Tim Duncan leaves Ernie Haase and Signature Sound; Ian Owens joins

Tim Duncan, original bass singer for Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, is resigning after an eight-year run with the group.

“I have been feeling in my heart that my time [with Signature Sound] has come to an end,” Duncan stated. He added that he is “sad on one hand yet excited on the other.”

Tenor/manager Ernie Haase stated: “We will always be grateful for Tim’s contribution to the group over these past years. We love Tim and wish him and his family great success.”

Duncan will be replaced by Ian Owens. Owens got his start in Southern Gospel with the Cumberland Quartet; during his two years with the group, he was nominated for Horizon Individual. In 2003, when Armond Morales left the Imperials, Owens was hired to sing bass with the group. (Also in 2003, he married Meagan, and they have two children, Liam and Taylor Renee.)

For a preview of Owens’ voice, check out this video clip of him singing “Arise, My Love” with the Imperials.

For Ernie Haase’s thoughts on Ian, check out question 20 in the interview we posted last week.

Some research and reporting by NewSoGoFan.

UPDATE, 1/19/2011, 6:38 PM: Commenter Josh, below, offers some additional information. Duncan shared at a concert over the weekend that he has not fully recovered from his stroke last July, and has been losing weight. He decided before the Christmas Tour that he would have to leave the group for these health reasons, so it was not a sudden departure.

UPDATE, 1/20/2011, 6:31 AM: Commenter Diane, below, indicates that nothing was said from stage about Duncan’s departure at the concert in question, calling into question the veracity of the remainder of the account (though not, I must hasten to add, of Josh, who was just passing along what he saw on a message board and indicated that clearly).

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