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Blake Shelton Based On A True Story … (Warner Bros./WMN)
"Best way to put into a song, my personality, and the kind of people that I hang out with," says Shelton of the album's lead-off track "Boys 'Round Here" which features Pistol Annies. "This [song] is the guys back in Tishomingo, OK and every town around this country." The 12-track album includes the current single, "Sure Be Cool If You Did" and the inspiration for the upcoming tour, "Ten Times Crazier."
Alan Jackson Precious Memories Volume II (EMI Nashville)
The follow up to the 2006 release Precious Memories, this marks Jackson's second foray into gospel music. “Denise and I had made a list of 30 to 40 songs to do for that first album,” says Jackson, who developed the project with his wife. “We had so many that we didn’t get to, I thought we’d go in and do a few more just the same way-- heartfelt and simple.”
Thompson Square Just Feels Good (Stoney Creek)
“There are a lot of fun, upbeat songs on this new album. It’s very diverse and kind of all over the map,” says Keifer Thompson, who along with his wife Shawna make-up the reigning ACM and CMA Vocal Duo of the year. They wrote co-wrote five of the 13 songs including the lead single, "If I Didn't Have You."
Maggie Rose Cut To Impress (RPM)
The first full-length album pulls its title from a lyric in the track "Mostly Bad." "It was one of those lines that stood out to me because it represents so many things that embodied my debut album," says Rose. "It's a confident statement about all the cuts on the album and it’s also is a statement saying I have cut out a place for myself as an artist that is different and unique."
|Posted by Administrator on March 25, 2013 at 11:10 AM||comments (2)|
WSSL 100 held their semi-annual Acoustic Jam on March 20 to benefit St. Judes Children's Hospital and filled the Blindhorse Saloon in Greenville,SC, to capacity with excited country fans. Appearing at the all acoustic show were Gary Allan, Jana Kramer, Thompson Square, Easton Corbin and The Henningsens. The line to get into the free show began forming around 11am with the stars not scheduled to take the stage until 8pm. Tickets were required to attend the standing room only show which many acquired by donating to Whistle 100's annual radiothon to benefit St. Judes. Others got their ticket to jam at the numerous ticket drops in the surrounding areas of the Upstate. A few lucky fans even won VIP party passes which allowed them the opportunity to mingle with the artists, get autographs and pictures.
The two+ hour show kicked off with The Henningsens, newcomers to many, but the family trio are no strangers to the music business and have been writing hits for years that you hear on the radio every day. The seasoned songwriters performed one of the songs recorded by The Band Perry that they penned, "All Your Life". After sitting in on their sound check, I was blown away by their beautiful harmonies even before they took the stage for the real show. The acoustic performance of the title track off their album "American Beautiful" was incredible.
Easton Corbin wooed the crowd with his sweet country boy charm, belting out several of his hits. It was a sing along as the crowd didn't miss a word singing with Easton during "All Over The Road", "Loving You Is Fun" and "A Little More Country Than That". Corbin was a crowd favorite for sure.
Thompson Square took a quick breather from Luke Bryan's Dirt Road Diaries tour to stop by and entertain for a good cause. The husband and wife duo even shared an onstage kiss after a little encouragement from Jana Kramer.Keifer and Shawna performed hit after hit during the show, "Glass", "If I Didn't Have You", "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not" and "I Got You". The lovely couple capped off their performance with the title track from their album that releases Tuesday, March 26, "Just Feels Good."
Jana Kramer has an awesome, energetic stage presence that partners with her beautiful voice and talent becoming the perfect recipe for an incredible, crowd pleasing charismatic performer. Kramer performed her latest single "Whiskey" with the crowd singing along word for word. Her performances of "Why Ya' Wanna" and "I Hope It Rains" both had the crowd cheering. If you weren't a fan of Kramer when you arrived, you were when you left. This girl has personality, stage presence and staying power. Jana even treated the crowd to a song she recently wrote which she says "may or may not make it onto my next album, but I love to sing it". The song had a "Johnny and June" reference which we know has meaning to Kramer and her fiancee', Brantley Gilbert, after hearing the story of his sweet proposal. And yes, the diamond on her finger shined like the bright star that she is from the stage.
