Erine Haase Bio

Born Cynthiana, Indiana  Grew up  in Newburgh, Indiana
Birthday Dec 12 1964
Wife Lisa A Younce Born June 10 1963 Daughter of George Wilson Younce
Son-in-Law of George W. Younce (The Cathedrals Bass singer)  and Clara Younce
Anniversary Dec 8 1990
Home Church Stow Alliance Fellowship
Saved Ernie  was 5 years old when I came to know the Lord
Bible Verse I Peter 5: 6 & 7
“Humble yourself under the mighty hand of the Lord and He will lift you up in due time. Casting all your cares upon Him for He cares for you.
High School Castle High School
College Oakland City College, On a Baseball scholarship then transferred to  SBU  Southern Baptist university  Mid 1980′s
Favorite Restaurant Yours Truly
Teen years Sing in the Church Choir & The School Choir & the Annual Talent show at his school, By the way Ernie never won.
Hobbies Loves Basketball
Sports Football, Baseball in high school & college
Politics Ernie doesn’t consider himself to be politically active. He does day is parents instilled in his a strong sense of responsibility to vote. It was almost a sin to not vote Ernie says. so I vote, & something else I do is pray for our President & the leaders of our nation. God ordained government, & we should pray for the people in positions of leadership, Regardless of party,

Odd twist of fate–a serious illness–that set him on his career path. At the age of eight, Ernie contracted a severe case of spinal meningitis. With their son not expected to live, Ernie’s mother and dad prayed that if God would spare their son, they would dedicate him to God’s service. Their prayers were answered, and Ernie made a complete recovery. Soon after returning from the hospital, Ernie asked his mother one day  “Mom, when I grow up, can I travel and sing for Jesus?” She knew then that God had something in special for her son,It was through his friend George that Ernie also met the love of his life, his wife Lisa, who was George’s daughter. With Lisa’s help, Ernie run The  office and manages the daily affairs of Signature Sound. The two also love to read, often sitting on their deck and reading together. “A preacher friend told me a long time ago that if you want to lead, you have to read,” Ernie relates. “I have notes and books all over the place. When I speak on stage, I often find these little nuggets of wisdom that I’ve read creeping into my speaking.” They also love to get away to Chicago, enjoy a great meal, do a little shopping and spend quality time together. Noblemen in his senior year of high school. The principal call Ernie to his office The first thing come to his mind was I got caught ding some prank, But Principal Raymond had a gospel quartet called Noblemen Quartet. Ernie spend the next hour — missing class & listening to gospel songs. Mr. Raymond ask Ernie would he like to sing with them & of course He said Yes! He sang with the Noblemen for about three years while he was attending college on a baseball scholarship. After he left the group He sing with a ensemble called Earthlight from Oakland city Indiana. That were Scott Fowler & Ernie cross paths. Both was about 21 years old at the time.

The next group Ernie was with was DMB Band Now called Dixie Melody Boys, Yes Ed O’Neal’s group. Ernie was in the group for about 2 months, He was to Southern Gospel for them, They was more Progressive Country style.

While with the DMB Band were Ernie meet Squire Parsons. Ernie tried out for his group. Redeemed & Squire took him under his wings . Help Ernie as a artist & a Christian. Ernie had a poster of The Cats in his bunk on the bus, Squire know that was Ernie dream job singing with The Cats Ernie went back to his old College in Oakland City in 1990. Ernie was invited to a open for The Cats. The president Murray wanted be to come back & help with Earthlight, as well help to recruit students. Dr. Murray few Ernie in to sing two songs that night, Ernie sang “Amen” & “O What A Savior”. The next week Ernie got a call from George Younce. George told Ernie He knock his hat in the creek, George explain it was a Old North Carolina phrase  The next week Ernie was in Stow Ohio

Ernie began singing professionally in 1986, at the young age of 21, when he joined the gospel group, “Redeemed”, headed by singer/songwriter Squire Parsons.  Redeemed toured extensively throughout the US and Canada as a respected talented group of young men.  It was then that Ernie realized his calling as a full time traveling evangelist, singing and proclaiming the Good News!

