By Ivory Jeff Clinton Cynthia Wang Sharon Cotliar Chuck Arnold and Jessica Herndon
Updated July 18, 2011 12:00 PM

>Six months ago, after being rejected by yet another record label, JAVIER COLON, 34, was ready to bail on his pop-star dreams and go into teaching to support his wife and two girls (Solana, 3½, and Amaia, 22 months). Good thing his brother told him to try out for The Voice: Fans voted Colón the NBC show’s first champ June 29. “It feels amazing,” says the West Hartford, Conn., resident. Now with a record deal, $100,000 and a No. 1 iTunes single, “Stitch by Stitch,” the avid golfer says his upcoming album will be “soulful” and may feature coaches Adam Levine (his Voice adviser) and Cee Lo Green. Says Colón: “There’s a lot of good things in my future.”