Before launching a solo career, Javier Colon logged two years as lead vocalist of the Derek Trucks Band. He joined the group several weeks after graduating from the University of Hartford, where he performed with a local funk band and played coffeehouse gigs as a solo act. While opening a show for the band Soulive, he impressed guitarist Eric Krasno, who suggested Colon try out for Derek Trucks’ group. Colon auditioned for Trucks during his final semester of college, got the gig, and hit the road in August 2000. When he left the lineup two years later, he’d already recorded some demos on his own, which helped him score a solo contract with Capitol Records.