In 1990, Ernie joined Southern Gospel’s most elite and prestigious quartet, The Cathedrals.  Being tenor for that group earned Ernie a handful of awards, and placed him not only on thousands of stages throughout the land, but instantly gave him a special place in the hearts of thousands of gospel music followers…as a role model to the young, and as a torch-bearer of traditional gospel music to the aged.

When the Cathedrals decided to retire in 1999, Ernie felt the Lord leading him into full time solo work.  His concert calendar for 2000 was already filling up months before the group’s time of ministry had even ended- an obvious sign that the Lord was already faithfully carving a road for His son to travel on.

In 1999, Ernie created the E-team, a free internet newsletter that his listeners can subscribe to by going to his website To date, he has over 13,000 members that he sends testimonies, devotions, and ‘on the road updates’ to.  He also sends his concert itinerary from month to month, which has greatly increased the size of his audiences.  This has been a surprisingly great success for witnessing to the masses and keeping in touch with the folks that come to his concerts.  A personal touch that Ernie masters.

Ernie recently called on his E-team to help him with the recording of his newest project, Songs Of The Savior.  Last year, he asked his E-team to email him their favorite songs, hymns and southern classics.  Songs Of The Savior is the synopsis of their favorites.

Also included on Songs Of The Savior is a song written by Gospel Legend (and Ernie’s father-in-law) George Younce.  “I have always loved this song. It is one of the songs that I included as a personal favorite” states Haase.  This project was released to the public on September 13, 2001, just two days after the terrorist attack on America.  Haase describes that week: ” I was at the National Quartet Convention when it all happened.  That was a hard week.  I had to sing that night, but didn’t’t feel like singing at all!  I looked down at my new CD that had just arrived and saw the song “Yesterday”.  That was the first song I sang that night.  The song is over 30 years old, but the message is timeless.…”

Yesterday things were different
Today they’re different again.
Jesus will never change
Jesus is always the same!

Haase testifies that this song is bringing comfort and hope to those who hear it in the midst of this rapidly changing world.


Although Ernie Haase is the Founder of the recently formed Signature Sound Quartet, many will remember him as the last tenor singer of The Cathedral Quartet. For 10 years Ernie sang with his “Dream Quartet” The Cathedrals. After the retirement of the group in 1999, Ernie had a successful solo career along with filling in for the Old Friends Quartet. Having his own group is merely an extension of what he has already been doing. If you speak any at all to Ernie you will hear him bring up the “Team” spirit that he missed the most about being a soloist. This is what Ernie and all the guys are asking the Lord to do with the Signature Sound Quartet. Together they want to do more for Gospel Music, and for the work of building a Kingdom for the one they sing about.

Name Meaning
Haase meaning hare
Dutch, German, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle Dutch, Middle High German hase, German Hase ‘hare’, hence a nickname for a swift runner or a timorous or confused person, but in some cases perhaps a habitational name from a house distinguished by the sign of a hare. As a Jewish name it can also be an ornamental name or one of names selected at random from vocabulary words by government officials when surnames became compulsory. variant of Haas.

Raymond meaning is protecting hands.
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, French
Pronounced: RAY-mund (English), ray-MAWN (French)
From the Germanic name Reginmund, composed of the elements ragin “advice” and mund “protector”. This was the name of several (mostly Spanish) saints, including Saint Raymond Nonnatus, the patron of midwives and expectant mothers, and Saint Raymond of Peñafort, the patron of canonists. English and French: of Norman origin, derived from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements ragin advice, decision + mund protector. It dropped out of use, but was revived in the middle of the 19th century, together with several other given names of Anglo-Saxon and Norman Germanic origin. Cognates: Irish: Réamann (Gaelic); Redmond (Anglicized). German: Rei(n)mund, Raimund. Italian: Raimondo. Spanish: Ramón, Raimundo. Portuguese: Raimundo. Short form: English: Ray. Raymond has 19 variant forms

