Sitting backstage before their second sold-out performance at Radio City Music Hall, married duo Keifer and Shawna Thompson discussed touring, music and success. Married for 13 years, throughout the interview the couple frequently finished each other’s sentences.
“We cannot be on a better tour. Lady A have been so gracious and sweet to us. Darius, he’s also the sweetest guy. It’s been really, really cool,” Shawna said.
“Just the perfect scenario of where you want to be as an opening act. You can’t get a better slot. It’s just a great tour to be on,” Keifer added.
On the road with Lady A for 60 dates, both agreed that Radio City was a bucket list venue for them to play. Their first time performing in New York City with a full band, Thompson Square were happy to share the moment together.
“It’s one of the coolest ones we’ve done. And one of the coolest ones we’ll ever do,” Keifer said before Shawna chimed in.
“It reminds me a lot of the feeling that we had when we played at the Ryman. It was pretty overwhelming to walk out there,” she said. “I took some time before sound check to just go out and sit and stare at everything, try to take it all in. It really is one of the places you hear about when you’re a little kid. It’s amazing.”
“We dreamed it would happen, we never thought it would,” Keifer added.
Keifer and Shawna moved to Nashville 16 years ago with the dream to make it as solo artists but after 13 years they began to give up hope.
“We did a collection of songs together and ‘Kiss Me’ kind of changed our lives forever,” Keifer said of their 2010 breakthrough and GRAMMY-nominated hit “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not.” “Every day we wake up and it’s like, ‘Holy crap, this is my reality.’ I’ve been awe-inspired by the whole process and that we get a chance to do this for a living together, it’s really amazing.”
The band were pitched many songs for their debut self-titled album, but recalled knowing the track would be a hit the moment they heard it.
“We loved it right when we heard it. That was really the only one. It was that and ‘Glass’ that we were like, ‘Whoa. What is this?’ Keifer said. “It was one of those things that when you have done music as long as me and Shawna have and been exposed to all the different genres and have seen thousands and thousands of songs you hope that you know when you’ve heard a good song or not.”
A song that so many fans have connected to, Shawna says she thinks it’s because the song is so real.
“Everybody goes through that whole first, awkward kiss. I think when people hear it; it might take them back to that moment,” she said.
“There’s definitely an adolescence kind of quality to the song in it’s overall meaning. That’s how I felt when I heard it,” Keifer said.
“We’ve had so many people come up to us and say things like, ‘This song saved my marriage’ or ‘This song saved my relationship’ or ‘We’re playing your song at our wedding.’ To be a part of somebody’s special day like that is pretty cool,” Shawna said.
- Annie Reuter CBS Local