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'Boro fans cheer Cole Swindell's national debut

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STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) -

Friends and fans sang along to every word as Cole Swindell sang "Chilin' It" on national television.

On the same day the Georgia Southern alum's first album debuted, he headlined Late Night with David Letterman.

"This is exciting," said Joe Lanier, owner of Loco's Grill and Pub minutes before Cole's performance. "He had his first paid gig right here in 2003. We were fraternity brothers in Sigma Chi and to see him get here is just an amazing story."

Swindell's self-titled CD debuted at number one on iTunes. His record deal came after "Chillin' It" spent part of the summer at number one on SiriusXM radio's The Highway.

He started his career as a songwriter for artists such as fellow GSU Sigma Chi member Luke Bryan. Their success leaves plenty of current Georgia Southern students hopeful to follow suit.

"It's in the back of my mind," said singer Tyler Fussell. "I don't want to let it get to the front so I'm not disappointed. But it's there."

Lanier noted the irony that it was David Letterman, another famous Sigma Chi member, who gave Cole his TV debut.

"Cole's just a great poster boy for Georgia Southern and Sigma Chi and everybody just wants to see his journey," Lanier said. 

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