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The Voice Winner Javier Colon Returns to the Hit NBC Show 4/13, as Live, On-Air Visit with Carson Daly is Confirmed; New Concord CD is Set for 4/15
(Published: April 12, 2016)

For Immediate Release                                                                                                   
April 8, 2016

The Voice Winner Javier Colon Returns to the Hit NBC Show 4/13, as Live, On-Air Visit with Carson Daly is Confirmed; New Concord CD is Set for 4/15

Interviews, Reviews, TV Appearances and Song Premieres Precede ‘Gravity' Album Release; Major U.S. Tour is Confirmed  

Acclaimed singer/songwriter/guitarist Javier Colon will celebrate the release of his 4/15 Concord album ‘Gravity' with a 4/13 visit to NBC's Emmy Award Winning The Voice (where he was named winner of its inaugural season). Colon will chat live, on-air with Carson Daly. The Voice Coach Adam Levine recently named Colon as his "all time favorite blind audition," throughout the show's ten seasons. 

Via interviews, album reviews, song premieres, TV appearances and more (some samples/links, below,) Colon previews his acoustic-textured blend of pop, rock and R&B. On ‘Gravity', his fourth album and his first for Concord Records, he delivers a mix of gorgeous uptempo and midtempo tunes that recall George Michael's ‘Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1'.  Known for his soulful voice and commanding stage presence, Colon has confirmed a major U.S. tour, with dates below. His new music video, for the album's title track, premiered via Huffington Post, and may be seen here: http://smarturl.it/GrvtyVevo

Javier Colon ‘GRAVITY' tour (schedule subject to change):
April 23: Vinyl - Atlanta
April 25: Jammin Java - Vienna, VA
April 26: World Café Live - Philadelphia. PA
April 28: Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT
April 29: Le Poisson Rouge - New York
April 30: The Palladium - Carmel, IN
May 3: Space - Evanston, IL
May 4: Rams Head on Stage - Annapolis, MD
May 5: The Magic Bag Theater - Ferndale, MI
May 10: Music Box Theater - San Diego, CA
May 11: Coach House - San Juan Capistrano, CA
May 12: The Mint - Los Angeles, CA
May 16: Mississippi Studios - Portland, OR
June 10: Music Box Supper Club - Cleveland, OH
June 11: Brick and Mortar Music Hall - San Francisco, CA
Ticket links and tour updates, here: http://javiercolon.com/tour-dates/

TV GUIDE - THE VOICE - BEST BLIND AUDITIONS OF ALL TIME! http://www.tvguide.com/news/the-voice-the-best-blind-auditions-of-all-time/?ftag=twtrsoshares

CT STYLE TV - WTNH Performance and interview:

BETTER CONNECTICUT TV - Co-hosting, interview, performance:

MEDLEYVILLE.us - Interview feature -
CLEARING THE AIR - Javier Colon explores creative freedom on new label
4/5/16 By Chris Junior  http://medleyville.us/04-2016_clearing-the-air_javier-colon_feature/

It was anything but a no-brainer.
When auditions were taking place for the first season of NBC's The Voice, singer Javier Colon originally had no interest in giving it the old college try.
With two solo albums on Capitol Records under his belt, Colon, a onetime member of the Derek Trucks Band, believed that finding a record deal the old fashioned way would happen for him again.
But he'd been trying for almost five years to get that second shot. Then one day his manager sent an e-mail with information about auditioning for The Voice along with YouTube links showing the hit Dutch version of the series.
"It looked really cool," Colon admits, "but I still wasn't sure if I should audition. Every single friend I knew told me that I absolutely had to audition."
The turning point came the day before the tryout, when Colon's brother asked him: What do you have going on right now that makes you think you can miss an opportunity like this?
"He was right," Colon says. "I had nothing going on. I had no shows on the books, no labels waiting to sign me and a family that was counting on me to provide for them."
Colon went to the audition in New York the following day. Flash forward to late June 2011: In the finale of the first Voice season , there was a victorious Colon, under a snowstorm of confetti, accepting a congratulatory hug from show judge and his chosen coach, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine.
With the win, Colon finally landed that second label deal, but his time with Universal Republic didn't last long or turn out like he wished. Leading up to the release of Come Through for You in late 2011, Colon says he expected to have the full support of the label - "to visit a ton of radio stations and do everything we could to spread the word and let people know that the record was coming. It just didn't happen that way. They tried in some areas, and I was grateful for that. There were, however, other times where I felt so much more could be done."
After parting ways with Universal Republic, Colon considered releasing an album on his own. That thought vanished once Colon's new manager approached Concord Records on his behalf.
"From the first meeting I had with [Concord A&R executive] John Burk, I knew this time would be different - and it was," Colon says. "John understood, right away, who I was as an artist and the music I wanted to make. Instead of trying to change me into something I'm not, he embraced who I am and helped me create the album that I've always wanted to make."
In September 2014, after he'd signed with Concord, Colon got down to writing the bulk of his latest solo effort, Gravity, which is due April 15. (Two days prior, Colon will appear on The Voice.)
"There's a little bit of rock, pop, R&B, country and acoustic elements in Gravity that give the listener a true idea of my musical influences and give them insight into who I am as an artist," Colon says. "What makes this album different [from my past efforts] is how it was created. The creative freedom I had while recording it was like no other record I've made. I feel it's the best representation of my sound to date, and I'm really proud of how it came out.
"Now that the recording process is over," he adds, "I'm really excited to tour and get the new music out to people, but I honestly can't wait to make another record."

RECORD-JOURNAL (Meriden, CT) - CD Review - Javier Colon Defies ‘Gravity'
By Jim Pasinski 3/28/16

The winner of the inaugural season of NBC's "The Voice," Javier Colon is releasing his new full-length album titled "Gravity." It will be released on April 15th through the Concord Music Group and he will be returning to "The Voice" on April 13th during a live episode. His new album features thirteen-s0ngs, beginning with the up-tempo soulful pop of "Close To You." His voice soars during the R&B flavor of "Clear The Air" and he brings along the choir for the uplifting sounds of "Giant." He soothes your worries with the gentle touch of "My Perspective" and then lifts your spirits with the soulfulness of "Say." The jazzy duet of "For A Reason" and folk/rock appeal of "It Don't Matter To The Sun" showcases the many different avenues for Javier Colon to follow with his soulful voice. The album finishes with the pop gem "Never Know," which should find its way up the single chart and the quiet, acoustic closer "Walkin' Blind." To find out more about Javier Colon and his latest release "Gravity," please visit javiercolon.com .

MELODIC.net - Interview feature
By Rickard Holmgren 3/16/16

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 Melodic.net. 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.

For fans of The Voice, here's Javier's spectacular live performance of ‘Time After Time':

Other recent coverage follows:
HUFFINGTON POST  Exclusive Video Premiere - ‘Gravity' 2/19/16 By Mike Ragogna  READ THE ARTICLE, HERE:

ELMORE MAGAZINE - Exclusive Song Premiere - ‘Never Know'  2/12/16

AXS/EXAMINER - INTERVIEW FEATURE and Exclusive Song Premiere for ‘Giant'
http://www.axs.com/exclusive-q-a-javier-colon-talks-gravity-the-voice-77048 By Laurie Fanelli - 2/24/2106

As referenced above, Adam Levine named Colon as his "all time favorite blind audition" for The Voice of all ten seasons, via this Yahoo Music interview:  https://www.yahoo.com/music/exclusive-voice-coaches-reveal-their-top-162505360.html
Here is a recent live performance on The Meredith Vieira Show, supporting Grammy nominee Jimmy Greene:

More About Javier Colon's ‘Gravity':
"I got together with some good songwriters and musicians, and we just let it flow," states Colon. "I wanted to make an album where I could be free to be myself, with no walls or boundaries. I wanted the freedom to be myself musically, which is really all I've ever wanted, and I was surrounded by people who encouraged me to do that."
Indeed, the 13-song album, on which Colon wrote or co-wrote all but three songs, marks a creative milestone for the artist. Such musically compelling, emotionally resonant tunes as "For A Reason," "Clear the Air," "Walking Blind" and the memorable title track demonstrate the breadth of his talents, matching his distinctly expressive voice with irresistible melodies, insightful lyrics and Colon's own distinctive acoustic guitar work, which sets the tone for the album's spacious instrumental arrangements.

Concord's Media Kit is here, and includes bio, photos, audio samples and more: http://mediakits-showcase.concordmusicgroup.com/p/gravity/

iTunes: http://smarturl.it/JavierGravityiT
Signed CD: http://smarturl.it/JavierD2C
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/JavierGravityAMZ

More Information: http://www.javiercolon.com

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