Darren Espanto

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Darren Espanto
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Background information
Birth name Darren Lyndon Espanto
Born (2001-05-24) 24 May 2001 (age 16)[1]
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Genres Pop, OPM
Occupation(s) singer
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • Drums
  • Saxophone
Years active 2013 (2013)–present
Labels Corus Entertainment (2012 (2012)–13)
Sony Music (2012 (2012)–13)
Star Magic (2014 (2014)–present)
MCA Music (2014 (2014)–present)
Associated acts Sarah Geronimo (The Voice Kids coach)
Website www.instagram.com/darrenespanto1/

Darren Lyndon Espanto is a Filipino - Canadian singer. He was born in Calgary on May 24, 2001. He started singing at the age of 2, and first joined a competition at the age of ten, he won the Masters Finals of the Pinoy Singing Sensation competition in Edmonton. He made his first television appearance at the age of ten when he joined YTV's reality television The Next Star in 2012; he became the youngest finalist in the history of the show to be included in the Top 6. However, he rose to prominence after joining the first season of The Voice Kids Philippines. In August 2014, Espanto became part of ABS-CBN's Star Magic.[2]

Espanto released his first full-length self-titled studio album, Darren, in December 2014, under MCA Music Inc. (Philippines), a Universal Music Group company. It debuted at number 1 on the Philippine charts of Apple's iTunes store and Astro Chart; it is now a certified Platinum album. Last May 2016, he released his sophomore album titled Be with Me, also under MCA Music Inc. (Philippines), featuring his carrier single "7 Minutes", that was then followed by "Starlight" and "Parachute", which also became number 1 on the Philippine charts of Apple's iTunes store after just being released.

Personal life[edit]

Espanto is the first child of Filipino nurses Marinel Gonzales and Lyndon Espanto, who emigrated to Canada from Nueva Vizcaya.[3][4] His parents taught him Filipino language, particularly Tagalog. Espanto started singing at the age of three .[5] He was interested in singing from a young age, and his parents were supportive of his dreams.[5][6]

As a toddler, Espanto serenaded his parents with the tunes of Hakuna Matata from The Lion King, which led to his relatives to discover his singing potential and urged him to pursue and hone his raw talent.

At age 12, Darren attended Grade 6 at St. Jude Elementary in Calgary,[7] before traveling to the Philippines in 2014 for The Voice Kids. After passing the auditions, he returned to Canada to write his advanced test in St. Cyril School, before returning to the Philippines.[8] He, along with the other The Voice Kids finalists received a ₱350,000 scholarship from Eton International School.[9][10]

Career[edit]

At age 10, Espanto won during the Main Edition Finals of the Pinoy Singing Sensation competition in Edmonton on August 20, 2011, singing "Alone" by Celine Dion.[3][11]

2012–2013: The Next Star[edit]

In 2012, ten-year-old Espanto auditioned for the fifth season of YTV's reality television The Next Star, singing Bruno Mars' "Grenade". One of the judges, Keshia Chanté, got emotional and told him that his voice was 'unbelievable' and 'controlled'. Judge Mark Spicoluk, on the other hand, stated that he 'lacked stage presence'. Nevertheless, after Chante asked him if he was ready, she and Tara Oram said yes, earning him the 'golden ticket'.

He continued to be selected onto its Top 6, singing pop songs such as Rihanna's "Only Girl (in the World)"[12] and Maroon 5's "Payphone"[11] among others. He also had his own single and music video entitled "Gotta Give A Little Extra",[13] as well as two other singles, "Now"[14] and "Oh Oh Santa"[15] with the other five finalists. Ultimately, he lost to 14-year-old Brooklyn Roebuck, after singing his own single during the finals. He was the youngest finalist in the history of the show to be included in the Top 6.[5][16]

In 2013, Espanto had his first series as a guest in YTV's Life with Boys.[17]

2014: The Voice Kids[edit]

During the auditions of the inaugural season of ABS-CBN's The Voice Kids that aired on June 1, 2014, Espanto performed Jessie J's "Domino", which he formerly sang during The Next Star at age 11.[4][18] Coaches Sarah Geronimo and Bamboo Mañalac both pressed their buttons for him, vocalizing that he 'can be groomed to be a recording artist, a total package'.[18][19] Although Espanto revealed that he was Mañalac's front act during one of his concerts in Canada, he still picked Geronimo stating that she could help him a lot in the music industry.[11][20]

Espanto eventually advanced to the finals after singing Whitney Houston's "One Moment in Time" during the live semi-finals held at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila, Pasay.[20] He was the second one to receive the highest votes, after Lyca Gairanod.[21] Salonga, one of the coaches commented that Espanto is a phenomenal while his mentor Geronimo stated that he was 'a winner and a complete package'.[22] He also sang "Somebody To Love" by Justin Bieber with some back up dancers, and Star Magic artists.

