Darren Espanto’s cover of “I believe” wows original singer Fantasia Barrino
On January 27, 2016, Wish 107. 5 uploaded a video of Darren Espanto singing Fantasia Barrino’s “I Believe.” The video is a recording of a live performance of Darren singing while inside the Wish107.5 Bus. The original video has reached more than 300,000 views garnering 6, 252 thumbs up as of February 4, 2016.
The video made it to Fantasia’s knowledge, with her tweeting the video a day later. Tagging Darren Espanto, Fantasia remarked that “This is beautiful…your voice will touch so many people.” The tweet gained a lot of likes and retweets.
The song “I Believe” is Fantasia Barrino’s winning piece during the American Idol Season 3. The song was co-written with former contestant of American Idol Tamyra Gray. Fantasia’s performance of I believe is regarded as one of the best performances in the history of American Idol. The song is noted for its inspirational lyrics – of finally reaching a dream after countless tries.
Comments on the video as well as on social media sites praised Darren Espanto for his voice and the quality of his singing. Darren won as the 1st runner-up of ABS-CBN’s The Voice Kids Season 1 last July 2014, next to Lyca Gairanod. Both of them belonged to Team Sarah. Instead of returning back to Canada, Darren stayed in the Philippines to pursue his singing career. So far, he has won seven awards since the beginning of his career.
This is the second Wish 107.5 Bus recording of Darren Espanto, the first one is a cover of Sia’s famous “Chandelier.” The video also gained popularity because Darren was able to belt out the high notes, despite being a male.