Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

A Signature Sound

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

A Signature Sound

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Home for the holidays. It's a time-honored sentiment, to be back with childhood friends and family members for Christmas. And this Christmas, Ernie Haase isn't just coming home, he's helping Santa Claus spread the spirit of the season to Newburgh today and Saturday with his Southern Gospel quartet, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound.

The quartet is made up of four male singers: Haase as tenor, Devin McGlamery on lead, Doug Anderson as baritone and new bass singer Paul Harkey. The previous bass singer, Ian Owens, resigned from the group earlier this year.

Despite the loss, everyone is welcoming Harkey into the group and wishing him the best, even Owens himself. The quartet is accompanied by a full band, and together they have received recognition and admiration.

The several Dove Awards that they have won are tangible evidence of their success.

Haase describes the Dove Award as "the Gospel Music Association's equivalent to a Grammy," which they have also been nominated for in the past.

Despite these awards, Haase said, "While those are really good gauges of success and make you feel good we know that that is not what it's all about."

If his success doesn't say enough about Haase, the quartet's assistant for over two years, Michelle Gayhart, has compliments of her own to add.

"Ernie is a born entertainer with a heart for God," she said. "Ernie knows what the audience wants, both in concert and from the studio.

"He is a smart business man who has dealt with the struggles of balancing business with ministry. What a huge responsibility he feels for those of us who work for him."

Haase has donated money to Castle, where he was once a student. That donation resulted in major improvements for the football stadium's sound system, but Haase doesn't often get to visit.

"It is amazing to be coming back to Newburgh and to Castle High School," he said. "I'm looking forward to spending time at home in my paradise!"

Castle principal Andy Byers is also enthusiastic about Haase.

"He donated money to help perfect the current sound system," said Byers. "With the addition of the belt packs and earbud receivers, the speaker no longer hears the delay from sound coming from the scoreboard. This was a tremendous addition to our sound system.

"Ernie is an absolutely wonderful man. I really love the guy."

Love, support and admiration are also expressed by Kendra Bradford, who has been his friend since the fifth grade.

They attended Castle together and participated in the forerunner to Knight Sensations, the Castle Singers.

"He had an amazing voice in high school, and it doesn't surprise me that he is singing professionally now," Bradford said.

She affectionately remembers him as a "funny guy, who always kept people laughing."

Dubbed the "Ambassadors of Joy" across Europe, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound endure a lot of worldwide travel and bringing inspiration to others with their music and message. …

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