In the finale, during the first round which was a power ballad theme,[3] Espanto performed Basil Valdez's song "Ngayon" where he received a standing ovation including from the three coaches.[23] Lea Salonga left a warning to older performers, saying: "To every person Darren idolized, this is a warning to all of you: this kid will outshine you someday".[Note 1] Once again, Geronimo praised him and said that despite his talent, Espanto never showed superiority and instead listened to his coach.[23] On the final round of the competition, Espanto accompanied himself with a piano during his performance of "You Are My Song" while having a duet with the original singer Martin Nievera, where received another standing ovation.[24] At the end of the competition, he once again came in second after Lyca Gairanod.[25]

The Voice Kids Philippines season 1 performances and results
Week Theme Song Original Artist Date Result
Blind Audition N/A "Domino" Jessie J June 1, 2014 Sarah and Bamboo turned
Joined Team Sarah
Battle Rounds N/A "What Makes You Beautiful"

(vs. JM and JC Urquico vs. Sam Shoaf)

One Direction July 12, 2014 Saved by Coach
Sing-offs N/A "Listen" Beyoncé July 13, 2014 Saved by Coach
Semi-finals N/A "One Moment in Time" Whitney Houston July 19, 2014 Saved by Public Votes (2nd Highest Votes)
Finals Round One: Power Ballad "Ngayon" Basil Valdez July 26, 2014 1st Runner-up
Round Two: Upbeat "Somebody To Love" Justin Bieber July 26, 2014
Round Three: Duet with a celebrity "You Are My Song" (with Martin Nievera) Martin Nievera July 27, 2014

2014–present: Post The Voice Kids[edit]

Espanto in 2015

In 2014, Espanto said that he will not go back to Canada, Alberta,[26] and that he was staying in the Philippines to try acting and do a project with his coach and mentor, Sarah Geronimo.[26] In August, Espanto became a part of ABS-CBN's training and management center Star Magic.[2]

Espanto's rendition of Whitney Houston's "One Moment in Time" topped the Philippine charts of Apple's iTunes store on September 11, while his rendition of Justin Bieber's "Somebody to Love" placed second.[27] He then staged his first solo concert at the Music Museum; a repeat of the concert was staged on December 19, 2014.[28]

On October 25, he made his Carnegie Hall debut as the headliner at the Fourth The Outstanding Filipino Americans in New York Awards, which celebrated Filipino American History Month in New York City.[29] His rendition of "O Little Town of Bethlehem" topped the iTunes chart on November 18, while his rendition of Jessie J's "Domino" placed second. These were the only two local songs to be included on the top 15.

On November 29, 2014, Espanto signed a record and management deal with MCA Music Inc. (Philippines).[30] A week after, he and the other three finalists of The Voice Kids (Lyca Gairanod, Juan Karlos Labajo, and Darlene Vibares) held a concert at the Philippine International Convention Center. He also released his first solo album, "Darren", with MCA Music Inc. (Philippines).[31] It debuted at number 1 at the Philippine charts of Apple's iTunes Store upon its release on December 8.

In January 2015, Espanto performed Trina Belamide's "Tell The World of His Love" (the theme for World Youth Day 1995) during Pope Francis's visit to the Philippines.[32] On May 29, Darren performed at the Mall of Asia Arena for his birthday concert making him the youngest performer to stage a solo concert in the said venue.[33]

On November 18, Espanto was one of the singers performing at a state dinner for a delegation from Mexico.[34][35]

In 2016, Espanto released his sophomore album "Be With Me". The album contains 11 songs from the singer, two of which are his original compositions.[36]

On July 31, 2016, Espanto opened for the Philippine leg of Selena Gomez's Revival tour.

