The group’s founder and leader, Ernie Haase, was a long-time member of the famous Cathedral Quartet, headed by the late George Younce. Ernie’s roots are deeply planted in the rich legacy of music that is both meaningful and thoroughly entertaining. After the Cathedrals bade farewell to their five-decade run in the music industry, Ernie’s passion for gospel music led him to a new beginning.
In 2003, he gathered a group of like-minded men who shared his love for God, great harmonies, time-honored songs and energetic performances… and together they have become one of the most influential forces in southern gospel music. Inspired by their heroes, loved by their audiences and blessed by the Lord beyond their dreams, Ernie (tenor), Devin McGlamery (lead), Doug Anderson (baritone) and Ian Owens (bass) perform more than 100 shows yearly in North America and abroad. In 2012 they will have a major tour of Australia and New Zealand, as well as two visits to Europe and a first tour of India.
EHSS’ first DVD release (early 2007) soared to the top of Billboard Magazine’s Music Video Chart and simultaneously topped the Contemporary Christian Music Video Chart. That same DVD (Get Away Jordan) achieved Gold sales status, and the project’s accompanying audio release topped both the CCM and Southern Gospel Audio Charts simultaneously.
In 2008, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound won Gospel Music Association Dove Awards for Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year and Southern Gospel Album of the Year for “Get Away Jordan.” The “Jordan” album has also been certified Gold. In 2009, they won another Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year Dove Award for “Reason Enough” from their “Dream On” album.
Released in the fall of 2008, the “Dream On” DVD debuted at No. 1 on the Contemporary Christian Music Video Chart and at No. 3 on the Billboard Music Video Chart. “Dream On” was nominated for a 2010 Grammy in the category of “Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album.”
In 2010 they again debuted a DVD (A Tribute to the Cathedral Quartet) at No. 1 in the Billboard Music Video charts. No.2 and No.3 respectively were the Rolling Stones and The Beatles. Not bad musical company!
EHSS’ success continues with each new release, but perhaps their most rewarding achievement is the new generation of gospel music lovers emerging across the globe. The group’s contagious energy spreads through entertaining performances … bringing listeners around the world their refreshing approach to gospel classics and new material that is uniquely Signature Sound.