The days after their deep run on the hit reality show “The Voice” have felt distinctly unreal for The Swon Brothers.
“It just doesn't even seem real. It really doesn't. 'Cause I feel like the exact same person and now we're getting stopped in airports and everywhere we go ... and autographing pictures and that's just really weird,” Colton Swon said in a phone interview a week ago from their hometown of Muskogee.
“We're just doing what we're doing. A lot of people (from ‘The Voice'), it's different for them 'cause they were working a regular day job, but me and my brother have been doing shows and playing the last 10 years together at least. ... We were kind of ready for it, I think, but at the same time, we didn't know how big it was gonna be.”
After almost 20 straight hours of sleep and a few days of home-cooked meals in Oklahoma, it was back to work for Colton, 24, and his brother, Zach, 28. They flew to Nashville, Tenn., Sunday to take meetings for potential record and tour deals.
“Now, we need to get out of the fantasy world and this is where the real work starts,” Zach said. “I think that's gonna be the difference between who does big things coming off this show and who doesn't. It's gonna be who actually works and continues the momentum, which we're gonna do.”
Making the finals
Competing on fellow Oklahoman Blake Shelton's team, the Muskogee musicians notched by far the best finish for a duo on the popular TV singing contest, finishing third during the show's Season 4 finale. The youngest contestant, 16-year-old Texan Danielle Bradbery, a fellow Team Blake contender, was crowned the winner on the June 18 season closer.
Bradbery's grand prize was a recording contract, and she signed the day after the finale with Big Machine Label Group. The Swon Brothers had their sights set on a similar goal as they prepared to hit Music City.
“We will consider our options, and we'll get a record deal somewhere. Just wherever it's a good fit. We have a few things in mind. But this business is all about relationship and who gets you,” Zach said.
“You just gotta see what feels comfortable and see who you gel with. Getting a deal is probably gonna be the easy part. Deciding what feels right, that's the hard part,” Colton added.
They weren't disappointed or shocked with their third-place finish on “The Voice.”
“To be honest, we all kind of knew that was coming. It wasn't like a big secret. You know, Danielle had just dominated,” Colton said. “We were really excited (for her).”
“I think anybody going to the finale, it's a win,” Zach added. “It's a TV show, so they're only gonna announce one winner — one official winner. But as a musician and someone who is chasing a career in this business, if you spend a year on TV or six months or whatever, that's getting you exposure and fans that money can't buy.”