On May 4, 2017 during his twitter party, Espanto surprised his fans with a deluxe edition of his sophomore solo album entitled Be With Me, to be released the following day.[37] Be With Me (Deluxe Edition) contains 5 bonus tracks: “I’ll Be There” with Jed Madela, Acoustic versions of “7 Minutes” and “Alam”, the viral hit, his cover of Sia’s “Chandelier”, and a stripped version of Young Hearts with Malaysian pop singer Nik Qistina.[38]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

TELEVISION
Year Show Network Date Aired Notes
2012 The Next Star YTV July 16 – December 18 Himself
2013 Life with Boys YTV July 23[39] Himself (Cameo)
2014 The Voice Kids ABS-CBN June 1 – July 27 Himself
2015 – present ASAP ABS-CBN Himself (Performer)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

ALBUM
Year Album Title Recording Label Certification Check it out here
2014 The Voice Kids: The Album MCA Music Inc. (Philippines) Gold[40] The Voice Kids: The Album
Darren Platinum[40] Darren Deluxe
2016 Be With Me Be With Me
2017 Be With Me (Deluxe Edition) Be With Me (Deluxe Edition)

Special albums[edit]

ALBUM
Year Album Title Recording Label Certification
2015 The Next Star Chronicles: The Early Years Ivory Music N/A

Singles[edit]

Year Title/Track Studio/Album Details Check it out here Ref.
2014 "In Love Ako Sayo" Darren
  • Debut single
Darren Deluxe Album
2015 "Stuck" -
"Makin' Moves" -
2016 "7 Minutes" Be With Me Be With Me Album -
"Starlight" -
"Parachute" -
"Alam" -
As featured artist
Year Title/Track Studio/Album Details Check it out here Ref.
2011 "Now" YTV's The Next Star – Season 5
  • Co-singers: Brooklyn Roebuck, Ryan Hawken,
    Amer Dhaliwal, Grace Johnston, and Issy Dahl
[41]
"Oh Oh Santa"
2014 "Thank You, Ang Babait Ninyo" ABS-CBN Christmas Station ID 2014
"Lord Merry Christmas" My Christmas Album All Stars My Christmas Album All Stars
2016 "Chandelier" The Hottest Pinoy Hits... Ever! MCA Music Inc. (Philippines)
2016 "I'll Be There" Life Songs(MMK Commemorative Album) [42]

Chart performance[edit]

Year Title Peak (Pinoy MYX Countdown) Peak (MYX Hit Chart) Album
2014 Somebody To Love 1 3 The Voice Kids: The Album
2015 In Love Ako Sa'Yo 1 1 Darren
2015 Stuck 1 1 Darren
2015 Build A Girl 3 3 Darren Espanto: The Early Years
2015 Makin' Moves 1 1 Darren
2016 7 Minutes 1 1 Be With Me
2016 Starlight 1 1 Be With Me
2016 Parachute 1 1 Be With Me
2016 Alam 1 1 Be With Me
2017 I'll Be There (with Jed Madela) 1 1 Life Songs: MMK 25 (Commemorative Album)

Concerts[edit]

