(Bath, N.Y.) – It’s going to be one harmonious celebration as Family Life presents three of the grandest groups in Southern Gospel music today.
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Legacy Five, and Greater Vision will take the stage Oct. 5 at The Chapel in Getzville, N.Y. and Oct. 6 at Haverling High School in Bath, N.Y.
All three groups are unique in their brand of sound, yet all have devoted themselves to upholding the legacy of the genre and bringing the gospel message everywhere they go.
“This show will reach right into the heart of any Southern Gospel fan,” says Jeff Harmon of Family Life. “Each group has a long history in the genre and has one member that once belonged to the Cathedral’s – the grandest group of them all.”
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound is one of the most influential forces in Southern Gospel music right now. The quartet breaks the traditional mold by emulating the classics with a modern approach unlike any other Gospel quartet of their time.
“Ernie and the guys absolutely sparkle,” says Harmon. “They have it all – the classic music glitzed-up with great dance routines, humor, stories… the whole thing.”
The group released “Clear Skies” last January, a collection of bright, hopeful tunes that Haase describes as his most personal work ever. It includes the song “Give Me Jesus,” a track featuring 100-year-old lyrics from popular hymn composer Fanny Crosby.
“My goal is that people walk out feeling enriched, feeling way better than they did when they walked in,” Haase says. “That’s what I feel God put me on this earth to do.”
Also gracing the lineup is Greater Vision, arguably one of the top and most awarded Southern Gospel trios in history. Their most recent album, “Still” features the new baritone vocalist Jon Epley, formerly of the Ball Brothers and The Inspirations.
“Jon’s smooth baritone adds a great new dynamic to the group while still staying true to our sound and blend,” says Geralde Wolfe, GV’s former baritone. Wolfe, who scaled back to piano last year after having some vocal issues, is known for his excellent story telling on stage and never misses an opportunity to give his audience a good laugh or two. He also never misses an opportunity to inspire.
“We figured out a while back, says Wolfe, that if we encourage Christians in their walk with the Lord, the impact they can make on their churches and communities after we’re gone has the potential to touch more lives than we could touch in one show. Now that’s motivating.”
Then there’s Legacy Five. Their perfect harmonies are backed with broad orchestration and come sprinkled with a bit of jazz – all distinctive qualities that set them apart. The group has undergone a few changes in recent years but their time-tested blend of traditional southern gospel, hymns, and rich four and five-part harmonies continue to keep fans.
“These guys not only reach vocal perfection but are as genuine as they come,” says Harmon. “They talk about their families and kids. They feel like your next-door neighbors.”
Last year the group announced the addition of 19-year-old pianist, Josh Townsend, a brilliant piano player from Dallas who played for The Old Paths and The LeFevre Quartet.
“It’s always an adventure when looking for a new member, says co-founder and lead singer, Scott Fowler. “God has always taken care of us and he has done so, yet again.
In his typical humorous fashion, baritone singer, Scott Howard, commented that, “we’ve never had a teenager in the group before. You wouldn’t believe how hard it is to find a car seat that fits a tour bus!”
Tickets for this spectacular show range from $25-$30. Visit www.fln.org/events or call Family Life’s ticket office at 800-927-9083. Doors open at 6 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m.
About Family Life Ministries, Inc.
Family Life Ministries is devoted to strengthening individuals and families through Christian radio broadcasting, concerts, educational and social programs, biblical counseling, and the performing arts. Headquartered in Bath, N.Y., Family Life was founded in 1957, and provides various activities and programs for youth, adults, singles and seniors.
Family Life owns a Christian radio network of 23 stations and 41 translators broadcasting in regions of New York and Pennsylvania. Established in 1983, the radio network is a listener-supported broadcaster currently reaching a potential listenership of 5 million.
For more information on Family Life, visit www.fln.org.