Independence Day and STL250 converge on Forest Park for America's Biggest Birthday Party featuring Thompson Square. The grounds that once hosted the 1904 World's Fair will once again welcome fairgoers from near and far.
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In the world of entertainment, music arguably demands the most personal investment from its artists, and it doesn't get any more intimate than Thompson Square. While most celebrities go to tremendous lengths and expense to carve out personal space in a Twitter-manic, paparazzi-fueled culture, husband and wife Keifer and Shawna Thompson veil no aspects of their relationship. In fact, they put their 14-year marriage on display in each song they perform, night after night, on tour. Hence, their sophomore album Just Feels Good is a compelling view of a relationship that offers no distinction between the personal and the professional.
Shawna and Keifer have writing credits on six of the album's 13 songs, including the lead single "If I Didn't Have You," which quickly became a #1 smash and has surpassed GOLD sales status. That song's message of a big, even universal, love is echoed in postcard-picture "Maybe It's You" and the rhythmic, who-out-kicked-who debate of "For The Life Of Me."
The duo’s self-titled debut album was powered by a trio of hit singles including the No. 1 double-platinum-selling "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not," as well as "I Got You" and "Glass." In 2012, Thompson Square swept the Vocal Duo awards (CMA, ACM, CMT, ACA). "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not" was also the most played song on country radio in 2011 (according to Mediabase), and secured multiple-week runs atop the sales and ringtone charts. The track also earned the duo two Grammy nominations. Thompson Square has also earned honors as the only established married duo to ever receive a CMA for Vocal Duo of the Year. In April 2013, they garnered the award for the second consecutive year.
Expanding sonically while drawing close to their core in writing and song selection, Thompson Square is enjoying one of the most successful young careers in country music, while also sustaining a thriving marriage.
Thanks to the generous support of presenting sponsor Anheuser-Busch InBev, platinum sponsors Edward Jones, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Nestle Purina, all Fair Saint Louis shows will be presented to the community for free and will be open to all ages.