Singer fills venue with students, acoustic melodies

R&B artist Javier satirizes a country music song during his performance April 21.  Megan Myer /Online editor

R&B artist Javier satirizes a country music song during his performance April 21. Megan Myer /Online editor

R&B artist Javier returned to Linfield on April 21 for a Professional Cat Cab sponsored by the Linfield Activities Board.

Like his first Cat Cab two years ago, the event was popular. Even with the addition of extra chairs, some students stood or sat on the floor or gathered on the balcony.

Javier performed a collection of new and old songs, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar. He also included a few popular country songs and encouraged the audience to sing along. He told the audience that he has come to enjoy country music because it is the last genre that supports storytelling, and he thinks of himself as a storyteller.

“I think that music can express emotions better than just spoken words. People can connect to music, and you can really hear emotions,” he said.

Javier said that he liked singing from an early age and that he has always been interested in music.

“My dad liked to play the radio,” he said. “We always had a radio playing in the house. I think it was around seventh grade that I realized I really liked singing, but even before that, I would sing around the house.”

Javier is recognized as one of the most versatile R&B artists of the times, mixing pop, hip-hop, neo-soul and acoustic sounds into his music.

“I liked listening to a lot of different stuff when I was a kid,” he said. “I just love everything, and just from listening, I got to appreciate all these different styles of music.”

He is scheduled to appear on NBC’s new reality talent show “The Voice” when the show premiers on April 26. He talked enthusiastically about the audition and encouraged audience members to watch the show.

“It was an extremely nerve-wracking audition, but it was exciting,” he told the audience. “It’s weird to see myself on TV because they didn’t tell me they were using my audition in commercials for this new show.”

A native of Connecticut, Javier Colon attended the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music, where he graduated with a degree in Music Education in 2000. After performing with two other bands, Javier began a solo career in 2002, according to his website.

Javier’s music attracted the attention of Capitol Records, and he released his debut album in 2003. Three years
later, Javier released his sophomore album, “Left of Center.”

His third album, a collection of acoustic songs titled “The Truth-Acoustic – EP,” was released in 2010. The album is meant to reflect how the sound of his music has changed over the years. Javier writes on cdbaby.com that a fourth album, titled “Ok… Here’s the Truth,” will be released this year.


Sharon Gollery/For the Review
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