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June 17, 2013

When on the air, Swons aren’t putting on airs

Parents say what ‘Voice’ viewers see is real deal

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Meet Colton Swon

AGE: 24.

HOMETOWN: Muskogee.

CAREER: Musician/entertainer.

EDUCATION: Hilldale High School graduate.

FAMILY: Parents, Kelly and Tammy Swon; brother, Zach.

HOBBIES: Golf, watching football, church.

Meet Zach Swon

AGE: 28.

HOMETOWN: Muskogee.

CAREER: Musician/entertainer.

EDUCATION: Oktaha High School graduate and some college at Northeastern State University.

FAMILY: Parents, Kelly and Tammy Swon; brother, Colton.

HOBBIES: Music.

Brothers are

talented songwriters

Zach and Colton Swon’s father, Kelly, said that what America hasn’t got to see yet are his sons’ songwriting abilities.

“There’s people that have said they were ahead of their time even when they were only 12 and 15 years old and going to Nashville to write songs with professional songwriters,” he said. “And they’ve written a lot of good songs. Of course, I like ‘Better Man’ because it was written about me, dedicated to me. But they’ve written a lot of songs.”

Some of the Swon Brothers’ original songs, which can be found on iTunes and YouTube, are: “Oklahoma Lovin’,” “Southern Belle” and “Get Down Kind of Thing.” Zach and Colton each sing lead on various songs. Some are upbeat, some are ballads, and some are more rock than country. But all are original.

Kelly said song writing is a talent someone simply has, and both Zach and Colton have it. And they haven’t had formal lessons on song writing.

“They have gone to Nashville and written with people, sat down with people that have had No. 1 songs,” he said. “But as far as going to a class or school, they haven’t done that. They can hear and see the music and see it on paper. It’s the magic of the pen. It’s very powerful.”

Colton loves

sports and people

Colton Swon loves sports, music, God and people, his mother, Tammy Swon, said.

“He’s very personable. He’s always the one that croons for the girls, and he’s very funny too. But it’s a dry sense of humor.”

He’s also physically fit and loves to run and work out at the gym, she said.

Colton showed how fit he is at the June 6 homecoming concert at the Muskogee Civic Center.

He jumped off stage during “Okie from Muskogee,” ran to the back of the Civic Center and leaped over the back wall to grab audience members to invite on stage to sing.

“Colton likes to shake hands and kiss the ladies or hug the babies. And he loves to perform. Loves it,” his father, Kelly Swon, said.

“And he has a compassionate heart,” Tammy said. “They both do.”

In middle school, Colton sang a song called “Billy Boy” to his sixth-grade class as part of an anti-bullying campaign. He and Zach had written the song two years before. He also took a 16-year-old girl on a date because she was terminally ill and it was an item on her “bucket list.” Colton also leads praise and worship events at area church camps, Tammy said.

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