Most Influential – #18 – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound

EHSS (250x250)This week continues with the artist ranked 18th among the most influential in Southern Gospel history; Ernie Haase and Signature Sound.

The group garnered instant fame as a result of the years Ernie spent with the Cathedrals.  The original group also had the piano talents of Garry Jones (Gold City fame), Shane Dunlap, Doug Anderson and Tim Duncan.

The group experienced some growing pains as most groups do, with the exits of Jones and Dunlap.  The group would transform by adding choreography to their stage shows, something unheard of in Southern Gospel music up until this point.


  • ehss2003Some would argue Ernie Haase and Signature Sound hasn’t been around long enough to be considered one of the most influential in Southern Gospel.  Their influence is shaping future artists now.  Their stage shows have proven that entertainment should be a part of every Southern Gospel program.
  • You can start to see the group’s influence in other artists.  They include(d); Ball Brothers, Canton Junction, Mercy’s Mark Quartet, Overtones, Three Bridges and Union Street.
  • Hit Songs:  “Any Other Man”, “Climbing Up The Mountain”, “Dawning Of That Day”, “Do You Want To Be Forgiven”, “Get Away Jordan”, “God Delivers Again”, “I Have Seen The Lord”, “I Thirst”, “I’ve Been Here Before”, “John In The Jordan”, “Never Give Up Never Give In”, “Old Landmark”, “Old Time Christian Way”, “Pray For Me”, “Reason Enough”, “Sometimes I Wonder”, “Stand By Me” and “Until We Fly Away”.
  • Best Album:  Stand By Me (2003)


Here is a YouTube clip, published by fellow blogger Aaron Swain, of Ernie Haase and Signature Sound performing the second verse of the best song on the group’s new album Glorious Day; “That’s Why”.  Enjoy!


2 thoughts on “Most Influential – #18 – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound

  1. EHSS were one of the first groups I got into. Simply put, they were fun! The music was new to me, and it was being presented in an exciting way. Now that I’m a little older, I actually prefer their more laid-back look. But their influence and their ability to get young people into the genre is undeniable. I would agree that their debut album remains their best studio project.

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