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EXCLUSIVE: A teenager from Berkshire has signed a major record deal after releasing two songs online.

17-year-old Tayo Oyekan from Reading who has just signed a major record deal

17-year-old Tayo Oyekan from Tilehurst in Reading saved up money from busking to hire a producer for one of the tracks and recorded the other one on his mobile phone!

Now he's signed a deal with Sony in a joint venture with labels in the UK and the US.

But he's not letting it go to his head:

Tayo says he first got interested in songs and songwriting as a 4-year-old:

His father helped him with the basics of how to play the guitar, but he learnt the rest using 'You Tube'. He took lessons to master the piano.

A Year 4 school talent competition gave him a taste for performing:

A few years later he was ready to take the plunge and start busking, Tayo reminisced on his first experience in Reading Town Centre at the age of just 13:

We took Tayo back to his favourite busking spot in Broad Street, Reading:

Tayo attended Little Heath School in Tilehurst and admits that much of his time there was spent researching the music industry and analysing how people had achieved success!

He left school at 16 to busk full-time and focus on his music. 

Here Tayo talks about how he produced and wrote the songs 'Broken' & 'Yes or No' which brought him to the attention of the music business:

Through his research he discovered that music blogs were a way to get attention: 

He says the reaction to the songs was at times "overwhelming":

Amongst the many messages were genuine offers of help and interest from music industry professionals. 

At times he says it was "scary" working out who was genuine and who was trying to hoax him. But along with help from his father he signed up to a management company and found legal representation.

As they got close to signing a record deal Tayo and his dad travelled to New York to meet record label representatives:

Tayo, who was born in Reading, says he's proud to call the town his home:

At the age of just 17 some might say he could be easily influenced by the darker side of the music industry, but Tayo says he has too many people "protecting" him, and besides he's not a fan of parties:

With the record deal now signed his management company say they plan to get him into the studio full time to work on music and to start releasing at some point in the first half of 2020.

Tayo says he can't wait to get to work:

He knows that despite his incredible year there's a long road ahead:

Tayo has released 'Broken' and 'Yes or No' under his artist name 'Tayo Sound'.

Audio interview, video and article by: Jonathan Richards

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