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Pray for the family of Van Lua Payne

Written by Staff on April 4, 2019 – 11:56 am -

Van Lua Payne

Van Lua Payne

SGNScoops has learned of the passing of Van Lua Payne, the wife of the late Glen Payne of the Cathedral Quartet.

Darla Payne Hammons posted here on Facebook on April 4, 2019:

Early this morning our dear mother entered her heavenly home. We know without a doubt, she heard the words, “Well done thy good and faithful servant” and met her savior face to face.

Van Lua Payne

Van Lua Payne

We grieve here on earth, but rejoice that she has a new body, free from Parkinson’s, free from pain and reunited with her Savior, our Dad, and her countless family members and friends.

We thank you for your continued prayers that we feel deeply and for the love you have all shown us.

Arrangements forthcoming.

SGNScoops sends their prayers and sympathy to all of the family and friends of Van Lua Payne.

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Pianist Lorne Matthews: Contagious smile and Canadian born

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 17, 2014 – 8:52 am -

Lorne MatthewsBy Philip Foster

The year was about 1967. I drove over to PVCS high school, in my city of Peterborough, to hear a group called the McDuff Brothers. The McDuff brothers consisted of John, Colman and Roger McDuff. Playing piano for the group was a young man, which I later learned was born in Canada! His name was Lorne Matthews.

As a fairly new Christian it seemed as if every song sung and every note played were for me only. I vividly recall watching this talented young piano player play with such ease. It seemed as if his fingers flowed over the keys! The other thing I remember was the smile that was constantly on his face. It was during this time period that God was working in me and He instilled a love for this wonderful style of music. I loved the singing and I loved the piano playing. Lorne Matthews, with his contagious smile, made a huge impact on a young Christian man.

I had the privilege to talk with Lorne Matthews on the phone recently. We chatted a bit and I learned a lot about this talented man of God. “I was about 10 years old when I first started getting involved with the piano,” says Matthews. “I think my first public performance was playing for a ladies group called the Batten Sisters.” This was in a church in Toronto. “Later on, I played for a group called The Sons of Praise. Realistically, this was the first time that I got involved with quartet-type music.”

The King's Men

The King’s Men

Lorne has many of the Gospel greats as his musical inspirations or heroes. “The Blackwood Brothers, the Statesmen and Henry Slaughter all had a great influence on me as I got involved with the business.”

Lorne was born in Toronto, Canada. He studied at the Toronto Conservatory of Music and at London Bible College. His first exposure to Gospel Music was with the Benson Brothers Quartet, during the 1950’s. From 1959-61, he was a member of the King’s Men Trio, the first professional group he was with.

It was during this period, that Lorne married his sweetheart, Jimmie Ruth, in December of 1962. Lorne and Jimmie Ruth decided to move to Canada, because of his involvement with the King’s Men. Later, while still in Canada, Lorne joined the group, the Salton Brothers. Lorne recalls, “I think the Salton Brothers were Canada’s first full time group. The Salton Brothers had a weekly Gospel Music show. I believe it was the first TV show of this type in Canada.”

The McDuff Brothers

The McDuff Brothers

After the Salton Brothers, Lorne joined the McDuff Brothers. He was with the McDuff Brothers from 1965-1967. During this period, their son Mark was born in London, Ontario. “We decided to move to the USA because we thought there may be better musical possibilities there.”

With all the different groups Matthews has played for, I asked him if he had any favorites. “Without a doubt,” he quickly replied. “The McDuff Brothers. This dedicated, anointed group taught me and showed what ministry really is.”

Lorne’s one big ambition was to play piano for the Blackwood Brothers. One night, Lorne had a dream that James Blackwood had called him and offered him a position with the Blackwood Brothers. In that dream however, God told him to stay with the McDuff Brothers. Shortly after this, James Blackwood did call Mathews and offered him the job. Lorne shared his dream with James Blackwood, but Blackwood said, “Lorne, if God has spoken to you in that manner in a dream, I would encourage you not to leave the McDuff Brothers.” Matthews stayed with the McDuff Brothers until they disbanded.

One of Matthew’s memorable moments was playing the piano for David Mainse’s very first TV program, in Pembroke, Ontario. The year was 1962. David Mainse is well known in Canada for the Gospel Program, 100 Huntley Street. Mathews also served in several church positions during this time period. He had a short stint with the Landmark Quartet, before joining the prestigious Cathedral Quartet in 1971-72.

