

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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.