DAYTON — Country couple Thompson Square will bring their award-winning music to the stage next week — and help raise money for a good cause at the same time.
The band, composed of husband and wife Keifer and Shawna Thompson, along with Love and Theft and Kristian Bush of Sugarland, will present the Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley Empowering Independence Concert Celebrating Our Veterans on Aug. 31 at Fraze Pavilion.
The country crooners, married for 17 years, became a real-life couple before they became country music stars.
“We moved to town the same week, dated for three years, were married for three years, and decided to become a duo,” Keifer Thompson said Tuesday during a phone interview from Hawaii.
International superstars, Thompson Square has topped the radio charts across the United States, Canada and Australia with No. 1 hits “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not,” “If I Didn’t Have You” and “Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About.”
They also have an impressive award lineup, including two-time American County Music Vocal Duo of the Year and two-time Grammy, American Music Award and Teen Choice Award nominees.
Thompson Square recently collaborated on two songs with Grammy-winning band Blues Traveler that are featured on the band’s new project, “Blow Up The Moon,” in stores now.
The pair also has taken their talents beyond the stage, co-authoring a young adult novel, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not,” inspired by their double-platinum, Grammy-nominated song.
The twosome’s biggest projects of late, however, have been the addition of their son Rigney Copper, now 4 months old, and the release of a new single, “You Make It Look So Good,” which exclusively premiered through People.com paired with a home video starring the baby.
Thompson said having a child has been life-changing.
“He’s made us better people, a stronger couple,” Thompson said. “I can’t imagine life without him now; I don’t even want to.”
The duo currently is in the studio working on a third album to be released later this year through Stoney Creek Records. Keifer Thompson said their junior album hasn’t been named as of yet.
“We’re still writing for it, recording for it. We want to make sure it’s the best thing we’ve ever put out and so far it’s shaking out to be that way,” said Thompson, who was crowned SESAC’s 2013 and 2014 Songwriter of the Year for the duo’s smash hit “If I Didn’t Have You.”
“We couldn’t be more proud of the songs,” he added.
Fans should expect a good mix of old and new at the Aug. 31 performance in Dayton, Thompson said. “We will do about four to five new songs and all of our hits,” he said. “We will mix it up and do some covers, too.”
And, he wants concertgoers to expect to have some fun.
“That is one of main and only goals is for people to have fun,” he said. “We just feed off our fans, we feed off the crowd. It’s a very diverse show.”
Thompson said the couple’s new single, “You Make It Look So Good,” is probably “one of the best things we’ve ever done.”
“Check it out, download it on iTunes and learn it and sing it with us live,” he said.
Tickets for the concert are still available at www.fraze.com.
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