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Thompson Square Step Away From BBR Music Group

Photo Credit: Garrett Merchant

GRAMMY-nominated, award-winning country music duo Thompson Square have decided to step away from BBR Music Group’s imprint, Stoney Creek Records, their label home since 2009.

Since breaking into the country music scene, the multi-platinum selling duo have achieved international success scoring three #1 hits and five Top 20 hits, with streaming numbers surpassing 600 million and a social media following of nearly 2 million. “It’s bittersweet leaving our Stoney Creek Records family,” says Shawna Thompson, “So many memories have been made and so many goals have been achieved.  We will be forever grateful to Benny and Carolyn Brown for their faith in our artistry.  It has changed our lives forever.”

Thompson Square have appeared on multiple major media franchises including NBC’s The Today Show, Fox & Friends, The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Conan, The Queen Latifah Show, The Arsenio Hall Show, CBS This Morning, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, Glamour, Elle, USA Today and much more.

“All good things must come to an end but we look forward to the future and to new beginnings,” Keifer Thompson shares, “We are extremely excited about this new chapter of our life and what it means for our music and our fans.”

The three-time “Vocal Duo of the Year” (ACM/CMA) have received top honors in music including two GRAMMY nominations for “Best Country Duo/Group Performance” and “Best Country Song,” seven mainstream industry awards and over 25 additional award nominations.

Thompson Square continue to be represented by Shawn Pennington at Pennington Entertainment and William Morris Endeavor’s Greg Oswald and Abby Wells Bass. The duo is currently in the studio recording their forthcoming album with GRAMMY Award-winning producer Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum).

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Multi-platinum selling duo, Thompson Square, teams up with Sloan’s Motorcycles of Murfreesboro, Tenn. to present the Second Annual “Rollin’ for a Reason” ride on Sunday, July 31 to benefit the United Service Organization (U.S.O.) of Nashville. The ride will commence at Sloan’s Motorcycles of Murfreesboro with registration at 10 a.m. and kick stands up to start riding at 11 a.m. There is a suggested donation of $20 per rider and $10 per passenger, which includes a commemorative t-shirt. To pre-register, please visit: www.rollinforareason.org. Continue Reading →

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[Video] Dierks Bentley’s Miles And Music

Dierks Bentley performing at Miles and Music.

We recently attended Dierks Bentley’s Miles and Music, a motorcycle ride and concert benefiting The Monroe Carrell, Jr. Children’s Hospital in Nashville on September 28th.   What a great day for a motorcycle ride and music all in the name of charity! Continue Reading →

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Thompson Square Returns To FOX & Friends All-American Summer Concert Series On Friday, August 29th

Multi-platinum selling duo Thompson Square will return to the Fox and Friends All-American Summer
Concert Series stage on Friday, August 29th.

Photo credit: Anthony Baker

Photo credit: Anthony Baker

The ACM and CMA winning act will perform its latest single, the passionate “I Can’t Outrun You” from Thompson Square’s new album JUST FEELS GOOD, and more when the duo returns to the FOX News plaza stage in the heart of New York City for the fourth consecutive year. Continue Reading →

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This week, multi-platinum selling duo Thompson Square released its new single “Testing the Water” to U.S. Country Radio.  The fun-filled, frolicking splasher embodies the carefree sound and spirit of summer in the “holler,” including a memorable, double-entendre hook soon to become an anthem at swimming holes everywhere.

“Testing the Water,” written by hit songwriters Luke Laird, Shane McAnally and Hillary Lindsey, is the third single from Thompson Square’s sophomore album, JUST FEELS GOOD, and the follow-up to the #1 “If I Didn’t Have You” and Top 5 “Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About.”

“Testing the Water” is available on iTunes now:http://smarturl.it/T2TestingtheWater

Watch the official lyric video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkK4L20hh6Q

Two-time ACM and CMA “Vocal Duo of the Year” Thompson Square also recently added a chart-topping record half a world away to its growing list of accolades when the duo’s song “Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About” reached #1 on Australia’s Official Country Airplay Chart, powered by The Music Network.

