Country music is real. Its fans demand authenticity – in the music, and the lifestyle. Blu Swayze is real – real country, and real country music.
Born in Plano – a suburb of Dallas – Blu grew up on a ranch near the tiny Texas town of New Hope, which gave birth to a lifelong love of horses. He wanted to be able to shoe his own horse, so he responded to a Penny Saver ad offering to teach the skill. That training led to a career as a farrier, but it was only a way to finance his real passion – music.
Blu was inspired to music by listening to his grandmother play piano in a local church. In fact, his first clear-cut memory is banging on set of drums, and he readily admits the first time he heard “some guy play a guitar, I knew I wanted to be a rock star.” But country music was in his soul.
At the age of 12 he got a guitar for Christmas, but couldn’t master it until his grandmother explained some basic music theory concepts to him. Blu said, “Something clicked in my head, and I just took off!” Without any formal lessons, he taught himself to play the guitar.
Drawing upon his love for artists like George Strait, Alabama and Garth Brooks, Blu began writing songs about “fragments of my life,” and his passion became his purpose. His very first gig was a talent competition at the House of Blues in Dallas, where he took 1st Place. Blu also won the KSCS Battle of the Bands, before touring all over Texas. In 2010, he was signed by Trigger Happy Records, based in Houston.
His dream is to have a loving family, a successful country music career and to “share as much joy as I can.”
That’s about as “real” as it gets.