Javier Colon will be channeling a different voice very soon.
The Voice‘s first winner will soon play legendary singer Ray Charles in an upcoming role on The Playboy Club, executive producer Chad Hodge confirmed to E! News.
So which one of Ray’s songs will he be belting out?
The $100,000 prize winner will croon “Let the Good Times Roll” in The Playboy Club‘s sixth episode.
It’s going to be a music-filled series, with the show casting many singers to play legendary ’60s crooners. Hodge said that along with Colon, Raphael Saadiq will play Sam Cooke and sing “Having a Party,” while Colbie Caillat covers “It’s My Party” as Lesley Gore.
Producers on the series are still searching for singers to play James Brown, Roy Orbison, Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra.
“Every episode we have someone new, so it’s going to be really exciting,” Hodge told us, adding, “I love music so much, and it’s a huge part of what I spend my time doing on the show. I love it.”
Reminiscent of Ally McBeal‘s resident lounge singer, Hodge said, “We were going to have Cy Coleman in the original pilot and have him in every episode…I kept saying we need our Vonda Shepard.”
For now, revealed Hodge, the club features its own ’60s-style “house girl group,” to perform every few episodes. “In the first episode after the pilot they perform ‘Walk Like a Man,’ and they’re phenomenal,” says the executive producer. “They’re about do another Frankie Valli song, ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry,’ in the episode we start shooting on Tuesday.”
In Monday’s series premiere, Karen LeBlanc plays Tina Turner. Taking a tip from Glee, songs recorded for the show will be up for sale on the Friday before Monday’s airing. “Two songs went up on the iTunes today from the pilot,” Hodge said: “Shake a Tail Feather” and “Chicago.”