WATCH: Shay Mooney and Thomas Rhett Jam Out As Bowser In Halloween ‘Peaches’ Serenade
The country stars belted out the viral song “Peaches” from The Super Mario Bros. Movie.
Shay Mooney, Thomas Rhett; Photos via Instagram
Thomas Rhett and Shay Mooney of Dan + Shay are embracing their Halloween costumes to the fullest. Taking to social media, both artists recently shared videos of them serenading their families with the viral song “Peaches” from The Super Mario Bros. Movie, while dressed up as the animated character, Bowser.
Mooney was the first to show off his Halloween attire as he soulfully delivered the tune on the grand piano while his wife, Hannah, and their three kids swayed to the ballad behind him. Of course, they were each dressed as different characters from the longstanding video game.
Shay Mooney As Bowser
It appears that the Rhett household followed the same costume theme with the country star embracing the character Bowser and his daughter, Lennon Love, donning the hot pink dress and crown of Princess Peach. Taking advantage of the hilarious coincidence, Rhett got out his own keyboard and began singing the same song as Mooney. His overly dramatic performance caused a fit of laughter to erupt from behind the camera.
“@shaymooney, we were on the same wavelength,” Rhett wrote in the caption.
Mooney was quick to reply, writing, “I’d say we nailed it.”
Thomas Rhett As Bowser
For this Halloween season, it appears both families were inspired by The Super Mario Bros. Movie. This film, which is based on Nintendo’s Mario video game franchise, hit theaters in April and generated an impressive $204 million in its first five days before eventually hitting $1.3 billion at the worldwide box office, according to Deadline.com.
The plot of the film leads brothers Mario and Luigi through a great adventure while Bowser, played by actor and comedian Jack Black, attempts to marry Peach and begin their rule together. Later on in the movie, Bowser delivers “Peaches,” the piano ballad that acts as a tribute to his love for the princess.
This tune, which Rhett and Mooney so gracefully delivered, has turned out to be a hit. It entered the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 83, leading Black to earn his first solo entry on the chart, according to NPR.
Originally Performed By Jack Black
As a result of its success, Black teamed with Lyrical Lemonade director Cole Bennett to recreate the animated clip in a brand-new music video. He brings the scene to life in a totally new way through the visualizer that finds him stepping into a mushroom hut while donning a red and green Bowser look, equipped with spiked cuffs.
Black begins by sitting down at the peach-hued piano decorated with a bowl of peaches and a framed photo of the princess. As the tempo builds, he moves from the piano and lets his emotions out through a string of interpretative dance moves while singing, “Mario, Luigi, and a Donkey Kong too / A thousand troops of Koopas couldn’t keep me from you / Princess Peach, at the end of the line / I’ll make you mine, oh.”
“Bowser plays an incredible piano ballad that extols his love for Princess Peach,” co-director Aaron Horvath previously said in a statement, according to Rolling Stone. “As we were trying to get the point across of Bowser’s feelings for Peach, it seemed more fun, funny and sweet if we had him sing a song about it.”
“Jack Black is an incredible singer and musician, so we spent a night writing the song and sent the demo to Jack,” Horvath continued. “A couple days later, Jack sent us back a finished track. He had added his own twist on it and his pianist played an original music track for it. We were blown away.”
While this song doesn’t reflect the typical sounds heard from Thomas Rhett and Shay Mooney, it’s clear they gave the performance their all in an attempt to match the lovestruck character in the movie.
Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.