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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.

— “I think everyone has encountered songs in their life that have put to words what they could not express, and it can turn someone's entire day around. That's what I hope my music does for people,” he said. “I hope at least one person will listen to even just one song and feel like they aren't alone, like there are other people who know how they feel. That to me is the most beautiful thing about music. Our assistant director for marching band, [Sky] Harris, always tells us to change lives with our performances. Every song is open to interpretation, and all I hope to accomplish is that people feel something when they listen to it.”

In particular, Esce finds himself drawn to acoustic music, namely the work of New England-born singer-songwriter Ray Lamontangne, whom Esce calls his inspiration.

“He puts so much soul into his music, which is something I strive for,” he said. “Almost all the music on my phone is Ray, and I listen to it for every occasion, it's such a versatile genre, which is part of the reason why I write acoustic music. But mostly I think the genre just matches who I am as a person, and I'm sure the same holds true for any musician.”

Like many songwriters, Esce said he rarely sets out with the intention to write a song. Generally, he puts pen to paper when the inspiration strikes.

“I always say that I write songs on accident, and that is true. Ideas come to me randomly throughout the day, and I have to seize that opportunity to write it down,” he said. “The songs just come out all together like an overflowing sink of emotions. I usually end up writing songs after something occurs in my life, minor and major, as long as I feel something in that moment. Most of the songs on the EP were written very quickly. For example, the song "Bowtie" was written in about 25 minutes one afternoon in my basement. Things just seem to make sense to me when I'm writing a song, and I often discover feelings inside of me that I never knew existed.”

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