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Ernie Haase and Signature Sound make Changes

Written by Staff on September 3, 2015 – 8:49 am -

Ernie Haase and Signature Sound at NQC 2014 courtesy Candace Combs

Ernie Haase and Signature Sound at NQC 2014 courtesy Candace Combs

From the Ernie Haase and Signature Sound Newsletter of September 1, 2015, Ernie Haase announced a couple of changes to the EHSS lineup. Here is what he said:

I’d like to take this opportunity to announce the newest member of the EHSS family.  His name is Tyler Vestal, and we are excited to have him on board!
Tyler Vestal

Tyler Vestal

If you have been to any of our summer concerts, I’m sure you’ve seen Tyler playing keyboards along with our own Wayne Haun on the piano.  Due to the success of StowTown Records, Wayne’s producer duties for all of the StowTown projects, his additional duties as a committee member on both the Grammy and Dove Awards panels, AND his brand new daily radio show heard on Solid Gospel Radio, Wayne is a verybusy man and will not be able to continue to go out with us every weekend.  So, you guessed it…this is where Tyler comes in!
Tyler has been learning the ropes from the best and he will be our new keyboardist.  But never fear…Wayne will continue to serve as our musical director and producer and will travel with us on the weekends when he is available to make sure we are continuing to do everything up to his standards!   He keeps us on our toes and we need that!

New Video featuring Dustin Doyle and Tyler Vestal
“Redemption Draweth Nigh”
So, here we grow again!  The EHSS family just keeps getting bigger and, in this case, MUCH YOUNGER!   I’m really enjoying having young Tyler and Dustin on the bus.  They bring back so many fond memories of my younger days with the Cathedrals, and I love the new and fresh ideas they are bringing to the table.
And in addition to all of this news, EHSS would like to wish young Tyler a Happy 24th Birthday onSeptember 6th!!  I have socks older than that!!! (I’ve always wanted to use that joke!)
I know you’re going to love getting to know Tyler, and to help you out with that, please check out his full Bio HERE.
Dustin Doyle

Dustin Doyle

Ernie Haase and Signature Sound recently added Dustin Doyle to the lineup after the departure of Doug Anderson. You can read more about Dustin HERE


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Gordon Mote’s New Single “The Other Side” Hits Radio

Written by Staff on March 3, 2015 – 8:29 am -

45th Annual Dove Awards - ShowWife Kimberly Joins Gordon on Album Highlight

Franklin, TN (March 2, 2015) Hot on the heels of Gordon Mote’s “#2 Southern Gospel Radio Single, “Meanwhile Back At the Cross,” New Haven Records has released “The Other Side,” the fourth single from Mote’s Dove Award Finalist CD, All Things New.

Produced by Southern Gospel hit-maker Wayne Haun, “The Other Side” is a touching ballad duet featuring Gordon’s talented wife, Kimberly. Gordon reflects, “The past few years, Kimberly and I have had close friends and family who’ve experienced profound loss. Although we would never minimize someone’s grief, the Gospel truth is that we don’t grieve as those who have no hope. Instead, we live in the confidence that one day the Lord will reunite us with those we love and make all things new.”

The theme of redemption and restoration pervades the entire 13-song project, which was produced by Country Music legend Frank Rogers along with selected cuts by multi-Dove Award winner Wayne Haun.

Since its release, All Things New has become both a critical and fan favorite. Breathecast.com raved that listeners should “be prepared for lots of ‘wow’ moments.”

Strictly Country, called All Things New “…one of the most artistically defined albums we have ever heard…the album that we compare all the others to” and highlighting “The Other Side” as one of the cuts that “…truly captured our souls.” Likewise, Soul-Audio and MusicScribe also singled out “The Other Side” as one of the album’s finest moments.

Through the years, Mote has enjoyed a high profile as a featured performer on The Gaither Homecoming Concert series as well as one of Music City’s most celebrated session players—culminating in two recent Academy of Country Music and Music Row Magazine Awards for Instrumentalist of the Year. Since stepping into the spotlight as a solo artist, Gordon has recorded an impressive body of work—three instrumental and six vocal albums—including the Dove Award Finalist All Things New (2014), Dove Award-nominated If You Could Hear What I See (2004), Don’t Let Me Miss the Glory (2007), Songs I Grew Up Singing (2012) and his acclaimed Christmas collection, The Star Still Shines (2012).


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WAYNE HAUN MAKES KEY RETAIL VISITS IN SUPPORT OF SENTIMENTAL SEASON

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 14, 2014 – 11:22 am -

Wayne Haun

Wayne Haun

(Nashville, TN)… StowTown Records co-founder Wayne Haun is a very busy man this Christmas season.  While continuing to wear the many hats of producing, arranging, and songwriting, he has recently been on the road as an artist, promoting his brand new Christmas project, Sentimental Season.

