I really enjoyed watching The Voice. What can you tell me about Javier Colon, the winner?
—Marie Jason Brown, Biloxi, Miss.
The Stratford, Conn., native is of Dominican and Puerto Rican descent and earned a music education degree from the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music. He landed a contract with Capitol Records in 2002, but after his second album, he parted ways with the record label.
“Back when I was with Capitol, there was a push to make me someone I was not,” the 34-year-old singer recalls. “Even with my first album, I felt it was being marketed in the wrong way: strictly R&B, instead of more of a singer/songwriter vibe. I am just glad that this time around I am going to have a chance to be myself and show folks who I am.”
He says winning The Voice’s $100,000 prize and the recording contract “means everything. It is a new life. It means that I can take care of my wife and my babies [he and wife Maureen have two children, Solana, 3½, and Amaia, 2]. If this show hadn’t come along, I would have been doing something other than music to support my family.”
Colon’s album is tentatively scheduled to be released in September. Don’t be surprised if there is a collaboration with mentors Voice Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green.