Puppies Make Dan & Shay Happy

Happy one year to this little blog of happiness! For my one year post, I’m going to go back to where it all began for me in country music, Dan & Shay. I know what you’re thinking, shouldn’t I have grown up with listening to Garth Brooks and Shania Twain? Truthfully I’ve never appreciated the 90s country until I listened to the new. Dan & Shay was that for me.

I was probably fifteen-years-old when I first saw Dan & Shay. I watched them open up for Hunter Hayes at Mohegan Sun Arena and I remember I have never been so excited about a concert in my entire life. This was during the time where country music was “changing” and I never really saw this coming where I would be so invested in this genre. They completely changed my perspective on country music. From their first album Where It All Began to winning awards and coming out with a self-titled album, they are the role-models of hard work and persistence. Most importantly, they know how to build relationships with their fans.

Not only has music been put first, but something near and dear to their hearts that has always stood out to me the most is Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue.

“Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue is committed to ‘Helping His Helpless’ through quality care and healing, adoptions, and population control awareness.”

Dan & Shay incorporate Proverbs 12:10 on almost every social platform they possibly can. Their music video for their track “Nothing Like You” includes dogs from the shelter and it has over 8 million views. 

Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue is a no-kill, not-for-profit charitable organization based in Middle Tennessee. Dan Smyers and his wife, Abby, have three dogs and continue to foster many. There are many animals out there that need a home or foster care. If you want to help, they make it easy! Their Amazon wish-list delivers directly to them. Also, If you want to volunteer, you can here. Tomorrow they’re holding a bake sale at Petco in Bellevue 11-2 during adoption hoursThey will also be having a fundraiser for their third annual Golf Scramble in November; you can purchase your tickets here.

If you just simply want to donate, you can here.

As Dan & Shay continue to show their loyalty to Proverbs 12:10, I hope they know their supporting of something they humbly characterize does not go unnoticed. They are lending their voices to help animals find their forever home!


The Secrets Of SoundCloud: My 2017 Playlist

Whether it’s a weekday or Friday night, if these songs aren’t played in the first 10 minutes of my friends and I sitting in my dorm room, something’s wrong. My friends and I might be the only ones who do this, but it’s fine because after this post you’ll be doing it too.

You’re heading over to SoundCloud. Yes, you heard right, SoundCloud. Some people love it, others might think it’s all about dropping mixtapes. However, you have to do what you have to do to hear songs that aren’t released yet.

These songs and artists you’re going to be hearing are going to be stuck in your head forever because they’ve been stuck in mine for way too long. I’m not complaining though because that’s when you know it’s clearly something special, well in my head it is. Here are my go-to SoundCloud songs on repeat:

“I Wish You Would” – Abby Cone


First of all, Abbey is a complete goddess. Secondly, All of her songs on SoundCloud will be in your head, especially this one. I’m constantly singing it in my head throughout the day. Seeing and hearing her live is an experience I’m all for 25/8. If you see her playing a round in Nashville; go. You won’t be disappointed.

“Just Asking To Dance” – Nicholas Wayne


If there’s anyone who’s going to have a year next year, It’s Nick Wayne. His voice is just.. you have to listen. From seeing him play writers rounds to SoundCloud, he gets you in your feels really quick. Not in a bad way of course. He’ll have you thinking about that ex you don’t even have kind of feels. It’s only a matter of time before Nick makes his mark when his album drops in 2018.

“Holdin’ Up” – Trannie Stevens 

I first heard this song with Trannie singing it at Song Suffragettes and fell in love with it. I immediately went to SoundCloud right after hoping to find a demo, and luckily it was there. I never looked back after that.

“We Got All Night” – Jordan Reynolds 

Jordan has been a favorite going to writers rounds. I can’t get enough of his voice. This song has been a feel-good hopeless romantic jam that’s been on repeat for my semester. I’ll probably be saying this a lot for other artists too, but all of his songs are too damn good not to listen. He has cuts on Dan & Shay’s new project coming out next year. Oh, you bet they’re gems.

“Now” – Josh Kerr


This is the most nostalgic sad song but for some reason, you want to play it over-and-over. You know that song that makes you want to look out a car window and feel like you’re in a movie? This is that song. Yes, this is what I think about. This song is honestly crack. I think my friends and I are half of these loops. I’m not even sorry if you get addicted.

“At The Bottom” – Sydney Cubit


I had to add this in because it’s been on repeat for the last week. It’s the most lyrical genius song I’ve ever heard. She’s preaching what every girl is thinking. Take a listen to this one. Actually just do yourself a favor and listen to her entire SoundCloud, thanks.

These were only a select few that have been on constant repeat, there’s so much more I could babble on about. I probably sound like I’m geeking out over this, however, I don’t care. These artists have been a major savior for me when I get bored with listening to Spotify or Apple Music, so give them the loops they deserve because I said so.