Solo concerts
SOLO CONCERTS
Year Title Details Notes Ref.
2014 The Total Performance Concert
  • Date: October 4, Saturday
  • Venue: Music Museum, Greenhills, San Juan
  • Produced by: Aqueous Events Management
1st Major Solo Concert [28]
Homecoming Concert
  • The Total Performer Returns - November 7 at the Grey Eagle Casino Event Center,
    Calgary AB Canada
  • Thank You Canada - November 8 at the Mirage Banquet Hall,
    Edmonton AB Canada
[43][44]
The Total Performance Concert 2
  • Date: December 19, Friday
  • Venue: Music Museum, Greenhills, San Juan
  • Produced by: Aqueous Events Management
The Repeat Concert [citation needed]
2015 The Canada Concert Tour
  • The Voice of Darren Espanto Live in Ottawa - January 4 at the Bronson Centre Inc., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • The Voice of Darren Espanto Live In Toronto - January 13 at the Toronto Pavilion, 190 Railside Road, Canada
[45][better source needed]
The Total Performance Concert 3
  • Date: January 23
  • Venue: Albay Astrodome
  • Produced by: Aqueous Events Management
The 2nd Repeat Concert (Finale) [citation needed]
Darren Espanto: D' Birthday Concert The Major Birthday Concert [46][47]
Canada Concert Tour
  • Darren Live in Edmonton - October 3 at the Radisson Hotel & Convention Center
  • Darren Live in Calgary - October 4 at the Jack Singer Concert Hall
[citation needed]
D' Road Tour
  • October 9 - Araullo University Gymnasium
  • October 10 - AUF Sports and Cultural Center
  • October 23 - SMX Davao
  • November 13 - Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino
  • December 12 - University of Baguio
[48]
2016 D Total Experience
  • Date: June 25, Saturday
  • Venue: Kia Theater, Cubao, Quezon City
  • Produced by: EG Entertainment Services
[49]
One Music Digital Concert Series Presents: The Other Side of DARREN
  • Date: October 30, Sunday
  • Venue: ABS-CBN Compound
  • Produced by: One Music PH
Digital Concert [50]
D Total Experience with Live Band
  • Date: November 18, Friday
  • Venue: Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, California
[51]
2017 Now Playing: DARREN
  • Date: April 14, Friday
  • Venue: TFC Studio, Daly City, CA
  • Produced by: TFC, OneMusic
[52]
Affiliated concerts
Year Title Details Notes Ref.
2014 Boses ng Bulilit... Kami Ulit!
  • Date: July 31, Thursday
  • Venue: Resorts World Manila
  • Studio: ABS-CBN
The Voice Kids [53]
Lani Misalucha's Concert, the Philippine Tour[53]
  • Date: August 22, Friday
  • Venue: Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino
Guest with Lyca Gairanod [54][55][56]
  • Date: August 29, Friday
  • Venue: SMX Convention Center, Davao
Jed Madela All Requests 2
  • Date: September 12, Friday
  • Venue: Music Museum, Greenhills, San Juan
Guest [57]
The Voice of Mitoy, Klarrise, Darren
  • November 21 - Massey Theatre, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • November 23 - Century Casino, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
with Mitoy Yonting and Klarisse De Guzman [citation needed]
The Voice Kids ALL IN: THE CONCERT
  • Date - December 6
  • Venue - PICC Plenary Hall
The Voice Kids [58]
2015
  • The Voice Kids All In Sinulog The Concert
  • Date: January 17
  • Venue: Waterfront Hotel and Casino, Cebu
[citation needed]
Bamboo World Tour
  • Date: March 15, Sunday
  • Venue: Singapore Expo Max Pavilion
[citation needed]
Little Voices: Live in Australia
  • Little Voices Live in Brisbaine - March 21 at the Diverciti Centre, Newmarket QLD
  • Little Voices Live in Adelaide - March 22 at the Norwood Concert Hall,178 The Parade, Norwood, SA
  • Little Voices Live in Sydney - March 27 at the St. Mary's Band Club, Oxley Park NSW
  • Little Voices Live In Melbourne - March 28 at the Millenium Reception and Function Centre, VIC
with Lyca Gairanod [59]
Thor: Soulful Major Concert
  • Date: July 17, Friday
  • Venue: Music Museum, Greenhills, San Juan
Guest [60]
Kyla Flying High
  • Date: November 20, Friday
  • Venue: Kia Theater, Cubao, Quezon City
Guest [61]
Jessie J Live In manila
  • Date: December 10, Thursday
  • Venue: Kia Theater, Cubao, Quezon City
Front Act [62]
2016 Heartthrobs Reloaded
  • Date: March 26 & 27, Saturday & Sunday
  • Venue: Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, CA
with Piolo Pascual, Sam Milby and Pokwang [63]
Selena Gomez The Revival Tour Live in Manila Front Act [64]
2017 Star Magic 25 - A Grand Celebration
  • Star Magic 25 Grand Celebration in Canada - April 9 at the Queen Elizabeth Theater, Vancouver, BC
  • Star Magic 25 Grand Celebration in the US - April 15 at the California's Great America, Santa Clara, CA
with Star Magic Artists [65]

Accolades[edit]

