Darren Espanto Wants Us to “Believe in Christmas”

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Darren Espanto releases his Holiday single entitled “Believe in Christmas” and I love it. I love the melody, lyrics, and singing. It’s feel-good music that brings happy feelings which is just what we need to listen to in times like these. And especially as we Filipinos enter the Christmas season.

Darren Espanto - Believe In Christmas single artThe isolating nature of the pandemic has left us yearning for human connection, disrupting our daily lives on an unprecedented scale and forever changing the way we interact with one another. Its uncertainty has not only instilled fear and anxiety but also forced us to participate in a game of risk roulette, where everyone tries to survive a global health crisis that knows no end or time and outwit an invisible enemy through strategic measures that align with the new normal.

I attended the virtual presscon and as we in the media had the chance to ask questions to Darren who is currently in Canada. One thing that resonates as the young artists answered questions – Darren Espanto wants us to believe in Christmas and that love will always be our guiding light even in the most difficult of times. The accomplished recording star is optimistic about using his voice as a catalyst to spark hope and inspire others to make a positive difference—all in the spirit of Christmas.

Darren Espanto during the virtual presscon
During the virtual presscon, Darren talked about his favorite Christmas memories, challenges in recording the song, and the pandemic

He wants to keep the Holiday tradition alive by spreading kindness and joy this festive season but also wants to see it with a renewed perspective: that the cherished holiday traditions are more than just about sumptuous feasts. It’s also about a celebration of new beginnings and unwavering hope of much better days ahead, an opportunity to encourage everyone to be there for one another even when the going gets tough.

Darren Espanto in Canada
Darren considers the ABS-CBN Christmas Special as part of his Christmas tradition

“This year, there’s no other way to celebrate Christmas but to be grateful for the simple things that life has to offer amid trying, challenging times,” Darren Espanto shares in a statement. “More than ever, this gives us a chance to strengthen our faith and love for one another, and protect the family and loved ones whose lives matter more than anything else in this world. This Christmas is different from what we’ve been accustomed to for sure, but I’m positive that we’ll emerge stronger, better individuals after this crisis unfold. For as long as we have each other, no grueling situation can hold us down.”

Our capacity to bounce back from an adverse event is something that Filipinos have always expertly done after a recession, personal catastrophe, or a storm, and this is something that Darren Espanto expertly tackles on his new single “Believe in Christmas” as he sings an anthem of hope amidst brokenness and frailty.

Believe in Christmas songwriter Tiny Corpuz during the virtual presscon
Believe in Christmas songwriter Tiny Corpuz during the virtual presscon said the Christmas song is different because it was written in the midst of the pandemic

“Believe in Christmas” isn’t just your typical Holiday anthem wrapped in high spirits and effervescent glow. Written by industry respected songwriter, Tiny Corpuz, the song’s message aims to spark the light of hope in a world full of dimly lit spirits especially going into the Christmas season. It acknowledges the current time and situation that we live in, but as the lyrics put it, “When love shines through, there’s always something more: a new season, a new reason, a spark of hope and joy to believe in.”

For his part, Darren interprets the material with utmost care and sensitivity, singing like his life depends on it, and fleshing out the song’s nuances with every fiber and being. The Canadian-Filipino recording sensation has always been known for his incredible technique and soulful singing, but on “Believe in Christmas,” he has also developed a deeper understanding of the narrative, perhaps because it feels closer to home, and it doesn’t feel removed from what’s happening in the real world.

Darren Espanto directs his own music video for Believe in Christmas
One of Darren’s realization during the pandemic is to not take everything for granted because everything can be taken away from you in just an instant

This time, he’s also more involved in the recording process as a vocal producer, ensuring that he’s in top shape to get the best vocal performance possible. “Believe In Christmas” composer and overall producer Tiny Corpuz attests to Darren’s potential as a multi-faceted artist with so much talent in his hand. “Darren is a total performer, he sings, dances even acts, and now exploring songwriting and production. A true artist knows what he wants. We’ve witnessed him grow. He’ll definitely go places with that kind of determination and passion.”

Listen to Darren Espanto’s message in “Believe in Christmas”: I’m sure you’ll love it as I did. And watch out for the music video which Darren himself directed with the help of his family and MCA Music Philippines. Shot in Canada, it has that Winter Wonderland-feel to it with a snowy background.

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