meaning is serious; determined; sincere.
Gender: Masculine
Usage: English
Pronounced: UR-nest
Derived from Germanic eornost meaning “seriousness”. The American author and adventurer Ernest Hemingway was a famous bearer of this name. Also, this name was used by Oscar Wilde in his comedy ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’.English: of Germanic origin, derived from the Old High German vocabulary word eornost seriousness, battle (to the death). The name was introduced into England in the 18th century by followers of the Hanoverian Elector who became George I of England. A variant spelling Earnest has arisen from the modern English adjective earnest, which is only distantly connected with the name. Cognates: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese: Ernesto. German: Ernst Czech: Arnost. Hungarian: Ernö. Short form: English: Ern. Pet form: English: Ernie. Ernest has 6 variant forms

Male-Haase, Ernie Ernie Haase & Signature Sound Nom 2007 Singing News Fan Awards
Tenor-Haase, Ernie Ernie Haase & Signature Sound Nom 2007 Singing News Fan Awards
Album-Get Away Jordan Ernie Haase & Signature Sound Nom 2007 Singing News Fan Awards
Group of the Year-Ernie Haase & Signature Sound Nom 2007 Singing News Fan Awards
Male-Haase, Ernie Ernie Haase & Signature Sound Nom 2007 SGN Diamond Awards
Ernie Haase
Favorite Tenor
Won 2005 The Southern Gospel Music Awards Won
Ernie Haase
Favorite Tenor
WON 2005 Singing News Fan Award WON
Ernie Haase and Signature Sound
New Artist of the Year
won 2004 Harmony Honors Awards won
Signature Sound Quartet
Horizon Group of the Year
WON 2003 Singing News Fan Award WON
Ernie Haase
Favorite Tenor
WON 2003 Singing News Fan Award WON
Ernie Haase &
Signature Sound Quartet
avorite Male Quartet.
Nom 2005 The SGM fanfair and Gospel News Nominated
Ernie Haase &
Signature Sound Quartet
Stand By Me LIVE  Favorite Video
Nom 2005 The SGM fanfair and Gospel News Nominated
Ernie Haase &
Signature Sound Quartet
avorite Male Quartet.
Nom 2005 Singing News Fan Awards
Ernie Haase
Favorite Tenor
Nom 2005 The Singing News Fan Awards”
Ernie Haase
Favorite Tenor
Nom 2005 The SGM fanfair and Gospel News Nominated
Ernie Haase
Favorite Tenor
Nom 2004 Singing News Fan Award NOMINATED
Ernie Haase
Nom 2002 Singing News Fan Award NOMINATED
The Cathedrals
“Farewell Celebration”
WON 2001 Singing News Fan Award WON
The Cathedrals
Faithful –
Male Quartet
James D. Vaughn Impact Award
Accepted By Scott Fowler, Ernie Haase,Roger Bennett & Glenn Payne’s Wife Vann Payne
Southern Gospel Recorded Song  The Blood Cried Out; Never Alone;  Ernie Haase; Jeff Steele, Amy Keefer; Daywind Nom 2002 DOVE AWARD NOMINATED
“He Made A Change”; Faithful;
The Cathedrals; Joel Lindsey, Ernie Haase; Homeland
Signature Sound Quartet
New Artist
Nom 2004 Harmony NOMINATED
Signature Sound Quartet
Artist of the Year
Nom 2002 & 2004 Harmony NOMINATED
Ernie Haase
Male Vocalist of the Year
Nom 2002 Harmony NOMINATED
Lari Gross
Producer of the Year
Nom 2004 Harmony NOMINATED
Signature Sound Quartet
New Artist of the Year
Nom 2002 Harmony NOMINATED
Ernie Haase
Southern Gospel Recorded Song
Never Alone, Ernie Haase, Jeff Steele, Amy Keefer, Daywind;
Cathedrals; Roger Bennett; Homeland
Special Event Album of the Year  All Star Hymns
Greater Vision, Gold City, Perrys, Brian Free & Assurance, Cumberland Quartet, Nelons, LordSong, Mike Bowling, Paynes, Southern Brothers, Hoskins Family, Ernie Haase, Old Time Gospel Hour Quartet
Special Event Album of the Year NQC Live;
Gold City, Greater Vision, The Freemans, Brian Free, The Steeles, The Perrys, The Nelons, Ernie Haase, Dove Brothers Quartet, The Cathedrals, The Hoppers, The Bishops, Ivan Parker; Todd Payne, Ed Leonard; Daywind Records
Long Form Music Video  We Will Know Joy;
Greater Vision, Gold City, The Perrys, The Nelons, LordSong, Sandra Payne, Brian Free, Ernie Haase, The Cumberland Quartet, The Paynes, Southern Brothers, Amber Thompson; Wayne Haun, Norman Holland, Crystal Burchette; Russ Hall; Daywind Records
Nashville Now Turning Point with Dr David Jeremiah
In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley Life Today
The Statler Brother’s Show Gaither Homecoming videos
Prime Time Country Love Worth Finding with

