I was born in Greensboro, North Carolina on December 30, 1964 to Philip Alan and Adelita Ludwick Swaim. I was named after the 1953 motion picture “Shane
” starring Alan Ladd. From the moment I was able to talk, I loved to sing and listen to music. My first public performance was singing “Wreck of the Old 97” at a community gathering in a neighbor’s basement. I performed “A Boy Named Sue” at my third grade talent show.
In August, 1975, my father bought me my first guitar. It was a Yahama. I would play my guitar and sing at Mount Hope United Church of Christ where my parents were members. I also perforned solos in talent shows at the local fire department. My favorite singers were Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jim Croce, and Olivia Newton John. I was in the school chorus in elementary, junior high, and high schools. Patrick Torbett and I performed “A Country Boy Can Survive” and “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” at Senior Day Talent Show at Southeast Guilford High School in 1983.
I graduated from Wingate University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services. I completed my M.S in Social Studies Education degree at North Carolina A&T State University in 1990. It was at this time that I developed a passion for geneology and history. I student taught United States History and Sociology at Ragsdale High School in Guilford County. Following graduate school, I was a member of the Greensboro Jaycess for a while. It was while in the Jaycees that I learned the true meaning of service to others and appreciation for free enterprise.
At the encouragement of my father, I purchased a new Martin guitar from The Music Barn in Greensboro in May, 1995. This sparked the beginning of my music career. Since that time, I have written numerous songs and peformed cover tunes in church, bluegrass jam sessions, open mic sets, and gigs. I am currently a member of High Lonesome Strings Bluegrass Association. My family and I are members of Lebanon Baptist Ministries where I teach Children’s Church, sing in the church choir, assist with Upward Basketball, and perform Christian music at Singspiration.
I perform my own compositions as well as bluegrass, classic country, and classic rock. Of course, I am willing to perform any song that I am able to relate to regardless of genre. I am always looking for new venues and opportunities to present my music to the world.
On December 31, 1996, I married the love of my life. Her name is Juli Kaye Wasielewski Swaim. She has been my main inspiration. On April 1, 1999, she gave birth to our son Nathan Wells Swaim. Nathan is currently a 6th grader at Vandalia Christian School where he sings in the chorus, plays drum in the band, and takes piano lessons. He has performed in at least two piano recitals and keeps improving in his music daily. Juli stays busy with her career as a Computer Programmer and making our house a true home. I am a Professional in Transition with a passion for music, history, geneology, and current events. My wife, son, and I reside in McLeansville, North Carolina.