Excitement sums up the collective mood of the New Entry Band members, and even more so, since the video shoot of the group’s new hit song: “Excited” at Grabbers Bed Bar & Grill on Guana Cay in late August.
Lead singer Wilner Pierre said that since the band’s formation in 2006, things have been going great. In fact, New Entry is looking forward to having “Excited” featured on Bahamian music sensation – Kirkland “KB” Bodie’s – latest “KB & Friends: Vol. 4” album. They also intend to travel to Nassau to promote a few more of their popular songs that predominantly combines pop music with a cross section of musical genres performed onstage in front of live audiences.
Later in the year, Pierre said they will be entering The Global Battle of the Bands (GBOB) Festival again, so they need Abaco’s support “like crazy this year.” GBOB takes place at Nassau’s Botanical Gardens and all Bahamian bands that sign up will compete for a chance to be crowned the Best New Band in The Bahamas, and get to travel to Thailand to compete in the GBOB World Finals.
He explained: “It is a competition, but then you have to bring your supporters along. It is in Nassau so even though people may like the band over there, we need the Abaco people to be in the audience.”
So with GBOB taking place on Nov. 2, in the meantime New Entry members want to embark on a Nassau tour one weekend to complete the promotional part of releasing the “Excited” video. The “Excited” Tour will also be featured on Power 104.5 FM Radio Personality King C-Notes’ show at Club Waterloo. Then when they return to Abaco, New Entry will put together a red-carpet show showcasing the models from the music video, various deejays and corporate sponsors to show people what is available to them on Abaco.
Besides “Excited“, fans may recall more popular songs like: “Dancing Queen“, which was released before “Excited“; “On My Mind“, an R&B song; “Try Again“, a Reggae track; “Party Time“ for the soca lovers; and “Party All the Time“, an upbeat, pop song. Pierre said that they are looking for an artist from Nassau or perhaps Jamaica to feature on “Party All the Time“. The group also released a number of mixes, and remixes of popular songs or basically blended a reggae rhythm to record songs to.
“The name of the album is ‘Music Evolution’,” Pierre added. “We are also doing a collaboration with Dillon ‘D-Mac’ McKenzie on a Bahamian song called “Pretty Woman“. We have already put the song together, but we are working with D-Mac to make it stronger. The main focus now, though, is “Excited“ , “Party Time“, and “Party All the Time. “
“These three songs – that’s the songs we are going to push out to the world.”
Truly, New Entry provides an energetic and entertaining line up whenever and wherever they perform. Pierre is joined onstage by Anderson Alcime, lead singer and percussionist; Francois Innocent, bass player; Herode Innocent, guitarist; and Joanel Petit-Beau, keyboardist. Pierre gave his respect to the late Freeman “Bouncy” Greene, who was also a guitarist for the group.
As a founding member of New Entry, Pierre was pleased that most if not all of their goals have been met.
“It’s working; it’s coming along because I expected it to take a little while,” Wilner said. “If we continue, we will get where we want to get.”
New Entry has also belted out performances at music shows in Ft. Lauderdale, and at the renowned Best of the Best Concert held annually in Miami. Although they are looking forward to returning next year stronger and more effective; however, they need the support of Abaco and sponsors to continue to perform at different venues and build their presence in the industry.
“We have been sponsoring ourselves to go to all of these different events, but we need to look for sponsors. People like us a lot in Nassau, but it is expensive having to travel there to perform.”
Lately, they have also connected with Fidelity Bank out of Nassau, and will be putting together commercials and a few jingles together in Creole and English using the “Party Time“ track for the Creole version, and the Excited track for the English one. Many of their local gigs have been on the cays in locations like Green Turtle Cay, Grabbers in Guana Cay, Snappas Grill & Chill, Moore’s Island and Grand Cay, and in Hope Town at Seaspray Resort, Harbour’s Edge, Hope Town Harbour Lodge, Abaco Inn, Cap’n Jacks and at the posh resorts namely Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club and The Abaco Club on Winding Bay.
New Entry has done a bit of island hopping for their performances as well and have travelled to Andros, Exuma, Eleuthera, Grand Bahamas, Nassau, the Berry Islands and Bimini particularly at weddings. Their music career has allowed them to perform alongside members from the Queen Band who sing: “We Will Rock You“. They also became acquainted with Owner and Co-Founder of Patron – John Paul DeJoria – who assisted them with copyrighting their original songs. One time the group received a call from Bahrain to perform for three months at a Ritz Carlton resort.
Of course, the members have family and job obligations, so they were not able to take advantage of the three-month gig. Nevertheless, Pierre said his wife Molina Jeune Pierre has always been very supportive of him. He talked about the brotherly connection among the band members recalling how they linked up with each other through church. Plus, Francois and Herode are brothers, and he and Anderson are related.
“With the band, it’s a family thing; everybody links in some way. It’s more than a band; it’s like a brotherhood because I see them so much when we are practicing, recording or performing together. We understand each other, we have our differences, but we understand each other. If anything happens, the first person we would call on is each other.”
Their fans also make up their extended family, and Pierre wanted to personally thank all of the persons who have supported the band since its inception. He thanked the team of Abaco professionals – Zyandric Jones, Serena Hollingsworth, Michel Fils-aime II, Dakota Delancey and the models – who came together for their latest song, “Excited“, which will be released at the end of this month.
Really want to thank all the people who support them and help them. Thank on a personal level and want them to stay connected as they release video forExcited by the end of the month.
Fortunately, New Entry has been well received by all crowds, so according to Pierre, it makes it easier for them to continue what they are doing. They have also been utilizing many of the social media networks to promote their music, so fans can also visit the New Entry Band fan page and profile on Facebook, or go to email@example.com, and download music on Sound Cloud and Reverbnation.
“I want to see every where playing our music; I want to feel and see it happening,” Pierre envisioned. “As far as the world itself, we want to get our stuff way out there.”