Break-Out Country Act of 2011 Wins “Single of the Year By a Group,” “Single of the Year By a New Artist,”
“Music Video of the Year By a New Artist”
Grammy nominated duo Thompson Square proved to be a triple threat at FOX’s 2nd Annual American Country Awards on Monday night. The fan-voted country music awards show, held live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, showered the chart-topping husband/wife duo with awards for Single of the Year by a Group, Single of the Year by a New Artist and Music Video of the Year by a New Artist for their #1 smash, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not.”
Stoney Creek Records’ Thompson Square ended the evening as the second most honored artist at the awards – tying with superstar and American Idol alum Carrie Underwood.
Keifer and Shawna Thompson accepted the three awards after performing the ACA and Grammy nominated single on the live broadcast as the cameras showed hundreds of fans singing along and even embracing during what has become Country music’s anthem of 2011, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not.”
“For our very first awards to be determined by the fans is incredibly special,” said Keifer. “It means so much to us because they’re the ones who buy our music and buy our concert tickets. They’re the reason we do this.”
“Our fans are the bomb-diggidy!” exclaimed Shawna. “We never expected any of this and for the fans to be the ones to give this to us is pretty sweet. Plus, now I can take the Telecaster guitar off layaway that Keifer had asked for this Christmas - because he just got three!”
The ACA wins come just days after Thompson Square was recognized by GRAMMY voters with nominations for both Best Country Song and Best Country Duo/ Group Performance of the Year for, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not.”
The ACA wins and GRAMMY nominations round out what has been a breakout year for Thompson Square – who 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). The past 12 months have seen the release of the duo’s debut album, the release of their Platinum-plus selling single, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not,” which reached #1 on the Billboard and Mediabase Country radio charts, the Billboard Heat Seekers Chart, spent 5 weeks at #1 on the Country Digital Soundscan Chart and was the #1 Country Ringtone for 12 weeks straight. Additionally, the 2011 American Music Award nominee forNew Artist of the Year is also the only duo to reach #1 on CMT’s Top 50 Artist Chart in 2011.
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’s “Who’s Hot in Hollywood,” Entertainment Weekly, People Country, the Associated Press, MSN Wonderwall, Country Weekly, Southwest Spirit Magazine, USA Today, The Washington Post and Billboard. 2011 also found Thompson Square nominated for multiple CMA and CMT Awards.
The duo’s follow-up single, "I Got You," is cresting Top 5 at Country Radio. After playing to over one million fans this year on the Jason Aldean “My Kinda Party Tour,” Thompson Square will joinLady Antebellum on the road for their Own The Night World Tour 2012 on January 27 in Tulsa, OK.
Next up, Thompson Square performs as part of Great American Country’s (GAC) Christmas in the Black Hills. Hosted by Big & Rich, the holiday concert special was shot at various locations around historic Deadwood, South Dakota. Christmas in the Black Hills premieres on GAC on Monday, Dec. 12 at 8 pm ET/ 7 pm CT.
The 54th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on Feb. 12, 2012, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT)