July 1st, 2011 14:59 EST
The Voice's Javier Colon Talks About His Win
The vote separating the winner of The Voice from the runner-up was only a slim margin of 2 percent. And, on iTunes, which counted for a portion of the vote, Dia Frampton had the No. 1 downloaded song, with Javier Colon coming in second place.
But when all the votes were counted, host Carson Daly announced that Javier had squeaked past Dia, making him the first-ever winner of the hit NBC singing competition.
"At that moment, I was expecting Carson to say, `And the winner of The Voice is Dia Frampton,`" Colon told reporters in a conference call, following his win. "I have been through so much in the business. I have a habit of having very low or no expectations."
That "so much" he is referring to is a contract with Capitol Records that just didn`t work out.
"Back when I was with Capitol, there was a push to make me someone I was not," the 34-year-old from West Hartford, CT says. "Even with my first album... I was happy with a lot of songs " I felt it was being marketed in the wrong way: strictly R&B, instead of more of a singer/songwriter vibe. I am just glad that this time around I am going to have a chance to be myself and show folks who I am."
Who Colon is is more in the pop vein. He says his new album, which is targeted for a September release, is going to be a mixture.
"I am a singer/songwriter at heart, he says. "It is going to be in more in the genre of pop. A cross between James Taylor meets Maxwell meets John Mayer thing.
But first, Colon and the other seven semifinalists will be heading out on tour.
"We don`t know what the format is going to be," Colon admits. "There are going to be some duets with each other, some songs from the show and songs you haven`t heard us perform yet."
Winning The Voice is making it possible for the father of two -- daughters Solana, 3-1/2, and Amaia, 22 months " to live his dream and he is grateful.
"The family thing is the biggest piece of me," the 34-year-old from West Hartford, CT says. "Family always comes first. I have a beautiful wife and two little girls. They are the reason I live and breathe and why it was so important to get my career going. If this show hadn`t come along, I would have been doing something other than music to support my family. The income wasn`t enough."
The Voice Live On Tour Dates include:
July 27th - Gibson Amphitheatre (Los Angeles, CA)
July 30th - MGM Grand Garden Arena (Las Vegas, NV)
Aug 2nd - Rosemont Theatre (Chicago, Il)
Aug 4th - Bank of America Pavilion (Boston, MA)
Aug 5th - Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre (Wallingford, CT)
Aug 6th - Beacon Theatre (New York, NY)