AJ Swearingen, born in Bethlehem, PA, grew up in a house where the classic country records of Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, and Willie Nelson were always spinning. “I love that music, but the folk records of the early 70s like Gordon Lightfoot and Simon and Garfunkel are what really fueled my desire to pursue a life in music.”
He started playing the guitar and writing songs at the age of 13, and has performed professionally since his late teens. He has recorded six solo albums that showcase his soulful baritone and finger-style acoustic guitar playing.
AJ now performs in the Americana-folk duo Swearingen & Kelli; and inevitable union marked with a self-produced album in 2013 featuring Swearingen’s song “You’re Not Here With Me” (also recorded by folk icon Tom Rush). Their sophomore album, The Marrying Kind (released 2017), is replete with full-throttle emotion and steeped in the sounds of Americana and country-folk. Their music is layered with lap-steel guitar, rich harmonies, and character voices that are a modern echo of the singer-songwriters of the 60s and 70s. Their first single, “Annalise,” was featured on Gretsch Guitars, and The Daily Country touts their honest songwriting and emotional vocals as poignant, yet haunting. The new music video for “The Marrying Kind” will be released early 2018. For more on Swearingen & Kelli, visit swearingenandkelli.com