Ernie Haase & Signature Sound

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Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
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EH&SS in Concert in Apeldoorn (2010)
Background information
Genres Christian, Southern Gospel
Years active 2002 (2002) - present

Ernie Haase & Signature Sound is a Southern Gospel vocal quartet founded in 2002 by Ernie Haase, former Cathedral Quartet tenor, and Garry Jones, former Gold City pianist. In 2012, it consists of Doug Anderson (baritone), Devin McGlamery (lead), Paul Harkey (bass) and Ernie Haase (tenor). While Ernie Haase and Doug Anderson have been with the group from the start, the lineup of the band has changed a few times. The band has released 23 albums and 9 DVDs, which feature many other Christian artists as well.

History[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

The Cathedral Quartet announced their farewell tour in 1999. Lead singer Glen Payne died on October 15, 1999 before the end of the tour. Upon request of Glen Payne, the remaining members finished the tour with pianist Roger Bennett performing Payne's vocals. Following the tour Bennett and baritone Scott Fowler formed Legacy Five[1] while Ernie Haase continued his solo career.[2]

Formation[edit]

After a time former Cathedrals bass George Younce and the legendary Jake Hess along with Bill Gaither formed The Old Friends Quartet with Ernie Haase, Wesley Pritchard, and Garry Jones. The Old Friends Quartet disbanded after about two years on the road, as Hess and Younce's ill health prevented them from doing much traveling. Haase, along with Jones, still had a love for quartet singing and wished to create a quartet that was 21st Century in image and attitude, but traditional in sound, emulating the great Southern Gospel groups of the 20th Century, including the legendary Statesmen Quartet, the Stamps Quartet, the Blackwood Brothers and of course, the Cathedral Quartet. Haase and Jones gathered three other men (lead singer Shane Dunlap, baritone Doug Anderson, and bass singer Tim Duncan) with similar love and respect for Gospel music, and the Signature Sound Quartet was born. They recorded three albums, "Stand by Me" released in April 2002 followed by "Building a Bridge" in 2003 and they release their first live concert "Live In Indiana" recorded live at Reardon Auditorium in Anderson, Indiana, February 21, 2003.

Widespread popularity[edit]

Later Shane Dunlap left Signature Sound to start a solo career after release of their third album "Glory to His Name" in 2003, Wesley Pritchard fill-in Dunlap's position while the group searched for a full-time lead. Jones and Haase dissolved their business relationship after the first year and Roy Webb was chosen as pianist. Later, they found Ryan Seaton and hired him as the new lead singer. Haase's father-in-law George Younce became co-owner of the quartet and was instrumental in getting the group an affiliation with the Gaither Music Group. They release their fourth album "The Ground is Level" followed by "Great Love" in 2004. From the group's inception their name was heard everywhere, and when audiences saw the fun and energy that the group gave at their concerts, they responded enthusiastically, rocketing the Signature Sound Quartet to instant stardom. With the fame came some controversy, as some Gospel music lovers objected to the "outlandish" look of the group, which included short ties and oddly-colored suits. Still later, the group began styling their hair in "modern" stand-up spiked style, which further added to their controversy. The fan reaction, however, was far more positive than negative, and trade magazines began referring to them as "the next Statesmen", implying that the mold-breaking style they created brought to mind the similarly outside-the-box thinking of the classic group.

Changing name and Gaither Homecoming Years[edit]

In 2004, the group changed its name to Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, reportedly in order to avoid confusion with other similarly titled regional groups. They release the self titled album "Ernie Haase and Signature Sound" in October 2005. They signed with the Gaither Music Group and became regular performers with the Gaither Homecoming tours and videos. In May 2007, pianist Roy Webb came off the road to be with his dad, who was dying of cancer. On May 29, 2007, it was announced that Webb had resigned from the group. Later, it was announced that Gordon Mote would be the group's piano player during their Get Away Jordan summer tour supporting their album Get Away, Jordan released in January 2007. Like-minded legendary singer/producer Bill Gaither eventually began scheduling a second series of concerts with only Signature Sound and the Gaither Vocal Band appearing together. Due in part to the popularity of these concerts, the two groups decided to record a single album together, appropriately titled "Together", which debuted in October 2007. On the DVD, it was hinted that future collaborations between Signature Sound and the Vocal Band were upcoming. Producer and songwriter Wayne Haun has served as their pianist since their 2008 Summer tour. The group's next project was entitled, "Dream On." This was released in late October 2008 and was filmed in Chicago, at the Navy Pier Ballroom. In October 2009 a new Christmas album, the group's second such album, was released entitled "Every light that shines at Christmas." The group won two GMA Dove Awards in 2008 (both for "Get Away, Jordan") at the 39th GMA Dove Awards, and one in 2009 for their song "Reason Enough" at the 40th GMA Dove Awards.

