This one was a stunner. Nobody saw this coming, especially me. I was scrolling through my Twitter feed when I read the news from Ernie: Ian Owens Resigns From EHSS. Like I said, an absolute stunner. It took about an hour for the news to really sink in. But finally, I got past the initial shock, and looked closer at the man who Ernie announced would be his replacement.
The new guy is Paul Harkey. He is 32 years old, and originally from Texas. His path to EHSS started in 2007 when he got his first full-time singing job with Crystal River. Later that year, he joined the Anchormen Quartet, who he sang with until about six weeks ago when he joined the LeFevre Quartet. Yesterday, the announcement came that he is joining EHSS.
Ian Owens will sing with EHSS the next two weekends, and his last concert appears to be Oct. 13th in Sunnyvale, TX. Harkey’s first concert looks to be Oct. 18th in Elizabethtown, NC. That is also the weekend of GaitherFest in Myrtle Beach, SC, which EHSS will be a part of for one day.
Now it comes to the video portion of this post. As I was doing my research on Harkey, I found some different clips of him doing songs that EHSS has also recorded. I thought it might give us a feel for the type of sound we can expect.
The first clip is from 2010, when he sang with the Anchormen. The audio quality isn’t the greatest, but you can get an idea of how he sounds on a song like He Made a Change:
Fast-forward to a little under a year ago for a glimpse of how he sounds on Happy Rhythm:
Our last posted video comes from just the last week. Here he is with the LeFevre Quartet singing Oh the Glory Did Roll:
Other bloggers have mentioned this, but the addition of Harkey clearly brings EHSS closer to the sound that they had with Tim Duncan. I’m excited to hear and see what’s in store for the future of the group!