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Clip of Karen Peck & New River’s New Lineup

February 11, 2010 By: Aaron Category: Karen Peck and New River, SG Artists, SG Music

For those wondering what the new male vocalist for New River, Jeff Hawes, sounds like, here’s a video of him playing piano and singing “I’d Rather Have Jesus.” Karen Peck Gooch made an excellent hire in Hawes; he not only has a voice that has the Contemporary stylings that fit their sound, but he’s a capable musician as well.

Ryan Seaton Leaves Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, New Lead Announced

December 28, 2009 By: Aaron Category: Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Karen Peck and New River, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music

In a blog post from Ernie Haase today, it was announced that long-time lead Ryan Seaton was leaving the group, but also announced that a familiar face in Southern Gospel music would fill the spot:

Dear Friends,

It is with sadness and regret that I announce the departure of Ernie Haase & Signature Sound lead singer, Ryan Seaton.

I thank him from the bottom of my heart for all his contributions. We wish Ryan the very best in his personal and professional pursuits, wherever they may lead him.

While one part of my heart is very heavy, the other half is uplifted by the news that Devin McGlamery, from southern gospel’s Grammy-nominated Karen Peck & New River, is joining EHSS as new lead singer! Devin has been lead/tenor for KPNR for the last five years, following a five-year career with the Dixie Melody Boys.

Devin’s debut with us will be on January 15, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio, at our “Dream On” concert featuring The Collingsworth Family – our first performance after Christmas break. We’re really thrilled to be headlining our own show throughout next year.

“To say I’m excited is an understatement,” said Devin. “Ernie and I have been great friends for years. I’ve always had a lot of admiration for him as a singer and as a person, and he has always encouraged me. Words cannot express how wonderful I feel about this opportunity for my career and my family.”

A native of Valdosta, Georgia, Devin is 27 and lives in Kinston, North Carolina, with his wife Karen Ham McGlamery and their children, Karlyn and Preston.

“I want to thank Karen Peck so much for everything over the last five years,” said Devin. “She let southern gospel music get to know the real me, and she let me be who I am. For that and many things, I will always be grateful. I’m really looking forward to the next part of my calling and my journey with Ernie and the group.”

I thank God for the opportunity to work with Devin and am grateful to Karen and Susan Peck for their graciousness. Please join me in giving a warm Signature Sound welcome to Devin, and keep Ryan and his dear family in your prayers!

As always, your support and understanding is SO valued and appreciated.


Seaton was one of those singers that developed into a better vocalist over his tenure with a group (see Steve Ladd with Gold City). When he started out, he was quiet and content to just blend in the background. He developed confidence over time, though, and he became one of the better leads in the industry today. Here’s hoping the future finds him with another top-tier quartet.

As far as picking Devin McGlamery as the new lead, I say it’s a great fit. Devin’s vocal ability impressed me with KP&NR, although he was never really featured out front all that much. With EH&SS, he will be able to showcase those vocals better, and he definitely has the “modern” image that the group possesses. The change has come at an opportune time, too; since the group is doing a solo tour all of next year, it will be easier for fans who aren’t already familiar with Devin to acquaint themselves.

I’m definitely looking forward to hearing how this new lineup will sound. Prayers and best of luck to Ryan Seaton as well.