Open Letter from Ernie Haase:
Let me introduce to you our new bass vocalist, Ian Owens
Ian is originally from Mississippi and has lived outside of Nashville, TN for some time now. Ian is 30 years old and as you can see has a lovely family. He and his wife Megan have a son named Liam and a daughter named Taylor.
Ian comes from a long line of Gospel quartet bass singers. His grandfather Bid Owens Sr. sang with The Deacon Quartet then his father Butch Owens sang with The Watchmen Quartet, The Anchormen, The Stamps Quartet and The Florida Boys.
Before taking this job Ian sang for 10 years with two different groups. He started when he was 19 years old with the Cumberland Boys Quartet out of Branson’s Silver Dollar City theme park.
More recently Armond Morales hired Ian as his replacement to become only the 2nd bass ever in the history of the Imperials. The Imperials started with Jake Hess in 1964 and had one of the smoothest sounds ever. Ian has that George Younce/ Armond Morales feel to his voice. As you will hear, the kid is a singer first and a bass singer second. That is what we were looking for in addition to his love for God and for people. And as that goes, Ian is an licensed minister.
Ian has already traveled one weekend with EHSS and totally won the crowds over in Portland, OR, Seattle, WA and Sacramento, CA with his BIG voice and even BIGGER personality.
Please welcome him and come out and hear what we feel is another great find not only for EHSS but for the world of Southern Gospel Music.
Another addition to the EHSS family is Kelly Vaughn.
For the past year we have had a three-piece band and Wayne Haun and I have been looking for the right person who could come aboard and give us the acoustic and electric guitar feels we need musically. We took Kelly out for a couple of weeks this past fall and he nailed it.
Kelly was about 6 weeks away from graduating eigth grade..... :) just kidding. He looks twelve but now has his college degree in Music business and is coming on full time for EHSS. Kelly is 24 and is excited to join the band and the EHSS team. You will love this kid!
Thanks so much to all of you for your continued love and support ... it means more to us than you'll ever know ...
Seeya soon ...