Haun made three personal visits in the past month to LifeWay Christian Stores in both Fort Worth, TX, and Augusta, GA, as well as taking part in a special event at Cedar Springs Christian Bookstores in his hometown of Knoxville, TN, on Black Friday.
Retail is the lifeblood for a record company, making sure that we’re represented all over the world,” said Haun. “I have really enjoyed the opportunity to meet store managers, buyers and even owners while promoting this recording.”
The multi-nominated Grammy and Dove Award artist performed many of the

Wayne Haun

Wayne Haun

songs on the album and visited with numerous fans throughout the retail tour.

As always, it’s good to meet and spend time with fans, both old and new. Without them, we’re all out of a job,” added Haun. “And I have to admit that I still get a thrill out of seeing our product on the shelves when I visit the stores. It’s such an encouragement to keep moving forward.”
With that nostalgic Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, and Dean Martin 1940’s-style sound, co-writers Joel Lindsey, Jeff Bumgardner, Tony Wood, and mother Shelby Haun all pitched in to help create this exceptional project.
Christmas favorites like the Louis Armstrong classic “What A Wonderful World” and a beautifully-crafted duet with fellow StowTown gospel artist TaRanda Greene singing “The Christmas Song” helps highlight the album.
StowTown’s Ernie Haase and Signature Sound mix in their harmony and Christmas spirit. Meanwhile, Haun’s grandmother, mother, and sister add a special and emotional family rendition of “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem”.
 Via Provident Distribution, the album hit the market in October and is now available online, through digital outlets and general market retailers, and at Christian Bookstores everywhere.
Sentimental Season will also be featured in a Christmas special on Sirius/XM’s Enlighten (channel 65) Saturday, December 20. Haun’s special will air at 8:00pm EST & 5:00pm PST and will then be rebroadcast throughout the next week.

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Wayne Haun ushers in a Sentimental Season

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 16, 2014 – 8:56 am -

Wayne Haun

Wayne Haun

(Nashville, TN) StowTown Records co-founder Wayne Haun is proud to announce the release of his brand new Christmas project, Sentimental Season.Via Provident Distribution, the album hit the market on Tuesday and is now available at Christian Bookstores, online, digital outlets, and general market retailers. http://www.stowtownrecords.com

Following his debut solo release of Old Soul last year, the multi-nominated Grammy and Dove Award singer, songwriter, producer, and arranger has put together this special project for Christmas enthusiasts all around the world.
With that nostalgic Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, and Dean Martin 1940’s-style sound, co-writers Joel Lindsey, Jeff Bumgardner, Tony Wood, and mother Shelby Haun all pitched in to help create this exceptional project.

Christmas favorites like the Louis Armstrong classic “What A Wonderful World” and a beautifully-crafted duet with fellow StowTown gospel artist TaRanda Greene singing “The Christmas Song” helps highlight the album.

StowTown’s Ernie Haase and Signature Sound mix in their harmony and Christmas spirit. Meanwhile, Haun’s grandmother, mother, and sister add a special and emotional family rendition of “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem”.

Other special guests include Jaimee Paul and her husband Leif Shires.


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StowTown Records honored at 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 13, 2014 – 8:41 pm -

Dove Awards

Producer Wayne Haun and Doug Anderson accept the Dove Award for Country Album Of The Year

(Nashville, TN)  To say the least, the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards was good to StowTown Records. The fast-rising label, which attained a total of 16 nominations in 2014, brought home several Dove Awards Tuesday evening at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena.

Doug Anderson was a big winner, earning two Doves at the Christian music industry’s annual celebration.
“God has blessed me with a wonderful family, friends, and co-workers that make this all possible,” said Anderson. “StowTown Records has provided me with another opportunity as well as an amazing platform to tell my story, and just be me.”
Anderson’s “Love With Open Arms,” written by Joel Lindsey, Jeff Bumgardner and Wayne Haun won the Country Song of the Year. Meanwhile, Drive, produced by StowTown’s Haun, was honored as the Country Album of the Year.
“Provident Distribution created the whole “Drive to Retail” campaign that really pushed this project out into the public eye,” added Anderson. “It was a risk to take with me and it worked. I can’t thank them enough.”
Cathedrals Family Reunion was named the Special Event Album of the Year and Oh What A Savior by Ernie Haase & Signature Sound was announced as Southern Gospel Album of the Year.
In addition, The Perrys were invited to perform their Song of the Year and Southern Gospel Song of the Year dual nominee “I Can Trust Him” at the Dove Awards Pre-Show also held on the Lipscomb campus.

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StowTown Records Receives 16 GMA Dove Award Nominations

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 15, 2014 – 10:34 am -

StowTown Records

StowTown Records

(Nashville, TN) It was a special, ground-breaking day for StowTown Records as it received a record number of nominations during the Gospel Music Association Dove Awards Press Conference held Wednesday morning at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena.

