Did you get to talk to your wife yet?
Javier: She’s here. She was here. She was around I got to give her a big hug when all was said and done and fortunately I brought my little girls out as well. My oldest whose 3 1/2 said, ‘Daddy we saw you win. We saw you win on TV.’ They were in a little holding area. It was cute.
Watch Javier duet with Stevie Nicks on “Landslide.”
Did you think you might win?
Javier: I never expected to make it to the next round. I never thought I deserved it. I just would go out and do the best I could. I, 100%, thought [Carson] was going to say Dia Frampton and she is most deserving of it. She is amazing. I think any one of us, Vicci or Beverly or Dia, we all are deserving of the title. I think we all are deserving artists in our own right. We all do different things, and I look forward to doing a tour with them, which we’re doing at the end of July.
Where were you at with your career before you auditioned for “The Voice?
Javier: It was over. Basically, before I came out to do this audition, in January I had been rejected from yet another record label that I really thought we were gonna get this one. They ended up passing. I said, ‘Okay that might be the dagger because I’ve got two little girls I have to make sure are taken care of. ‘I can’t just keep living on a dream and expecting that things are going to work out because it’s not just my wife and I anymore. I almost didn’t audition. My brother had to convince me.
What will your debut CD for Universal Republic sound like?
Javier: I think one thing that was consistent in the show was that I tried to pick songs that drew people in. I’m a songwriter and I feel as a songwriter part of our job is to be able to take people on a journey, to be able to move people emotionally. I feel that some of the best songs are songs that tell stories. I think my album is going to have a lot of those elements. There are going to be some acoustic moments, just me and a guitar, intimate, and then I’m sure we’ll have some fun stuff on there as well. But for the most part, I’m going to be coming from a singer-songwriter perspective with a soulful background.
Who will you be writing with?
Javier: Me and Adam and definitely going to get into the studio and do some things. Even Cee-Lo and I talked about doing some stuff as well.
Have you talked to the executives at Universal Republic yet and do you feel they get you?
Javier: I think they do. I think they understand who I am they know the mistakes that were made it he past with my last label [ Capitol Records] who didn’t really get who I was.
What will you do with the $100,000 prize?
Javier: I’m gonna put a dent in my school loans and maybe pay some more off on the house. Then maybe I might take my wife to a spa weekend because she so deserves it after taking care of the kids on and off without me while I was doing this.