The Voice makes no bones about the fact that many of their contestants have been struggling in the music business for years. Javier Colon, who was crowned winner of the NBC competition reality show last night, is exhibit A.
Javier recorded two albums with Capitol records–Javier in 2003 and Left of Center 2006–before he was dropped by the label.
As winner of The Voice, he gets a $100K prize and a brand-new deal with Universal Republic, but lets take a little trip back to 2003, when Javier stopped by the VH1 offices to promote his debut.
Check out his single “Crazy” and a cover of “Use Me”. Both reveal a smooth, jazzy neo-soul style that was a tad bit out of date by 2003–probably one of the reasons why he didn’t hit it big back then.
It’ll be interesting to see what kind of music Javier and his team produce in 2011.
Use Me – Bill Withers Cover
Crazy – Single