Thompson Square On Writing No. 1 Country Hit ‘If I Didn’t Have You’

Thompson Square have been having a good year. Weeks after their second Academy of Country Music Award win for Vocal Duo of the Year, their single “If I Didn’t Have You” soared to the top of the country charts.

Earlier this week, the track hit No. 1 on both the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart and the Country Aircheck/USA Today chart. An accomplishment duo Keifer and Shawna Thompson are humbled by, the date it reached No. 1 holds extra meaning.

“Writing your first number one is an amazing goal to reach,” Shawna said in a press release. “Writing your first number one song inspired by the loss of your Dad and having it go number one on his birthday is a gift straight from heaven. We want to thank all of our fans and country radio for making this possible.”

Their fastest-rising song to date, “If I Didn’t Have You” has sold nearly 600,000 downloads to date. During an interview with, Thompson Square told the story behind the heartfelt song.

“This song came from a really special place for us,” Keifer explained. “We were actually out on the road. Shawna had just lost her dad and one of our co-writers Paul [Jenkins] just lost his grandfather. Out of that therapy session came the title.”



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