Gary Allan certainly had a hand in the masses that came out for the show. It's not too often that you get the chance to see an artist with Allan's staying power in such a small venue. He even commented, "I haven't been in this bar in ten years", but he clearly enjoyed the intimate setting as he sang some old and new hits for the close to 2000 in attendance. He performed "Right Where I Need To Be" first, one of my absolute favorites, especially acoustic. That was followed by "Smoke Rings In The Dark", "It Ain't The Whiskey" from his latest chart topping album, 'Set You Free', along with "Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)", the lead single from the cd, which he just celebrated at a #1 party in Nashville. Gary even did a special request for a fan when he performed "Sand In My Soul" from his latest album.
But wait! There's more. Sheryl Crow, yes, Sheryl Crow showed up as a surprise guest and joined the already amazing lineup on stage to the delight of the crowd. After hugging Allan and commenting on all the talent she was joining, Sheryl took to her spot performing acoustic versions of "Easy", "Picture" into "If It Makes You Happy" and "Strong Enough To Be My Man". It was the perfect addition to an already incredible night of great music. And who doesn't love a surprise, especially a good one like that!
The stars all stayed out on the stage signing autographs and greeting fans long after the show was over. It was a wonderful event for the fans and a great way to help St. Judes Children's Research Hospital continue their work that blesses so many precious lives.
|Posted by Administrator on February 19, 2013 at 11:35 AM||comments (0)|
The title of Thompson Square’s upcoming album, Just Feels Good (release date: March 26th ) could just as easily be the message about its partnership with ChildFund International.
The husband/ wife duo, who is once again nominated for the Academy of Country Music’s “Top Vocal Duo” Award, is encouraging its fans to sponsor a child through ChildFund International’s efforts.
Between now and March 23rd, any fan who sponsors a child through ChildFund’s website can then receive two free passes to meet the couple backstage at a concert.
The reigning CMA and ACM “Top Vocal Duo” recently took a few days off from its busy tour schedule to visit the child the duo sponsors in Honduras through ChildFund. Because of the experience, Shawn and Keifer Thompson know firsthand the difference sponsorship makes in the life of a child.
“We love knowing that our fans are helping other children, just like we did when we sponsored Emerson in Honduras,” said Keifer.
Added Shawna, “We’re offering the backstage pass opportunity because we wanted our fans to share their sponsorship stories with us in person.”
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
To participate, fans should click HERE to visit the ChildFund website, choose a child and complete the sponsorship. They should then save and forward the confirmation to [email protected] with the subject line “concert date, concert city, your name, your phone number.”
Fans will then receive a confirmation and instructions on how to obtain their meet n greet passes prior to the show. Sponsorship confirmation must be received seven days before the concert date and fans must already have tickets to the show.
The pair promote ChildFund’s child development work through ChildFund’s LIVE! artist program.
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Keifer and Shawna Thompson, better known as the award-winning husband and wife duo Thompson Square, are premiering their new music video, "If I Didn't Have You," today across CMT platforms. Valentine's Day provides a special opportunity for the heartfelt song and loving message.
"If I Didn't Have You," which is currently #15 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, is the lead single from T2's upcoming album, 'Just Feels Good', due in stores 3/26.
The premiere comes on the heels of the duo's ACM nomination for Vocal Duo of the Year announced yesterday on February 13th. The ACM Awards will be broadcast live from Las Vegas on April 7, 2013 on CBS.
Watch the video on CMT here.
Visit Thompson Square online here.
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The world premiere of the new video from reigning ACM and CMA Vocal Duo of the Year Thompson Square, “If I Didn’t Have You,” will happen this Valentine’s Day on CMT.
Directed by Brian Lazzaro, the video was shot in an abandoned hospital wing, with no heat, amid freezing weather conditions and a grueling dawn to midnight shooting schedule in which Keifer and Shawna both performed and acted in the starring roles. Like the single, the video asks the heart-wrenching question: What would we do if we were faced with the possibility of the most important person in our lives leaving us?
“If I Didn’t Have You” is the lead single from Thompson Square’s highly-anticipated sophomore album, 'Just Feels Good', in stores on March 26. The single, which soared into the Top 15 on Billboard’s Hot Country Airplay Chart today, is available now on https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/if-i-didnt-have-you-single/id572928134" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">iTunes.
Thompson Square will also host CMT Radio Live with Cody Alan’s Valentine’s Day Special on February 14th.
Until then, fans can get an exclusive sneak peek at Thompson Square’s brand new video, only at CountryWeekly.com. The photo feature gives fans their first glimpse of scenes from the video as well as insider tidbits and candid conversation from the video set.