“We feel very honored to be a part of Australian country music history,” said Keifer Thompson. “We just left Australia and fell in love with it.  This makes it even better.  A huge thanks for country radio and all of our fans down under.  Hope we get to see you again soon. “

Thompson Square recently took its 2014 JUST FEELS GOOD TOUR to fans and military bases across Australia and Asia. The husband/ wife duo of Keifer and Shawna Thompson is featured on the cover of NASH Magazine, included with the April 28th issue of Country Weekly, as the two discuss their five weeks abroad and connecting with fans half a world away.  The issue is on newsstands now.

Thompson Square’s 2014 JUST FEELS GOOD TOUR is back stateside and dates are continuously being added.  Visithttp://www.thompsonsquare.com for the latest news and dates. #JustFeelsGoodTour

With two #1 smash singles, five Top 15 hits, seven awards and over 25 nominations (including 2 GRAMMY as well as American Music Award and Teen Choice Award nods), Thompson Square is one of today’s hottest Country music acts.

The husband/wife duo of Keifer and Shawna Thompson (married 14 years) made music history when it earned awards from both the ACM andCMA for “Vocal Duo of the Year” in 2012.  Thompson Square was awarded its second consecutive ACM Award for “Vocal Duo of the Year” in April 2013.

Thompson Square’s breakthrough hit “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not”has surpassed two million in sales, was the #1 Digital Soundscan Single for 5 weeks straight, the #1 Country Ringtone for 12 consecutive weeks and the Most Played Song at Country Radio in 2011 (Mediabase). Thompson Square followed that success with the award winning hit, “I Got You,” and critically-acclaimed “Glass.”  Thompson Square’s star continues to rise in 2013 with the #1 GOLD selling heart-tugger “If I Didn’t Have You” and its hit, “Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About,” which was a Top 5 U.S. Country Radio hit and topped the Australian Country Radio charts. Both songs can be found onthe duo’s current album, JUST FEELS GOOD.








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SESAC Celebrates Songwriters & Publishers at 2013 Nashville Music Awards

Keifer Thompson of Popular Country Duo Thompson Square Named Songwriter of the Year; “Cruise” Named Song of the Year; Magic Mustang Music Named Publisher of the Year

Keifer ThompsonSESAC honored the songwriters and music publishers behind the year’s most-performed Country and Americana songs at the organization’s Nashville Music Awards held Sunday, November 3, at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Keifer Thompson, who performs with current Academy of Country Music Top Vocal Duo and the CMA Vocal Duo of the Year Thompson Square, was named recipient of the coveted Songwriter of the Year award.

Song of the Year award went to “Cruise,” written by Jesse Rice and published by Artist Revolution Publishing. “Cruise” was recorded by Florida Georgia Line.

Magic Mustang Music was honored as Publisher of the Year at the event.

The awards event, which was held in the new Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Event Hall, boasted an evening of memorable musical moments. Country singer/songwriter duo John & Jacob performed “DONE.,” a No. 1 song for The Band Perry, which John Davidson and Jacob Bryant co-wrote. Broken Bow Records recording artist Thompson Square performed its current single, “Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About.”

The elegant, black-tie event honored the writers and publishers behind the year’s biggest hits with awards being presented to the elite group of creative talent. More than 500 songwriters, publishers and industry professionals, including  Keifer and Shawna Thompson of Thompson Square, Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, recording artist Jerrod Niemann, recording artists Craig Campbell and Lance Miller, attended the annual awards ceremony.SESAC Awards

Founded in 1930, making it the second oldest performing rights organization in the US, SESAC’s repertory has diversified to include today’s most popular music, including R&B, Hip-Hop, Dance, Classic Rock, Country hits, the best of Latin music, Contemporary Christian, Jazz, and TV and Film music from Hollywood’s hottest composers. SESAC prides itself on developing individual relationships with both songwriters and publishers. SESAC’s corporate headquarters in Nashville houses all of the company’s divisions, from creative to licensing to administration. The company also has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami and London. For more information, please visit www.sesac.com.

