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Blind and bullied: Singer fights heartaches through music

Carl Malone Montecido speaks softly.

He seems to be trying not to sound excited.

But when he sings, Carl Malone is not the shy, willowy kid anymore.

He becomes a different person.

Powerful, confident.

Asked what his life's song is, Carl says it is a song by Roel Manlangit, Maghintay Ka Lamang. | Photo by Banjo Hinolan.
Asked what his life’s song is, Carl says it is a song by Roel Manlangit, Maghintay Ka Lamang. | Photo by Banjo Hinolan.

Now in the limelight after his supermarket cover of Grammy winner Sam Smith’s Too Good at Goodbyes caught the attention of Smith and, lately, Taylor Swift, Carl Malone allowed DNX to take a glimpse inside his life.

“I was just a simple kid who played on the streets and was happy enough to eat three times a day,” Carl Malone tells DNX.

Aside from being a finalist in a national TV singing contest, Carl Malone had already been “discovered” by local politicians, among them Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia and lone district Cong. Greg Gasataya who both commissioned him to do their campaign jingles.

In between being bullied as a kid, Carl has also known heartbreaks over a woman he once fell in love with.

He did not discuss details about her except saying that she “already has a boyfriend.”

Asked what his life’s song is, Carl says it is a song by Roel Manlangit, Maghintay Ka Lamang.

The video of Carl’s a capella of the song.

Julius D. Mariveles
Julius D. Mariveles
An amateur cook who has a mean version of humba, the author has recently tried to make mole negra, the Mexican sauce he learned by watching shows of master chef Rick Bayless. A journalist since 19, he has worked in the newsrooms of radio, local papers, and Manila-based news organizations. A stroke survivor, he now serves as executive editor of DNX.
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