Country music’s biggest breakout act of the last 2 years, husband and wife duo 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). Since that day, Thompson Square has earned over 25 awards show nominations – including 2 GRAMMY nods – and made music history when it was awarded both the 2012 ACM Top Vocal Duo and 2012 CMA Vocal Duo of the Year.
Thompson Square’s breakthrough hit “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” is nearing Double Platinum sales status, was the #1 Digital Soundscan Single for 5 weeks straight, the #1 Country Ringtone for 12 consecutive weeks and was iTunes 2011 Country Song of the Year. Thompson Square’s whirlwind 2011-2012 saw them on national tours supporting Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum as well as gracing the stages of The Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Conan, Fox & Friends, FOX’s All American Concert Series, the 45th Annual CMA Awards and CMT’s Artists of the Year special. Thompson Square ended 2011 as Billboard’s #1 New Country Artist in terms of digital sales and the #6 New Artist across all genres. Follow-up hits include the award winning infectious, “I Got You,” (#6) and the critically-lauded power ballad, “Glass” (#15). The duo’s latest smash from its forthcoming sophomore album, “If I Didn’t Have You,” marked Thompson Square’s highest first-week sales of its career.
For more information, as well as tour dates, visit: www.thompsonsquare.com
|Posted by Administrator on January 21, 2013 at 5:35 PM||comments (0)|
Reigning ACM Top Vocal Duo and CMA Vocal Duo of the Year Thompson Square will release its new album, Just Feels Good, on March 26th.
The chart-topping husband/wife duo announced the news and gave fans a special sneak peek of their new album cover on CMT Hot 20 Countdown this Saturday morning from the back lot of the music video for the duo’s latest hit, “If I Didn’t Have You.”
On Sunday, USA Today revealed the highly anticipated album’s track listing as well as further details on the 13 new songs included on Just Feels Good. Read it here: http://usat.ly/10dFQ2W
“There are a lot of fun, upbeat songs on this new album. It’s very diverse and kind of all over the map,” says Keifer Thompson. “The songs on the album are autobiographical and tell the story of our journey over the last few years – an incredible journey that I am still trying to wrap my head around.”
“Only a few years ago we were playing to 5 people a night down on Lower Broadway in Nashville,” adds Shawna Thompson. “Over the last couple of years we’ve been blessed to play to crowds of 30,000 people touring with Jason Aldean, Lady A and Luke Bryan. So many of our dreams have come true and it’s so much sweeter because I’ve gotten to share them with not only my husband but my best friend.”
Keifer and Shawna Thompson co-wrote 5 of the 13 songs on the album alongside such heavyweights as GRAMMY Award winner Brett James (“Jesus Take the Wheel” and GRAMMY nominated songwriter and artist David Lee Murphy (“Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not”;).
Keifer Thompson shares an additional co-writing credit with #1 hit makers Vicky McGehee and Kyle Jacobs on the blue-collar love story, “That’s So Me and You.”
Other notable collaborations include the album’s title track, “Just Feels Good,” which was written by chart-topper Bobby Pinson alongside Brad and Brett Warren (The Warren Brothers).
Thompson Square – who swept the Vocal Duo category at every mainstream Country music awards show in 2012 – once again joined forces with the four-man production collective New Voice (NV) for its sophomore album.
The album’s lead single, “If I Didn’t Have You,” is already a bonafide hit. The single earned Thompson Square the highest first-week sales of their career upon its digital release. “If I Didn’t Have You” is the fastest-rising radio single of the duo’s career – soaring into the Top 20 on both Billboard and Mediabase this past week.
Written by Keifer & Shawna Thompson alongside Jason Sellers and Paul Jenkins, “If I Didn’t Have You,” was penned by the same songwriting team that collaborated on Thompson Square’s award-winning hit, “I Got You.”
Thompson Square shot the Brian Lazzaro-directed music video for “If I Didn’t Have You” last week amid freezing weather conditions and a grueling dawn to midnight shooting scheduling in which Keifer and Shawna both performed and acted in the starring roles.
Also this past week, 2013 ACM New Duo/Group Nominee Thompson Square headed out on the road for the opening weekend of Luke Bryan’s sold-out Dirt Road Diaries Tour. It was announced late last week that Thompson Square will continue with Bryan throughout the tour’s second leg, beginning May 17 in Virginia Beach, VA and ending October 26 in West Palm Beach, FL.
For more information, tour dates and all “T2 goins on” visit: http://www.thompsonsquare.com