MEDINA — Taylor Esposito’s friends always told her that she would be famous one day. Now the Medina High School grad is getting her chance for a career as a pop singer.
Less than two weeks after she stepped off the stage with her diploma in hand, Esposito signed a recording contract with Cleveland-based Tri Entertainment Group.
“Entertaining is something I always wanted to do. It’s even part of my personality, so to do it by way of singing makes it even better,” she said. “The ultimate goal is to be successful, not just for myself but for my mom because she does so much for me. So it’s my chance to do something great for her.”
Esposito grew up in the Union Square Apartments complex and never sang for any school performance groups.
She recorded her first song earlier this year on a friend’s laptop.
“No one knew I could sing,” she said. “I started working with this producer in town and he asked me to do a song with him.”
The song, “Hope You’re Different,” was shopped around to different record labels until Tri Entertainment Group decided she would be a good fit for its label.
According to its Facebook page, Tri Entertainment was established in 1987 in Atlanta, where it continues to maintain an office, and seeks to provide an outlet for artists to professionally develop their skills.
Esposito plans to record a full-length album later this summer with several different producers.
Brian Anthony, CEO of Tri Entertainment, said Esposito’s contract includes a promotional and marketing plan with the distribution help of Warner Music Group.
“I’m looking forward to getting behind an artist that has great potential to cause a ground swell that is undeniable,” Anthony said. “We are the ones who are going to guide and set up her career in terms of bringing her to the national spotlight.”
Esposito hopes to perform for a hometown crowd in September at the Medina County Fairgrounds as part of a “Let’s Make a Difference” program benefit concert.
“Let’s Make a Difference” is an after-school program that tutors and mentors low-income middle school students from Union Square.
Esposito is one of many students who have benefited from the program.
“I want to tell them to stay in school,” she said. “They need to get an education because your dreams can come true.”
Michelle Powell, leader of the program, is trying to raise $1,000 to book the fairgrounds for the benefit show.
Esposito was in Powell’s after-school program, which takes about 50 children each year on field trips to see movies, go skating and participate in other activities outside the neighborhood.
“Taylor is my angel,” Powell said. “She will inspire other kids to stay with the program.”
Powell said Esposito always was a respectful, cheerful student with an eagerness to learn who will be able to inspire kids to stay in the program.
“She deserves this opportunity,” Powell said. “We had no idea she could sing, but we knew she could dance.”
Powell said the benefit show will help raise money for the foundation so she can continue to mentor underprivileged children from a neighborhood where life can seem limited.
“We thank God that Taylor is proud enough of our program to reach back and do this for us,” she said. “These kids don’t get opportunities like other children, but we give them those opportunities.”
Jamie Turk, finance director for “Let’s Make a Difference,” said that donations for the show can be mailed to P.O. Box 241 Medina, 44258.
Contact reporter Andrew Davis at (330) 721-4050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.