The Swon Brothers sign deal
Saturday, November 2, 2013
– The Voice Season 4 finalists The Swon Brothers signed with Arista Nashville.
Zach and Colton Swon - the brother duo from Oklahoma who were part of Blake Shelton's team on The Voice - are currently writing and securing songs for their major label debut album, with a first single due in the spring of 2014.
"Signing with Arista is literally our dream coming true," says Colton Swon. "My brother and I have been chasing this goal for 15 years now. Being a part of The Voice was an unbelievable experience; there isn't another show like it. Our mentor and friend Blake Shelton gave us the direction and advice we needed to keep this dream alive. We feel blessed beyond measure for the chance to continue to connect with people through our music. Arista is the home we were looking for and we have a great team of people helping us on this journey."
Brothr Zach said, "We are so excited to get into the studio to make new music for our fans. It's amazing and humbling for us to have so many fans supporting us now and asking us when we are going to have a record out. We are looking forward to our new relationship with Sony and making some history together."
When they were 9 and 11 years old, they asked their parents to "drop by" Nashville on the way to their Florida vacation so they could "get a record deal." They marched into every label on Music Row to play for anyone who would listen and continued making trips to Music City.
Performances on "The Voice" included their tribute to the late George Jones with Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes, Bob Seger's Turn the Page and Loggins & Messina's Danny's Song.
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