Dr. Adrian Rodgers

The INSP Network Billy Graham Crusade
Swan’s Place CBA and NRB conventions
Solid Gospel Radio Network  DJ NBC’s The Today Show
100 Huntley Street
Ernie Favorite Pastors to Listen to: I have many preacher friends but one who really has been there for me and blesses my heart is Rev Rodney James from Tulsa, OK. Some Mondays I’ll call and say, “What did you preach on yesterday?” And Rodney will take off and give me a 10 minute sermon.  I also find great wisdom from taped “TIVO” sermons at home. Rev Joel Olsteen, Rev Adrian Rogers, Rev Charles Stanley & Rev John Hagee are the ones I watch most
Ernie Favorite Pastor of all time: Rev Billy Graham, Rev Charles Stanley, Rev Phil Hoskins, Rev Adrian Rogers, Rev Johnny Hunt & my pastor who has gone to be with the Lord the late Rev J. Howard Clayman.
Long term goals for SSQ Long term goals are real simple.
1. Finish faithful to the Lord
2. And to our wives.
Other smaller goals (or dreams) are like these……………
Record great music that will outlive us

Be nice to everyone we meet…showing the love of Christ.

Take care of our bodies so that when we’re 64 we can still sing “WELL” and still be able to “Dance” and play “Basketball!”

Sing “Stand By Me” & “Oh What A Savior” on the Tonight Show.

(you can email or mail the Tonight Show to request them to have SSQ on. The addresses are:

“The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”
3000 W. Alameda Avenue
Burbank, CA 91523
Make George proud!

Lyrics that touch Ernie’s soul: It depends on what I am feeling emotionally at the time but right now the lyric…. Yes I Know”  ”Come Ye sinner lost and lonely, Jesus blood can make you clean, for he saved the worst among you, when he saved a wretch like me.”  and , “Loving God, Loving Each Other” Both Gaither Vocal Band Songs. Right now in the body of Christ we need to be reminded we are one and we are all sinners.
How do you get your hair to stand up like that? We use a straight iron. I have to! My hair is very wavy.
How did each of the guys become a part of Signature Sound? When I was doing solo work (back when the Cats had just retired) I did a date in Franklin , OH at the Franklin, OH First Baptist Church. A regional group called “Light House” opened up for me.

The lead singer was our Doug, Roy (Playing the piano) and David Griffith (Our bus driver/ sound man) was singing bass. I leaned over and told Lisa that night as Light House sang, “If I ever start a group I am calling Doug.”

Something about his voice moved me that night. As time went buy I got Light House booked on some of my solo dates and I would ride with them on their bus. I found out those couple of weekends together that not only was Doug a great singer but that Roy was very funny and talented. I also slept like a baby …… I knew that David was a wonderful driver and could fix anything and run any sound system. We had some changes in the group and I knew that Roy would fit our personality just perfect, and he has!

