While giving “The Voice” audience and coaches what they called a “Swoncert” Monday night, Muskogee natives The Swon Brothers enticed Blake Shelton, Shakira and Usher to turn their chairs around and compete to be their mentor.
Zach, 28, and Colton, 24, ultimately chose their fellow Oklahoman Blake Shelton to be their coach after their rousing rendition of the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers hit “American Girl.”
During a media conference call this week, the country singing duo shared more information about themselves and “The Voice,” which airs at 7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays on NBC.
Q: What was it like to step on that stage for the first time in front of those judges?
Zach: It was incredible. That is like the best feeling. We've done this since we were little and we don't have a backup plan, but just the fact that we got a little bit of validation for what we've worked so long for is just — it's unreal, especially from all the coaches, but especially from Blake, a guy that started where we did. It's real amazing.
Colton: It was honestly, like during the moment, it was very like you're in a dream. It's just a big blur, one big blur during the moment itself.
Q: Had you already made up your mind that if Blake turned around that's who you were going to go with?
Colton: I personally did, but seeing other coaches turn around, you think you have it all down, and you're ready for an answer, but when you actually see interest from other people, it's very flattering. But, you know we gotta stick to our Oklahoma roots. There was just no question about it.
Zach: Yeah, I think our fan base that we have probably would've shunned us from Oklahoma if we picked anyone else.
Q: How did you make it to the blind auditions?
Colton: We were actually in Nashville, and we were traveling back, and our keyboard player was wanting to try out in Memphis. Our keyboard player said, “Hey, the blind auditions are in Memphis. Let's go.” And, so we're like, “Heck, yeah, let's do it.” And it was very spur of the moment.
Q: Why did you choose “American Girl” to perform?
Zach: We just wanted to do something kinda upbeat, and you can't go wrong with a classic rock song, and, even so, I think if it was on radio today, it might be on country radio more so than rock.
Q: What's the coolest thing you've learned from Blake at this point?
Zach: I think the coolest thing about Blake so far — he's definitely helped us in the music side of things, but just knowing that a guy that is so huge and on top of his career right now is so down to earth and so humble. The first day I met him, it just seemed like somebody I'd hang out with back at home.