Judge Not is Ron Hansen (bass/vocals), Melissa Trevino (vocals), Jose Flores (lead guitar), Dave Canedo (rhythm/lead guitar), Rob Trevino (drums)
Hard rocking, faith building, life changing music is what you get with Judge Not! Years of experience and talent coming together to form a force in Christian Rock that has hardly been experienced before! Judge Not is more than just good music, it is an experience that leaves you wanting more!!
The Judge Not story.....
Judge Not was founded back in the late 90s by vocalist and bass player Ron Hansen. God lead him to start a band that would proclaim the saving grace that only comes from Jesus Christ! Although Judge Not started with a few select members at the time, it was not solidified until around 2000-2001 with Ismael Izzy Garcia on lead guitar, Stevie Martinez on drums, and Rob Rob T Trevino on keyboards and vocals. Numerous songs that became Judge Not staples were written during this time such as God So Loved and Back to the Cross.
However, just a few short months later as the momentum started to increase for the band, Izzy became ill and had to undergo surgery for a medical condition. Shockingly, he did not survive the procedure and passed away on March 21, 2002. The remaining members of Judge Not were left with a tough decision on whether or not to continue what the four of them had set out to accomplish. After discussing the uncertain future with one another, these three remaining men of God decided to move forward because they knew this mission was not about any one of them but about God almighty! They also knew that Izzy would not want them to stop.
The guys found a couple of guitarists that were key players in writing and performing for the next few years. After years of writing and traveling passed for the band changes began to occur. Rob had left the band in 2007 to pursue other musical interests where he felt God leading him. The two remaining constants were Ron and faithful Stevie. During this time Judge Not recruited former guitarist from Seraphim Calling, Jose Flores. Jose stayed with the band for a year before having to bow out due to him becoming a father for the first time. Even though he departed, Judge Not had picked up steam and was beginning to see real fruits of their labor. Ron and Stevie did not throw in the towel and continued to move forward and even write a few more songs as a three piece with another guitarist who stood in for some time.
However, tragedy struck the band again in October of 2017. After a few days in Minneapolis of performing and ministering, Judge Not was on cloud nine with opportunities that were laid before them for the New Year. Unfortunately, after a week of being back from Minneapolis. Stevie passed away quietly in his sleep on October 24, 2017.
Ron was at a crossroad. Does he let the vision die or does he continue with what God had called him to do? It was during this difficult period that Judge Not was already scheduled to play an event. This commitment was made before Stevie passed away. At the funeral for Stevie past members of Judge Not convened on the small town of Lockhart, TX. Rob and Jose once again stood side by side with Ron as their brother was laid to rest. It was during this time that they all agreed to join together and fulfill the commitment for the event and turn it into a memorial for their fallen brother. However, there would be a slight change. Although Jose would pick up where he left off with his guitar playing, Rob had to fill in on a different task. Rob, being an accomplished drummer in his own right, took the mantle left behind by Stevie and paid tribute to his brother by taking the sticks and keeping the beat. Also added to the lineup was Robs wife, Melissa Trevino, on vocals.After the success of the event, Jose, Rob and Melissa knew that God was leading them to continue on this journey and continue what God had called each of them to do at one time. Another familiar face added to the line up shortly after was that of guitarist Dave Canedo. Dave actually stood in with Judge Not previously during the 3 piece days of the band. However, at the time Dave could not commit to staying on. Now he is back going through the door God has opened! Judge Not now stands with a new beginning but with familiar faces. Each one has grown and matured in their faith as well as their lives. The best of Judge Not is still yet to come and we cannot wait to see what God does with these five!
We play live whenever we get the open door to do so. We have played all over Texas and we love it. I think one of the most special moments for us was at a concert we did in San Marcos, Texas. This was at a juvenile prison and out of 112 kids about 90 of them accepted Christ as their savior. The most special moments for us is when young kids come up to us and tell us how our music has influenced their lives or how one of us has inspired them to "serve God" like we do.
Musical influences vary from member to member. However, it ranges from hard rock artists like AC/DC, Ozzy Osbourne and Stryper, to blues artists like Stevie Ray Vaughn or classic vocalists like Etta James. Each member will tell you they're influenced by different artists spanning several genres and decades.
Our music may talk about Jesus and God and how he has impacted our lives, but musically it can definitely hold its own if given a chance. Do NOT judge us before you hear us. Give us a listen!