While most celebrities go to tremendous lengths and expense to carve out personal space in a Twitter-manic, paparazzi-fueled culture, husband and wife Keifer and Shawna Thompson of Thompson Square veil no aspects of their relationship. In fact, they put their 14-year marriage on display in each song and, night after night, on tour. Hence, their sophomore album Just Feels Good is a compelling view of a relationship that offers no distinction between the personal and the professional.
"Much more than the first record, Just Feels Good explains exactly who we are," Shawna says. "This is a very personal record." Adds her husband, "It’s a stronger, more accurate representation of who we are and where we’re at right now in our life and our music career ... " and, she finishes, "who we are as artists, who we are as individuals and who we are as a married couple, as well."
The assertion that Just Feels Good is actually a more intimate introduction into the psyche of Thompson Square than their self-titled debut is a big statement considering that album's history-making in-roads. Powered by a trio of hit singles including the No. 1 double-platinum-selling "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not" as well as "I Got You" and "Glass," Thompson Square swept the 2012 Vocal Duo awards (CMA, ACM, CMT, ACA). "Kiss" was the most-heard song at country radio in 2011 (Mediabase), and secured multiple-week runs atop the sales and ringtone charts as well as two GRAMMY nominations. Major media (Leno, Kimmel, Conan and more) and major tours (Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan) put them in front of tens of millions of viewers and two million concert goers. Thompson Square is also the only established married duo to ever receive CMA Vocal Duo of the Year honors. Keifer and Shawna Thompson’s hot streak continued when they won the ACM Vocal Duo of the Year honors for the 2nd consecutive year in April 2013.
The bigger story, which they've told often, is one of Nashville's best-known 10-year overnight successes. Arriving in Music City the same week – Keifer from Miami, Oklahoma, Shawna from Chatom, Alabama – they met almost immediately at a singing competition and have been inseparable since. Realizing their solo aspirations weren't getting any traction, they finally closed the second ring in their marriage-and-music connection. Thompson Square signed as the flagship artist on Stoney Creek Records, and the rest is history.
"Ever since we’ve been married, we’ve always worked together," Shawna says, trying to explain their multilayered success. "I don’t know that the other way would work." Keifer adds, "We actually tried it at the very beginning, and it didn’t. Obviously we fight like everybody else and, when we do, we do it really well. But if we had a choice between being together all the time and not being together, we'd choose the former."
Over the course of the three-day Taste of Country Music Festival, over a dozen of the top performers stopped backstage to chat with ToC and talk about ... stuff. Thomas Rhett revealed why he won't gamble with Darius Rucker. Thompson Square talked "Bus Rules."
Sunday's performers at the Taste of Country Music Festival honored dads everywhere for Father's Day, put up with one photobomb, and gave their best game face. Backstage, stars like Chase Rice, Tyler Farr and Thomas Rhett took selfies to share on the ToC Instagram page.
Thompson Square was kind enough to swing by backstage for a meet and greet with some of her biggest fans at the Taste of Country Music Festival. Check out the pictures in the gallery above and right click on one to download it to your computer.
Husband and wife duo Thompson Square aren't just focused on their thriving career; they're also passionate about helping others. Recently, the couple took time off from their tour with Luke Bryan to help a needy Honduran community.
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