The all-new release, Oh What a Savior, from award-winning and GRAMMY®–nominated quartet Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, hit the street last Tuesday, debuting this week at #1 on the Southern Gospel Album chart, #15 on the CCM chart and #181 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. The companion DVD landed at #1 on the Christian Music Video chart and at #3 on the Billboard Music Video chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
“These numbers tell us as a group to keep on doing what we are doing!” says Haase. “The emails, Facebook posts and Twitter feed surrounding this release have been an encouragement; and we appreciate the support of this release from our fans and loved ones."
Group members Ernie Haase, Doug Anderson, Devin McGlamery and Paul Harkey gave their “signature” renditions of gospel standards such as “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” “Heavenly Parade,” “Up Above My Head (I Hear Music in the Air),” “Noah Found Grace in the Eyes of the Lord” and “Scars in the Hands of Jesus” as well as a new, crowd-stirring arrangement of “When the Saints Go Marching In.”
“We sang ‘This Ol’ House’ while in Chennai, India, a couple of years ago; and we included a bridge of ‘When the Saints Go Marching In’ as part of that arrangement,” recalls Haase. “When we began to sing the bridge, the crowd exploded. We decided right then we needed to do our own arrangement of this gospel standard.”
One of the group’s most requested songs ongoing is Haase’s now signature rendition of the title cut, “Oh, What a Savior.” “I never tire of singing this song,” Haase describes. “To have a song people demand you sing is a career maker to say the least. However, to have audiences sing along with you and take the song away from you takes things to another level. Dare I say a ‘heavenly level.’ That's worship!”
In addition to popular favorites, the group recorded several brand new songs on the release including the intimate “Shh, Be Still,” sung around the piano; the first radio single “That’s Why (I Love Him So)”; and “Sometimes I Wonder.” The group was joined throughout the evening by special guests including the trio Beyond the Ashes, Gaither Homecoming favorite Wesley Pritchard and Broadway sensation J.Mark McVey (Les Miserables) who joined the quartet for a goosebump-inducing rendition of The Sound of Music standard “Climb Every Mountain.”
Here is a preview of what listeners can expect from Oh, What a Savior:
"We hope listeners and viewers of the new release will experience joy, hope and encouragement,” remarks Haase. “These are tough times that we are living in, and I believe God placed Signature Sound here for a time such as this to be a bright light."
The new CD, produced by Dove Award-winning producer and songwriter Wayne Haun, and the new DVD are exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution and are available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and gaither.com. In addition, the live DVD, recorded at the Carson Center in Paducah, Ky., has been airing on national tv networks including RFD, DISH TV, DIRECTV, TBN, Family Net, FFE, RURAL TV, TNN, Airtime, CTN, The Walk TV (formerly Legacy), TCT and TLN and also in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, Grace TV and the Miracle Channel. The DVD is also featured on Gaither TV (available on Roku, Google TV and the Internet).
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