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Children of Oklahoma Teamster Compete on “The Voice”

Swon Song

Colton and Zach Swon, known as “The Swon Brothers,” finished in third place on NBC’s hit series “The Voice.”

“No matter how great you are, without friends it doesn’t work,” said Zach Swon, 28, in a recent interview. The Swon Brothers should know about teamwork. Their father, Kelly Swon, is the Secretary-Treasurer of Local 516 in Muscogee, Okla. Teamsters around the country rallied around the Swon Brothers in the competition, helping propel them to the season finale.

“The Voice” is a singing competition/reality show on NBC. It’s one of the most-watched shows on television, and to compete, you’ve got to be talented. The Swon Brothers, whose Dad also drove a UPS truck for 25 years, are certainly talented.

Kelly Swon said his sons play music full time and “they’ve done it basically all their lives. They both sing lead and play multiple instruments.” They can also play and sing any style of music, he said. The brothers got started at a young age singing in a gospel group called Exodus, their father said. The boys then went on to perform in a country music show with about 30 other people in it.

Zach recently attributed the brothers’ success to the fact that their parents made them sing together starting early in their lives. “Zach, the oldest, started playing drums professionally when he was 7 years old,” Kelly said. “After they did the music show for several years, they boys wanted to venture out on their own.”

Colton, 24, even made it to the finals of the 2008 season of “American Idol.” The brothers said that a support system of fans, family and friends gave them an edge in this competition.

“Really, we don’t have any secrets or tips. But the main thing that we did before every battle is pray. We have relied on praying through this whole thing. And believe it or not, you know, it’s calmed our nerves. It’s got us through all the stress. And that is the God-honest truth,” Colton said in a recent interview.

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