A complete list of SESAC Award Recipients Follows:

Songwriter of the Year:
Keifer Thompson

Song of the Year:
Written by Jesse Rice
Published by Artist Revolution Publishing
Recorded by Florida Georgia Line

Publisher of the Year:
Magic Mustang Music

Country Performance Activity Awards:

“All Kinds Of Kinds”
Written by Phillip Coleman, Don Henry
Published by Gravitron Music
Recorded by Miranda Lambert

Written by Jesse Rice
Published by Artist Revolution Publishing
Recorded by Florida Georgia Line

Written by Jacob Bryant, John Davidson
Published by Castle Bound Music
Recorded by The Band Perry

“Goodbye Town”
Written by Hillary Scott
Published by Hobbs Hill Publishing
Recorded by Lady Antebellum

“If I Didn’t Have You”
Written by Keifer Thompson
Published by Barragina Music,
Legends of Magic Mustang Music
Recorded by Thompson Square

“Let There Be Cowgirls”
Written by Kim Tribble
Published by Songs of Category 5,
Tunes of RPM
Recorded by Chris Cagle

“Wagon Wheel”
Written by Bob Dylan
Published by Special Rider Music
Recorded by Darius Rucker

“Whiskey ”
Written by Catt Gravitt
Published by Ink Pen Mama Music,
Songs of Maxx Publishing,
Tunes of R and T Direct
Recorded by Jana Kramer

“Alone With You”
Written by Catt Gravitt
Published by Ink Pen Mama Music,
Songs of Maxx Publishing, Tunes of R and T Direct
Recorded by Jake Owen

“A Woman Like You”
Written by Jon Stone
Published by Adios Pantalones, Hears That Skyline Music
Recorded by Lee Brice

“Dancin’ Away With My Heart”
Written by Hillary Scott
Published by EMI Foray Music, Hillary Dawn Songs
Recorded by Lady Antebellum

“For You”
Written by Monty Powell
Published by Cranesong Music, ole Toreador Tunes
Recorded by Keith Urban

“Why Ya Wanna”
Written by Catt Gravitt
Published by Ink Pen Mama Music,
Songs of Maxx Publishing, Tunes of R and T Direct
Recorded by Jana Kramer

Americana Performance Activity Awards:

Contributions by
Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall, Marcus Mumford
Published by Universal-Polygram Intl Tunes, Inc.
Recorded by Mumford & Sons

Buddy and Jim
Contributions by Frank Dycus, Jim Lauderdale
Published by Dyinda Jam Music,
Ginger Dragon Music, WBM Music Corp, Songs of Bug
Recorded by
Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale

Cabin Fever
Contributions by
Hayes Carll, Corb Lund
Published by Corb Lund Music,
Highway 87 Publishing
Recorded by Corb Lund

Contributions by Robby Hecht
Published by Old Man Henry Music
Recorded by Nora Jane Struthers &
The Party Line

The Carpenter
Contributions by Scott Avett, Seth Avett, Bob Crawford
Published by First Big Snow Publishing, NemoIVmusic,
Ramseur Family Fold Music, Truth Comes True Publishing
Recorded by The Avett Brothers

Cheater’s Game
Contributions by Hayes Carll, Liz Foster, Savannah Welch
Published by Dueling Poets Publishing, Highway 87 Publishing,
Shimmy Shake Music, WBM Music Corp
Recorded by Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison

Hammer Down
Contributions by Tammy Rogers
Published by Desert Springs Music, Tammy’s Tunes
Recorded by The SteelDrivers

The Highway
Contributions by Cary Barlowe, Chris Coleman
Published by Boss Red Music, Bummermen Music
Recorded by Holly Williams

Old Yellow Moon
Contributions by Lynn Langham
Published by New Street Songs
Recorded by Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell

Contributions by Bob Dylan
Published by Special Rider Music
Recorded by Bob Dylan

Thorn In My Heart
Contributions by Thomm Jutz
Published by Thomm Songs
Recorded by Kim Richey


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VIDEO | ACM Honors Red Carpet 2013

Video only of Red Carpet interviews at the 7th annual ACM Honors held at the Ryman Auditorium. Enjoy!

