The music industry has grown in proportions,not just with the increasing number of new artists sprouting, but as well as the introduction of a wide range of music genres. This statement holds true for both the local and international scene. And due to such growth, majority of these singers make sure that they interest their listeners with their line-up of songs.
But what makes each artist rise above the rest is their ability to be flexible in their craft, and of course, the unexplained “X factor”.
Today, two of the most prominent and sought after singers/performers have dazed the entertainment scene with their remarkable and outstanding tandem. One is dubbed as an award-winning international singer, while the other is a rapidly rising star who has won the hearts of many people because of his magnificent voice and personality. We’ve heard them belt out classic and modern tunes together, but the public could not just get enough of them. Who they are? Let’s find out.
Born as John Edward Tajanlangit, a native of Iloilo City who has taken the screen name Jed Madela, is one of the most idolized singers nowadays because of his powerful countertenor vocal range and brilliant achievements. As the pride of the University of San Agustin in Iloilo, where he finished Business Administration,Jed conquered the music scene with his extraordinary voice. Gifted with amazing talent, he started singing at age 5 and had been a constant winning contender in several competitions here and abroad. His sheer level of competency in singing has opened many doors of opportunity in show business. Besides the notable awards he received including the “Voice of Asia,” multiplatinum albums, and of course, the WCOPA World Champion and Hall of Famer award, he is now entrusted with a bigger title. He is the representative of the OPM Music Industry and one of the executive council members of the National Committee on Music. As a sub-commission on the arts of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the National Committee on Music helps Filipino artists’ develop and lays out programs and policies to uphold the Philippine culture and arts through music.
Even before he was granted these responsibilities, Jed has been an advocate of Filipino artistry especially among the new and promising ones. Jed, in one of his interviews said he is very much willing to help out those who have high potentials to succeed in the industry. In spite of all his accomplishments,his exceptional humility became the highlight of his image as a singer.
The modesty that Jed possesses equates to that of the Total Performer, Darren Espanto. This Fil-Canadian boy who once dreamt of becoming a famous singer has caught the Philippines and Canada by surprise! Starting out in singing contests, same as Jed, Darren Espanto also had to work hard in order to reach his current standing in the music industry.
Their love for art, the willpower to pursue their dreams, and the humility in their hearts have brought these two singers together. Like all other Darrenatics, Jed has witnessed Darren’s prowess during The Voice Kids’ (TVK)Blind Audition aired last June 1, 2014. When asked what his first impression was of the young singer, Jed Madela during the #AskJed sessions in Twitter said, “Ang galing talaga.”
When Darren ended up as a runner-up, Jed’s posts all over the social media scene supporting Darren garnered several vehement reactions from readers. To this moment, he claimed he never had any regrets though, regardless of what other people said. Jed believes in Darren’s unmatchable talent and the pureness of his character.
The two first showed their impressive vocal supremacy in one of the episodes of Kris TV last August 4, 2014. They first sang Basil Valdez’ Ngayon, which was Darren’s signature song during TVK’s finals night. The harmony created between the two made the host, Kris Aquino, stand in appreciation. Stunned by the performance, Kris requested for another song. They gave justice when they sang “Better Days” by Dianne Reeves together.
Due to strings of online requests, the two performers sang their own rendition of Martin Nievera’s Ikaw ang Pangarap last August 10, 2014 in ASAP 19. The excitement of the viewers echoed all over the studio.
Because of their perfect combination and unbeatable stage presence, they also performed during the ABS-CBN Trade Launch last August 30, 2014 singing Sana Maulit Muli. Their acrobatic vocal styles wowed the audience and co-stars.
One can see the support that Jed is showing Darren as he gives way for the young performer to shine in every duet they have.
Their tandem didn’t stop there. Darren was one of the guest performers of the recently concluded “All Request 2”, Jed Madela’s concert last September 12, 2014. A week or two before the concert, the tickets were sold out.
Many became instant supporters of the two, Jed Madela fans turned into Darrenatics, and vice versa. They jam-packed the Music Museum and displayed their full support to both icons. The concert was a blast. According to those who watched, it was all worth it! Musical director Homer Flores did a stupendous job in coming up with a Whitney Houston medley for Jed and Darren.
Their excellent rendition of the songs, I Will Always Love You, Try It on My Own, I Have Nothing, The Greatest Love of All, and One Moment in Time left the crowd awed and garnered them a standing ovation. The crowd couldn’t be more thrilled when Darren sang his audition song “Domino” coupled with endearing and graceful dance moves. People couldn’t help but notice how Jed made Darren shine in his concert. He gave such wonderful praises for Darren. From the comments Jed shared, it’s no doubt that their friendship has gone beyond singing and mentoring, it’s now more of a sibling relationship that is sure to prosper through the years.
Now that Darren will be having his solo concert in the same venue, many are hopeful that Jed Madela will be one of his guests. However, based on his recent updates, Jed will be in Canada, disabling him from being part of Darren’s solo concert on October 4, 2014. Still, the fans are optimistic for a favorable result.
Looking at the brighter side of things, there are more performances that we can look forward to from both singers – more sing-offs, showdowns and collaborations. Their careers have a long way to go and surely, their limelight will never turn dim.There can only be one Jed Madela and one Darren Espanto who can make such beautiful music together!