I literally just saw this on Facebook:
For the past two years the EHSS team and fans have been enriched by the voice and personality of Ian Owens. Ian has announced that he will be pursuing other interests (both musical and personal) and we fully support him and wish him great success. Ian’s last date with EHSS will be October 13th, 2012 in Sunnyvale, TX. Come out and support Ian and please pray for Ian and his wife Megan as they follow this new path.
We will miss Ian dearly. He is a funny, FUNNY man who has become a great friend and that will never change. We will update you at a later date with all information concerning Ian and his plans.Our new bass singer is a young man you are going to love. His name is Paul Harkey. We will fill you in on all of his information soon. Pray for EHSS as we navigate through this transition time.Sincerely,
I admit that I’m pretty shocked. This is the shortest time period the group has had a member. I see no reason to assume anything, obviously the press release is quite cheerful. Still, I’m trying to process this since Ian was just settling in. As early as this summer he seemed content to stay where he was. Maybe some fantastic opportunity came up in the meanwhile, and we’ll be learning more in the future.
Meantime, I’m glad to see them bring Paul Harkey on board since he’s a solid young talent. Lots of folks have fingered him out as one to watch, and I look forward to getting more familiar with his voice. He sang with Anchormen and most recently spent about a month with the Lefevres (before leaving to join EHSS of course). Here’s a clip showing what he can do [Update: I found a more recent one than what I initially posted. I hear he’s solidified in the last couple years, plus I found out he was battling pneumonia in the “Graveyard” clip. This is “Crown Him King.”] I think he’ll bring something more similar to what Duncan brought to the group.
Let’s talk about group change, Amen!