The Swon Brothers are watching all their music dreams come true, but the best part is experiencing it together, they said.
Zach and Colton Swon burst onto the country music scene during season four of NBC’s “The Voice.” The brothers finished in third place and released a single, “Later On,” soon afterward.
The Elkhart Truth recently caught up with The Swon Brothers, who will be performing at this year’s Elkhart County 4-H Fair.
What’s life been like since “The Voice”?
Colton: “I’ll be honest with you … every day of our lives is pretty much booked for the next 20 years. It’s been great. We’ve signed a record deal and we have been touring like crazy.
“Everything we wanted and dreamed of doing, we are actually doing. It’s hard to really fathom it right now but every once you get a few hours to really think about it.”
Zach: “We keep each other in check, that’s the good thing about being brothers. We still take time to be brothers. We play golf when we can and go to movies, just boring stuff but sometimes you need to just step away and do that.”
“Later On” is kind of a fun, summertime song. Is that the sound you’re going for with the rest of the songs on your first album?
Colton: “We have a song for pretty much everyone on that album, and that was our goal — to reach the classic country fan and the new country fan. We have a lot of variety of music and that will really shine through in our record. At the end of the day, you’ll know it’s us singing. You’ll have some light-hearted songs and some tearjerkers.
Is there a release date set for the album?
Colton: “There’s not an exact date but we are done — we finished it two weeks ago. They just asked us what we wanted it to be called and we are still deciding on that. It will probably be out in late summer or early fall.”
What is it like to perform with “The Voice” season four winner Danielle Bradbery and to stay in touch with Voice coach Blake Shelton?
Zach: “We are kind of doing our own thing and (Bradbery) is doing her own thing, but we will perform with her a couple of times this summer, which is awesome.
It’s awesome any time we get to see that girl; she is like a little sister to us. She’s sweet as can be. We had no doubt we were going to lose to her (on ’The Voice’).”
Colton: “We actually talk to Blake more now that the show’s off. He’s very involved and he’s in our corner. It’s really cool to still have him there. ’The Voice’ is just a show, and it’s a great one, but (Blake) is a real dude and what you see is what you get. He won’t change and that’s what I love about him.”
What do you like about performing at fairs and other outdoor venues?
Colton: “Funnel cake. I love funnel cakes and corn dogs! I think we are playing at like 70 fairs and we will eat a lot of funnel cakes and corn dogs.”
Zach: “Another thing is, I love seeing the crowds outside let their hair down and have a good time. Fans (at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair) will get to hear stuff from the upcoming album; we’ll do some new music and we’ll do some songs we did on the show. We like to keep energy going and get the crowd involved.”
The Swon Brothers are performing with Danielle Bradbery at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 22. Grandstand seating is free, and reserved track seats are $30 each.
To buy tickets or see more information about fair concerts, visit the 4-H’s website.