The Cathedrals

The Cathedrals

Lorne Matthews also toured with his own family, Jimmie Ruth, Mark and Melody. The Matthews family recorded several instrumental and vocal recordings during this period. In 1979 he returned with the Cathedrals for a short stay.

After this period, Lorne, Roy Tremble and George Amon Webster joined together, to form the Brothers Trio. I contacted Roy Tremble to ask him about Lorne Matthews. “Lorne is probably one of the most talented people I’ve had the pleasure of working with. I’ve been doing this for almost 50 years and he’s got to be the best piano player I ever worked with.” He continued, “Lorne was writing some great songs back then.” While talking with Roy Tremble, he joked, “Just don’t ever let him drive, especially on snow and ice.”



After the Brothers Trio disbanded, Lorne concentrated his focus on his solo album Keyboards for the King Ministry, along with his wife, Jimmie Ruth.

While working on research for this article, I was totally blown away by the different tributes and awards Lorne Matthews has received. With the space that I’m allotted, it is impossible to list them all here. One of the more memorable moments for Lorne was being inducted into the Piano Roll of Honor Hall Of Fame in 2003.   Also in 2003, he was presented with the living legend award for over 45 years in Gospel music. Matthews had the honor of playing piano for President Ronald Reagan, for his first congressional prayer breakfast.

Lorne and Jimmy Ruth Matthews

Lorne and Jimmy Ruth Matthews

In 2006, Matthews went to Nigeria, where he performed for over eight million people all at one time and at one place. He also performed with the McDuff Brothers during this concert.

Today, Lorne and his wife Jimmie Ruth are hard at work with Keyboards for the King Ministry. The Matthews home base is in Lakeland, Florida; they often spend the summer months working the Northern states and visiting their family in Ohio.

This is a breakdown of Lorne’s busy life and ministry:

1950s Benson Brothers Quartet
1960-61 The King’s Men Trio
1962-64 Salton Brothers
1965-67 The McDuff Brothers
The Landmark Quartet
1971-80 Cathedral Quartet
1974-79 Lorne Matthews Family
1980-81 The Brothers
Present day: Keyboards for the King

I encourage the reader to visit Lorne and Jimmie Ruth’s website. Read Lorne’s remarkable testimony. Listen to some clips of Lorne and Jimmie Ruth’s anointed music. Here you can find a wonderful list of music you can purchase, or email Lorne and Jimmie Ruth and let them know how much you appreciate their years of dedicated ministry.


Lorne Matthews Website

Lorne Matthews 2002 Grand Old Opry


Written by Philip Foster for SGM Radio. First published April 2014. For current features please visit


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Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 20, 2013 – 4:12 pm -

Cats2Nashville, TN – After an overwhelming response, literally garnering thousands of videos and music clips, organizers of the Cathedrals Family Reunion event have announced the winner of the “SING WITH US” contest.

After viewing the thousands of submissions from Cathedral fans all around the world, India’s Colet Selwyn has been announced as the winner. Yes, India!

Hailing from India, Colet Selwyn counts the Cathedral Quartet and George Younce as main influences in his desire to minister and sing Gospel music. He currently performs as a soloist and along side his family, the Sunbeam singers.

Colet was notified via email and responded with these words: “This is certainly exciting news! I’m very humbled to be able to sing with the Cathedral family.”

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Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 21, 2013 – 9:48 am -

Harmony Road logo Jan 2013.smallSIGNAL MOUNTAIN, TN FEBRUARY 20, 2013 This weekend’s Harmony Road TV program features “I Wish We’d All Been Ready” from The Hoppers and the classic “Champion of Love” in a memorable Cathedrals Tribute featuring formermembers of the quartet. Phil Cross is the featured songwriterof the week. Included in this week’s program is Aaron and Amanda Crabb with the powerful and timely song “Miracle”, The Dove Brothers with their former number one hit “I Can Pray”, from the stage of the National Quartet Convention, and Jeff and Sheri Easter with“Come See Me”.

