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May 20, 2013

Swon Brothers tell "The Voice" they're praying for Oklahoma

Local duo learn of tornado damage before performance



After an energetic performance on NBC’s “The Voice,” the Swon Brothers were asked by Host Carson Daly what their thoughts were on the day’s tornadoes in Oklahoma.

“We just want to let everyone back home know we’re praying for you,” Colton Swon said, looking straight into the camera. “It’s hard to enjoy a night like this when stuff like that is going on.”

“Our hearts are definitely going out to you,” Zach said.

Colton and Zach Swon’s mother, Tammy, said the brothers found out shortly before the show started about the deadly F4 tornado that hit central Oklahoma.

“Colton called me right before the show started to see if we were all right,” she said. “They are just very worried about everyone back here.”

Just before the brothers were introduced, the show’s Christina Milian talked about Oklahoma and announced viewers can text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief, which helps people affected by disasters, such as Sunday and Monday’s tornadoes.

Despite the news from home, the brothers performed an upbeat country song, “How Country Feels” by Randy Houser, chosen by their coach, Blake Shelton.

“The reason I chose this song for you guys is it’s rockin’ but still country,” Shelton said in a pre-recorded piece showing Zach and Colton rehearsing with assistance from guest artist Sheryl Crow.

While rehearsing, the brothers talked about coming a long way from a personal music studio created with egg crates and duct tape on the walls to the upscale studio at “The Voice.”

Then, they took the stage for their live performance.

The audience screamed and clapped along throughout the performance, and Shelton gave them a standing ovation at the end.

Shelton said he was happy for the brothers and called them “guys that are gonna be stars.”

Back home, a lifelong friend said Zach and Colton have always been dedicated, talented musicians.

Andrea Roach, family friend and a fellow worship team member at their church, said Zach and Colton have always been “sincere in their music and stepped up when they were needed,” even learning new instruments whenever they were needed to fill a spot.

“Whether they realized it or not, God had given them a gift at a young age, and they have continued to use that gift throughout their lives,” Roach said. “It has been such a blessing to have ministered with Zach and Colton.”

Roach said the brothers seldom missed a Sunday morning worship service either, many times coming to church after only having had a few hours sleep because of a late performance or road trip.

“The Swons are like family to us and our two girls,” Roach said.

Reach Wendy Burton at (918) 684-2926 or wburton @muskogeephoenix.com.

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