Just when we didn’t think Dan + Shay could make their current single, “Glad You Exist,” sound any better, the duo, made up of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney, dropped an acoustic version of the song, and it’s incredible. The new version puts a new spin on the song, which was written as a way for them to say thank you to their friends and fans, especially after the turmoil of the previous year.
“To us, ‘Glad You Exist’ is more than just a song,” the pair said in a statement about the tune, which they co-wrote with Ryan Lewis, Tayla Parx and Jordan Reynolds. “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. 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 continued. “This song has taken on a 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.”
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