When we had to find a new lead singer I knew where to look also. Ryan Seaton is from my hometown of Evansville, IN. He called me about once a month asking for advice and how to get in the business. He sent me demo’s of his current singing and each time I heard what I thought was the tools to be a “power” lead singer. When we made the change we listened to many but Ryan fit our sound and personality. (He played basketball)

When we hired Tim he was looking for a job. When we started the group I knew the bass part would be the most “picky” part for me to find and be happy with after singing with George all these years. When I heard Tim I knew he had the tools. He sang very low and had “cut” to his voice (Which is very important) If he could sing a lead and not just “growl” I knew He had the job.

He sang “The Old Rugged Cross” in an upper key that showed off the “Money” part of his voice. We still sing that song most every night. You never see a bass singer get a standing ovation on a low note but night after night (After Tim has hit many a great low notes) He sings this old hymn without hitting one loud low note and 95% of the time stands them to their feet. Tim has come a long way ………… In fact we all have. God has brought this group together and looking back one can see (I sure can) the faithful hand of our Lord guiding and leading all the way.
The best is yet to come!!

If you could pick only one, what song has had the biggest impact on your  life or your Christian walk, and why? It would have to be “Oh What A Savior” Many reasons but here are two …….First, that song single handily got me the job with the Cats. I opened up for the Cats in 1990 and sang that song. Roger Bennett played and Mark Trammel played bass for me. George and Glen heard me sing it and I got a call the next week and got offered the job. Second, That songs allows me to emote what I feel in my heart of hearts. “To Save a poor lost soul like me……………….. Oh What A Savior!”  I sing this to my Lord all the time. I love this song and I love to sing it. Everyone who has sung this song knows the power of the lyric and the way it moves you as a singer.

I thank God for this song and the influence it has had professionally and personally on my life.

In a movie of your life,
who would play you? And do you have any idea who would play Doug, Roy
Who would play me in a movie of my life? I guess I would have to pick someone most people would know so that when I say their name you all would think about it. Like if I said Bob Smith next door cause he looks like me ….. then that would not mean anything to you.

Hum, let me see …….. hard question. Maybe Jim Nabors (Gomer Pyle) when he was young. Not now though, he is to old. So he is out.

How about Jay Leno ……. We have the same chin and both like to cut up a bunch but then again he is a little older and that would not work.

How about Gerald Wolfe? No, that will not work either. He can sing high but he is a little “vertically” challenged and his hair is to perfect.

Wow! This is hard!!!!

I guess I will have to go with George Clooney.
He is close to my age and height and plus Lisa thinks he is a hunk. So, that would have to be my choice however he is going to have to dye his hair of all that gray and loose the “OH Brother Where Art Thou” twang and pinch the tones up a little higher.

As for the other two guys (Doug and Roy) that’s simple to answer.

Without a doubt I would choose Brad Pitt to play Doug. Same size and look.

And for Roy without a question I would this person who I think Roy looks exactly like …….. Janet Reno! Fun Question

If you could no longer sing, what type of work would you want to do?
(Besides be a professional basketball player, that is.)
I have not thought about it very much but I can think of a few things that I would like to do besides play in the NBA…………………
UPS driver/deliver man
Work for a large church and do nothing but visit kids and old people in the hospital.

Live in Chicago, IL (Downtown) and have my own men’s clothing store and be able to talk to people everyday.

Whatever I would do you can bet it would involve being around people and sharing the light of the world with them.

Question By Jaeter_com

Does anyone know what the gold ring that Ernie wears on his left hand is from? Was it a Cathedrals thing or an award of some sort? Any ideas?

Answer By Ernie
That is true ….. the guys bought it for me for Christmas awhile back ….. it does not say anything but they thought it looked like a “Chammpionship” ring that players receive when they win the NBA finals.

I always talk about “Let’s win tonight!” and after our first video the guys said it felt like a Final championship game ……. they just thought it “symbolized” what I have been teaching them.

I where it with pride!

Then, on certain occasions I wear on my left pinky finger I ring that George gave me.

I guess you can say everything I do “seems” to have a special meaning to me these days.

