Is it any surprise that Javier Colon and Vicci Martinez made it into the finals on The Voice? Well, it may be for them (“I can only control what comes out of my mouth, and if I go home tomorrow, at least I know I’ll go home having sung a song that means something to me,” Colon told LA TV Insider Examiner after his performance in the semi-finals just last night), but it wasn’t for us! These two have been coaches’ and fellow contestants’ early favorites from the initial auditions, and the producers knew innately that would resonate with the audience. Their stories were crafted, allowing us a little bit more of back story each week, unraveling the personality along with the artistry.
And what seems to be the common thread between them is that, either through the universe or a sense of fate and destiny, they both believe in things happening for a reason and being positive to breed positive results.
Check out what Javier Colon and Vicci Martinez had to say about this in their own words in our video chat to the left.
Each week the iTunes for both Martinez and Colon roll in. Colon’s Coldplay cover from the semi-finals shot up to #7– and with downloads counting as votes, that should have told you something about his standing in the competition right there. Both contestants released albums on the digital media site prior to coming on The Voice, and those are now seeing surges in sales, too, as new fans who found them thanks to NBC are going back and hoarding anything and everything they can get their hands on from before they were stars. Naturally, it’s something both contestants welcome because more than any cover, singing someone else’s words, their original music tells fans who they truly are and what they have to say.
“There’s a lot of stuff about me being a father, you know, me being a family guy,” Colon said.
His acoustic EP called “The Truth” has songs for his wife and his young daughters, which are very specific to his life, and which he admitted he usually can’t perform live because he just breaks down in tears and ends up unable to finish the song. That is something he will probably have to push through now, though, as material with such personal connection and emotional heft is bound to be the number one request by fans who head out to see him tour.
But the mark of a great artist is being able to draw from personal experience and create a song that is universally relatable, as well. Both Martinez and Colon have not only done that but also done so in a way that inspires and uplifts.
“There’s a song called “Enjoy The Ride” [that I released] and it’s what I’m living by right now. The reason I wrote it is because I wanted to promise myself to enjoy the moment, you know, before all of this happened– this was a while ago– and it’s changed my life,” Martinez shared.
“There are so many things that can bring us down, but you have to just get up and keep moving. And I feel like changing that perspective also helps to attract what you do want.”
Colon echoed a similar sentiment of destiny: “One song, for example, is called “Meant To Be,” which is about me being a kid and wondering if I’m ever going to have the chance to do what I’m getting to do now. And it just talks about that I believe what is meant to be is meant to be, and that’s just how it goes. You know, I really live my life that way, and I think what’s going to happen is going to happen.”
And it is certainly meant to be that both Martinez and Colon become stars, regardless of who actually takes the title of the first winner of The Voice! We can’t wait to see what they deliver next and will be first in line to see them perform, whether its at a local bar, a small music hall, or the Staples Center!
Is either Colon or Martinez your favorite to win The Voice? Make sure you tune in live next Tuesday, June 28th for the final performances and your chance to vote to crown the winner!
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