A Cathedrals Tributes[edit]

In September 2009, following a three year hiatus from the National Quartet Convention, southern gospel's premier annual event, Haase and Signature Sound returned to the NQC main stage along with the rest of the Gaither Homecoming performers. The group was greeted with great fanfare and adulation by the thousands in attendance. Many longtime Cathedral Quartet fans however were greatly disappointed when Haase failed to appear with former Cathedrals members Scott Fowler, Gerald Wolfe, Mark Trammell and Danny Funderburk for a NQC special showcase presentation called "The Cathedrals Remembered", a tribute concert at the convention in which the former Cathedral members joined forces to sing many old Cathedral songs and to honor George Younce and Glen Payne. Haase had other engagements over the weekend and had to leave NQC early, prior to the taping. In January 2009, Ernie Haase announced a Cathedrals tribute tour was next on the quartet's agenda and the group started touring with a live band that included Wayne Haun on the piano, David Griffith on the bass, Kelly Vaughan on electric guitar and Zak Shumate on the drums. On December 28, 2009, Ernie announced that Ryan Seaton was leaving the quartet to pursue other interests and that former Karen Peck and New River lead/tenor Devin McGlamery would be joining as the new lead singer and they released A Tribute to the Cathedral Quartet in October 2010.

Recent times[edit]

On January 18, 2011, it was announced that bass singer Tim Duncan had left, and Ian Owens had joined the group as the new bass singer for the group.[3] The group released a new project called "Here We Are Again" in February 2012. In October 2012, Ian Owens announced his resignation[4] and later joined Soul'd Out Quartet,[5] and Paul Harkey joined as the new bass singer.[6]

Members (past and present)[edit]

Line-up
2002–2003

(Under the Name "Signature Sound Quartet")

  • Stand by Me (2002)
  • Building a Bridge - Great Quartet Songs of the Last Century Vol.1 (2003)
  • Glory to His Name - Great Quartet Songs of the Last Century Vol.2 (2003)
2003
  • Wesley Pritchard – Lead
  • Haase – Tenor
  • Anderson – Baritone
  • Duncan – Bass
  • Roy Webb - Pianist
2003–2004
  • Ryan Seaton – Lead
  • Anderson – Baritone
  • Duncan – Bass
  • Haase – Tenor
  • Webb - Pianist
  • The Ground is Level - Great Quartet Songs of the Last Century Vol.3 (2004)
  • Great Love (2004)
  • Stand by Me - Live (2004)
2004–2007

(Under the Name "Ernie Haase & Signature Sound")

  • Haase – Tenor
  • Anderson – Baritone
  • Duncan – Bass
  • Seaton – Lead
  • Webb - Pianist
2007-2009
  • Haase – Tenor
  • Seaton – Lead
  • Anderson – Baritone
  • Duncan – Bass
  • Together (2007) - Recorded with the Gaither Vocal Band
  • Influenced: A Vintage Quartet Session (2008)
  • Dream On (2008)
  • Every Light That Shines at Christmas (2009)
2010-2011
  • Devin McGlamery – Lead
  • Anderson – Baritone
  • Duncan – Bass
  • Haase – Tenor
2011-2012
  • Ian Owens - Bass
  • Haase – Tenor
  • Anderson – Baritone
  • McGlamery – Lead
  • George Younce with Ernie Haase & Signature Sound (2011)
  • A White Christmas (2011)
  • California Live - Vol.1 (2012)
  • California Live - Vol.2 (2012)
  • Here We Are Again (2012)
2012–present
  • Paul Harkey – Bass
  • Anderson – Baritone
  • Haase – Tenor
  • McGlamery – Lead
  • Glorious Day (2013)
  • Christmas Live! (2013)
  • Oh, What A Savior (2014)

Musicians[edit]

Piano
  • Garry Jones (2002-2003)
  • Roy Webb (2003-2007)
  • Gordon Mote (2007)
  • Wayne Haun (2008–present)* also serves as a vocalist/producer/arranger
Bass Guitar
  • David Griffith (2009–present)
Drums
  • Greg Ritchie (2009)
  • Zak Shumate (2010–Present)
Guitar
  • Kelly Vaughn (2010–2012)
Co-Owners
  • Garry Jones (2002-2003)
  • George Younce (2003-2005), also served as a guest singer
  • Lisa Haase (2005–present)* Ernie Haase's wife and George Younce's daughter.

