‘Voice’ contestants The Swon Brothers comes to Syracuse
The Swon Brothers are coming to Syracuse for a night of country beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, 306 Hiawatha Blvd. W., Syracuse. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the show. For tickets, visit http://tobyksyracuse.tunestub.com/event.cfm?id=169963&cart
Already naturals before they were even pre-teens, both Zach and Colton found that they were most at home on stage. Performing in their family’s gospel group since they were old enough to talk, Zach says, “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.
“I feel really blessed to be a musician because I’ve never taken a lesson on any instrument,” says Zach. “Drums, I just picked up naturally, and I got a chance to watch a lot of good players throughout the years with my parents, and they all showed me stuff.”
The Swons’ tried out on NBC’s hit talent competition, The Voice in 2013. After trying out for the show, the siblings became instant fan favorites, not only musically, but also personally, as their fun-loving, often hilarious brotherly banter gave fans insight into a duo whose off-stage personalities are as engaging and down to earth as they are on stage.
Teamed with judge Blake Shelton on “Team Blake” on Season 4 of the series, Shelton 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.
Fans got their first taste of the resulting self-titled album when the Swons debuted their groove-filled opening single, “Later On,” during a triumphant return to The Voice, which propelled the song to the top of the iTunes country singles chart within 24 hours.
Crisp, standout vocals, heartfelt music, and tight harmonies are a hallmark of this diverse and impressive out-of-the-gate album by the Swons, who as co-producers took pains in the studio to make sure that their distinctive vocal sound was the main focus throughout.
“We didn’t really have a formula,” Zach says, “but we picked songs that – while musically different – allow our harmonies to lay in perfectly. I think that’s what’s going to be the tie that binds everything together on this project.”
And in their choice of songs, the 2014 CMA Vocal Duo of the Year nominees also set out to make an album that they felt would endure. “We wanted to make a record that we would want to hear years from now,” Colton says, as Zach adds, “Ultimately, we made something that we are very proud to call ‘us.’”
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