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(Yahoo!) - To the casual observer, husband-and-wife duo Thompson Square have not experienced much disappointment in their career to date. The pair emerged into country-fan consciousness at large in 2010, with their remarkably successful/infectious hit "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not." The tune went on to sell more than a million downloads, with a hot debut album and a string of rapid-fire award nominations following.

The couple found themselves in the unique position of jumping from award-shows' new artist category (the 2011 Country Music Association Awards) to the actual artist-proper slot (the 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards--which they won)--in the space of less than six months. After scoring the ACM win, Thompson Square landed Vocal Duo of the Year at the 2012 CMAs--again, not much more than a few months later.

"From the very beginning when we signed with our small label we were told that you're never going to win anything," Keifer Thompson notes of the period, which also included two Grammy nominations and a formidable string of other industry recognition. "I tell you, the, when you hear and the winner is...and then your name following...that is nothing short of amazing. It's hard to compare to anything just 'cause I've never felt that way."

Indeed, the couple's seemingly overnight rise to fame was actually a considerable time in the making. Working as separate musicians doing the usual Nashville circuit (they married in 1999) the Thompsons finally decided to join forces, which--naturally--became the catalyst for their eventual fast-track.


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