Javier Colon: 5 Things To Know About ‘The Voice’ Winner
After shedding tears of joy as the first winner of NBC’s “The Voice” Wednesday night, Javier Colon hugged host Carson Daly, coach Adam Levine, fellow finalists Dia Frampton, Beverly McClellan and Vicci Martinez, and then, finally, his wife and two daughters.
“My oldest, who’s 3½, said, ‘Daddy! Daddy! We saw you win on TV!'” Colon told reporters proudly. “They were in a holding area and she said, ‘We saw you win on TV, Daddy!’ ‘Yeah, baby, Daddy won.'”
Colon landed a recording contract with Universal Republic Records, $100,000 and a starring spot on the inaugural “Voice” tour, but remained humble, saying he had expected Team Blake’s “amazing” Frampton to win.
“I have a tendency to always keep my expectations low,” he admitted. “It’s been my natural protection, I guess.”
As Colon said on the eve of the finale, “I’ve been at this a long time, and it wears on you when you keep getting doors shut in your face, and you keep getting told you are not good enough to get another record deal and they decide not to, quote-unquote, waste their time on you. So this (opportunity) is amazing.”
Here are a few more things to know about Colon:
1. He found his voice
Colon started in the business singing lead for funk band EmCQ, then found his rock roots with the Derek Trucks Band. He went solo on Capitol Records in 2003, scoring a Billboard Hot 100 single called “Crazy,” but his follow-up efforts weren’t as successful. Now, he says, Universal Republic Records “understand who I am … an opinionated guy. (And) it’s going to be awesome.”