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Brettina and Julien to perform at Supermodel of the Bahamas
By The Bahamas Weekly
Apr 24, 2010 - 9:21:31 AM

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Supermodel of the Bahamas to provide SUPER Entertainment! Brettina and Julien to perform Sunday, April 25th. (Photo of Julien photo by Scharad Lightbourne / Photo of Brettina by Mike Quain)

Nassau, Bahamas - Audience members of Supermodel of the Bahamas which holds its finals on Sunday, April 25th will be treated to a live performance by Bahamian recording artist Julien who will sing his hit song, Believe.  The LA-based, but Bahamian born international recording artist, Brettina will also be singing her world-wide released hit song, Bahamian Girl. 

Both artists, along with supermodel Bobby Roache will be signing autographs at The Juke Box at Mall at Marathon on Saturday, April 24th from 12noon to 3pm. All three will be on the stage in the Governor's Ballroom at the British Colonial Hilton for the competition finals on Sunday.

When Brettina was asked 
about returning to the Bahamas to perform at the Supermodel of the Bahamas show she said,  "This is a dream come true! To be able to return to my homeland and perform for my Bahamian people, I'm humbled and I know first hand that God answers prayers.

"This show will be my first performance since the release of my CD Brettina."

"I'm excited about the trip, and I look forward to showing the world how "we do" in our country!  See you soon!"

Julien Thompson had this to say about his upcoming performance, "I am excited to perform at this event. For me its always a pleasure singing for the Bahamian public. I am so glad they believe in me and my music. I love the fact that I am able to inspire others. Sunday night is going to be special..."


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Photo: Bill Phelps


About BRETTINA: The apple doesn't fall far from the tree", they say. In the case of the sensational jazz singer and songwriter Brettina, that rings true. Born in Nassau, the Bahamas, Brettina grew up in a show business family. Her mother is is the gospel singer Leona Coakley-Spring. Her uncles are Theo and Kirk Coakley of the funk, disco, and R&B band
T-Connection.

Brettina began singing at an early age both at home in the Bahamas and Chicago, Illinois, where she continued singing, acted in local theater, and appeared in national television commercials.

During her school years, Brettina returned to the Bahamas to re-acquaint herself with her homeland. After a brief struggle to re-adapt, she thrived and won the "Miss Bahamas Talented Teen" competition. Before finishing high school, Brettina returned to the United States, settling in Seattle, where she made the transition back to the US. She continued her education at the University of Washington, where she studied cross-cultural communications and arts. During her senior year in college, Brettina moved to the Los Angeles area to pursue an entertainment career as a jazz singer. With her striking exotic beauty, she also garnered work as a print model and actor in several television advertisements.

Brettina's March 31, 2010 self-titled release kicked off at the capacity-filled Whisper Lounge in West Hollywood, California on April 1st in the company of media, family, and friends. Since the release of the album, an organic blend of traditional jazz infused with a hint of an island breeze and first single "Island in the Sun", Brettina has received rave reviews. Between residences in the Bahamas, Seattle, and now Los Angeles, Brettina is a well rounded jazz vocalist and songwriter destined for stardom.


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About Julien: “It doesn't cost a thing to think BIG” was a quote Julien heard a lot from his father growing up. It was sentiments like this that inspired Julien to become the person and singer/songwriter that he has developed into. He established early on a belief that he could become anything he set his mind to if he worked hard to accomplish it.

Julien was born and raised in Nassau, Bahamas, the small island paradise in the Atlantic Ocean. Growing up there offered Julien exposure to both a cosmopolitan way of life combined with what is known as traditional island living. Growing up Julien was captivated by many genres of music. The degree of his ambition to become a musician, however, was not always fully understood. As the son of a policeman and schoolteacher it was often difficult for anyone, even his parents, to understand his compulsion to do music.

“Every time you walked past or heard Julien in the distance he was singing,” his mother says. “I couldn’t understand it, Julien absolutely HAS to sing!” By the age of 11, Julien was actually selling his own lunch to buy CDs. His favorite artists included Boyz II Men, Brian McKnight, Joe, Bob Marley, and Ronnie Butler. Not only did he listen to these musicians, he dissected their lyrics and started fashioning his own writing style. At 12, Julien joined a singing group at his church, and so began his development as an artist. The group became immensely popular around the island and performed as an opening act for local shows and visiting entertainers. Coincidentally, the first major act he opened for was Boyz II Men and was also the first album he ever bought.

This led to opening for the likes of Sean Paul, Brian McKnight, Destiny's Child, Joe, Mariah Carey and Babyface. Julien was equally as popular on the basketball court, a past time he shared with his father and older brother. “Julien would walk to my studio from the basketball court, get into the vocal booth, and blow us away with his expressive silky vocals,” Gregg White, President of Sounds of Nassau Records, remembers.

When an opportunity arose for Julien to travel to Oklahoma on a basketball scholarship, instead he opted to pursue his first love, singing. Julien worked for two years after school and devoted every penny to his music. He assembled a makeshift studio in his room consisting of a G5, two Mackies, a Motif keyboard and a second hand microphone. There he burned the midnight oil developing his writing and vocal techniques. Julien saved the rest of his money to travel and record in professional studios. His relentless determination became evident. His daring ambition has opened many doors for him. Julien was introduced to Dominic McFadden (son Gene McFadden) and his partner Phillip "Phoe Notes" in early 2009.

Together, they produced Julien’s hit single “Believe”. It is the first single from this collaboration -- a tender ballad that warms the heart and tells people that great things are in store for themselves if they just “Believe”. On the surface Julien seems like a very well crafted R&B artist. He has a smooth vocal delivery similar to a young Curtis Mayfield. Underneath is a singer/songwriter that defies simple classification. His lyrics come from a deep pool of insight. He sees things in a different manner than most young men his age. Thus, his lyrical content takes the simplest subject matter and infuses it with love, wit, wisdom and an uplifting, inspirational feeling. Through it all, his island pedigree is very apparent. The more you listen to Julien, the more he will captivate you.


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Don't miss the
grand Float Parade to take place on April 24th featuring the garments of one of The Bahamas' top designer's, Mr. Cedric Bernard.  The contestants will parade through the streets via motorcade from 12noon until 4pm, starting at RM Bailey Park, along Marathon to Wolff Road, past COB, around JFK, down the Cable Beach strip and finishing at the British Colonial Hilton.

See our Contestants HERE

Tickets for Sunday are on sale and going fast. Persons are encouraged to take advantage of the Buddy Rates (groups of 3) which offer gifts from local sponsors along with your purchase. Ticket location are The Juke Box, Mall at Marathon; Bally Total Fitness; and Deco Bay Shoes.

The show will later be released as a reality TV show to be featured again on JCN, and is being produced by the creative team of "The Street Team Magazine.TV" 


Don't miss the after-party set for Club Luna directly after the show.

Both entertainers will be there!



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