“We traveled with our parents every weekend playing churches. Ever since we were babies, we’ve been on the bus, hearing music and watching musicians. It’s definitely what got us turned on to music. I played instruments earlier than Colton; he was more the singer and stage performer. I started out on drums at age three, and by the time I was nine, I was playing drums for my parents’ band.”
- Zach Swon
Muskogee, OK natives Zach and Colton Swon were naturals before they were even pre-teens. The country singer-songwriting duo were performing in their family’s travelling gospel group since they were old enough to talk. After leaving the road, their parents formed a family-style variety show in nearby Wagoner, OK. Soon Zach and Colton were charming crowds performing everything from Elvis to Frank Sinatra. The Swons’ show at the Civic Center was soon filling the building to capacity.
In 2013, the siblings grabbed a spot on the 4th season of NBC’s hit talent competition, The Voice. Instantly becoming fan favorites, the siblings teamed with judge Blake Shelton who guided the duo into the Top 3 and a near-win, and later became a close ally who helped them navigate the ins and outs of the music business when Nashville record labels came calling.
The duo signed with Arista Nashville and in 2014 released a self-titled album that included their groove-filled opening single, “Later On,” which propelled the song to the top of the iTunes country singles chart within 24 hours. They would later be nominated for 2014 CMA Vocal Duo of the Year for their efforts. Recently, The Swon Brothers dropped a sneak peak of their new single, “What Ever Happened.” The song was written by the brothers in a single hour at their home studio when they began reminiscing about the good old days and how easy it is to lose sight of what’s important.