A total of 16 nominations were announced for the fast-rising label in anticipation of the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards to be held October 7 at Allen Arena.
StowTown co-founder Wayne Haun, who received an astounding 15 total nominations during the event, was named as a nominee for the prestigious Producer of the Year award by guest presenter Gordon Mote. One of Southern Gospel’s most popular and well-known performers, producers, songwriters, and arrangers, Haun is a 14-time Dove Award winner.
Meanwhile, Haun himself announced the nominees for Southern Gospel Album of the Year that included Oh What A Savior by Ernie Haase & Signature Sound and The Lord is Good by The Collingsworth Family.
In addition, “Search Me O God” from the Cathedrals Family Reunion album as well as “That’s Why” by Ernie Haase & Signature Sound were each announced as finalists for the Southern Gospel Performance of the Year.
Cathedrals Family Reunion was also nominated for the Special Event Album of the Year.
 Both the Song of the Year as well as the Southern Gospel Song of the Year category nominations included “I Can Trust Him” by The Perrys along with “That’s Why” by Ernie Haase & Signature Sound.
Devin McGlamery’s As Long As You Will Walk With Me” and TaRanda Greene’s Stronger” were each selected as a finalist in the Inspirational Song of the Year category.
For Country Song of the Year, “Love With Open Arms” by Doug Anderson as well as “While I Still Can” by McGlamery were each nominated.
The final two StowTown nominations included McGlamery’s Love Is A Verb making the final list for Inspirational Album of the Year, while Anderson’s Drive was announced as a nominee for Country Album of the Year.
All winners will be announced at the awards show on Tuesday, October 7. The GMA Dove Awards, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. CT, will air globally on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN).

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StowTown Records Signs TaRanda Greene

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 28, 2014 – 1:08 pm -

TaRanda Greene

Front Row (L to R) TaRanda Greene, Carol Roundtree (Provident Distribution) Back Row (L to R) Wayne Haun, Ernie Haase, Landon Beene (StowTown Records)

July, 28, 2014 (Nashville, TN)… StowTown Records is thrilled to announce the signing of TaRanda Greene, one of Christian Music’s most popular and beloved performers.

TaRanda, who has been a featured vocalist for the Grammy-winning, world famous Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir in New York, is also a regular guest vocalist at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Dallas, Shadow Mountain Community Church in San Diego and First Baptist Church Atlanta.

“TaRanda is one of my favorite singers of all time. When she sings, it’s obvious this was what she was born to do,” said StowTown Records co-founder Wayne Haun. “The songs she has chosen for this new recording are some of the best I’ve heard in a long time. And, of course, the delivery is stellar. We are so glad she has chosen StowTown to bring you this new music.”

TaRanda has already obtained the prestigious honor of being the first female soloist to receive a top ranking on The Singing News Magazine’s Top 40 Radio Airplay Chart with her very popular and recognizable hit “Sky Full of Angels”.

“As a soloist, it’s important to stay connected to a group you believe in and who believes in you. I couldn’t be happier to be a part of the StowTown family,” said TaRanda. “And that’s exactly why – it feels like a family. I’m certain only the best is yet to come.”

“Ernie (Haase), Wayne (Haun) and Landon (Beene) have poured strength, energy and encouragement into me and my music, and now they are helping give me wings to soar by making me a part of the StowTown family. I’m incredibly thrilled to be here.”

Her brand new project, Stronger, which was specifically produced and designed for her church audience, will make its StowTown debut on November 11.
Produced by Geron Davis and orchestrated by Bradley Knight, the album features the aforementioned Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Christ Church Choir of Nashville, Wess Morgan, Sonya Isaacs-Yeary, Jason Crabb and The Martins.

“This project has been three years in the making because it’s not just another recording. It’s been my journey and my life through loss, clinical depression, loneliness and fear – all turned into hope, encouragement, and the love and faithfulness of God,” explained TaRanda. “Stronger isn’t just a word or a song…it’s who I am. And I’m grateful to present my life to you to give you hope in your conflict and peace in your painful days.”
“Through Christ we realize it’s not our strength, but His…and through Him we are made STRONGER!”

Learn more about TaRanda Greene and her ministry at www.tarandamusic.com.


