It may have been seven years since Darren Espanto competed in “The Voice Kids,” but the lessons he learned from it, especially from his coach Sarah Geronimo, have never left him.
The singer recalled in an interview with ABS-CBN News the advice he received from the Popstar Royalty that still inspires him in his every performance.
“‘Sing from your heart.’ It was a constant reminder that she would tell me throughout the competition,” Darren remembered.
He was only 13 when he entered the singing competition, a little too young to fully understand some of the lyrics he sang.
“Bilang isang bata, gigil ka lang talaga kumanta and to show your best in every performance. Pero, ang kulang sa akin that time… Of course, since hindi ko naman alam ‘yung karamihan sa meaning ng mga songs na kinakanta ko, talagang kinakanta ko lang,” he admitted.
But Sarah pushed Darren to try and just feel it so the audience would as well.
“My Ate Coach would tell me to really sing from the heart. ‘Basahin mo ‘yung lyrics, damdamin mo kung ano ang sinasabi ng kanta, para mas mailabas mo ‘yun sa performance mo, at mas maka-relate ‘yung tao sa ‘yo.’ Hanggang ngayon, tumatatak iyon sa akin,” he shared.
Now at 20, Darren has tasted more experiences in life that not only help him as a performer, but as a man as well.
“Not just as an artist, but as a person as well, I’ve gone through different experiences in life, and they’ve been able to help me mature as a person,” said Darren.
In celebration of his growth, Darren is holding the digital concert called “Home Run” happening on KTX.ph, iWantTFC, and TFC IPTV this June 19.
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