“He understands how big that is, so he was just tickled to death,” Colton said. “Just being fellow Okies and having similar backgrounds and dreams and goals, I think he sees a lot of himself in us.”
A finalist from Shelton's team has won “The Voice” for the past two seasons, so in that respect the odds are in their favor. But they've had to overcome some big odds on the way: The Swon Brothers were the first duo to even make it into the show's live playoffs, much less the finals.
“It's a very tough business, and it's very tough for a duo to break into anything like that,” said their dad, Kelly Swon, by phone. “I think they're good enough and have the package with their personalities that people will love 'em. Sure, there's gonna be some haters, but they are very real. And that's what people want to see.”
For the past few weeks, The Swon Brothers have been the only men competing against big-voiced songstresses. Zach got to show off his own vocal power last week with the duo's cover of Bob Seger's “Turn the Page,” which landed them at No. 4 on the iTunes country charts.
“It was more just showing a different side of myself. You know, when we play shows, we do all that kind of classic rock stuff all the time. And it always goes over well. And I think it just ended up being the right song at the right time,” Zach said.
But their version of “Danny's Song,” the Loggins and Messina ballad that was also a country hit for Anne Murray, put them at No. 1 on the iTunes country chart.
Although contending on the show has been stressful, Colton said he is grateful to experience it with his brother.
“We have twice the work, but at the same time, we have each other to vent to, we have each other to talk to, and a lot of those people are just in their rooms by themselves. ... I wouldn't have it any other way. It's been great,” he said.
“It's hard to stand up there every week and go through the ringer. I think I've lost almost 10 pounds since I started the show, and my brother's losing weight. It's just one of those things that it's stressful, but that comes along with the territory. It's only that stressful because it means so much to us and because we think it means a lot to our home state, too.”