EHSS’s new album is a reminder of how worldly Southern Gospel has become. There is not any significant difference between most Southern Gospel today and Contemporary Christian Music. With few exceptions, the two fields have merged through the influence of businessmen entertainers like Bill Gaither. EHSS stands for Ernie Haase & Signature Sound. The quartet’s new studio recording, “Here We are Again,” features such cuts as “I Believe,” a pop song made into a 1950s hit by Frankie Laine and Elvis Presley (who loved Southern Gospel nearly as much as he loved sex, drugs, and rock & roll). The final cut is “Any Other Man,” which is described as “rowdy, Southern rock burner that you’d expect from a pop/rock outfit like Third Day or even dc Talk circa Jesus Freak.” The field of Southern Gospel today is largely defined by conformity to the world, by entertainment, cheap emotionalism, shallow doctrine, ecumenism, and a judge not philosophy. We trace the history and spiritual downfall of Southern Gospel in the 9-part video series Music for Good or Evil, which is available from the Way of Life web site via digital download or DVD.
(Friday Church News Notes, March 9, 2012, www.wayoflife.org firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
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