Javier Colon, winner of the first season of NBC’s The Voice, appeared on campus on Jan. 18 to perform a solo acoustic act in the Page Theatre. The singer-songwriter, who was coached by Adam Levine in 2011 for the show, played a mix of covers, earlier work, and songs from his upcoming album, Gravity, to reveal his unique blend of acoustic soul.
Fans since Colon’s days on The Voice, junior Rachel Mohs and senior Allie Warmka gushed with anticipation before the show as they waited to be seated in front of the contestant they had watched rise to stardom on TV. “I got to take a picture with him already. He is a super down-to-earth guy and an amazing singer,” Warmka said.
The event was organized by the Student Activities Committee and was free to all students. Only the weather put a damper on the evening. Taking on a conversational tone with the intimate audience, Colon took time to joke about the harsh Minnesota cold. He also explained the motivation behind his songs and told a story of his time touring with Maroon 5 in between songs.
The events during the Maroon 5 tour led him to integrate an interactive opportunity with the audience during one of his songs, which he shared with the Saint Mary’s community. A brief practice of repeat-after-me readied the audience to take part in the performance by singing an “oh-ah-oh” melody alongside Colon singing the chorus of the song.
The audience joins in singing with Javier Colon.
Video by Sami Johnston
“He is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. He should be the most famous person on the earth for how much talent he has,” said Lance Thompson, director of Student Activities. At the end of the hour-long show, Colon offered to take pictures and sign autographs in the Ben Miller Lobby.
“Every time I hear him sing my heart melts,” said Mohs, smiling from ear to ear as she waited in line to meet him after the show. Colon had finished his fifth act in six days, but was more than willing to discuss his experience at Saint Mary’s and what fans can expect on his new CD.
Javier Colon signed autographs in the Ben Miller Lobby after his performance.
Photo by Office of Student Activities
“I had a great time here at Saint Mary’s! It was a little chilly, but it was great. There’s a lot of warmth inside, a lot of love. The crowd was awesome and I can’t wait to come back!” Colon said. “The next album is called Gravity. It comes out on April 15 on Concord Music Group. What folks can look forward to is a mix of different stuff. There’s a little bit of R&B in there, there’s a little bit of acoustic folk, there’s a little bit of rock in there, there’s a little bit of everything. Everything from a Stevie Wonder sound to a John Mayer sound and all in between so hopefully there’s something for everybody.”