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A Closer Look @ Thompson Square, CMA Music Festival 2012

Here it is, an interview with Thompson Square from CMA Fest! We caught up with the country music couple at the Muve Music party before they took the stage to perform for Country Music Gives Back. We talked about their work with the organization, their sophomore album and touring with Lady Antebellum on their “Own the Night” Tour. Check it out below!

(Apologies for the noisy background. We had an unexpected shotgun interview without privacy or a proper mic but hey, I think it turned out alright! Also, thanks to Thompson Square publicist Natalie Gilgore for almost breaking her arm holding my recorder!)

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Focus on the 615 at CRS 2012

And that’s a wrap. Averaging four hours of sleep per night, around noon on Friday we finished up our last of 23 interviews for CRS week. Aside from all of these (stay tuned to watch them all here), the week consisted of exclusive performances, incredible after parties and an overload of fun.

CRS again is the Country Radio Seminar, a weeklong event at the Nashville Convention Center “created to provide a platform and structure for education and growth for the Country Music format, serving as the conduit connecting the interests of Country Radio with the Country Music Industry” (crs.org). Our job was to cover it as part of the media… therefore we hung out in the media room and interviewed artists instead of going to the educational seminars. Not a bad gig.


Day 1 was Tuesday, a day that proved just a warm up for the week ahead. We started at Warner Music where we caught up with The Dirt Drifters, HER & Kings County and Ty Stone. HKC are some of the most energetic people we had the good fortune of meeting.

“Y’all kicked our hangover to the curb like a Bloody Mary.”
– HER & Kings County

You’re welcome guys.

Then it was up to the Bridge Bar (a cool lounge area located on the walkway over Commerce Street) to meet up with The Roys, DJ Miller and Mark Cooke. Six interviews ain’t bad for a days work, and then we were invited to attend the Country Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony, followed by the Sony-hosted after party featuring Brent Anderson, Wade Bowen and Jerrod Niemann. They all brought the house down, especially Niemann’s finale, a cover of the classic Pride and Joy.


Now we come to the day where we almost had TOO MUCH fun. No kidding, it was almost hard to process it all.  The day started early with an interview with The Farm, a great group of people, then Gloriana, who I’ve had my eye on since their first single Wild At Heart three years ago. Then finally, I got to meet Jana Kramer who is in fact the sweetest person in the entire world.Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan

Then came lunch at The Ryman, one of the best musical venues in the country, for a performance by nearly the entire Universal Music Group roster. I won’t mention them all, but it started off with none other than King George Strait. Let me tell you, there is not a lot that can trump watching Troubadour live in The Ryman Auditorium as the sun shines through the stained glass windows. But if there was one thing that could, it was the way they closed the show: with Lionel Richie. And he immediately brought out one of his biggest fans to perform with him: Luke Bryan. They played Easy (Like Sunday Morning) one of my favorite songs of all time, and after a well-deserved standing ovation, we were back to the media room. So yeah, that was lunch.

After this, we caught up with Marlee Scott, Frankie Ballard and Jason Mitchell. Soon thereafter we found ourselves at a meet-and-greet with most of the aforementioned artists in attendance, along with Josh Turner, Scotty McCreary, Lauren Alaina, Luke Bryan, Craig Morgan, and others. No interviews with those folks unfortunately, but all very nice people.

But we weren’t done yet: after that was the sold out Lady Antebellum concert at Municipal Auditorium. Thompson Square opened the show in incredible fashion before Darius Rucker took the stage, singing a couple Hootie & the Blowfish classics as well as a Nashville favorite Family Tradition. Then it was Lady A’s turn, and they put on one impressive show. They played all the hits, and even featured surprise cameos from Luke Bryan (performing Do I, co-written by Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood) and Sara Evans (who performed Stronger, co-written by Hillary Scott). After the show we were exhausted… oh, but not done yet.Faith Hill

The after party was a Warner Music gathering with an 80’s theme. Artists played one of their own songs followed by an 80’s classic. On the roster were (among others) HER & Kings County, Ty Stone, Jana Kramer, THE FARM, Jason Jones, The Dirt Drifters, Frankie Ballard, Hunter Hayes, and Big & Rich who performed a rousing rendition of Madonna’s Like A Virgin.

