Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Today's Featured Country Music Artist...Wednesday December 7, 2016...Thompson Square (video + info + links)

Thompson Square

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Thompson Square is an American country music duo composed of husband and wife Keifer and Shawna Thompson. They signed to Stoney Creek Records, a sister label of Broken Bow Records, in January 2010. The duo has released two albums, which have produced a combined ten chart singles on the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts. Of these singles, two — "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not" and "If I Didn't Have You" — reached number 1.

Musical career

Keifer Thompson was born and raised in Miami, Oklahoma. His father is Darien Thompson. He met Shawna, a native of Chatom, Alabama, at a singing competition in Nashville, Tennessee. The two worked as solo artists before deciding to form a duo.[1] In 2007, they sang backing vocals on Ty Herndon's Right About Now.[2]

2010–12: Thompson Square

Thompson Square signed to Stoney Creek Records, a division of Broken Bow Records, in January 2010.[3] The duo released their debut single "Let's Fight" in mid-2010. Matt Bjorke of Roughstock gave the single four-and-a-half-stars out of five, with his review calling it "one of the catchiest, best-written singles of the 2010 summer season so far."[4] The song debuted on the Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending June 5, 2010.[5]

On July 12, 2010, the duo released their second single, "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not." David Lee Murphy co-wrote it with Jim Collins. It became the duo's first number one single on the Hot Country Songs chart and has been certified double-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The duo's self-titled debut album was released on February 8, 2011. It was produced by New Voice Entertainment, a production team which includes members of labelmate Jason Aldean's road band.[6] A third single, "I Got You," was released May 9, 2011 and reached a peak of number 8 on the country charts. Thompson Square wrote this song with Jason Sellers and Paul Jenkins. Their fourth single, "Glass", written by Ross Copperman and Jon Nite, was released on January 30, 2012. It peaked at number 15.
On April 1, 2012 they were recognized as Top Vocal Duo at the Academy of Country Music Awards.[7]

2012–14: Just Feels Good

Thompson Square's fifth single, "If I Didn't Have You", made its chart debut in late 2012 and reached number one on the Country Airplay chart in May 2013. The duo wrote this song with Sellers and Jenkins. It served as the lead single to their second Stoney Creek album, Just Feels Good, which was released on March 26, 2013. The album's second single, "Everything I Shouldn't Be Thinking About", was released to country radio on June 10, 2013. Thompson Square and Murphy wrote this song with Brett James, and in early 2014, it became the duo's fourth Top 10 hit. The album's third single, "Testing the Water", was released to country radio on April 21, 2014, although after only two months, "I Can't Outrun You", was released as the fourth single on June 23, 2014, and neither made the Top 40.
The duo won the 2013 Academy of Country Music Award for Vocal Duo of the Year.[8]

2015–present: Upcoming third studio album

Thompson Square's first single in nearly a year, "Trans Am," was released in March 2015.[9] It peaked at number 44 on the Country Airplay charts. On August 4, 2015, the duo revealed they were expecting their first child, due in January.[10] They welcomed their baby on January 24, 2016. The baby, a boy named Rigney Cooper Thompson, was born at 2:46 AM. The album's second single, "You Make It Look So Good" released to country radio on June 13, 2016.
In 2015, Thompson Square appeared on Blues Traveler's album Blow Up the Moon, co writing the songs "Matador" and "I Can Still Feel You."

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