ACCOLADES
Year Award Category Notable Work Result Ref.
2014 ASAP Pop Viewers' Choice Awards Pop Male Cutie Won [66]
Star Cinema Awards Newsmaker of the Year Won [67]
Most Promising Child Star Won
Best Fandom Won
2015 MYX Music Awards Favorite New Artist Won [68]
Favorite Remake Somebody to Love Nominated
46th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Promising Male Singer/ Performer Won [69]
PEP List Male Teen Star of the Year Won [70]
28th Awit Award Best Performance by a New Male Recording Artist In Love Ako Sa'Yo Won [71]
Best Christmas Recording Thank You, Ang Babait Ninyo by The Voice Kids Top 4 Nominated
Best Christmas Recording Lord Merry Christmas by Bassilyo feat. The Voice Kids' Top 6 Nominated
Best Album Package Darren: The Album Won
5th EdukCircle Awards Most Influential Concert Performer of The Year D' Birthday Concert Won [72]
7th PMPC Star Awards for Music New Male Recording Artist of the Year Nominated [73]
Album of the Year Darren: The Album Nominated
Pop Album of the Year Darren: The Album Won
Album Cover and Concept of the Year Darren: The Album Won
Star Cinema Awards Favorite Trending Sensation Won [74]
Favorite Social Media Celebrity Nominated
Favorite Fandom Nominated
Push Awards PushLike Most Liked Newcomer Won [75]
PushTweet Favorite Newcomer Won
PushGram Most Loved Newcomer Won
PushPlay Best Group or Tandem Nominated
Awesome Song Cover Performance Bang Bang by Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj Won
Awesome OOTD King Nominated
28th Aliw Awards Best New Male Artist Nominated [76]
ASAP Pop Teen Choice Awards Pop Teen Heartthrob Nominated [77]
Pop Teen Fans Club Nominated
RAWR Awards Male Performer of the Year Won [78]
Viral Video of the Year Chandelier by Sia Cover Performance on Wish 107.5 Won
Hello Asia AU Asian Artist of the Year Nominated [79]
2016 Wish 107.5 Music Awards Best Wish Cover In Love Ako Sa'Yo Won [80]
Wishclusive Viral Video of the Year Chandelier by Sia Cover Performance Won
Best Wishclusive Performance by a Young Artist Himself for Chandelier by Sia Cover Performance Won
Wish Ballad Song of the Year I Believe In Me Won
Wish Original Song of the Year Stuck Won
Wish Young Artist of the Year Won
Most Wishful Fandom Won
MYX Music Awards Favorite Music Video Makin' Moves Nominated [81]
Favorite Song Stuck Nominated
Favorite Artist Nominated
Favorite Male Artist Won
Favorite MYX Celebrity VJ Won
47th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Promising Male Concert Performer Won [82]
MOR Music Awards Best New Artist of the Year Nominated [83]
Best Revival of the Year In Love Ako Sa'Yo Nominated
Album of the Year DARREN: The Album Won
Male Artist of the Year Nominated
PEP List Male Teen Star of the Year Won [84]
6th EdukCircle Awards Most Influential Male Music Artist of the Year Nominated [85]
Most Influential Concert Performer of the Year Won
Alta Media Icon Awards Song of the Year Stuck Won [86]
Push Awards PushLike Male Celebrity Won [87]
PushLike Music Artist Won
PushPlay Music Artist Won
Popular Song Cover I Believe by Fantasia Barrino Won
Push Elite Music Artist Celebrity of the Year Won
8th PMPC Star Awards for Music Concert of the Year D' Birthday Concert Nominated [88]
Male Concert Performer of the Year Nominated
Male Recording Artist of the Year Nominated
Pop Album of the Year Be With Me Album Nominated
Male Pop Artist of the Year Won
Dance Album of the Year Be With Me Album Nominated
Album of the Year Be With Me Album Nominated
Song of the Year Home Nominated
Cover Design of the Year Be With Me Album Won
29th Aliw Awards Best Major Concert Nominated [89]
29th Awit Award Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist I Believe Nominated [90]
Best Album Package Darren Espanto: The Early Years Nominated
Star Cinema Awards #VoiceOnFleek: Favorite Male Recording Artist Nominated [91]
#FeedGoals: Favorite Social Media Personality Nominated
#ViralRoyalty: Favorite Trending Sensation Nominated
ASAP Pop Teen Choice Award Pop Heartthrob Won [92]
RAWR Awards Favorite Song of the Year 7 Minutes Nominated [93]
Fan Club of the Year Nominated
Hello Asia AU Asian Artist of the Year Nominated [94]
2017 Wish 107.5 Music Awards Best Wishclusive Performance by a Young Artist I Believe Won [95]
Wish Original Song of the Year by a Male Artist 7 Minutes Won
Wish Young Artist of the Year Won
Wishclusive Elite Circle (Bronze) Chandelier Won
MYX Music Awards Favorite Male Artist Won [96]
Favorite Artist Won
Favorite Song 7 Minutes Nominated
Favorite Music Video 7 Minutes Nominated
Golden Laurel LPU Batangas Media Awards Best Male Singer Won [97]
MOR Pinoy Music Awards Album of the Year Be With Me Album Won [98]
30th Awit Award Album of the Year Pending [99]
Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist Pending
Best Collaboration Pending
Song of the Year (Jungee Marcelo) Pending
Record of the Year Pending

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Translated from the Filipino language: "...Sa lahat ng iniidolo ngayon ni Darren, ito ay isang babala sa inyo: ilalampaso kayo ng batang ito balang araw".

-Coach Lea Salonga

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