I am a huge Thompson Square fan. So, I can’t resist the opportunity to sprinkle the following press release with photos. These are pictures I’ve taken at T2 shows, and some the day I rode The Santa Train with these great kids. Now, here’s your press release….
Stoney Creek Records duo Thompson Square burst onto the Country music scene one year ago this week with its self-titled debut album, which has so far garnered a plethora of accolades including 2011’s #1 Most Played Country Song, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not,” the follow-up Top 10 hit, “I Got You,” three 2011 American Country Awards and two 2012 GRAMMY nominations.
Now, the husband/wife duo, comprised of Keifer and Shawna Thompson, return to Country radio with its new single, “Glass,” a powerful, romantic ballad that The Washington Post hailed as a “poignant meditation on human vulnerability.”
On February 14, CMT will exclusively world premiere the music video for, “Glass,” as part of a behind-the-scenes network special, “CMT Premieres: Thompson Square – Glass” at 9 am ET/ 8 am CT with a re-air following at 10:45 am ET/ 9:45 am CT.
Directed by Roman White in classic black and white cinematography, the artfully emotional video is a fitting tribute to couples everywhere this Valentine’s Day– from one of Country music’s most celebrated new couples. The single, “Glass,” is available now on iTunes.
A preview trailer will begin running across all CMT platforms this week giving fans a first-look at Thompson Square’s new video. The trailer will run on CMT through the video’s exclusive world premiere on Valentine’s Day. ( Preview link here)
Additionally, the 2012 ACM Vocal Duo of the Year nominees will be Cody Alan’s special guests on CMT Radio Live on Monday, Feb. 13.
“CMT Premieres: Thompson Square – Glass” air dates/ times: Tues. Feb. 14, 9 am ET & 10:45 ET; Wed. Feb. 15, 8 am ET & 11:30 am ET; Thurs. Feb. 16, 1:30 pm ET, (immediately following CMT Top 20 Countdown).
Country music’s breakout act of 2011, Thompson Square pounded the pavement for 15 years in the music industry before landing a record deal with Benny Brown’s small independent label Stoney Creek Records (sister label to indie Broken Bow Records and home to Jason Aldean).
In only 12 months, Thompson Square has seen the release of its first album debut at #3 on the Billboard Country Sales Chart and its Platinum-plus selling single, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not,” reach #1 on both the Billboard and Mediabase Country radio charts, conquer the Billboard Heat Seekers Chart, spend 5 weeks at #1 on the Country Digital Soundscan Chart and remain the #1 Country Ringtone for 12 weeks straight.
Thompson Square ended 2011 as the “New Country Artist of the Year” (Mediabase) as well as Billboard’s #1 New Country Artist of 2011, in terms of sales. The duo also ranked as Billboard’s #6 New Artist of 2011 (sales – all genres).
“Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not,” was the “Most Played Song of the Year” at Country Radio (Mediabase 2011), was named iTunes’ “Country Single of 2011” and earned 2012 GRAMMY nominations for both Best Country Song and Best Country Duo/ Group Performance of the Year.
In December, Thompson Square returned home for the holidays as the 2nd most awarded act at FOX’s 2nd Annual American Country Awards, winning the fan-voted trophies for Single of the Year by a Group; Single of the Year by a New Artist; Music Video of the Year by a New Artist (“Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not”).
In 2011, Thompson Square was named one of USA Today’s “Six Pack of Success” stories, was heralded as USA Weekend’s “Who’s Hot in Hollywood,” peaked at #3 on MTV’s Music Meter (all genres) and landed on Entertainment Weekly’s “Hot List.”
In their short time on the scene, Thompson Square has performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Conan, Fox & Friends, NBC’s The Better Show and Fox’s Summer Concert Series, as well as been featured in USA Weekend, Entertainment Weekly, People Country, the Associated Press, MSN Wonderwall, Country Weekly, Southwest Spirit Magazine, USA Today, The Washington Post and Billboard.
Additionally, the 2011 American Music Award nominee for New Artist of the Year is also the only duo to reach #1 on CMT’s Top 50 Artist Chart in 2011. 2011 also found Thompson Square nominated for multiple CMA and CMT Awards as well as playing to over one million fans, many as part of Jason Aldean’s My Kind of Party Tour.
Currently nominated for, “Vocal Duo of the Year,” at the 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards, Thompson Square will criss-cross the U.S. in 2012 as part of Lady Antebellum’s Own The Night World Tour.