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When you're looking for a band in the Texas area, one name stands out above the rest. The Emotions!. Their reputation for excellence, professionalism and pure entertainment make them the number one choice in bands. From Dallas to San Antonio to Houston and all towns around and between, The Emotions have entertained hundreds of thousands of people in the state of Texas. They hold more attendance records in the area than any other band ever and continue to set records at their show frequently. They also perform at private parties, corporate parties, rodeos, weddings, church picnics and charity events.

In their 38 year history, many entertainers have graced the stage of The Emotions on continued on to gain national recognition. David Kersh, Justin Spears (Ravencliff), Chad Hudson, Scott Taylor and Suzanne Karr are a few of the national artists who have had their beginnings with The Emotions. Two time record producer Robert Wright is also a former Emotions member. Mark Hybner, a founding member of The Emotions, and his management company in Nashville has guided the careers of David Kersh, Chris Cagle, John Michael Montgomery, Ricochet, Thom Shepherd and others. Tim McGraw's stage manager/Jason Aldean’s tour manager Joey Supak, and Bon Jovi's lighting director Greg Kocurek are production managers who launched their careers with The Emotions.

At the heart of this success are the artists who are bringing The Emotions to new and higher levels each year. The current Emotions members and future stars of tomorrow are:

Justin Thompson – Lead Vocals and Guitar
Beverly Hensley – Lead Vocals and Guitar
Calvin Drozd - Keyboards
Juan Jose Villafane - Lead Guitar and Vocals
Austin Popp - Drums and Vocals
Oscar Urdaneta - Bass Guitar and Vocal

The Emotions Production Team:
Pete Salinas - Sound Engineer
Braden Drozd- Lighting/Visuals/Video

For booking and information:
Mark Hybner Management
Mark Hybner
mhybner@hybnerent.com
(361)772-5678

 

JUSTIN THOMPSON

Justin has been singing and performing almost his whole life! Justin’s first stage performance was at the age of seven at the local Country Opry Show, and he continued singing and working in local bands until he went to South Plains College to study music and composition. After a couple of years of study, Justin headed to Nashville where he explored the music scene and kept honing his skills of performing and writing, while looking for that major label break. But even though he had some success, he didn’t break into the big time and then headed back to Texas and in 2009 he joined the Emotions. He has written and recorded some great songs that will be released in the Spring of 2015. Justin is a great vocalist who brings his soulful style to the stage every night. He has the ability to take the crowd on a musical adventure with him each and every night he fronts the band.    


The Emotions Justin Thompson Lead Vocals
The Emotions Beverly Hensley Lead Vocals

BEVERLY HENSLEY

Beverly was born in Ozona, TX and raised in Junction, located deep in the Texas Hill Country. Her family then moved to San Marcos and that is where her musical career began.
She soon began singing at the legendary Cheatham Street Warehouse and starting jamming on Monday nights with George Strait’s, Ace in the Hole band. Since then she has shared the stage with George Strait, Pat Green, Kevin Fowler, Asleep at the Wheel and many more artists. Beverly is one of the best female vocalist to perform in Texas in a long time.
Beverly is an accomplished songwriter and has already put out her own album, “White Trash Legacy”. She has a terrific voice and has confident command of her live performances, which also mix in with her own unique style of humor and fun.

 

JUAN JOSE VILLAFANE (KNOWN AS JJ)

Juan Jose Villafane aka JJ, is from Venezuela, and before coming to the United States, JJ was the lead guitar player for Santoral, Latin Grammy Award nominee in 2011. He has also played guitar for Santiago Bosch, a renowned jazz pianist from Venezuela, who is currently a presidential scholar at Berklee College of Music. JJ also recorded two tracks on Bosch's first album "Guaro Report".

Since JJ came to the USA, he has played with Grammy award winning artist, Billy Dorsey, and Ozeal and various other groups.

To say that JJ is an accomplished guitarist, is an understatement! His creativity, knowledge of music theory, style and technique, gives him the ability to play multiple styles and make amazing and beautiful music.  Put that together with a dynamic stage presence and you have the one and only JJ!
JJ lead guitar The Emotions
The Emotions Oscar Urdaneta Bass Guitar
OSCAR URDANETA

Oscar was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela and came to the Houston, Texas in 2009. Oscar influences from Latin Music, Rock, Pop and Country all meld together to create one of the smoothest bass players around.

A humble bass guitarist is usually an underappreciated beast, but Oscar knows just how to build a platform for the rest of the band to show off their virtuosity. Oscar brings the heart and soul to the band with his solid groove on top of the drums.

Oscar also plays keyboards and guitar and brings his sense of style to every type of music he plays. Oscar played in several bands in Houston and joined the Emotions in 2012. And yes ladies, he is single!
 
AUSTIN POPP

If you have a good drummer you have a good band, and if you have a GREAT drummer you have a GREAT band.  Austin is a GREAT drummer, and greatness requires talent and dedication. Born into a musical family, Austin has been a drummer his whole life.

Drums have a huge effect on the “feel”, “groove” and EMOTIONS of a song, and Austin, through his love of music, always finds the right answer for the songs he is playing, from country to rock, and everything in between. The most amazing feature when you talk about Austin is his age. Austin is 19 year old!

The Emotions Austin Popp Drums
The Emotions Calvin Drozd Keyboard

 

CALVIN DROZD

Calvin Drozd has been with the Emotions since 1989!!! Before that Calvin played with the System, High Risk and the Visions. Calvin has played with David Kersh and has opened for dozens of artists: Brooks and Dunn, Brian White, Steve Wariner, Colin Raye, Restless Heart and practically every Texas artist including, Robert Earl Keen, Pat Green, Randy Rogers, Cody Johnson and the list goes on and on. When performing, Calvin usually stands at the back of the stage while everyone is out front skillfully playing and singing in front of him. Yes Calvin is a keyboardist, and a great keyboardist, who also plays saxophone, however his experience in the music business is by far his greatest asset to the Emotions. He has been the tour manager for 25 years and counting!

PETE SALINAS

Pete is the behind scenes man that makes all the magic happen on the sound board.
Pete is the backbone of the band, keeping The Emotions sounding their best. 
The Emotions Pete Salinas Production