I have always been that way …… when I was playing sports in High school …. I would put my uniform on the same way every time. I still do this everynight on the bus …. I put my suit on the same way. (Pre Game Jitters)

Big Question
Back in the 1990′s we (The Cathedrals) would always do a big day in Lenoir (The George Younce Homecoming) this was always a great
We would have a Golf Tournament and a big grill out and then we would sing that night for about 4 hours…….
it really was a great time.  Lenoir, NC was the place where we recorded our “Camp meeting Live
Video” under a big 5 thousand seat tent.
Lenoir is also a very special place for Lisa and I ……. On the 18th green of the Golf tournament I had George’s brother
(Brudge … who  still lives in Lenoir) put the engagement ring in the cup when he  removed the flag…… after we had all putted in …..
I asked Lisa to  put the flag
back in the cup.
(This was when she was still crazy in  love with me and would do anything I asked …. now she would not even  ride with me in golf cart must lest put the flag in the cup) When she  put the flag in she
noticed the little box picked it up and I got on my  knees and asked the

Lisa never had a clue it was coming …….
there were people all  around
the green with cameras and video cameras waiting for the big Q.
I’m glad she said yes!

After that day George got a lot of mileage out of this joke …….. He
would say…. “The other day Lisa came to me and said Daddy, I never  knew
what true love was until I married Ernie ……. And then it was  too

Well,  I just wanted you all to know about this special date.  We truly
hope to keep this date and make it an annual event.
You know me ….. I love “Surprises!”  I am trying to put a few things
together just to make this special and to honor George.

Ernie’s Grilled Chicken Chicken Almond Casserole

Ernie’s Grilled Chicken

1/2 Cup Ketchup 3 teaspoon Brown Sugar
3Tablespoons Cider Vingar 1 Tablespoon Horseradish
1 Clove Garlic (minced) 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
1 Teaspoon Thyme 4  Chicken Breast (Skinless Boneless Halves)
Preheat the grill to medium ( until white ash form on the charcoal) in a saucepan combine all of the ingredients expect the Chicken Beast & Broil to boil over medium-low heat, Stirring frequently for 5 minutes until thickened Brush the Chicken Breast with the Sauce & grill sauce side down on grill rack ( or Boil in a broiler pan lined with foil,) About 3 inches from the heat source. Brush the Top side of the Chicken Breast with sauce. Continue turning the Chicken & Basting with the remaining sauce for 5 to 7 minutes, Until the Chicken Breast is no longer pink in the center Serves 4
Chicken Almond Casserole
1 Cup Boiled Chopped Chicken 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup 1 Chopped Hardboiled Eg
1 Cup Chopped Celery 1/2 Cup Toasted Silvered Almonds
1 Teaspoon Minced Onion 1/2 cup Crushed Potato Chips

Combine ingredients with exception of the Potato Chips. Place casserole mixture into an 8 X8 greased pan or 6 individual-sizes greased casserole dishes. Top mixture with Potato Chips & bake at 350 Degrees for 20 Minutes  Serves 6

The story behind the Recipe

Ernie confuses. I am definitely not a cook. I have never really had to cook, so I’ve just never learned. I do, however, love great cooking! I live in Stoa, Ohio, Which is also where my wife Lisa family, The Younces, live. To be honest, none of us cook. No one in the entire family, with the exception of my wife’s sister, Dana can cook. I’m not really sure how she learned, but somehow she did. Momma D, as we affectionately call her, is  George Younce’s second Daughter, & she is a fantastic cook. Unfortunately, she lives in Atlanta Georgia Area & we really don’t get to enjoy her wonderful cooking as much we would like. Needles to say, we love it when Momma D comes home. Since George hasn’t been feeling well throughout the past few years. Dana has come home quite often. When she does, she loves cooking good country meals for her dad. The rest of us just reap the benefits.

This recipe for Chicken Almond Casserole is one of my favorite dishes that Dana cooks. With all the Younce around one  table, you can her there is a lot of love & laughter aw we all enjoy Dana’s good home cooking. We’re made some great memories around wonderful food prepared by Dana, & this recipe is just one of her many wonderful dishes.