Thompson Square

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Thompson Square
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Thompson Square in 2011
Background information
Origin Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Genres Country
Years active2002–present
Labels Stoney Creek, T2, Reviver
MembersKeifer Thompson
Shawna Thompson

Thompson Square is an American country music duo composed of husband and wife Keifer and Shawna Thompson, both of whom alternate as vocalists. [1] They signed to Stoney Creek Records, a sister label of Broken Bow Records, in 2010. The duo has released three 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 No. 1.

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History

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. [2] In 2007, they sang backing vocals on Ty Herndon's Right About Now . [3]

2010–2012: Thompson Square

Thompson Square signed to Stoney Creek Records, a division of Broken Bow Records, in January 2010. [4] 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." [5] The song debuted on the Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending June 5, 2010. [6]

Thompson Square perform "If I Didn't Have You." Thompson Square2.JPG
Thompson Square perform "If I Didn't Have You."

On July 12, 2010, Thompson Square released their second single, "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not," written by David Lee Murphy and 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. It was the most played song of the year on Country music radio. [7] Thompson Square received two nominations at the 54th Grammy Awards for "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not" in Best Country Duo/Group Performance and Best Country Song categories. [8] [9]

Their 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. [10] 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 "I Got You" 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, Thompson Square received "Vocal Duo of the Year" award at the Academy of Country Music Awards. [11]

2012–14: Just Feels Good

Thompson Square after winning 2013 CMA Vocal Duo of the Year award. Team Thompson Square backstage after Thompson Square 2013 CMA Vocal Duo of the Year win.jpg
Thompson Square after winning 2013 CMA Vocal Duo of the Year award.

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. [12]

2015–present: Masterpiece

Thompson Square's first single in nearly a year, "Trans Am," was released in March 2015. [13] 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. [14] Their son, Rigney Cooper, was born in January 2016. [15] The duo decided to leave Stoney Creek in 2016 after poor performance of singles. [16] In November 2018, Thompson Square published a children's book titled Time To Get Dressed, which teaches children how to get ready for their day. [17] [18]

In 2018, they self-released their third album, Masterpiece . [19] In March 2019, Thompson Square signed a recording deal with Reviver Entertainment, and the title track from their third album was released on July 22, 2019, as its first single. It debuted on the Billboard Country Airplay chart at number 60 in November 2019, making it their first appearance on the chart in three years. [20]

On April 8, 2022, the duo released a new single "Country In My Soul," [21] co-written by Lainey Wilson, Daniel Ross and James McNair. [22] [23] [24] On April 28, 2022, Entertainment Focus reported that "Country In My Soul" was the second most added song of the week by radio stations nationwide. [25]

They will embark on "Country In My Soul Tour" from July to October 2022. [22]

Discography

Studio albums

TitleDetailsPeak chart positionsCertificationsSales
US Country
[26]
US
[27]
US
Indie

[28]
Thompson Square 3153
Just Feels Good
  • Release date: March 26, 2013 [31]
  • Label: Stoney Creek Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
4131
Masterpiece
  • Release date: June 1, 2018 [33]
  • Label: T2 Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
44
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles

YearSinglePeak chart positions Certifications Album
US Country Songs
[34]
US Country Airplay
[35]
US
[36]
CAN Country
[37]
CAN
[38]
2008"Not Far Enough" [39] Non-album single
2010"Let's Fight"58Thompson Square
"Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not"132150
  • RIAA: 2× Platinum [40]
2011"I Got You"86812
2012"Glass"158445
"If I Didn't Have You"71491470Just Feels Good
2013"Everything I Shouldn't Be Thinking About"154691172
2014"Testing the Water"55
"I Can't Outrun You"52
2015"Trans Am"44Non-album singles
2016"You Make It Look So Good"48
2019"Masterpiece"57Masterpiece
2022"Country in My Soul" [42] TBD
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos

YearTitleDirector
2010"Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not" [43] Wes Edwards
2011"I Got You" [44]
"I Got You" (live) [45] Eric Jensen
2012"Glass" [46] Roman White
"Glass" (version T2) [47] Wes Edwards
2013"If I Didn't Have You" [48] Brian Lazzaro
"Everything I Shouldn't Be Thinking About" [49] Chris Hicky
2015"Trans Am" [50] Wes Edwards
2019"Masterpiece"Evan Kaufmann

Awards and nominations

List of awards and nominations
YearCeremonyAwardWorkResult
2011 American Music Awards New Artist of the YearNominated
2012 Grammy Awards Best Country Duo/Group Performance "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not"Nominated
2012 Teen Choice Awards Choice Music: Country GroupNominated
2012 Academy of Country Music Awards Vocal Duo of the YearWon
2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice Music: Country GroupNominated
2013Academy of Country Music AwardsVocal Duo of the YearWon
2013New Vocal Duo or Group of the YearNominated
2014Vocal Duo of the YearNominated

Tours

Headlining

Opening act

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