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Unity, Togetherness & Rebuilding

In 1985 the music industry came together in an outpouring of generosity in response to the tragic famine in Africa and recorded the benefit single song “We Are The World”, which was written by the late Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and produced by Quincy Jones. In response to the devastation left behind in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, Julian Believe and Jayme Pinder have penned “I Believe In You”, an inspirational song of hope on which fellow Bahamians as well as their Caribbean counterparts have lent their voices in a rallying call.

The song speaks to having gone through the storm and being stronger now, encouraging people to keep the faith, all the while knowing it isn’t easy. And not letting their past determine their destiny. It says they will survive. And that there are people that believe in them.

It’s a single with an inspiring message and an even more infectious track that makes you want to dance.

“We Are The World” featured Richie, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Kenny Rodgers, James Ingram, Billy Joel, Tina Turner, Jackson, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Willie Nelson, Al Jarreau, Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Loggins, Steve Perry, Daryl Hall, Huey Lewis, Cyndi Lauper and Kim Carnes. Bob Dylan and Ray Charles were also featured on the song.

On “I Believe In You” with Julien Believe and Pinder is a regional compilation of hard-hitters – Machel Montano, Skinny Fabulous, Angela Hunte, Alison Hinds, Tara Lynne, Cecile, Rik Carey, Judah Tha Lion, Nehemiah Hield and gospel group Shaback.

“The song says we believe in you, we are here with you. It speaks to rebuilding after the storm,” said Pinder.

“What we sought to do was in addition to [Aliv’s] hurricane relief efforts, we wanted to put some kind of sound to it [because] arts, music and entertainment is one of our sponsorship pillars and Julien Believe is one of our brand ambassadors, and this just seemed to be the perfect way to mesh it,” she added.

Each artist recorded their part from wherever they were in the world, and the final result is an amazing song.

“It wasn’t in one room. It was from all across the Caribbean, all across the world, because many of them are touring. Julien reached out to his counterparts, and we said we need you – we need you to sing this line, we need you to sing that line, and everyone pitched in and did their part,” she said.

“The completed version is kind of overwhelming, because I know what it was when we first heard it. I know what it was on the demo when it was just my voice – just Julien’s voice…but to hear the compilation of artists is mind-blowing. It’s phenomenal and it just makes you think of everything that we’ve been through as a country. And it gives you hope.”

“I Believe In You” will be officially released at a launch event on Saturday.

Pinder said “I Believe In You” was originally an inspirational song penned by Julien Believe that they initially had, but which wasn’t about the storm and rebuilding. Pinder lent her writing skills to tweaking the words to make it more about unity, togetherness and rebuilding.

The final product is one Julien Believe is proud of.

“It really and truly was designed to give people hope and encouragement,” he said.

“I Believe In You” is a part of the overall B Aliv campaign in which they aim to raise $3 million to go towards the rebuilding efforts on Abaco and Grand Bahama. Julien Believe said the single “I Believe In You” is a part of the movement, with all funds raised going towards the effort.

“I was really happy Aliv inspired the whole concept for us to be able to do this together,” said Julien Believe who is a brand ambassador. “We’re very proud. It’s just a great feeling. And to be a Bahamian, just to be able to represent and call the international community and have them support us, is a blessing.”

He said his pride in the song didn’t start after the song was completed.

“Immediately after the storm, to see the amount of love and support that the world had given to The Bahamas in the form of donations, phone calls – just overall support, it just made me feel glad to be a Bahamian,” he said. “To be able to carry my flag, people who have been seeing the flag when I’m performing, now they can connect with my country. And it really feels good to be an ambassador for The Bahamas.”

The beat for “I Believe In You” was produced by a team out of the United States who Julien Believe said is familiar with the Bahamian as well as the Caribbean sound.

“It was very easy to direct them as it relates to what it is we wanted to accomplish. And they have worked with many Bahamian artists, so they’re no strangers to our culture and our country.”

“I Believe In You”

Writers: Jayme Pinder, Julien Believe

You’ve been through the storm and you’re stronger now

Just keep faith a little longer now ay ay

Know it aint’ easy

Your past don’t determine your destiny,

You’ll see it through just hold onto me, ay ay

We’ll survive this, yeah

And if nobody else can see all that you can be

I believe in you (4x)

Rise above it all

Spite of what you see

Your vision will soon be reality ey ey

Gone and seize the day

The clouds have left, the skies are clearer now,

We will rebuild together now

You will be okay!

And if nobody else can see all that you can be

I believe in you (4x)

Through the good and the bad times

I’ll be your lifeline

Do whatever to see you through

Just know I’m rooting for you

Oh ooo whoa oh whoa

Oh whoa ohhh

Shavaughn Moss

Lifestyles Editor at The Nassau Guardian
Shavaughn Mossjoined The Nassau Guardianas a sports reporter in 1989. She was later promoted to sports editor.Shavaughn covered every major athletic championship from the CARIFTA to Central American and Caribbean Championships through to World Championships and Olympics.
Shavaughn was appointed as the Lifestyles Editor a few years later.

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