Haven Quartet

The Haven Quartet, a four-man Christian vocal group, began in 1934 as the musical arm of the Haven of Rest radio broadcast ministry. Radio was a medium in its infancy, and Christian broadcasting in particular was a new, uncharted territory. The Haven of Rest program, titled after the old gospel hymn of the same name, and replete with nautical references, was broadcast live, Mondays through Fridays, originally from the studio of pioneering radio station KFI in Los Angeles. As the broadcast became better known, it began being aired over a larger and larger network of radio stations in the US and Canada from its own distinctive ship-like studio in Hollywood, complete with portholes and decks. The Haven Quartet would sing 4-5 songs live over the air during each day†s broadcast, either a cappella or with organ accompaniment.

By the 1950's, the group had begun pre recording the broadcast music in library fashion, and due to popular demand, began issuing recordings of their music to their listeners and the general public. Today, after 65 years of musical excellence, the Haven Quartet continues to record their trademark treatments of traditional hymns and gospel songs, as well as contemporary Christian music. Fresh, creative, arrangements, a bright, clean vocal sound, and impassioned lead vocals from each of the four quartet members: these are the hallmarks of the Haven Quartet.

Group members: Walt Harrah, Randy Crenshaw, Bill Cantos, Jeff Gunn


A Cappella

Sing Praise to God
All Creatures of our God and King
Blessed Be the Name
I Will Praise Him
Immortal, Invisible
A Mighty Fortress is our God
Near to the Heart
I Have Decided to Follow Jesus
I Love You Lord
Yesterday, Today, Forever
A Shelter in the Time of Storm
Watch and Pray
When I Call
Rejoice Ye, Pure in Heart
Give Thanks
The Lord Will Come
Soon and Very Soon
In the Sweet By and By
The Light of the World

Falling from the heights of success as a radio personality, director of two Southern California radio stations and family man, to the drunken depths of despair and rootless dereliction, left Paul Meyers at the bottom. In agonized desperation he asked Jesus Christ for help and that moment in the early 1930s was the beginning of the Haven Of Rest Ministries. With his radio experience Paul created a radio program with a quartet, speaker, pipe organ, vibra harp and some poetry. The Haven Quartet are the descendants of this inspirational beginning. On this recording from 1991, you will hear the variety of harmonies usually associated with the four-square gospel singing traditions but the beautifully balanced voices of the quartet are so well matched that this recording is pleasurably reminiscent of the lush harmonies of Glad.

Listen to "Give Thanks" in Real Audio

3044 CD $14.98

An Acappella Christmas

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Joy to the World
Mary Did You Know?
Noel! Noel!
Wexford Carol
Silent Night
Little Drummer Boy
All on a Christmas Morning
Do You Hear What I Hear?
On Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Lo, How a Rose
What Are the Signs?
Go, Tell It on the Mountain

The Haven Quartet's a cappella Christmas includes Bach's "Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring," "Silent Night," "Go Tell It On The Mountain" and the "Wexford Carol," among others. In other words, whether an Irish traditional, American spiritual or Alfred Burt carol, the common thread is the versatility of this Contemporary Christian group. "Mary, Did You Know" is revitalized, with a soulful lead by Randy Crenshaw, transforming it into an emotional pop ballad; the resonant "Noel! Noel!", augmented by a refrain played on recorder, and a lively renaissance country-dance rhythm, is joyful and festive. Each Haven member's voice possesses an attractive brilliance of tone, and the four voices together have an exceptional depth. in Real Audio

Listen to " Lo, How a Rose" in Real Audio

3043 CD $14.98

A Cappella Hymns

He Hideth My Soul
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
Day by Day
Like A River Glorious
No, Not One!
Talk About A Soul
Be Thou My Vision
Come Thou Fount
Let The Whole Creation Cry
The Old Rugged Cross
Our Bondage, It Shall End
Hallelujah! What A Savior!
What A Friend We Have In Jesus
O Love That Will Not Let Me Go
Lead On, O King Eternal

