It's been exactly a year since Connecticut resident and graduate Javier Colon was named " and since then his life has been a whirlwind.
"The last year has been absolutely crazy," said Colon, who has been writing, recording, and now is busy touring.
This week he will perform in Washington, D.C. in "A Capitol Fourth," the annual 4th of July celebration held on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol., along with Matthew Broderick, Phillip Phillips, Megan Hilty, Tom Bergeron, Josh Turner, and Apolo Anton Ohno.
Colon will also be at Mohegan Sun this Sunday, and at Infinity Music Hall in Norfolk, CT, on July 8. (Click here for a full schedule of Colon's upcoming performances.)
After winning on the NBC show last June, Colon was given a recording contract. He released an album, "Come Through for You," in November, and said he is really happy with it.
One of the year's highlights came last September, when he performed in a Stevie Wonder Tribute concert, a fundraiser for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. "It was me, Darius Rucker, and Michael McDonald singing Stevie Wonder's songs. Then [Stevie] came up and sang with us. It was something I'll never forget," said Colon.
Colon also got to participate in the Rockefeller Center tree lighting.
Ever since he won Colon has been asked when he plans to move his family to L.A. to further his career as a singer-songwriter. "We're not planning on leaving," says Colon, who lives in West Hartford with his wife and two young daughters.
He's been opening for Maroon 5, and will spend a few weeks on their South American concert tour. He's also performing a bit closer to home – Boston, and Playland Park in Rye, NY – with Gavin DeGraw and Colbie Callait.
But even with all this touring, Colon spends as much time as possible back home in West Hartford. "Lately it's been split, but I do spend a great amount of time at home. Family is always going to be first," said Colon, who tries to catch the latest possible flights out of town and often returns on the red eye.
Sometimes his family travels with him, but most would agree with Colon's statement that "shows are not always conducive to the plans of a two- and four-year-old." He said that he and his wife have a "pretty good routine" with the kids, and they try to stick to it as much as possible.
Later this year, when his tour schedule slows down, Colon said he will probably get back into the studio and start recording. He's already working on a new song at home. He said he's parting ways with Universal Republic Records, the company he was contracted with after winning "The Voice."
"I'm looking forward to the future. It looks very different than it did just over a year ago," Colon said. Back then, he said, "I didn't think it would be good, but now it's much better – stable – even though nothing in the music business is really ever stable."