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Song Premiere: Gabrielle Mooney Finds Healing and Empathy on 'Pray For You'

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Singer-songwriter Gabrielle Mooney grew up in a musical family on her parents' farm in Arkansas. Mooney, who's written songs and recorded under her pen name Lyrx, is the older sister of Shay Mooney of country music duo Dan + Shay. Now, the talented artist is releasing her music under the family name.

Today, Wide Open Country is premiering Mooney's "Pray for You," the follow-up single to her single "Come On In."

Mooney says "Pray For You" was inspired by a challenging relationship in her own life.

"I wrote 'Pray For You' in Nashville one day when Jimmie Deeghan and Zach Lockwood were messing around with a cool riff in our write," Mooney tells Wide Open Country. "It was inspired by real moments in my life, and the words just came flowing out. There was a guy I was dating from near my hometown. I was in a band at the time, and he hated it. Finally one day on his front porch, he said I had to choose between him and music. I left that day and never came back. Come to find out, while we were together he was also seeing his ex. This song is about dealing with what I went through but also empathizing with what she went through."
Listen to "Pray For You" below.

Mooney co-wrote Walker Hayes' 2018 single "90's Country." She's also written with Shane McAnally, Jeffrey Steele, Shay Mooney, Zac Maloy, Danny Orton and more.

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