Ernie and Lisa make their home in Stow, Ohio, the foundation for StowTown Records. Ernie helped begin and build this specialty Southern Gospel record label in 2011 along with good friend and fellow co-founder Wayne Haun. StowTown is now one of gospel music's fastest-rising labels that includes powerhouse groups like EHSS, Triumphant, and The Collingsworth Family.
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," he exclaimed.
The Newburgh, 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 University. 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. In his spare time, Ernie enjoys playing basketball, collecting vintage albums of some of the great Gospel quartets and other Southern Gospel artists, and he has a huge collection of many classic recordings along with a wide variety of Elvis Presley memorabilia.