The Swon Brothers

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The Swon Brothers
Origin Muskogee, Oklahoma, U.S.
Genres Country
Years active 2013–present
Labels Arista Nashville
Members Zach Swon
Colton Swon

The Swon Brothers are an American country music duo from Muskogee, Oklahoma, consisting of Zach Swon (born February 21, 1985) and Colton Swon (born August 17, 1988).[1][2] In 2013, they finished in third place on the fourth season of NBC's The Voice.[3] They were the first duo to make it from the Top 12 live shows to the season finale.[4]

On November 1, 2013, the Swon Brothers signed a record deal with Arista which is part of the Sony group.[5] They released their first official single, "Later On", the following month. On October 14, 2014 they released their self-titled debut album. [6]

Early life[edit]

The Swon Brothers, Zach and Colton, were born in Muskogee, Oklahoma to Kelly and Tammy Swon.[7][8] Colton Swon was born on August 17, 1988 while Zach was born on February 21, 1985.[1][2] Colton attended elementary school in Hilldale, Muskogee, and later attended school with his brother Zach in Oktaha, where he left after eighth grade to go to Hilldale High School.[9] Zach Swon studied at the Northeastern State University and worked at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in Muskogee.[10]

The brothers started performing when they were children, touring with their parents' Southern gospel group Exodus, and performing in various local events and stages.[11][12] By the time Zach Swon was 9 or 10, he was playing drums for his parents’ band.[13] In 1995, the Swon Brothers’ parents formed a family-style variety show in Wagoner called Westwood Music Show, where the Brothers performed songs ranging from Elvis to Frank Sinatra, as well as starting to perform in the country music genre.[13][12][14] In 2000, when they were 12 and 15, the brothers started calling themselves The Swon Brothers, and appeared in various venues.[15][16]

In 2007, Colton Swon auditioned for the seventh season of American Idol (aired 2008) and reached the Top 48.[17] Both Zach and Colton also appeared as contestants in 2007 on a local TV show Gimme the Mike.[18] The Swon Brothers have released a couple of independent albums with songs including "Oklahoma Lovin’" and "This Close to Gone".[13] Their first professionally recorded album Another Day, which they described as modern country, was released in January 16, 2009.[19][20] They cited The Eagles as their musical influence.[11]

The Voice[edit]

The Swon Brothers auditioned for The Voice on a whim when asked by their keyboard player who wanted them to audition with him.[21] During the blind auditions, The Swon Brothers performed Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers's "American Girl", turning three chairs, Usher, Blake Shelton, and Shakira on April 1, 2013. They proceeded to choose Blake as their coach and remained on his team the whole season.[22] During the Top 8 Live Performances, The Swon Brothers chose to sing Seven Bridges Road as a tribute to victims of the Oklahoma Tornado. They finished in third place.[3]


     – Studio version of performance reached the top 10 on iTunes
Stage Song Original Artist Date Order Result
Blind Audition "American Girl" Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers March 26, 2013 3.1 Blake Shelton, Shakira, and Usher turned
Joined Team Blake
Battle Rounds "I Won't Back Down" (vs. Christian Porter) Tom Petty April 15, 2013 7.5 Saved by Coach
Knockout Rounds "Drift Away" (vs. Grace Askew) Dobie Gray April 30, 2013 12.7 Saved by Coach
Live Playoffs (Top 16) "Fishin' in the Dark" The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band May 7, 2013 15.4 Saved by Coach
Live Top 12 "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes" George Jones May 13, 2013 17.5 Saved by Public Vote
Live Top 10 "How Country Feels" Randy Houser May 20, 2013 20.3 Saved by Public Vote
Live Top 8 "Seven Bridges Road" Steve Young May 27, 2013 22.3 Saved by Public Vote
Live Top 6 "Wagon Wheel" Old Crow Medicine Show June 3, 2013 25.3 Saved by Public Vote
"Okie From Muskogee" Merle Haggard 25.7
Live Top 5 (Semifinals) "Turn the Page" Bob Seger June 10, 2013 27.1 Saved by Public Vote
"Danny's Song" Loggins and Messina 27.6
Live Finale "I Can't Tell You Why" Eagles June 17, 2013 29.1 Third place
"Danny's Song" Loggins and Messina 29.4
"Celebrity" (with Blake Shelton) Brad Paisley 29.6

Post-The Voice career[edit]

