Javier Colon, winner of NBC's "The Voice" television show comes to Trinity College March 4th, 2014
At 10:50 am, Colon will discuss his career in The Business of Music, a new course taught by Visiting Lecturer of Music and local jazz musician Jen Allen.
At 12:10 pm, Colon will provide a summary of his experiences to-date, and work with students to help find their voice through song. Colon will be accompanied by Jen Allen on piano and Trinity music professor Eric Galm on percussion.
Both events are free and open to the public, and food will be served.
Javier Colon has a lot of heart. In fact, that heart is precisely why he captivated America as winner of the inaugural season of NBC's hit television show, The Voice. It's why he never gave up on his dream of a career in music even in the face of numerous setbacks and what seemed like endless adversity. It's why every time he writes a song, it strikes a chord.
Colon is no stranger to the music business. After touring with The Derek Trucks Band for two years, he released two major label albums via Capital Records. Both releases illustrated a daring creativity that expanded beyond the confines of pop music, while still retaining an undeniable sense of melody. He already began to stand out as he carved the foundation for his self-dubbed, "acoustic soul" style.
Colon eventually split with Capitol and released The Truth, an Acoustic EP on his own label, Javier Colon Music, in 2010. After a decade, in a sense, he'd seen it all and could've thrown in the towel. Notified of the chance to audition for The Voice in early 2011, Colon took the opportunity. Whether he was performing "Landslide" with Stevie Nicks, or his fan favorite acoustic rendition of Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time," the performer captured the hearts of millions.
Colon has been up for it since he first discovered music as a kid growing up in Connecticut. His father was a DJ at a local radio station, he recalls. "With encouragement from my mom and a few teachers, I started performing at school. After that, I wanted to be all over anything that had to do with music." Colon isn't simply following anyone else's path either; he's making his own way. "My influences range from James Taylor to James Brown," Colon adds. "I approach pop from a singer-songwriter's perspective, and I try to infuse soul into that style.