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Collinsville native performs music of R&B legend

Justin Hoskin, 39, of Collinsville, hits a high note during rehearsals for his upcoming Luther Vandross tribute concert.
Justin Hoskin, 39, of Collinsville, hits a high note during rehearsals for his upcoming Luther Vandross tribute concert. jhodges@bnd.com

Collinsville is the hometown of one of the area’s most soulful voices. Justin Hoskin, 39, of Collinsville, has been singing since he was 4 years old and it is still a major part of his life.

Justin sings with a 4-piece band called The Movie. Andrew Betheny, 30, of St. Louis, plays drums. Brian Thomas, 28, of Washington Park, plays bass guitar. Lordell Rush, 29, of St. Louis, is on keyboards. Isiah Cox, 22, of St. Louis, plays lead guitar. Justin also sings with two back-up singers Tequila Harrison, 37, of St. Louis, and Katrina Reece, 25, of St. Louis.

Justin and his band have been performing in a concert series where they pay tribute to a musical icon and perform all of the icon’s most popular songs. Recently, Justin and the band held a Marvin Gaye tribute concert. The next performance is a tribute to Luther Vandross called, “If Only For One Night,” which is the title of one of Luther Vandross’s most successful hits.

When asked what he likes most about performing, Justin said, “I enjoy the people. I’m a notorious people watcher and like to watch them while they watch me perform. I feed off their reactions to the songs we play and I get my energy and vibe from them.”

Justin and The Movie will be performing Sunday, Sept. 25, at BB’s Jazz, Blues and Soups in St. Louis. Doors open at 6 p.m.; the concert starts at 7.

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About Justin Hoskin

Who: Collinsville singer who performs with a live band called The Movie

Where to see him: BB’s Jazz, Blues and Soups, 700 S. Broadway Blvd., St. Louis

When: 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25

What: R&B concert series featuring a Luther Vandross tribute performance

For more information, go to BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups

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