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Darren Lyndon Espanto is a Filipino born Canadian singer.

He first joined a competition at the age of ten,


where he won the Masters Finals of the Pinoy Singing Sensation competition in Edmonton. He made his
first television appearance at the same age 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. On June 1, 2014, Espanto
became a 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 Double Platinum. In May 2015,
Espanto staged a major solo concert at MOA Areana, he set a record for being the youngest artist to
perform at the said venue at the age of 14. In 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. The said album is now a certified Platinum. In August 2018, he
later ventured into acting where he plays Yohan (younger brother of George, portrayed by Bernardo) in
The Hows Of Us starring Kathryn Bernardo with Daniel Padilla directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina which
happens to be the highest box office record in Philippine cinema of all time to date.

Darren Espanto shares his plans after ‘The Voice Kids of the Philippines."

Darren Espanto remarked that he still feels fortunate despite not winning the title as the first The Voice
Kids of the Philippines champion. "I feel very blessed and I feel happy na may sumuporta sa akin," he
said in an interview backstage after the announcement of winners on Sunday night, July 27, 2014 at
Resorts World Manila. Darren placed second in the competition while Lyca Gairanod, who was also from
Team Sarah, was hailed as the grand winner.

Did he expect that his name will be called as the grand winner? "I was expecting my name but I was also
expecting Lyca's," he replied. The young singer admitted that he considers Lyca as his toughest
competitor in the contest.
When asked if he will be staying in the country or if he will be going back to Canada where he was raised,
Darren replied that he might choose not to leave if he will be offered projects here in the Philippines.
"Kung may offer I’ll stay here po," he relayed. But one thing is for sure, Darren will keep on doing what
he loves. "I’ll continue my singing," he said.

The Canada-raised Filipino singer will be doing some shows with the other The Voice Kids contestants in
the next few days. “Well meron po kaming mga shows and mga guestings,” he relayed.

Darren relayed that he also wants to try acting if the opportunity comes. "Pangarap ko rin pong mag-
artista." He said that he would like to star in a project with his coach Sarah Geronimo. "Marami po
[akong gustong makatambal] eh, katulad po ni coach Sarah," he said.

On the biggest lesson that he has learned from his coach Sarah in the competition, Darren shared,
"Always stay humble.” With his rising popularity as a singer because of The Voice Kids, Darren said that
he is nothing short but grateful. “Well, ‘Im just thankful po,” he stated