Hosted by Singing News publisher and Solid Gospel Radio host Les Butler, this week’s program originates from Jim Oliver’s Smokehouse in Monteagle, Tennessee. Smokehouse can be found at
go to for station listings, show samples, requests and more. Other members of the Harmony Road team include Ball Brothers pianist, Cody McVey, doing interviews and stories “from the road”, as well as Randy Liner, Technical Director and Roger Spears, Producer. Harmony Road can be found each week on TNN, The Nashville Network on Sunday mornings at 8 Eastern, and on other outlets. Information on TNN and its growing list of affiliates can be found at for other times and channels.

Harmony Road is also seen on theWALKtv. For a list of affiliates and information on streaming, including ROKU, go to Saturday evening and Sunday morning on WMJN29 in the Huntsville/Decatur, Alabama area and streamed on the internet at afternoons in the Anniston/Gadsden Alabama area on tv24, and on Charter Cable in Clarksville and Jackson, TN where it’s also
available “on demand”. You can also find Harmony Road each The program is also shown on Sunday

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Ernie Haase & Signature Sound Return to Atlanta Motor Speedway to Perform National Anthem Prior to AdvoCare 500

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 11, 2011 – 11:17 pm -

NASHVILLE, TN (AUGUST 12, 2011) – Grammy-nominated, award-winning Ernie Haase & Signature Sound will return to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the second consecutive year to perform the National Anthem prior to the AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 4.

Ernie Haase & Signature Sound (EHSS) is a Grammy-nominated and award-winning gospel quartet that combines modern musical concepts with the timeless quality of vocal groups to break the traditional mold of gospel quartets. The quartet was formed by Ernie Haase, the tenor singer of the famed Cathedral Quartet.

The patriotic pre-race event will feature the group performing the National Anthem, preceded by, “I Pledge My Allegiance.”

“We have never received a more positive response from any National Anthem performer in the history of Atlanta Motor Speedway than what we saw last year after Ernie Haase & Signature Sound presented the National Anthem,” said AMS President and General Manager Ed Clark. “We are certainly thrilled that they will be making a return performance again this year. For the fans that missed the National Anthem last year, I would certainly recommend they tune in with us for their outstanding version of our nation’s song.”

“What an honor to be asked to sing the National Anthem at the Atlanta Motor Speedway once again,” said Ernie Haase, founder of the group. “A repeat performance is the greatest compliment you could ever pay to Ernie Haase & Signature Sound. Thank you Ed Clark, Atlanta Motor Speedway, NASCAR, ESPN and all the fans who asked for us to come back. We are thrilled! See you on race day for the AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway!”

Fans that purchase the 2011 AdvoCare 500 souvenir program during race weekend are eligible for two free EHSS song downloads.

NASCAR night racing returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway this Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-4. Tickets for the AdvoCare 500 start at $39 and $19 for students. Children 12 and under admitted free for the Great Clips 300 and the Atlanta 200 with an adult ticket. For more information, call the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (877) 9-AMS-TIX, (770) 946-4211 or visit

For more information on Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, visit,, and

Be sure to check out video of last year’s performance:

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Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 22, 2011 – 12:26 pm -

Combining 21st century ideas with the timeless quality of great quartets from the 1950s, Grammy-nominated Ernie Haase & Signature Sound has broken the traditional mold of gospel quartets.  Their unconventional approach to communicating the Good News with groundbreaking originality has blazed a trail that will go down in gospel music history.

The group’s founder and leader, Ernie Haase, was a long-time member of the famous Cathedral Quartet, headed by the late George Younce.  Ernie’s roots are deeply planted in the rich legacy of music that is both meaningful and thoroughly entertaining.  After the Cathedrals bid farewell to their five-decade run in the music industry, Ernie’s passion for gospel music led him to a new beginning.

In 2003, he gathered a group of like-minded men who share his love for God, great harmonies, time-honored songs and energetic performances…and together, they have become one of the most influential forces in southern gospel music.  Inspired by their heroes, loved by their audiences and blessed by the Lord beyond their dreams.  Ernie (tenor), Devin McGlamery (lead), Doug Anderson (baritone), and Ian Owens (bass) perform more than 100 solo shows yearly in North America and abroad.

The groups first DVD release soared to the top of Billboard Magazine’s Music Video Chart and simultaneously topped the Contemporary Christian Music Video Chart.  That same DVD achieved Gold sales status, and the project’s accompanying audio release topped both the CCM and Southern Gospel Audio Charts simultaneously at No. 1.

