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April 19, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU's UPB books Justin Moore, Thompson Square concert

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -American country singer Justin Moore and the award-winning country music husband and wife duo, Thompson Square, will perform at 7 p.m., May 5, at Slippery Rock University in a University Program Board-sponsored concert.

Doors at the Aebersold Student Recreation Center open at 6 p.m.

After graduating from high school in 2002, Moore moved to Nashville where he met Scott Borchetta who promised him a record deal - if he would be patient.

Six years later, Moore signed with the Valory Music Group and began his rise in country music with songs such as "Small Town USA," "If Heaven Wasn't Too Far Away," "Til My Last Day" and "Backwoods."

Thompson Square, comprised of Keifer and Shawna Thompson, formed at a singing competition in Nashville. "It was love at first sight," according to their biography, and shortly after, they became a country singing duo.

Thompson Square signed with Stoney Creek Records in 2010. The duo released their self-titled, first album single in 2011 and quickly presented hit songs "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not" and "Glass."

Their second album, released in March, includes the hit single, "If I Didn't Have You" that is climbing the charts.

For the past two years, Thompson Square has won the Academy of Country Music Award for "Vocal Duo of the Year."

Tickets to the joint concert are $18 for SRU students; $35, general public. Tickets are available at the Smith Student Center Information Desk.

UPB is part of the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.