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. They signed to Stoney Creek Records, a sister label of Broken Bow Records, in January 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 number 1.

Country music, also known as country and western, and hillbilly music, is a genre of popular music that originated in the southern United States in the early 1920s. It takes its roots from genres such as American folk music and blues.

Hot Country Songs Weekly chart published by Billboard

Hot Country Songs is a chart published weekly by Billboard magazine in the United States.

Country Airplay is a chart published weekly by Billboard magazine in the United States since January 20, 1990.

Contents

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]

Miami, Oklahoma City in Oklahoma, United States

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Chatom, Alabama Town in Alabama, United States of America

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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]

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, 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.

Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not 2010 single by Thompson Square

"Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not" is a song written by Jim Collins and David Lee Murphy, and recorded by American country music duo Thompson Square. It was released in July 2010 as the second single from their self-titled debut album, which was released on February 8, 2011. The song has been certified 2× Platinum by the RIAA. On November 30, the band received two nominations in 54th Grammy Awards for the song in Best Country Duo/Group Performance and Best Country Song but lost to "Barton Hollow" by The Civil Wars and "Mean" by Taylor Swift, respectively.

David Lee Murphy is an American country music singer and songwriter. He is best known for his #1 country hits "Dust on the Bottle" and "Everything's Gonna Be Alright", as well as the hit songs "Party Crowd", "Out with a Bang", "Every Time I Get Around You", "The Road You Leave Behind", and "Loco". He has released five solo studio albums: Out with a Bang (1994), Gettin' Out the Good Stuff (1996), We Can't All Be Angels (1997), Tryin' to Get There (2004), and No Zip Code (2018). His songs "Just Once" and "We Can't All Be Angels" appeared on the soundtracks of the films 8 Seconds (1994) and Black Dog (1998), respectively.

Jim Collins is an American country music singer-songwriter. Between 1985 and 1998, Collins released three studio albums. He also charted seven singles on Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. His highest charting single, "The Next Step," peaked at No. 55 in 1997.

On April 1, 2012 they were recognized as Top Vocal Duo at the Academy of Country Music Awards. [7]

Academy of Country Music Awards award

The Academy of Country Music Awards, also known as the ACM Awards, were first held in 1966, honoring the industry's accomplishments during the previous year. It was the first country music awards program held by a major organization. The Academy's signature "hat" trophy was first created in 1968. The awards were first televised in 1972 on ABC. In 1979, the Academy joined with Dick Clark Productions to produce the show. Dick Clark and Al Schwartz served as producers while Gene Weed served as director. Under their guidance, the show moved to NBC and finally to CBS, where it remains today.

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.

If I Didnt Have You (Thompson Square song) single by Thompson Square

"If I Didn't Have You" is a song recorded by American country music duo Thompson Square. It was released in October 2012 as the first single from their album Just Feels Good. The song was written by the duo's Keifer and Shawna Thompson with Jason Sellers and Paul Jenkins.

<i>Just Feels Good</i> 2013 studio album by Thompson Square

Just Feels Good is the second album by American country music duo Thompson Square. It was released on March 26, 2013 via Stoney Creek Records. As with their first album, it was produced by New Voice Entertainment.

Everything I Shouldnt Be Thinking About single by Thompson Square

"Everything I Shouldn't Be Thinking About" is a song by country music duo Thompson Square. The song is the duo's sixth single release overall, and the second from their second studio album, Just Feels Good. Both members of the duo wrote the song with David Lee Murphy and Brett James.

The duo won the 2013 Academy of Country Music Award for Vocal Duo of the Year. [8]

2015–present: Masterpiece

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] Their son, Rigney Cooper, was born in January 2016. [11] The duo decided to leave Stoney Creek in 2016 after poor performance of singles. [12]

In 2018, they self-released their third album, Masterpiece . [13] In March 2019, Thompson Square signed a recording deal with Reviver Entertainment, and the title track from their third album will be released on July 22, 2019 as its first single.

Discography

Studio albums

TitleDetailsPeak chart positionsCertificationsSales
US Country
[14]
US
[15]
US
Indie

[16]
Thompson Square 3153
Just Feels Good
  • Release date: March 26, 2013 [19]
  • Label: Stoney Creek Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
4131
Masterpiece
  • Release date: June 1, 2018 [21]
  • Label: T2 Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
44
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles

YearSinglePeak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
Album
US Country
[22]
US Country Airplay
[23]
US
[24]
CAN Country
[25]
CAN
[26]
2008"Not Far Enough" [27] N/A
2010"Let's Fight"58Thompson Square
"Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not"132150
  • RIAA: 2× Platinum [28]
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"44N/A
2016"You Make It Look So Good"48
2019"Masterpiece"Masterpiece
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos

YearTitleDirector
2010"Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not" [30] Wes Edwards
2011"I Got You" [31]
"I Got You" (live) [32] Eric Jensen
2012"Glass" [33] Roman White
"Glass" (version T2) [34] Wes Edwards
2013"If I Didn't Have You" [35] Brian Lazzaro
"Everything I Shouldn't Be Thinking About" [36] Chris Hicky
2015"Trans Am" [37] Wes Edwards
2019"Masterpiece"Evan Kaufmann

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