Muskogee country-rockers Zach and Colton Swon credit plentiful prayer and brotherly harmony with helping them become the first duo in the four-season history of “The Voice” to win a battle round.
“Really, we don't have any secrets or tips. But the main thing that we did before every battle is pray. We have relied on praying through this whole thing. And believe it or not, you know, it's calmed our nerves. It's got us through all the stress. And that is the God honest truth,” Colton, 24, said in a conference call Tuesday afternoon.
On Monday's pre-taped episode of the hit reality TV show, celebrity coach and Oklahoma country music superstar Blake Shelton picked The Swon Brothers over Pennsylvania bar singer Christian Porter in their battle round, which pits competitors from the same team in a kind of competitive duet.
In previous seasons, “The Voice” duos often faded into the role of background vocalists in the battles, making it difficult for them to advance past the ring. The Swon siblings said their long history of performing together helped them win the nerve-racking 90-second sing-off.
“Our parents made us sing together,” Zach, 28, said with a laugh. “We're not the best duo that's ever been on the show, I'm sure, but I think we are just so comfortable with each other, it really helps us when it comes to high-pressure situations, you know. And I know that I could not be on that stage without him, and I wouldn't want to.”
In 2008, Colton made it solo into the top 48 on rival reality show “American Idol,” but he prefers singing with his sibling, too.
“I would think the edge that we have definitely comes from the harmony — just the brother harmony — because some of these battles kind of get stressful ... and just having the other person to lean on during this whole thing, I think that's a big, big advantage. Because if you're going through this alone — I can't imagine doing this alone. It would be pretty tough without my brother,” he said.
The singer/guitarists started performing with their parents' southern gospel group Exodus when they were youngsters. After the episode aired, they took to their Facebook page to dedicate their battle round victory to “the good Lord and Boston,” asking their fans to pray for the city where two bombs exploded Monday near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.