Ian Owens Departs Signature Sound, Paul Harkey Joins
October 2, 2012 1 Comment
Yesterday afternoon, Ernie Haase and Signature Sound announced via Facebook that Ian Owens had tendered his resignation with the group. Owens’ last date will be October 13. Joining Signature Sound will be Paul Harkey, a young man who has made quite a name for himself both with the Anchormen and, most recently, the Lefevre Quartet. Harkey has not been with the Lefevres very long, but when an opportunity of this magnitude arises, you have to jump at the chance. While I think Owens was a better fit with the Imperials than with EHSS, he is a good bass vocalist, and has a real talent at carrying a solo in the bass register. His plans are forthcoming, but he would make a great addition to any quartet needing a bass singer. The press release makes it sound like Owens already has his next step lined up, so we will see what happens with him.
I’m not very familiar with Harkey, so I’m looking forward to hearing him step up to the plate with EHSS. As polarizing as they seem to be within SGM, there is no denying that Signature Sound has been taking Southern Gospel music to places where it is not typically found, and exposing it to a wider audience than about anyone else in the business, save the exception of Gaither. Best wishes to Ian, Paul, and all of Signature Sound as they make their way through this time of transition. The text of the press release is below:
For the past two years the EHSS team and fans have been enriched by the voice and personality of Ian Owens. Ian has announced that he will be pursuing other interests (both musical and personal) and we fully support him and wish him great success. Ian’s last date with EHSS will be October 13th, 2012 in Sunnyvale, TX. Come out and support Ian and please pray for Ian and his wife Megan as they follow this new path.We will miss Ian dearly. He is a funny, FUNNY man who has become a great friend and that will never change. We will update you at a later date with all information concerning Ian and his plans.Our new bass singer is a young man you are going to love. His name is Paul Harkey. We will fill you in on all of his information soon. Pray for EHSS as we navigate through this transition time.