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NY Mets' Jeurys Familia's To Get Bachata Walkout Song

Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia and Bachata artist Zacarias Ferreira in the studio, 2016.
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Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia and Bachata artist Zacarias Ferreira in the studio, 2016.

“Music gives you the strength to excel,” says the pitcher, who’s new field music was written by fellow Dominican Zacarías Ferreira

Jeurys Familia, the 26-year-old Dominican pitcher for the NY Mets, likes to listen to two kinds of music: bachata and inspirational songs. Soon Familia will have his own theme song that will be both. 

Destined to both move Citi Field crowds and motivate Familia’s game, the new walkout song, “Somos Familia,” was written by popular Dominican bachata artist Zacarías Ferreira. It will have its debut at the Mets’ opening home game against the Phillies on April 8, when it will simultaneously be released as a single.

“Music gives you strength to excel,” Familia says. Speaking in Spanish over the phone during a break from his Spring training schedule in Florida, he stresses the dual importance of both baseball and bachata for Dominicans. “It’s our culture; it’s our music.”

Although the pelotero and the bachatero only recently met, Familia was already a fan of Ferreira’s music. He even dedicated one of Ferreira’s songs to his wife at their wedding. Ferreira had been following Familia’s rise from the Dominican leagues to his over $4 million signing by the Mets.

It was Jamar Chess, the head of Sunflower Entertainment, Ferreira’s publishing company and label, who had the idea to bring bachata and baseball together in New York.

“This is about how we join the two biggest Dominican exports,” says Chess, who, with his partner Juan Carlos Barguil, came up with the idea to approach athletes with a musical proposal.

Chess connected with Shana Scala, a marketing consultant for Familia's agency, ACES Inc.

Scala reached out to players on her roster, and the idea of a custom walkout song hit home with Familia.

“For us, [“Somos Familia”] is going to put Zacarías in front of a whole new set of fans,” says Chess. Sunflower will further promote the song with a video of Familia and Ferriera together in the recording studio.

“We’re trying to get more people to look differently at bachata as a genre,” he says, adding that while bachata is a natural for the Mets' many Latino fans, it’s infectious sound can appeal to a much broader audience.

Chess is the the grandson of Leonard Chess, co-founder (with his brother Phil) of the historic Chess Records label. Together with Barguil, who is Colombian, he has recently been making an impact in the Latin music space. Most recently, Chess has supplied a cache of cool vintage Colombian songs for the soundtrack of Netflix’s Narcos from the Disco Fuentes catalogue, which Sunflower represents in the U.S.

Singer/songwriter Ferreira calls “Somos Familia” a song that tells the story of “a person who wants to give the best of himself.” He notes that the ball player’s last name, “family,” naturally gives the song a unifying message of team spirit. (The title, and chorus, translates as “We are family.”)

“I’m focused on recording a song that is worthy of Familia.” Ferreira says. “This is a song for his moment.” 


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