Ernie and Lisa Haase make their home in Stow, Ohio, a quiet suburb on the outskirts of Akron, and enjoy attending Cleveland Cavalier basketball games as often as possible. Ernie Haase is a man living his dream.
At a very young age, Ernie shared with his parents the desire to "sing for Jesus," and he's been fulfilling that desire ever since. "God has allowed so many of my dreams to come true. I am a very blessed man," Haase says with a big smile.
The Evansville, IN, native grew up enjoying the sounds of Gospel music and more specifically, quartet music. His favorite quartet was the legendary Cathedrals. "I remember going to hear them sing anytime they were near my hometown. When I was a teenager, I would always show up early, sometimes even before they did, and help them unload their bus. It was my dream to sing with them one day."
That dream became a reality in 1990, when Ernie received the call to join his favorite quartet. At the time Ernie, who had previously sung with renown songwriter Squire Parsons in his quartet, Redeemed, was doing solo concerts and traveling in his car wherever he was invited to sing. On one particular night in the spring of 1990, Ernie was invited to sing at his alma mater, Oakland City College, in his hometown. Also scheduled at the concert was the Cathedrals. Little did Ernie know that his performance that evening would serve as his unofficial audition for the legendary quartet.
The Cathedrals' bass singer, George Younce, was waiting in the wings, backstage, watching and listening to Haase's performance. Obviously, George liked what he heard and saw because within a week, Ernie was making his way to meet the group for his first performance as the Cathedrals' tenor.
Shortly thereafter, Ernie had the opportunity to meet the entire Younce family. Ernie's attention was quickly captured by George's daughter, Lisa, and following a whirlwind courtship, the two married in December of 1990. "Lisa is my best friend. We just love spending time together."
Lisa helps Ernie in the Signature Sound office, handling the business affairs of the quartet, and when the two aren't busy working, they enjoy reading, biking and simply spending time together. The two often take trips to their favorite city, Chicago. Also in his spare time, Ernie was an avid Basketball player until in 2011 his knee slowed him down so much that he needed an operation to get him moving at 100% again. He hopes to be back on the court real soon!
He also enjoys collecting vintage albums of some of the great Gospel quartets, both black Gospel artists and Southern Gospel artists, and has a huge collection of many classic recordings, as well as a variety of Elvis Presley memorabilia.