Well its six years after the Haven Quartet's release, Acappella, and there have been some changes in the ministry. The biggest is the outreach on the internet. For our listening purpose the Quartet's music is richer and more wonderful than ever. The heritage keeps maturing! Now the singers are Walt Harrah (who is also producer), Bill Cantos, Jeff Gunn and Randy Crenshaw. For fans of other varieties of a cappella music we have to say, yes, he's that Randy Crenshaw, whose singing on Vocal Nation and Just 4 Kicks has left quite a mark on our community.Now if you didn't know better you might suspect that you are listening to Acappella or Glad for, as you'll find in the recordings of those two groups, the complexity of harmony, meshing of voices and sophisticated production yields a sound that is both inspirational and esthetically delightful.

Listen to "Talk About A Soul" in Real Audio.

3045 CD $14.98

Best of Christmas by Haven

O Come All Ye Faithful
The First Noel
One Small Child
Do You Hear What I Hear?
Have You Ever Seen the Star?
While Shepherds Watched
O Holy Night
Lo, How A Rose
I Know Now
Once In David's Royal City
Unto Us
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
Peace, Peace/Silent Night
Christmas Song
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Angels We Have Heard
How Great Our Joy
Go Tell It On the Mountain
Not Just Any Night
Mary Did You Know
Infant Holy
O Little Town of Bethlehem
How Should A King Come
Carol Of the Bells
Do Not Be Afraid
Would It Still Be Christmas
Away In A Manger
Tiny Little Baby
Good Christian Men Rejoice
Hark the Herald Angels Sin

Decades of worship and musical excellence define the legacy of the Haven musicians. On this 2-disc collection, there are 32 tracks spanning 5 decades. Each track was hand-selected as the "best of the best" by Haven's own Paul Sandberg. Truly, for those who love the music of Haven, this is the definite Christmas collection.

2288 2CDs $29.95

Something To Sing About

Lord, I Lift Your Name on High
He is Exalted / Great is the Lord
No Greater Love
I Love to Tell the Story
Amazing Grace! How Sweet the Sound
By One Man
O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus
There is a Fountain
Except in the Cross
I Have Decided to Follow Jesus
I Press On

Since the last very successful release they've sent us, "A Cappella Hymns," Haven Ministries has established a powerful presence on the internet, and the Haven Quartet, now called Haven, are getting better and better! They are Walt Harrah (who is also producer), Bill Cantos, Jeff Gunn and Randy CrenshawÇyes, he's that Randy Crenshaw, whose singing on Vocal Nation and Just 4 Kicks has left quite a mark on our community. First let us warn that all the songs are accompanied by keyboards, guitar, bass and drums, but for us the story is the voices. In the complexity of harmony, arrangements and sophisticated production, the sound easily rivals that of groups like Take 6, Glad and AcappellaÇ a sound both inspirational and esthetically delightful. 12 songs, all soft-rock, all lovely: from beautifully arranged traditionals like "I Love To Tell The Story" and "Amazing Grace" to originals like "Lord, I Lift Your Name on High," "No Greater Love," "By One Man," "O The Deep, Deep Love of Jesus," "Except In the Cross" and the final cut, "I Press On." This one will have you rocking and singing along!

Listen to "O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus" in Real Audio.

2268 CD $14.98

Come Let Us Adore Him

Of the Father's Love
Good Christian Men, Rejoyce
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Lesson 1
I Wonder As I Wander
Once In David's Royal City
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Lesson 2
For Love's Sake
Hallelujah Chorus
Lesson 3
God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen
Lesson 4
Silent Night
O Holy Night
Lesson 5
How Great Our Joy
While Shepherds Watched
Do not Be Afraid
Rise Up Shepherd and Follow
We Three Kings
Lesson 6
Christmas Song (for all year 'reound)

Beautifully accompanied with a variety of instruments including recorders and Uilleann pipes, this CD draws from a number of different sources for it's material. "Good Christian Men, Rejoice," is a fourteenth century carol; "I Wonder As I Wander," is an Appalachian traditional with a contemporary vocal treatment, and a spoken introduction about the birth of Jesus (called a "lesson," of which there are six in total). There are also purely instrumental versions of "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," "O Little Town of Bethlehem," "Silent Night" and "We Three Kings." In accordance with the holiness of the season, the arrangements are restrained, the manner reverential. The Haven Quartet reminds us of the purpose and significance of the holiday celebration.
3046 CD $14.98

