Javier Colon (at times Javier Colón, born 1978) is an American
singer and songwriter of Dominican and Puerto Rican origin, born
in Stratford, Connecticut. He has referred to his style of music
as being "acoustic soul." He was a member of EmcQ, The
Derek Trucks Band and worked with many musicians before going solo.
From 2002 to 2006, he was signed to Capitol Records, known as artist
Javier. But in 2006, the contract was terminated and Javier Colon
became an independent artist with his own label, Javier Colon Music.
In 2011, he was the winner of the inaugural season of the U.S. television
show on NBC, The Voice, receiving $100,000 and signing a recording
contract with Universal Republic Records.
Colon was Born in Stratford, Connecticut, the son of a Dominican
father and Puerto Rican mother,. His father worked in a radio
station. He went to High School in Stratford, Connecticut, where
he started writing songs. Then he pursued a degree in music education
from the University of Hartford's Hartt School. While studying, Javier
also performed as vocalist and percussionist in EmcQ, a soul/funk
band led by lead guitarist Ian McHugh and mainly dedicated to the
legacy of Stevie Wonder.
When EmcQ opened a show for the soul-jazz trio Soulive, the group's
guitarist, Eric Krasno, was impressed by Javier's vocals and recommended
him to his friend Derek Trucks, who he knew was looking for a lead
vocalist for The Derek Trucks Band. Following his college graduation
and a successful audition in July 2000, Javier joined the band in
After touring with the band for nearly two years, Javier, then 24
years old, left the band in April 2002 to pursue a solo career,
having been signed by Capitol Records. He went on to release two
albums with Capitol Records, the first the self-titled Javier in
2003, and the second entitled Left of Center in 2006.
Since parting ways with Capitol Records, Javier has performed with
such diverse acts as Joss Stone, Darius Rucker, the Indigo Girls,
Stevie Nicks, Adam Levine, and Anthony Hamilton, and recorded
an EP on his own label, Javier Colon Music. On stage, Javier's
primary instruments are steel and nylon stringed acoustic guitars
by Larrivée (guitar company) and Taylor Guitars.[citation
needed] In 2009 he was featured as singer and songwriter for song, "October
Sky", on Vanessa Williams's vocal album, The Real Thing.
Javier  (2003)
On August 5, 2003 - Javier released his debut album, self-titled
album on Capitol Records. His first single, entitled "Crazy",
debuted at #95 on Billboard Hot 100 and reached #42 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop
Songs chart. The second single, "Beautiful U R", did
not have the same commercial success as his first release. The album
reached #91 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and #18 on the R&B/Hip-Hop
Albums chart. Javier consisted of mainly R&B songs, with a mixture
of other genres such as Jazz and Funk, as well as a little influence
of Javier's Latin roots. After the release, Javier's music style
drew comparisons to the likes of Brian McKnight, Babyface, and Kenny
Lattimore. Pianist Mulgrew Miller and trumpeter
Roy Hargrove both performed on the final track "October Sky," the
only featured artists to appear on the album.
Left of Center  (2006)
On March 7, 2006 - Three years after his self-titled debut, Javier
released his second album Left of Center. The album title was
used to demonstrate that Javier was not like the rest of the present
Contemporary R&B artists. Javier did keep to his main R&B/Neo-soul
genre, but again mixed in other styles and genres. Three singles
from album were released: "Indecent Proposal", "Dance
for Me", and "The Answer is Yes". None of them had
any major success, and the album only reached #37 on Billboard's
R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Like Javier, Left of Center had minimal
artist features, namely just fellow R&B artist Anthony Hamilton
who appeared on the song "Count On Me". Although the album
was not successful commercially, multiple reviews praised Javier
for his unique style and willingness to do his own thing.[citation
The Truth-Acoustic - EP  (2010)
On August 3, 2010 - This six-song EP entitled "The Truth" 
was released on Javier's own label. In the Album Notes for the EP
at CD Baby, Javier is quoted as saying, "The Truth-Acoustic
EP is part 1 of a larger project that I've been working on for over
3 years. I've taken a few songs that will be on my upcoming album
Ok... Here's The Truth  and recorded them acoustically for this
 The Voice
Beginning on April 26, 2011, Javier Colon  appeared as a contestant
on NBC's reality talent show The Voice. The show, produced by John
de Mol and Mark Burnett, features a group of contestants competing
for a $100,000 grand prize and a Universal Republic recording contract.
