Javier Colon took America by storm when he won the inaugural season of NBC’s hit show The Voice in 2011, kicking off a cultural television phenomenon that changed his life in the process.
But before being introduced to tens of millions of viewers on national TV, the talented singer-songwriter-guitarist honed his craft for years in hopes of gaining recognition. Then the euphoria of being crowned The Voice champion finally came, and with it he was awarded a record deal with Universal Records. In time Colon found himself at creative odds with Universal, which prompted him to search out a record label that would support a more authentic version of his work, while appreciating his unique brand of personally-charged music he dubs “acoustic soul”.
“[The Voice] was the greatest thing that could have happened to me, and the experience gave me the confidence to fight to be my real self musically,” Colon notes. “…It didn't work out [with Universal]. But that's OK, I'm a firm believer in everything happening for a reason.”
While Colon notes there is no comparison between the plight of a musician and the struggles of the homeless, the Connecticut native understands through his own personal journey the immense importance of having proper support.
“When you’re trying to find your path in life it can be difficult. Sometimes that path is not always apparent, and an extended hand may never come. But it eventually did come for me. But to get to where I wanted to go, it was only made possible by people on the other side willing to recognize potential in another human, and have a burning desire to see them thrive.”
“I’m fortunate in that regard, that I found people who believed in me,” recounts Colon. “So I understand the tremendous value of having a proper support system to help someone realize their potential. That’s why I’m truly honored to be a part of the mission to end homelessness in Connecticut. It’s because of the incredible work of people on the ground level, their persistence, that homelessness numbers are dropping in Connecticut. These individuals are making a huge difference in people’s lives, and nobody in life gets to where they want to go without support, which is why I want to help this mission succeed.”
The 13th Annual Reaching Home Housing Awards Dinner will be held Thursday, June 14th at Anthony’s Ocean View in New Haven from 5:00 pm – 8:45 pm. The event honors the accomplishments of individuals and organizations working hard to prevent and end homelessness in the state of Connecticut, as well as presenting stories of triumph from tenants and those who have successfully received support and graduated from supportive housing and onto personal and economic success.
The evening is presented by the Partnership for Strong Communities, a Hartford-based nonprofit whose mission is to end homelessness, expand affordable housing options, and to create strong communities in Connecticut.
“This is our flagship event and celebration of those working hard to end homelessness,” said Alicia Woodsby, Executive Director at the Partnership. “We’re thrilled to have Javier performing, and look forward to a tremendous evening to help further our mission.”
The event features a social hour, spectacular ocean views, Youth Action Hub’s PhotoVoice exhibit, awards presentations, stories of impact, a national keynote speaker and former Obama Administration appointee Rafael Lopez, and a LIVE musical performance by Colon, whose critically acclaimed album Gravity is available in stores and for download now.
“I’m thrilled,” said Colon of the opportunity to help in the fight against homelessness. “I hope we can raise some money along the way. One thing’s for sure – it will be a night to remember.”
For more on Javier Colon and his music please visit javiercolon.com
For more information, to order tickets, or to sponsor the 13th Annual Reaching Home Housing Awards Dinner please visit pschousing.org/2018-Dinner-Awards
General contributions to the Partnership are encouraged and welcome as well.
Mark Walerysiak Jr.
Communications & Development
Partnership for Strong Communities