Emerson Drive looks to get bigger
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
– Emerson Drive lead vocalist Brad Mates and wife Jana are expecting their first child, a son, next month.
"Jana and I are beyond excited about becoming parents," Mates said. "The nursery has been ready for a couple of weeks. So, it's just a waiting game now. It's kind of surreal because he hasn't arrived yet, but we can't wait. I am just wondering when is too soon to take him out on the golf course with me."
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