The Swon Brothers signed a recording contract with Arista Nashville after appearing in The Voice.[23] They released a single "Later On" on December 10, 2013, the first single from their album released on October 14, 2014.[24] They debuted the single on The Voice the same day. It sold 23,000 copies in its debut week.[25]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
positions
Sales
US Country US
Another Day[26]
  • Release date: March 23, 2009
  • Label: The Swon Brothers
  • Formats: CD, music download
Set List[27]
  • Release date: August 29, 2012
  • Label: The Swon Brothers
  • Formats: CD, music download
The Swon Brothers
  • Release date: October 14, 2014
  • Label: Arista Nashville
  • Formats: CD, music download
6 28
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US Country US CAN
The Complete Season 4 Collection
(The Voice Performance)
18 65 93

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Sales Album
US Country US Country Airplay US CAN Country CAN
2013 "Later On" 21 13 86 47 87 The Swon Brothers
2014 "Pray for You" 43

Competition singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Sales for
competition week
Total Sales Album
US Country US CAN
2013 "Fishin' in the Dark" 44 The Complete Season 4 Collection
"Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes" 32 114 30,000[31] 36,000[32]
"How Country Feels" 45
"Seven Bridges Road" 36 21,000[33]
"Wagon Wheel" 41 22,000[34]
"Okie from Muskogee" 49 14,000[34]
"Danny's Song" 16 66 53
73,000[35]
63,000[36]A
136,000[36]
"Turn the Page" 29 90 76
47,000[35]
"I Can't Tell You Why" 29 99
44,000[36]
"Celebrity" (with Blake Shelton) 47
16,000[36]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

^Note A Repeat performance in finale.

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2014 "Later On"[37] Roman White
2015 "Pray for You"[38] David Poag

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b OKLAVOTES. "ZACHERY BLUE SWON — 21 February 1985". OKLAVOTES. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Chancellor, Jennifer (June 19, 2013). "The Swon Brothers take 3rd place in 'The Voice' finale". Tulsa World. Retrieved June 22, 2013. 
  4. ^ Chancellor, Jennifer (June 16, 2013). "Muskogee's Swon Brothers ready for 'Voice' showdown". Tulsa World. Retrieved June 22, 2013. 
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  9. ^ Steve Schmidt (October 26, 2006). "For the love of it -Football drove this pair to Hilldale". Muskogee Phoenix. 
  10. ^ "Mall plans ‘Gimme the Mike’ watch party". Muskogee Phoenix. August 10, 2007. 
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  12. ^ a b Liz McMahan (June 17, 2013). "Wagoner claims Swons, too". Muskogee Phoenix. 
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  15. ^ Liz McMahan (January 16, 2008). "Muskogee teen going to Hollywood". Muskogee Phoenix. 
  16. ^ "A history of the Swon Brothers", Muskogee Phoenix, June 18, 2013 
  17. ^ Laura Saltman. "The Voice: The Swon Brothers Dish On Making Top 8". Access Hollywood. 
  18. ^ "Swon brothers belt it out on TV show". Muskogee Phoenix. July 26, 2007. 
  19. ^ Travina Coleman (January 11, 2009). "Brothers get ready to release first pro album". Muskogee Phoenix. 
  20. ^ Leilani Roberts Ott (August 27, 2009). "Swons, country TV star to play together tonight". Muskogee Phoenix. 
  21. ^ Wendy Burton (June 16, 2013). "Swons’ song nod to their band". Muskogee Phoenix. 
  22. ^ Gamboa, Glenn (June 16, 2013). "'The Voice': Can the show produce a superstar?". Newsday. Retrieved June 22, 2013. 
  23. ^ Alanna Conaway (November 4, 2013). "The Swon Brothers Ink New Record Deal With Sony Music Nashville's Arista Label". Roughstock. 
  24. ^ Brandy McDonnell (December 12, 2013). "Wednesday Video Spotlight: Swon Brothers debut "Later On" on "The Voice"". NewsOK. 
  25. ^ Bjorke, Matt (2013-12-18). "Country Chart News - The Top 30 Digital Singles - December 18, 2013: Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Scotty McCreery & Cassadee Pope News". Roughstock. 
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  27. ^ "Set List - The Swon Brothers". Amazon. 
  28. ^ Matt Bjorke (March 11, 2015). "Country Album Chart Report For March 11, 2015". Roughstock.  Sales figure given here
  29. ^ Matt Bjorke (June 26, 2013). "Country Album Chart News: The Week of June 26, 2013: Hunter Hayes #1; The Swon Brothers, LoCash Cowboys & Danielle Bradbery Debut". Roughstock. 
  30. ^ Matt Bjorke (October 1, 2014). "The Top 30 Digital Singles – October 1, 2014". Roughstock.  Sales figures given here
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  38. ^ "CMT : Videos : The Swon Brothers : Pray for You". Country Music Television. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 

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