In 2008, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound won Gospel Music Association Dove Awards for Southern Gospel Recording Song of the Year and Southern Gospel Album of the Year for “Get Away Jordan.”  The “Jordan” album has also been certified Gold.  In 2009, they won another Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year Dove Award for “Reason Enough” from their “Dream On” album.

Released in the fall of 2008, the “Dream On” DVD debuted at No. 1 on the Contemporary Christian Music Video Chart and at No. 3 on the Billboard Music Video Chart.  The “Dream On” CD launched at No. 1 on the Southern Gospel Music Chart. “Dream On” was nominated for a 2010 Grammy in the category of “Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album.”

Ernie Haase & Signature Sound’ success continues with each new release, but perhaps their most rewarding achievement is the new generation of gospel music lovers emerging across the globe.  The group’s contagious energy spreads through entertaining performances packed with truth and overflowing with a joyful spirit of gratitude…bringing listeners around the world their refreshing approach to gospel classics and new material that is uniquely Signature Sound.

They travel with a pianist, drummer and two guitar players.  Don’t miss this exciting group of guys coming to Meramec Music Theatre, Thursday evening, June 23 at 7:00 P.M.  Call 573-775-5999 for tickets in advance.   They will be performing a Cathedrals Influenced concert.

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Gaither Music Group and Ernie Haase & Signature Sound Honor The Cathedral Quartet With New Release

Written by Rhonda on October 28, 2010 – 5:42 am -

Be sure to read our interview with Ernie Haase & Signature Sound in the October issue of SGN Scoops!

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – October 26, 2010 – Gaither Music Group is pleased to announce the release of Ernie Haase & Signature Sound: A Tribute to the Cathedral Quartet available now on CD and DVD.

Ernie Haase & Signature Sound give new appreciation to some of the greatest quartet favorites every written in this DVD and CD, honoring the songs and legacy of the quartet that inspired their own genesis as a group. With a breathtaking set, an electrifying audience of supporters, an inspiring line-up of Cathedrals favorites, plus vintage photos, footage and memories of The Cathedrals, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound keep those great memories alive and offer their gratitude for the indelible mark their heroes made on Gospel music.

Ernie Haase comments, “It is no secret that I love The Cathedral Quartet. As a young teenager, I had a poster of them on my wall right next to my favorite sports’ icons. George and Glen; their music changed and formed my life.” Ernie continues, “To have been part of George and Glen’s history and to have been there for their last ten years was nothing less than ‘epic’ for me. Now, ten years after The Cathedrals’ retirement, we are blessed to pay tribute and bring the music of The Cathedrals to a new generation.”

Members of the Payne family, the Younce family and Roger Bennett’s family added a very special element to the evening, simply by their presence, and Bill Gaither and Squire Parsons also joined the celebration to honor their good friends.
“There are few artists in history who were better examples to follow than George Younce and Glen Payne” says Bill Gaither. “When they founded The Cathedrals, they started more than a great quartet; they modeled character, team spirit and countless other qualities that young groups could learn from.  I know Ernie’s early years as a young artist singing with The Cathedrals helped shape his worldview and his vision as an artist, and it is wonderful to see Ernie Haase and Signature Sound honor the spiritual and musical legacy of The Cathedrals so beautifully.  This is a wonderful celebration.”

This DVD and CD release features Ernie Haase & Signature Sound at their very finest. Ernie Haase & Signature Sound: A Tribute to the Cathedral Quartet, is distributed through EMI CMG Distribution, and is available online at,, iTunes and among others, and in retail stores where Christian music is sold.

About Ernie Haase & Signature Sound:
Combining 21st century ideas with the timeless quality of great quartets from the 1950s, this Grammy-nominated, Dove award winning group has broken the traditional mold of gospel quartets. With their unconventional approach to communicating the Good News, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound (EHSS) are blazing a trail through the heart of Gospel music with groundbreaking originality.
The group’s founder and leader, Ernie Haase, got his start in Gospel music as a long-time member of the renowned Cathedral Quartet, and his roots are deeply planted in the rich legacy of music that is both meaningful and thoroughly entertaining. After the Cathedrals bid farewell to their five-decade run in the music industry, Ernie put all his great training to work when he formed, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound.  With chart-topping DVDs and audio releases, the group’s success continues to gain momentum with each new release.
For more information regarding Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, visit

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