With romantically charged #1 hits like “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” and “If I Didn’t Have You” multi-platinum international success, two Grammy nominations and honors as Vocal Duo of the Year from both the ACM and CMA Awards, Country duo Thompson Square’s career has been the stuff dreams are made of; but their ambition is only growing.
With their third studio album, “Masterpiece” the husband-and-wife team of Keifer and Shawna Thompson is back and at the top of their game, offering up a fresh batch of poetic and extremely personal Country music.
“This album is called “Masterpiece”, and it’s named after what we consider our masterpiece“ our son Cooper,” Keifer explains. “We feel like he’s the best thing we’ve ever made, and he inspired this whole album.”
Working with a new, independent mindset, ”Masterpiece” arrived at the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the duo and it finds them taking skillful control of their acclaimed musical bond.
Brought together by love and undeniable talent, Keifer and Shawna each moved to Nashville separately but soon met while competing against one another in a local singing competition. They formed Thompson Square as complete unknowns, taking the Country scene by storm with an organic vocal blend that harkened back to the duets of icons like Johnny Cash and June Carter.
Following the release of their 2X Grammy-nominated, double-Platinum breakout “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not”, the Thompsons have been riding a wave of success that continues to this day, touring with superstars like Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum and Luke Bryan and racking up chart topping Country-radio favorites like the devoted “I Got You” and the flirty “Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About.”
But after 19 years of marriage and the birth of their first child in 2016, a son named Rigney Cooper, a new wave of creative inspiration has been unleashed. Choosing to depart their former record label, the duo set themselves free to create a project with the help of top-shelf producers Nathan Chapman, Dann Huff and Ilya Toshinskiy.
What emerged truly is their “Masterpiece”, an album filled with all the passionate potency Thompson Square is known for, plus a fearless new range of sounds and personality. Pristine Country balladry is joined by sandy reggae funk, fire breathing arena rock and sensual R&B, as the duo strives to be honest with each song’s creative genesis.
“It is extremely diverse”, Shawna admits about the 11 new tracks, nine of which poured from their own hearts.“We didn’t design it that way, but Keifer and I love all types of music, and I think that shows more on this record than any of the others.”
The project’s title track that gives the album its foundation, and shows where the couple stands today. Inspired by the Thompsons’ idyllic family life, Keifer wrote the track solo and admits it’s his favorite song on the record, so he and Shawna recorded it with all the back-porch authenticity of its creation.
“I woke up one day with that title in my head, and I was thinking about my life with Shawna and now Cooper,” he explains. “It was like ‘Man, if I died today, that’s my masterpiece, my love for my wife and this wonderful little boy.”
“I think making this record has been one of the most liberating experiences we’ve had in our career,” he goes on. “It’s an exciting time to be Thompson Square.”
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Join them for this exclusive LIVE Stream Event on May 13th, 2020.You don’t want to miss it!