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StowTown Records Signs The Taylors

Written by SGN Scoops on April 16, 2014 – 6:59 am -

stowtowntaylersStowNASHVILLE, TN (April 15, 2014) – On Monday, StowTown Records expanded its already impressive artist roster by signing The Taylors, the Singing News 2013 Favorite New Mixed Group of the Year.  
StowTown Records co-founders Ernie Haase and Wayne Haun celebrated their new partnership with The Taylors—Jonathan, Suzanne, Christopher, and Leslie—during a signing event at the offices of Provident/Sony Distribution. A live performance by the brothers and sisters quickly captivated the Provident sales and marketing staff, and created an air of excitement for “Measure of Grace,” their debut CD release with the StowTown record label.
Ernie Haase has been anticipating the opportunity to introduce the young artists to an even wider audience. “The Taylors are a talented vocal group who have that ‘sibling thing’ that is hard to describe or deny. To see these brothers and sisters—all in their early 20’s—perform together is something to behold. I think everyone will hear what we first heard in The Taylors—passionate, tender voices blending into glorious overtones of a
heavenly sound. You are going to love The Taylors!” Jonathan Taylor expressed his excitement about The Taylors being welcomed into the StowTown family of artists. “We’ve been so impressed by Ernie always wanting to do his best in everything he’s been called to do. We look forward to seeing how God uses this new relationship to spread our music to unexpected places!”
The Taylors’ new recording, “Measure of Grace,” is expected to release on June 10, 2014, to Christian retail stores nationwide, as well as digital outlets. Their first single from the project will be shipped to radio soon, in anticipation of another successful climb up the charts. Follow The Taylors on Twitter  and visit their website for news from the group, updates on their touring schedule, and further details on the upcoming project as the release date approaches.

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StowTown Records and Lifeway Christian Stores Host The Perrys “Into His Presence” CD Release Party

Written by SGN Scoops on April 10, 2014 – 3:09 pm -

NASHVILLE, TN (April 10, 2014) – The Perrys kicked off their debut StowTown Records project, “Into His Presence,” with a memorable CD release party at the LifeWay Christian store in Hendersonville, TN.perrys
The hometown crowd was treated to a live performance of new songs, including their first single, “I Can Trust Him,” now gaining attention at radio. Libbi Perry Stuffle updated the audience on the miracle of Tracy Stuffle’s recovery from a stroke, and then invited her husband to sing his new duet, “Three Men on a Mountain,” with their son, Jared. Those attending were moved by the clear testimony of God’s grace over the past fourteen months, but they were also blessed with an unexpected bonus — many well-placed humorous comments from Tracy during the festivities, resulting in laughter and applause from the crowd. The Perrys topped off the celebration by sharing cake and conversation with the fans, as well as autographing the new CD.
Into His Presence” is now available at Christian retail stores everywhere through Provident Distribution, in addition to online outlets, including the “New and Noteworthy” section on iTunes. This recording represents a fresh chapter for The Perrys, the legendary family group which formed around the piano on Christmas Day in 1970. The 11-song CD reflects their new partnership with StowTown Records.

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The Perrys to release brand new CD April 8th

Written by SGN Scoops on March 20, 2014 – 11:12 am -

perrys new recordingNASHVILLE, TN (March 20, 2014) – The Perrys, undisputedly one of the most legendary groups in Southern Gospel history, have reached yet another milestone by completing their first recording in the studio with StowTown Records.
When it comes to new music releases this year, The Perrys’ “Into His Presence” CD is the one that fans and industry insiders alike have been waiting to hear, and the project hits retail on April 8, 2014. StowTown co-founders Ernie Haase and Wayne Haun (also the producer of the project) have been just as eager for this day to come, since they celebrated the signing of The Perrys to an exclusive contract on October 28, 2013.
Highly awarded during their 41-year fascinating career, The Perrys’ roster currently includes Libbi Perry Stuffle—the unforgettable alto who carries on the family legacy, along with her husband and beloved bass singer Tracy Stuffle, their son Jared (JK) Stuffle representing a new generation on bass vocals, lead singer David Ragan, and baritone Bryan Walker.
I Can Trust Him” has already been shipped to radio as the debut single from the CD, and now fans can finally hear the rest of the story, since they have been eagerly watching the project unfold through posts by group members on social media. Few artists can claim a more devoted group of listeners, and this fan base has become even more loyal during the past year of praying The Perrys through new challenges and opportunities during the ongoing recovery of Tracy Stuffle after his initial stroke in January, 2013. Libbi Stuffle is quick to say that the eleven songs on the project “no doubt came from the Lord,” and it is her prayer that the songs “uplift, encourage and strengthen His children,” just as they have ministered to her.
To kick off the project’s release to retail and this new chapter for The Perrys, a release party for “Into His Presence” will be held on April 8, 2014, at LifeWay Christian Store in Hendersonville, TN. The festivities begin at 6:30 PM with a live performance by The Perrys, followed by a meet–and–greet, and CD signing opportunity for fans.
Track Listing:
Into His Presence
When He Comes Walking on the Water
 I Can Trust Him
 How Long
Reminders
Lord, I’m Thankful
Sooner Than Later
Three Men on a Mountain
I Owe Him Everything
Just Stand Still
Privilege of Prayer

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