On the first show, Javier sang the Cyndi Lauper classic "Time
After Time". All four judges, Adam Levine, Cee-Lo Green,
Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera, opted to take him as one of
their finalists, with both Levine and Shelton giving him a standing
ovation. He was the only contestant in blind auditions stage besides
Jeff Jenkins to win all four judges. As judge Shelton was very late
in hitting his "I Want You" button, despite urging by the
other judges, show host Carson Daly jokingly said, "Oh Blake,
you're an idiot!"
In comments, Cee Lo Green called him a "soul brother" and
said "it was perfect". Levine added: "It was so perfect,
it was so tasteful too.. I wanna win this (expletive), so I really
need, really need for you to pick me..." Blake added: "I'm
clearly over my head here... and I'm already a fan of yours already".
Javier eventually chose Adam Levine as his coach/mentor.
On May 17, 2011, in the Battle Round (the Final 32), Javier's coach
Adam Levine put him against Angela Wolff choosing that they both
sing "Stand By Me". originally by Ben E. King. As a
result, Levine picked him to continue in the show in the live shows,
as part of the Final 16.
On June 14, 2011, Javier Colon sang Sarah McLachlan's song "Angel".
On June 21, 2011, Javier Colon sang Coldplay's "Fix You".
The judges and the audience seemed to be thrilled that he took his
signature hat off. Colon's coach, Adam Levine, said "You are
the real deal. Competition or no, you have one of the best voices
I've ever heard, ever!"
On June 22, 2011, Javier Colon advanced in the competition by accumulating
the highest score on Team Adam. The highest score was determined
by coach Adam Levine's score in combination with all America's votes.
He beat out fellow team member Casey Weston to move on in the music
On June 24, 2011, Javier Colon and the rest of The Voice "Final
Four" contestants appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
During each commercial break each contestant sang a song that he
or she had previously performed on The Voice. During one of the commercial
breaks, Javier sang "Time After Time". At the end of the
broadcast, The Voice "Final Four" joined in song and performed
The Beatles song "Come Together".
On June 28, 2011, Javier Colon sang an original song titled "Stitch
by Stitch". The song was produced by himself, his coach
Adam Levine and Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins. Later in the
show Javier and his coach Adam Levine performed a cover together
of "Man In the Mirror" by Michael Jackson.
On June 29, 2011, Javier Colon and Stevie Nicks performed "Landslide" together.
At the end of the show, the voting results were announced. With more
votes than any other contestant, Javier Colon won the first season
of NBC's "The Voice", receiving $100,000 in cash and a
Universal Republic recording contract.
Year Album title and details Chart positions
2003 Javier 
Label: Capitol Records
2006 Left of Center 
Label: Capitol Records
 Extended plays
Year Album title and details
2010 The Truth - Acoustic EP 
Label: Javier Colon Music
Format: EP, digital download
Year Single Peak positions Album
2003 "Crazy"  95  42 — Javier 
Beautiful U R" — — —
2006 "Indecent Proposal" — — — Left
Dance For Me" — — —
The Answer Is Yes" — — —
2011 "Time After Time" 65 — 33 Non-album releases
by The Voice
Stand By Me" (With Angela Wolff) — — —
Angel" 64 — 18
Fix You" 52 — 16
Stitch by Stitch" 17  57 28
N/A The Voice (U.S. TV series) Winner
2011 Succeeded by
N/A The Voice (U.S. TV series) Winner's song
Stitch by Stitch"
2011 Succeeded by
 TV Appearances
Date Show Notes
June 2011 "The Voice (U.S. TV series)" Contestant
June 2011 "Real Magic TV"  Interview, Magic and Performance
 Awards and nominations
Year Presenter Award Result
2011 2011 Teen Choice Awards Breakout Artist Nominated