NASHVILLE, Tenn. – GRAMMY®-nominated vocal band Ernie Haase + Signature Sound is celebrating as A Jazzy Little Christmas debuts at No. 1 on Soundscan’s Christian Seasonal Sales chart and Southern Gospel Sales chart as well as Top 10 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums chart and Traditional Jazz Albums chart. The collection of holiday classics and sacred seasonal songs, released via Gaither Music Group, also landed at No. 20 on Billboard’s Christian Album Sales chart.
“The ensemble of brassy horns, the swirling strings, and the layered harmonies accompanying Haase’s impeccable and expressive chops, make this record magical. Oozing with lots of nostalgic moments perfect for sipping eggnog in front of a blazing fireplace, this album is perfect to bring out the warmth of the season,” wrote Hallels editor Timothy Yap.
Ernie Haase + Signature Sound 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 the project. During release week, the world-renowned quartet was invited to perform a couple of songs, including the Haase original “Christmas in Manhattan,” at the legendary jazz venue Birdland in New York City.
“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 love song about those experiences, and we did. It’s called ‘Christmas in Manhattan,’ and I hope it becomes a new Christmas classic,” expressed Haase.
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 and via a robust social media campaign on the Gaither Music Facebook, Twitter and Instagram portals; consumer e-blasts; digital advertising; and on the Gaither TV YouTube channel, which has over 1.3 million subscribers and over 1.3 billion views.
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
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. 23 – Oconto Falls, Wis.
Nov. 24 – Monmouth, Ill.
Nov. 30 – Hartville, Ohio
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.