NASHVILLE, Tenn. – GRAMMY®-nominated vocal band Ernie Haase + Signature Sound is scheduled to release its first full-length holiday album in 10 years, A Jazzy Little Christmas, on October 11. The collection of holiday classics and sacred seasonal songs, released via Gaither Music Group, resounds the joy and miracle of Christmas. To watch a sneak peek, click HERE.
The world-renowned quartet enlisted Tony Bennett's former musical director and pianist Billy Stritch, award-winning producer Wayne Haun and some of New York's finest musicians for A Jazzy Little Christmas. Along with holiday favorites such as "O Holy Night," "Winter Wonderland" and “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” A Jazzy Little Christmas also features a Haase original "Christmas in Manhattan."
“New York City is a very special place for me and my wife, Lisa. We’re going on 30 years of marriage, and one of the things we started doing when we first got married was going to New York and doing a Broadway blitz, especially at Christmastime. We would get there and just look at the lights and take in the city, so I wanted to write an original song, and we did. It’s called ‘Christmas in Manhattan,’ and I hope it becomes a new Christmas classic,” expressed Haase.
Haase added, “One of my favorite songs just happens to be a Christmas song—‘I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.’ That was written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow right after the Civil War. He had lost his home to fire. His wife had unexpectedly passed away…his son brutally wounded in the Civil War. I can imagine the bells on Christmas Day mocking his despair. But the last verse is where faith came to the surface, ‘Then ring the bells more loud and deep, God is not dead or does He sleep, the wrong shall fail the right prevail with peace on earth good will toward men.’ That’s faith and we pray that this recording will inspire others to open the gift of faith this Christmas.”
A Jazzy Little Christmas will be advertised as part of a special television offer on DISH TV, DirecTV, TBN, RFD-TV, GaitherTV, FamilyNet, CTN, GMC, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, TCT and TLN as well as on Vision TV, CTS, The Miracle Channel and Hope TV in Canada. The project will also be featured in the Gaither Christmas Catalog Collection.
Performing over 100 concerts per year, Ernie Haase + Signature Sound will add A Jazzy Little Christmas Tour to their schedule this winter. With true, four-part harmony and a three-piece jazz band, the live show will be reminiscent of the sounds of The Four Freshmen with the jazz of Tony Bennett. For tickets and more information, please visit www.erniehaase.com.
A JAZZY LITTLE CHRISTMAS TRACK LISTING: 1. Happy Holiday / It's the Holiday Season 2. O Holy Night 3. Christmas in Manhattan 4. I Like a Sleighride (Jingle Bells) 5. Love You Remember 6. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day 7. It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas 8. We Three Kings 9. Snowfall 10. Winter Wonderland 11. Sometimes I Wonder 12. Christmas Time Is Here 13. Mister Santa 14. Peace on Earth / Silent Night
A JAZZY LITTLE CHRISTMAS TOUR: Nov. 21 - Storm Lake, Iowa Nov. 22 - Columbus, Neb. Nov. 24 - Monmouth, Ill. Dec. 1 - Bradford, Pa. Dec. 5 - Grand Rapids, Mich. Dec. 6 - Fergus Falls, Minn. Dec. 7 - Lakeville, Minn. Dec. 8 - Yankton, S.D. Dec. 10 - Great Bend, Kan. Dec. 11 - Loveland, Colo. Dec. 12 - Steelville, Mo. Dec. 13 - Asheville, N.C. Dec. 14 - Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Dec. 15 - Wheeling, W. Va. Dec. 20 - Waterloo, Iowa Dec. 21 - Van Buren, Ohio Dec. 22 - Newburgh, Ind.
ABOUT ERNIE HAASE + SIGNATURE SOUND: Ernie Haase has built Signature Sound into one of the most popular and beloved quartets in all of music. The group has traveled all over the world, offering energy, excitement and encouragement through its powerful brand. Ernie Haase + Signature Sound continues to gain fans all around the globe with its unique performances and unmistakable, four-part harmonies. Ernie Haase + Signature Sound has sung and sold to millions worldwide, a feat that has not been accomplished by any other Southern Gospel quartet. The group has performed from Latvia and India to South Africa and New Zealand, events all around North America, TV appearances on ESPN with NASCAR, multiple NBA appearances singing the national anthem and even a specialty tour of historic American theaters in support of the EHSS Broadway project. Signature Sound is a world-renowned quartet that spans a wide variety of genres and cultures. As group founder, Haase is a creative, hard-working tenor whose early roots with the unforgettable and legendary quartet The Cathedrals helped begin his dream to form a powerhouse group of his own. Ernie Haase + Signature Sound is both GRAMMY®-nominated and GMA Dove Award-winning, a radio favorite in the United States and internationally, and a leader in CD sales and long form music video sales--with several RIAA(R)-certified Gold(R) and Platinum(R) DVDs.