Emerson Drive's Mates featured on GAC show
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Emerson Drive's Mates featured on GAC show

Tuesday, February 10, 2009 – GAC's "Our Song," the show that goes beyond the artist and delves into the relationships that often inspire the song, will feature Brad Mates of Emerson Drive along with his wife, Jana, on Feb. 12.

The two met briefly while the band was on the road, but that chance meeting led to a long-distance relationship and eventual marriage. This episode of "Our Song" takes viewers inside the Nashville home of these newlyweds to tell the story of their first meeting, engagement, their fall wedding in Maine and how a teacher and musician balance their lives in perfect harmony.

The episode premiers on Thursday, Feb. 12 at 9:30 a.m. eastern and re-airs Feb. 13 at 1:30 a.m. eastern, Feb. 14 at 10:30 a.m. eastern, Feb. 15 at 9 p.m. eastern and Feb. 16 at 1 a.m. eastern.

The video for their current single, Belongs To You, from their upcoming April 7 release, "Believe," was released. The video, shot in Nashville, places Mates back into the role of groom only a couple of weeks after he tied the knot.

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