Rising Star 2013
The Swon Brothers, Zach and Colton, were born in Muskogee, Oklahoma to Kelly and Tammye Swon. Colton Swon was born on August 17, 1988 and Zach was born on February 21, 1985. Colton attended elementary school at Hilldale, Muskogee and later attended school with his brother Zach in Oktaha. Zach Swon studied at Northeastern State University and both worked at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in Muskogee.
The brothers started performing when they were children, touring with their parents’ southern gospel group, Exodus, and performing in various local events and stages. By the time Zach was 9 or 10, he was playing drums for his parents’ band. 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 Sinatra, as well as country music. In 2000, when they were 12 and 15, they started calling themselves the Swon Brothers and have since appeared at numerous events around the country.
On April 1, 2013, the Swon Brothers auditioned for The Voice on a whim, when asked by their keyboard player who wanted to audition, to go along with them. During the blind auditions, the Swon Brothers performed Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ American Girl, turning the chairs of Blake Shelton, Usher and Shakira. They proceeded to choose Blake as their coach and remained on his team the entire season. They made it to the season finale and took third place.