It’s easy to dismiss 13-year-old Kyle Echarri as just another pretty boy determined to make his mark in showbiz. But he’s much more than that. All he has to do to prove his doubters wrong is open his mouth to sing. Once he does, anyone with a working pair of ears will see—or hear, to be more precise—that he’s truly exceptional. Listening to him sing will put a smile on anyone’s face.
In 2015, he auditioned for the second season of The Voice Kids. He chose to sing the One Direction song “Night Changes.” His rendition of it was so charming that two of the show’s coaches turned their chairs for him within seconds. (Kyle’s Blind Audition also made quite a big splash online when it premiered on the show’s official YouTube channel. It has been viewed over four million times and counting.)
Kyle joined Sarah Geronimo’s team, and together they worked on building up his confidence so he could loosen up onstage. Kyle learned a lot from her, which helped him sail through the Battles and Sing-Offs despite the fact that part of him found the other contestants kind of intimidating.
“It was nerve-racking but fun,” he says. “I was scared because I was competing with seasoned kids who have had voice lessons or joined other competitions. But The Voice Kids made me love singing even more and I also made lots of friends. I also learned a lot from Coach Sarah. She would always remind me to perform with confidence while keeping my feet on the ground because humility is important too.”
Unfortunately, his journey came to an end in the semifinals. Even so, Kyle says he doesn’t regret anything about the experience. In fact, he’d do it all over again if he could. Not that he needs to, mind you—his career is doing just fine even if he didn’t win The Voice Kids.
Soon after he was eliminated, he was cast in the top-rating ABS-CBN teleserye On the Wings of Love as Brent Wyatt, the half-brother of Nadine Lustre’s character Leah Olivar. Kyle enjoyed being on set and says he hopes to do more acting in the future.
“I like acting. It’s also one of my dreams to be an actor. When I was younger, I used to act out scenes with my toys. I’m open to working with everyone. If someone offers me another acting job, I would take it,” he admits.
However, Kyle’s next television gig brought him back to music. He took part in another televised singing competition, but not as a soloist. On We Love OPM: The Celebrity Sing-Offs, which ran for three whole months, from May to July this year, he was one-third of the boy group Voice Next Door. He’s used to going at it alone, but We Love OPM showed him how fun it can also be to sing with others.
“I feel so blessed that I was given the chance to be part of that show. It was wonderful to be able to collaborate with Voice Next Door under the guidance of Mr. Richard Poon,” he says.
Kyle got into music at the tender age of three, although he had no formal training growing up. Kyle honed his talent on his own by singing along to hits by his favorite artists whenever and wherever he could. “I would sing in the bathroom, in the car, basically anywhere I could sing along to the music I would hear.”
Now, with the release of It’s Me Kyle, his debut solo album under MCA Music, he’ll get to sing his own songs—definitely in better venues than the back seat of his parents’ car. Kyle says he feels very lucky to have been given a record deal even if he didn’t make the grand finals of The Voice Kids. He’s also thrilled to be an MCA Music artist, because their people really helped him through the recording process. He’s also thankful for the guidance of Cornerstone Talents and Star Magic, both of which work closely with MCA Music in shaping his career.