Paul Harkey calls George Younce one of his early influences, so the young bass singer can’t help but feel right at home as the newest member of Ernie Haase and Signature Sound -- since Ernie is the son-in-law of the late great Cathedrals bass singer. Although Paul is disappointed that he never had the honor to meet George personally, he will always remember being an awestruck audience member attending a Gaither "Texas Homecoming" concert. As a result, Harkey especially admires three specific qualities about Younce as an artist -- his rhythm, his phrasing, and his heart. It’s clear that the legend’s example, along with the mentorship of both Tim Riley and Jeff Chapman, have all served Paul well in his career. According to Ernie Haase, Paul Harkey "has a voice that fills up the room," and brings "another level of excitement" to any live listening audience.
On the road from 2007 to the present, Paul Harkey has enjoyed singing and touring with respected groups like Crystal River, Anchormen, and The LeFevre Quartet. Having earned a bachelor's degree in Church Music from Wayland Baptist University in 2003, this Texas native is well-prepared for this new adventure with Signature Sound. “I was called into ministry,” Paul said about his positive time serving as a church minister of music, but was encouraged to learn that singing on the road was “what I’m supposed to do,” and “lets me fulfill what God's will is for me.”
Paul -- a self-described “regular guy” who loves hunting and fishing -- is a family man who enjoys taking trips to the mountains of New Mexico, working with hunting dogs, and riding dirt bikes. He and his wife Jennifer, and their daughter Cameron look forward to welcoming a new member to their family; the baby is due late April, 2013.
When the founder of Signature Sound contacted Paul Harkey to let him know that he'd been hired, Ernie Haase explained why Paul was a good match for the group: "Your voice and your talent will get you on the stage; the person you are off the stage will keep you on the stage." Paul Harkey is certain to make a long-lasting connection with the EHSS audience, since he believes that "the fans are the main reason we’re there – to meet them, to minister to them.” And why does he do what he does? Paul says it’s simple: “I’m happiest on stage singing, and I couldn’t fathom anything else but singing about the Lord.”