Discography[edit]

  • Stand by Me (2002)
  • Building a Bridge - Great Quartet Songs of the Last Century Vol.I (2003)
  • Glory to His Name - Great Quartet Songs of the Last Century Vol.II (2003)
  • The Ground is Level - Great Quartet Songs of the Last Century Vol.III (2004)
  • Great Love (2004)
  • Stand by Me - Live (2004)
  • Christmas with Ernie Haase & Signature Sound (2004)
  • Ernie Haase & Signature Sound (2005)
  • Get Away, Jordan (2007)
  • Together (2007) - Recorded with the Gaither Vocal Band
  • Influenced: A Vintage Quartet Session (2008)
  • Dream On (2008) (Grammy Award nomination)
  • Every Light That Shines at Christmas (2009)
  • Influenced: Spirituals & Southern Classics (2010)
  • A Tribute to the Cathedral Quartet (2010)
  • George Younce with Ernie Haase & Signature Sound (2011)
  • A White Christmas (2011)
  • California Live - Vol.1 (2012)
  • California Live - Vol.2 (2012)
  • Here We Are Again (2012)
  • Glorious Day (2013)
  • Christmas Live! (2013)
  • Oh, What A Savior (2014)

Video[edit]

Year Title Members who performed
2003 Live In Indiana Haase, Shane Dunlap, Doug Anderson, Tim Duncan, Garry Jones
2004 Stand by Me: Live Haase, Doug Anderson, Tim Duncan, Ryan Seaton, Roy Webb
2005 Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
2007 Get Away, Jordan
Together Haase, Doug Anderson, Tim Duncan, Ryan Seaton (with Gaither Vocal Band)
2008 Dream On: Live from Chicago Haase, Doug Anderson, Tim Duncan, Ryan Seaton
2010 A Tribute to the Cathedral Quartet Haase, Doug Anderson, Tim Duncan, Devin McGlamery
2012 This Is Ernie Haase & Signature Sound Haase, Doug Anderson, Devin McGlamery, Ian Owens
2014 Oh, What A Savior Haase, Doug Anderson, Devin McGlamery, Paul Harkey

Appearances on other video albums[edit]

  • 2005: Give It Away "Glory, Glory Clear The Road", "Heavenly Parade", "Give It Away"

Homecoming video performances[edit]

  • 2005: Israel Homecoming "Holy Highway", "This Could Be The Dawning Of That Day/Until Then", "River Of Jordan"
  • 2006: Canadian Homecoming "Stand By Me", "Holy Highway", "Then Came The Morning"
  • 2006: Live From Toronto "Glory To God In The Highest", "This Could Be The Dawning Of That Day/Until Then"
  • 2006: Homecoming Christmas "Tonight", "Forgiven Again", "Give It Away"
  • 2007: Amazing Grace "I Then Shall Live"
  • 2007: South African Homecoming "Stand By Me", "Oh, What A Savior"
  • 2007: Love Can Turn The World "Trying To Get A Glimpse"
  • 2008: Country Bluegrass Homecoming Vol. 1 "Reason Enough"
  • 2008: Country Bluegrass Homecoming Vol. 2 "Climbing Up The Mountain"
  • 2009: Joy in My Heart "Someday"

Awards[edit]

GMA Dove Awards[edit]

Year Award Result
2006 New Artist of the Year Nominated
Southern Gospel Album of the Year (Ernie Haase & Signature Sound) Nominated
2008 Group of the Year Nominated
Southern Gospel Album of the Year (Get Away, Jordan) Won
Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year ("Get Away Jordan") Won
Long Form Music Video of the Year (Get Away, Jordan) Nominated
2009 Group of the Year Nominated
Male Vocalist of the Year (Ernie Haase) Lost
Song of the Year ("Reason Enough") Nominated
Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year ("Reason Enough") Won
2010 Country Recorded Song of the Year ("Thank God for Kids") Nominated
Christmas Album of the Year (Every Light That Shines at Christmas) Nominated
2011 Artist of the Year Nominated
Group of the Year Nominated
Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year ("I Thirst") Nominated
Southern Gospel Album of the Year (A Tribute to the Cathedral Quartet) Nominated
Long Form Music Video of the Year (A Tribute to the Cathedral Quartet) Nominated

Grammy Awards[edit]

  • Grammy Awards 2010 nomination: Best Southern/Country/Bluegrass Gospel Album, for Dream On

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Scott Fowler | The Cathedral Quartet". Retrieved February 10, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Ernie Haase | The Cathedral Quartet". Retrieved February 10, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Ernie Haase & Signature Sound Announce Departure of Tim Duncan". Retrieved January 31, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Ian Owens Resigns From EHSS". Retrieved January 31, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Ian Owens Joins Soul'd Out Quartet As New Bass Singer". Retrieved January 31, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Paul Harkey Joins Ernie Haase & Signature Sound As New Bass Singer". Retrieved January 31, 2013.