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Javier Colon finds his voice after "The Voice"
Javier Colon has discovered life after "The Voice" -- and a better life as far as his artistic integrity is concerned.
The 38-year-old singer-songwriter from Connecticut won the inaugural season of the NBC music reality show in 2011. He dutifully released the major label "Come Through For You" with middling success, and he's happier to be back on his own and with a smaller company (Concord) for this year's "Gravity."
"It's a different animal, a different time," Colon says by phone while traveling between shows on the East Coast. "This album was just made in a completely different way. I was able to really just be myself, and I was given free rein to write songs and send them in and get feedback. There was just a great musical conversation and dialogue about what I wanted this album to be like, which was very exciting."
That said, Colon has no desire to disown "The Voice" or "Come Through For You."
"It was what it was," he explains. "It kind of reaffirmed my thoughts about the music business; It's not easy, regardless of having been on the show. You'd think it makes it just cake and it's gonna be awesome for the rest of your life, but it's not necessarily that way -- and I knew that going in.
"I can still say I'm very grateful for the opportunity that 'The Voice' gave me. It was awesome. I wish we had done some things differently, but the whole experienced changed my life and changed the lives of my wife and kids, and I can't not be grateful for that. I'm just glad there was a chapter after that chapter."
Colon's mission now is to give "Gravity" the best ride he can. He'll be touring "a bunch," and is looking towards tour support slots to put him in front of larger audiences, and after doing some shows in South America with Maroon5 -- whose Adam Levine was Colon's coach on "The Voice" -- he plans to re-record some of the "Gravity" songs in Spanish and build on the fan base he began to established there.
"Being I'm Latino, that's something I've always wanted to do," Colon says. "Growing up in a Hispanic household and speaking Spanish, that was really important to me. So being able to take my music in that direction, even a little bit, would be special. So we'll do that and try to get to as many people as we can worldwide and just travel and continue to spread the word."
Javier Colon and Ernie Halter
Thursday, May 5. Doors open at 8 p.m.
The Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale.
Tickets are $15.
Call 248-544-3030 or visit themagicbag.com.
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