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LHS junior to release debut EP at Sharkey’s on Valentine’s Day

Joey Esce, left, will debut his EP, “Songs from the Heart,” at Sharkey’s in Liverpool on Valentine’s Day. Pictured with him is bass accompanist Justin Bertolero.

Joey Esce, left, will debut his EP, “Songs from the Heart,” at Sharkey’s in Liverpool on Valentine’s Day. Pictured with him is bass accompanist Justin Bertolero.

— Since childhood, Joey Esce has aspired to a career as a professional entertainer.

This weekend, he’s taking the first steps toward making that happen.

The 17-year-old Liverpool High School junior will be holding a release party for his debut EP, “Songs from the Heart,” from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at Sharkey’s Sports Bar and Restaurant, 7240 Oswego Road in Liverpool. There he’ll perform songs from the CD, along with friend Justin Bertolero, who will provide bass accompaniment. Admission is free.

“Recording my first professional CD was a goal I set for myself at the beginning of last year,” said Esce, who sings and plays guitar on the record. “I had written a large number of songs — I probably have more than 20, easily— and I wanted to be able to share them with as many people as I can.”

Music has been a part of Esce’s life for as long as he can remember. He comes from a family of musicians — his father sings and plays guitar, and older sisters Francesca and Antoinette were both involved in LHS’s music program, as is Joey; he’s the brass captain for the LHS Marching band, as well as second chair in the Symphonic Band. He plays piano, guitar and trombone, and he’s a member of FAME, an elite group at the high school.

“Growing up around music all the time certainly had an effect on me,” Esce said. “As I got older, I found it was the best way for me to express myself. I tried sports and other activities, but none had that deep emotional connection for me that one finds in the things they love. I did find that in music, and I've stuck with it.”

In addition to playing music, Esce said he’s found an emotional outlet through songwriting.

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