Success came pouring out for the Total Performer, Darren Espanto, as his self-titled debut album hit the Gold Record mark. With just three months since its release, the all-original album have reached a remarkable 7500 copies sold worldwide. It is the first album released in the Philippines with such creative, comics-like cover. His album is composed of eight original tracks namely, In Love Ako Sayo (by Vehnee Saturno), Ewan Ko (by Vehnee Saturno), My Girl (by Vehnee Saturno), Ah Basta Gusto Kita (by Vehnee Saturno), Stuck (by Kennard Farraon), You are The Only One (by Kieth Martin and Deon Hairston), Makin’ Moves (by Brad Go), and I Belive in Me (by Adrian Rezza, Lucas Rezza and Carvin Winans). It also has a bonus track, Domino, originally sang by Jessie J which was Darren’s audition piece for The Voice Kids. This was where his nickname, “Mr Domino” came from.
DARRENatics all over the globe grabbed a copy or two to show their support to this great artist. Even the seasoned singers and celebrities like Kris Aquino, Lea Salonga, Jed Madela, and many others couldn’t help but admire him for his unbeatable excellence in his chosen craft.
According to PARI (Philippine Association of the Record Industry), MCA Music, Darren’s music label already submitted on February 20, 2015, the necessary documents required to give him the Gold Award and for PARI to certify Darren’s album. Its awarding date is something that is worth the anticipation.
In an interview by Net25, composer, Vehnee Saturno said that Darren exceeded his expectations. His voice range is beyond what he thought it was. Saturno, extended his gratitude for the incessant support of his fans, who continually support all his projects. For Saturno, they are the reason for Darren’s success. His constant reminder for Darren is to keep his feet on the ground and never let his fame take over his humility.
Composer and musician, Kennard Farraon, who is the composer of Stuck, the most requested song from Darren’s album, was very grateful to hear that the album is now gold. He wanted to thank the fans who supported Darren’s album and liked his composition. He also encouraged everyone to support OPM and Darren’s future releases.
Darren Espanto is the youngest & newest artist in the Philippine Music Industry to reach the Gold Record status for a solo album. He has been in the industry for seven months yet he has gained the support of a million fans local & abroad. Fans admired him so much because of his amazing talent and character. Darren inspired a lot of people through his love for music and his passion to follow his dreams despite all the sacrifices he and his family has to go through. But at the end of it all, he reaps a well-deserved and a sweet success in his career.
Indeed Darren Espanto deserves all the blessings he is receiving right now. It is true that success comes to those who have the right attitude and the right people behind them. For Darren, his family, mentors, and the DARRENatics are the wind beneath his wings, helping him achieve the Gold and soaring higher for the Platinum.