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Javier Colon interview 

Javier Colon
Submitted by Rickard Holmgren on 2016-03-16
Javier Colon is back, this time with a more pop/rock oriented album. Take a look at what the former "The Voice" winner had to say about the new album.
1.    Hi Javier and welcome to How are you?
I'm doing well! How are you?

2.    You have been around in the music industry for a while, but could you please introduce yourself to our readers?
Absolutely! My name is Javier Colon. I am a singer-songwriter from Connecticut. I am a Concord Music Group record on artist and was the season one winner of the voice on NBC. My style is what I call "Acoustic Soul", which is a bit of Rock, Pop, R&B and even a little Country put together.

3.    What can you tell us about your new album, Gravity?
I can tell you that I love it! I'm really happy with how everything came out. I was able to make a record that I really wanted to make and I was able to be myself, which for me, is the most important thing.

4.    Listening to Gravity, it feels more diverse than your previous albums, with a song like "Walkin" has somewhat of a light country vibe over it. Is that something that you agree with?
I would totally agree with that. It is a really diverse album. I think it's because I've been influenced by a lot of difference artists in my life. Everyone from James Taylor and Sam Cooke, to Stevie Wonder and Garth Brooks.  Also, for the first time, I was given complete creative control of my own project, which was amazing. I was able to just sit down with some of my great songwriter friends and write whatever came to us. "Walking" was one of those songs and as soon as we started working on it, I knew I loved it.
It's now one of my favorite songs on the record. I wrote with a good friend, Matt Cusson who is an amazing artist/singer/songwriter himself.

5.    If you look back at your career, how much has changed if you look at your first solo album "Javier" from 2003 up until now?
Wow, just thinking of that first album brings back so many memories. I was so new to the music scene and so green but I loved being a part of it all. The business has changed in so many ways. There was a lot more money being thrown around. Recording budgets and advances were much bigger, videos were insanely expensive to make, it was just a different time. I have also changed as an artist as well. I guess "grown" as an artist would be a better word. I'm still the same person I was back then, with the same influences, I'm just free to express myself now in a way I wasn't able to then.

6.    Obviously participating, and winning, "The Voice" back in 2011 has played a big part of your later career. What can you tell us about that experience?
Winning The Voice completely changed my life. Before entering the competition, I was really close to giving up on performing all together. I had lost my earlier record deal in 2006 and had been working to find a new deal for 5 years but no one would sign me. I had ridden that wave as far as It could take me and making ends meet was becoming a lot tougher. I was ready to do something other than music to provide for my family when my former manager heard about auditions for the show. I honestly didn't want to audition. I didn't think it would be the right thing for me. My brother was the one who finally talked me into it and I decided to try out. To say it ended up working out is an understatement. I'm so grateful for that opportunity. It gave me new life in the music industry when I thought I would never have that chance again.

7.    What is, so far, the biggest moment of your career?
Winning The Voice will always be a huge turning point for me so that's the first one that comes to mind. Everything I'm doing right now is because that happened.  Opening for Maroon 5 for their South American Tour was pretty phenomenal too. Best tour I've ever been a part of.

8.    What are the biggest challenges you face as a recording artist today, in your opinion?
I think the hardest part once you're in the game is staying in the game. People aren't buying music as much as we used to which has taken its toll on the industry. Labels aren't making as much money which means artists and songwriters aren't making as much either. If you can build your fanbase to a point where you can tour the country or the world, you're in a great position. That's where artists can make their money. Unless you're really successful, you can't rely on record sales in this day and age.

9.    Who are your main influences in music?
Biggest influences have to be Stevie Wonder and James Taylor but the list is long. Brian McKnight, Sam Cooke, The Eagles, Babyface, Toto, Boys II Men, Joni Mitchell, Harry Chapin, Cat Stevens, Journey, Phil Collins, Jose Feliciano, Julio Iglesias and so many more.

10. Is there a particular song out there that you wish you had written?
There are so many songs I wish I had written. At this moment, it would have to be "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen. Such a well written song that is so hauntingly beautiful and seems to move everyone who hears it.
I love it so much I decided to put an acoustic version of it on the new album as a bonus track. I've been closing my shows with it recently and I just love it. Really wish it was mine, but it's not.

11. Have you set any "ultimate" goals with your career?
When it comes to goals, my answer has always been the same. Whether you asked me 14 years ago when I got my 1st record deal or today, my goal has always been to just still be in the conversation. If I'm still making music as a professional and taking care of my family in the process, then I am winning and I'm happy with that. Winning Grammys and other accolades would always be great, but at the end of the day, if I'm able to live my childhood dream of traveling the world and singing for people, I'll never complain about it.
 I would also love to do a Broadway show at some point when my touring schedule isn't so hectic. I've been a fan of musicals for a long time so that would be another dream come true if I could make that happen.

12. What does the nearest future hold for you?
The near future for me will be a lot of touring. At least that is the goal. With the new album coming out in April, there is a lot of promo appearances and shows that I will be doing in the coming months. I really want to make sure people know this album is coming so I will be running around like crazy trying to spread the word. I haven't done my own solo tour since 2012 so I'm excited to get out there and see fans and connect with them. It's been too long.

13. Thanks for answering the questions; do you have any final words for our readers?
Just want to send a huge thank you to all of you who have supported me and helped me get to this point in my career. I could not have done it without you. So excited to get this new music out to you and hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed creating it for you all. See you on the road soon!

Album "Gravity" is available for preorder on iTunes, Amazon and on my website. Release date April 15th.

Thanks for the questions and hope to talk soon.