MANILA, Philippines – Darren Espanto has been wowing his Filipino fans since he won first runner-up in The Voice Kids Philippines season 1, but in the past few months, the singer has been grabbing the attention of international artists, too. (READ: Lea Salonga on Darren Espanto: He should have won ‘The Voice Kids’)
On Friday, January 29, American Idol season 3 winner Fantasia Barrino praised Darren's cover of her song "I Believe." On Twitter, she said, "This is beautiful... your voice will touch so many people."
@Espanto2001_ This is beautiful.. your voice will touch so many people. https://t.co/bKgHPbPVVY @Wish1075 — Fantasia Barrino (@TasiasWord) January 28, 2016
Darren covered "I Believe" on Wish 107.5, a mobile radio station that goes around Metro Manila.
Aside from the time he covered Fantasia's song, Darren was also on the Wish 107.5 bus in August 2015. That time, he covered Sia's "Chandelier."
That performance caught Nicki Minaj and Ashton Kutcher's attention. Darren posted a screengrab of one of Ashton's posts, where the actor said he was "blown away" by Darren.
Say whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?!?!?! This is crazy! Thanks so much Sir @aplusk! A photo posted by Darren Espanto (@darrenespanto1) on Nov 10, 2015 at 2:30am PST
Darren also posted a screengrab of Nicki's praise on his Instagram account. Nicki said: "So effortless. Incredible voice!"
WOOOOAAAAH! BRUUUUUUUUHHH! THANK YOU SO MUCH QUEEN @NICKIMINAJ! A photo posted by Darren Espanto (@darrenespanto1) on Nov 15, 2015 at 7:44am PST
Both artists found Darren's video through the site A Plus, which Ashton co-founded.
In December 2015, singer Jessie J personally told Darren she liked his "Chandelier" cover when she was in Manila for a concert. Darren shared his conversation with the singer on Instagram. "'I watched your cover of Chandelier! It was amazing!'" Darren remembered Jessie saying. (IN PHOTOS: Jessie J in free concert for PH fans)
I...AM...SPEECHLESS! Jessie: Hi! I watched your cover of Chandelier! It was amazing! Me: Oh thank you! I actually sang "Domino" at the blind auditions during The Voice! Jessie: Oh really! How was the show? Did you like it? Me: It was an amazing experience! (there was a lot more stuff but I was just starstruck) A photo posted by Darren Espanto (@darrenespanto1) on Dec 10, 2015 at 1:12am PST
Are you a Darren Espanto fan like these stars? What do you think of his covers of "Chandelier" and "I Believe?" Let us know in the comments! – Rappler.com