Country Thunder

Thompson Square Focuses on Giving Back and Writing Together

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For the singers behind hits like "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not" and "Everything I Shouldn't Be Thinking About," their favorite moments aren't accepting CMT, ACA or ACM awards -- all of which they have won.

"Keifer and I had always said that if we had any success at all we would try to do some good with it," says Shawna Thompson. "That would be the moment for me: Being in Honduras [with Childfund International] and thinking 'Oh my gosh, I'm just a little girl from Chatom, Alabama and grew up, didn't have a whole lot, and we're here helping these kids in Honduras who have nothing.'"

There's still that sense of small-town wonderment in Thompson's voice as she recounts the story, sitting outside of a salon on Sunset Boulevard, fresh off a plane as Keifer has his hair cut inside before a long day of press obligations.

The pair have spent the past month playing USO shows to troops in Japan, specifically stationed in Okinawa, Atsugi and Yokosuka, before jumping back on the road for some headlining spots of their own.

"Just being there and singing for our men and women, I'm speechless," she says. "There were people that came to our meet-and-greets thanking us for being there because it reminded them of home, and the songs reminded them of their loved ones. It was incredible."

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