Thompson Square to Return the Favor at CMT Awards

Keifer and Shawna Thompson find a unique way to thank a special fan.

Seven years ago, prior to the success of their singles “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not," “I Got You” and their current hit, "Glass," Keifer and Shawna Thompson of Thompson Square were performing for tips in the music clubs of Nashville when they received a surprising gift from a new fan.

At the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday (June 6), the Academy of Country Music award-winning duo is returning the favor by bringing that fan (and her sister) along as guests.

“Shawna and I were playing in [Nashville music venue] Legends Corner, and one night there was a Billy Joel concert across the street [at what is now known as the Bridgestone Arena]," Keifer tells "I'm a huge Billy Joel fan, but we couldn't afford tickets to the show and it was sold out anyway.”

That is, until a new fan stepped in. “There was a couple in the bar listening to us, and after our set they told us how they enjoyed watching the show and how they thought our story was endearing, and they gave us their tickets to the Billy Joel concert. That's something Shawna and I never forgot. She probably gave us $400 worth of tickets.”

Through a twist of fate, the duo reconnected with the fan, Denise, and were able thank her for the gift in a grand way. “We had four tickets to the awards show and usually our manager and someone else in our company goes with us,” says Keifer. “Shawna mentioned that we try to contact those people who gave us the Billy Joel tickets.”

That same week Denise happened to contact them again. “It was definitely a bit of serendipity there,” says Keifer. “I e-mailed her back and asked if she wanted to go to the CMT Music Awards with us as our guests. It just goes to show you that there are great people in this world and you've just got to be good yourself and treat people like they want to be treated. It's cool to be able to do this for her.”


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