The Swon Brothers garnered a following after appearing on season 4 of The Voice, their harmonies and energy engaging audiences who have followed them even after their time on the show ended, eager to hear more. They even had the backing of superstar Carrie Underwood, who was good friends with one of the brothers from school, and constantly pushed for their votes and success on social media. The news of their major label debut on October 14th, already had fans anticipating the music that would fall into their laps, but if the sneak peak streams are any indication it’s going to be a debut that everyone is talking about.
Comprised of brothers Zach and Colton Swon, they’ve already achieved success with their first single, “Later On” (written by Ryan Hurd, Joey Hyde and Justin Wilson), which shot into the top 15 on the country singles charts and continues to climb. But the real show stopping sneak peak from their debut is the heartbreaking ballad “This Side of Heaven,” which throws us into the world of tragedy and shattering dreams from the second the whispering piano brushes across the intro. It’s a quintessential country song, with stories that will touch your heart and soul in an instant, and most definitely bring tears to your eyes. It helps that Carrie Underwood’s soaring voice is tempered just below the emotional harmonies of the brothers themselves, making you wish the three of them would make music together on a constant loop. The lyrics will completely shake you to your core, showcasing the ways that each and every one of us are struggling with our own demons and sorrows, and how those things can bring us together and help us find strength in one another.
Sometimes it feels like God don’t hear us calling out for help / Sometimes this side of Heaven is Hell
From the first listen I was completely enchanted with this song. Ballad aside, it’s beautifully written, and vocally stunning. It’s literally everything you could dream of in one track.
Let us know what you think by tweeting @JukeboxMixtape. Don’t forget to pick-up a copy of The Swon Brothers debut album on October 14th.