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Ernie and Lisa Haase make their home in Stow, Ohio, the foundation for both Signature Sound Quartet and StowTown Records. Ernie started his legendary quartet (EHSS) in 2003. Then in 2011, he helped begin the Southern Gospel record label StowTown Records along with good friend and fellow co-founder Wayne Haun. StowTown Records has become 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.
Devin McGlamery has been a familiar name in the gospel music industry since the beginning of his professional career in 2000. He quickly started gaining the attention of audiences and peers with his rich tone, infectious smile and outgoing personality.
Devin's background in music is deep and wide. He joined Ernie Haase & Signature Sound as lead singer in December 2009. Prior to joining EHSS, he had a five-year stint as lead and tenor for southern gospel's Grammy-nominated Karen Peck & New River. Devin began his career in gospel music with the Dixie Melody Boys when he was just 17, spending five years with the popular legendary quartet.
With accolades such as Dove and Grammy nominations, numerous No. 1 songs, and worldwide tours with these groups, he recently capped off a busy few years with his StowTown Records solo debut release, Love is a Verb. This record won him a GMA Dove Award for “Best Country Gospel Song of the Year”.
Devin is also an established songwriter for Daywind Music Publishing, where several of his songs have garnered the #1 spot on Southern Gospel and Bluegrass charts. A native of Valdosta, GA, Devin now resides in Nashville, TN. He’s an avid outdoorsman who loves to hunt and fish. He and his wife, Karen, have two children, Karlyn and Preston. On most nights at home, you can find them together at a ball field where Devin enjoys coaching his son’s travel baseball team. They love spending time together, doing almost anything together as a family – but they especially love cheering on their beloved Red Sox!
Born and raised in a tiny community in south central Kentucky called Chalybeate (pronounced Klee-bee-yet), Dustin grew up in an old time Baptist church that was deeply rooted in southern gospel music. He soon would develop into an incredible talent, singing, playing, and also writing music. Being raised a pastor's son, Dustin gained a love for God and Christian music very early on and has always known that traveling and singing gospel music was his calling, so he is thankful that calling is now being fulfilled.
He's had the incredible opportunity to sing all over the country and in several regions of the Philippines. After graduating from Bethel University in McKenzie, TN, Dustin was offered the position of lead singer with Beyond The Ashes and traveled with the popular trio for three years.
His excitement of joining EHSS in 2015 is self-explanatory.
"Singing with Signature Sound is a literal dream come true," said Dustin. "I've been listening to them since they started and I feel that God has answered my prayers. He's given me the platform that I’ve always wanted which is to sing amazing music and to make His name great."
Dustin met his wife, Aubrey, during their college years at Bethel, and they eventually married in May 2011. They continue to make their home in the small west Tennessee town of McKenzie. Aubrey is the associate director of the Renaissance Musical Theatre Department. The couple has three children: Dawson, Lana and Clark.
Dustin plays several instruments, including guitar, piano, bass, and drums, and also enjoys writing songs and leading worship while at home. In addition, he's a huge movie buff, specifically Superman and Star Wars, and proud to 'claim' he knows pretty much all trivia-related questions regarding both series'. Dustin also enjoys all things comic book and super hero-related.
He's also a big sports fan, especially the NBA and Major League Baseball.
Family is most important and comes first, however.
"My favorite thing in the world is hanging out with my family, my wife, and playing with our son," Dustin proudly added. "He loves to be read Dr. Seuss books, Fox in Socks specifically."
Paul Harkey calls George Younce one of his early influences, so the young bass singer can’t help but feel right at home as a member of Ernie Haase & 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, The Anchormen, and The LeFevre Quartet. Having earned a bachelor's degree in Church Music from Wayland Baptist University in 2003, this Texas native has been well-prepared for his years with EHSS.
"I was called into ministry," Paul said about his positive time serving as a Church Minister of Music, who was encouraged to learn that singing on the road was just meant to be. "It's what I'm supposed to do and it allows me to fulfill what God's will is for me."
Ernie told Paul when he was hired that he was an obvious 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 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."
A self-described 'regular guy' who loves hunting and fishing, Paul 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, daughter, Cameron, and son, Weston, welcomed little brother Hudson Lee Harkey to the family on March 20, 2015.
From its formation in 2003, Ernie Haase has built Signature Sound into one of the most popular and beloved quartets in all of Southern Gospel music. The group has traveled all over the world, offering energy, excitement and encouragement through its powerful brand of gospel music. EHSS continues to gain fans all around the globe with its unique performances and unmistakable four-part harmonies. EHSS is one of the most celebrated quartets in Southern Gospel History mentioned with the same "trailblazing" reverence as groups likes The Statesmen Quartet and The Cathedral Quartet.
EHSS has sung and sold to millions worldwide, a feat that has not been accomplished by any other Southern Gospel quartet. From concerts in Latvia and India to South Africa and New Zealand, events all around North America, TV appearances on ESPN with NASCAR, multiple NBA appearances singing our National Anthem, and even a specialty tour of historic American theaters in support of the EHSS Broadway project, Signature Sound is a world-renowned quartet that spans a wide variety of genres and cultures.
As group founder, Haase is a creative, hard-working tenor whose early roots with the unforgettable and legendary Southern Gospel quartet, The Cathedrals, helped begin his dream to form a powerhouse group of his own. Along with many appearances through the years on the widely regarded Gaither Homecoming Tour, his goal was soon accomplished and then some...as EHSS quickly gained an international platform in gospel music.
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound is both GRAMMY(R)-nominated and GMA Dove Award-winning, a radio favorite in the United States and internationally, and a leader in CD sales and long form music video sales--with several RIAA(R)-certified Gold(R) and Platinum(R) DVDs.
Tyler is the glue that keeps the band together. He joined EHSS in the summer of 2015 and easily became a fan favorite. His gentle spirit and tasteful feel blends perfectly with Signature Sound. Tyler met his wife Gerica shortly after joining the quartet when introduced by some mutual friends. They are a sweet couple who enjoy spending time together. They've recently announced that they are expecting a baby boy early 2020!
Follow Tyler on Instagram: @tvestal91
Elijah Black is 20 years old and a Nashville native. He went from swinging a bat in little league to swinging sticks with Ernie Haase and Signature Sound (November 2018). When he’s not keeping time behind the bright red drum set, he’s probably spending time with his girlfriend, eating Taco Bell, or playing drums at his church.
Follow Elijah on Instagram: @thatguythatplaysdrums
Josh EmmonsBass Guitarist
Josh is a native of Colorado. This young man is only 23 years old and living the dream. As he puts it, “I’m in the major leagues now with Ernie Haase & Signature Sound!” When he isn’t playing bass, you can find him engineering at OmniSound Studios on Music Row (Nashville), or eating hot chicken at Big Al’s Deli. Josh joined EHSS in November 2018. Josh has a feature role in the new EHSS music video, “Christmas in Manhattan,” where he plays half of the beautiful couple featured throughout (along with Ernie‘s niece, Avory Haase.)
Follow Josh on Instagram: @emmonsbass