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Last night in New York City, Dan + Shay attended the premiere of the new movie, The ShackTim McGraw stars in the film based on the best-selling novel about a father who questions his faith after the loss of his young daughter.

Tim, Faith HillLady AntebellumDierks BentleyBrett Eldredge and Dan + Shay are all on the soundtrack. The opportunity to write a song for the movie came at the perfect time for Shay Mooney, because he was expecting his first child.

“Right before I was about to have my kid,” he recalls, “Dan [Smyers] and I were writing with a couple of buddies of ours, and you know they both had kids, and [are] pretty new dads. We were able to screen that movie. Through that… we were able to put together this song ‘When I Pray for You.’”

Asher James Mooney arrived January 24, and his dad clearly beams with pride when he talks about him.

“It is the coolest thing in the world…” Shay says of fatherhood. “I get now what my dad would always tell me. He was like, ‘You’ll never know the love of a dad until you hold your son.’ And it was that moment for me.”

The Shack arrives in theaters this Friday, and the release of Dan + Shay’s new single, “When I Pray for You,” likely means they’ll soon have two songs climbing the chart. Their hit, “How Not To,” is closing in on the top-20.

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