Cue exhaustion.


After Wednesday, Thursday became a blur of sleep deprivation masked with too much caffeine. Of the interviews I remember, we had Glen Templeton, Due West, Amber Hayes, Jessie James, Deborah Allen, Adam Gregory, Maggie Sajak and Bucky Covington (forgive me if I forgot anyone). By the time Bucky finished out the day our batteries were drained figuratively AND literally (Bucky’s interview ran slightly short due to the death of the camera battery).

Lunch featured an acoustic set by Alan Jackson, and shortly thereafter we had a few hours where I was able to go home and nap before the Black River Entertainment showcase featuring Glen Templeton, Sarah Darling and Due West.


An easy day today! Only two interviews with icon Billy Dean and the lovely The McClymonts, and then on to lunch with Faith Hill! She debuted two new songs during her performance, and sounded as good as ever.

After a little break, we were back for the New Faces of Country Music show. The pre-show and happy hour featured a performance by The Lost Trailers, before we adjourned into the performance hall to see Hunter Hayes, Eli Young Band, Sunny Sweeney and David Nail. Thompson Square was also set to perform, but had to cancel due to an unfortunate death in Shawna’s family. The performances were amazing, and the after party was equally as amazing with everyone cutting loose after a long week.Hunter Hayes

We have pictures of all this excitement on our Facebook page, and will be sure to post these interviews online as soon as possible, so be sure to check back often! We would also like to thank each artist for their time, their management for their patience, and everyone who was involved with CRS for their hard work and dedication to an extraordinary week. Thank you!



Below is a recap of our CRS interviews:

The Dirt Drifters

HER & Kings County

Ty Stone

The Roys

DJ Miller

Mark Cooke

The Farm


Jana Kramer

Marlee Scott

Frankie Ballard

Jason Mitchell

Glen Templeton

Due West

Amber Hayes

Jessie James

Deborah Allen

Adam Gregory

Maggie Sajak

Bucky Covington

Billy Dean

The McClymonts

CRS 2012


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Nashville to Make Big Impression at 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards

The 54th Annual GRAMMY AwardsMusic’s biggest night is upon us, and Focus on the 615 wants to keep you in the loop with your favorite GRAMMY hopefuls! Kanye West, Adele and Bruno Mars may be among the most nominated, but our hometown country stars make up a notable portion of the prestigious list as well.

First-time nominees Jason Aldean and Blake Shelton each landed three nods, as did past GRAMMY-winner Taylor Swift, each competing for Best Country Album. Newcomers Thompson Square have two nominations for their hit Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not, and The Civil Wars also have two for best Country Duo/Group Performance and Best Folk Album. Receiving a huge honor, The Band Perry continues their incredible year with a nomination for Best New Artist.

Other notable nominations include Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter’s collaboration on You And Tequila, garnishing two nods, and the Zac Brown Band finding their way into the Visual Media category with Where The River Goes from the Footloose soundtrack. Click here to see a complete list of the GRAMMY nominations.

Nashville is well-represented in performances as well, with Aldean, Carrie Underwood, Glen Campbell, The Band Perry, Shelton, The Civil Wars and Swift all gracing the GRAMMY stage. Jason will perform his smash Don’t You Wanna Stay with Kelly Clarkson, Carrie will team up with legendary crooner Tony Bennett, and Campbell, TBP, and Blake will all be taking the stage together.  Click here to see a complete list of the GRAMMY performances.

Who are your favorites to win? What performances are you most looking forward to? Let us know!

Focus will be tweeting live throughout the performance, so be sure to follow us at @FOCUSonthe615! You can also follow contributor Matt Williams at @mattwilliams27!

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