So Many Ways To Praise

Give To Our God Immortal Praise
People Be Thankful
Good To Me
Awesome God/Our God Reigns
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
Be Thou My Vision
Be Still, My Soul
He Giveth More Grace
Blessed Are the People
I Take My Rest
A River To My Soul
Living Water
Not What I Will
We Choose To Bow
He Is Lord

Ephesians 5:19 tells us, "Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord," and Haven Ministries, especially through the Haven Quartet, has definitely taken heed! "So Many Ways" is yet another joyous, perfectly crafted, feel-good Contemporary Christian CD. Though accompanied with keyboards, guitar, bass and drums, the emphasis is on the fine voices of Randy Crenshaw, Bill Cantos, Jeff Gunn and Walt Harrah. 15 songs are here: "Give To Our God Immortal Praise," "People Be Thankful," "Good To Me," "Awesome God/Our God Reigns," "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God," "Be Thou My Vision," "Be Still My Soul," "He Giveth More Grace," "Blessed Are The People," "I Take My Rest," "A River To My Soul," "Living Water," "Not What I Will," "We Choose To Bow" and "He Is Lord." We can sing along, clap your hands, get up and dance, or just feel good, listening to this powerful, spiritual music!

Listen to "He Is Lord" in Real Audio.

5351 CD $14.98

Enter In

Come, Now Is the Time To Worship
I Could Sing of Your Love
The Heart of Worship
Better Is One Day
In the Lord Alone
God of Wonders
You Are My King (Amazing Love)
That's Why We Praise Him
In Christ Alone
Because of Love
Shine, Jesus, Shine
Open the Eyes of My Heart
The Power of Your Love
The Holy Heart
Our Great God

The mission of Costa Mesa, CA-based Haven Ministries is to "communicate God's love in the person of Jesus Christ through word and music," helping people overcome the storms of life." They do this through a radion program "Haven Today," and especially through the group Haven, composed of Walt Harrah, Jeff Gunn, Randy Crenshaw and Bill Cantos. "Enter In," with a dramatic door opening to Heaven on the cover, is, although mostly accompanied throughout with keyboards, guitars, bass, drums and percussion, excellent Contemporary Christian music by one of the most talented groups going. Some of our favorites are the lone completely a cappella tune, "Better Is One Day," the accompanied "In the Lord Alone," "You Are My King," "In Christ Alone," "The Holy Heart" (which has wonderful a cappella harmonies and is only lightly accompanied by a single flute) and "Our Great God," We haven't heard most of these before, but they are beautifully performed with spirit and feeling. Another inspirational winner by Haven, one of our most popular Contemporary Christian groups!

Listen to "Better Is One Day" in Real Audio.

2809 CD $14.98

With One Voice

Sing For Joy
Mighty to Save
My Lord, My God
Come Spirit Come
Hope in God
For the Glory of Your Name
I Sing Peace
They'll Know We Are Christians By Our Love
Caught Up in the Air
Lord, Make My Life A Miracle
Rock of Ages
Pray For Peace
God is in Control

The chorus of the first cut of "With One Voice" says it all: "Come let us Sing for Joy, Come let us Shout aloud, Come let us offer Praise to the Rock of our salvation." Walt Harrah, Randy Crenshaw (of Vocal Nation and Just 4 Kicks), Bill Cantos and Gene Miller supply the sweet, dynamic vocals as well as original words, music and arrangements. Harrah wrote "Sing for Joy," "Mighty to Save," My Lord, My God," "Come Spirit Come," "Hope In God," "For the Glory of Your Name," "Caught Up in the Air," "Lord, Make My Life a Miracle," and "Pray for Peace." Bill Cantos wrote "I Sing Peace." 13 songs, all accompanied by keyboards, guitar, bass and drums. Particularly nice are "My Lord, My God," "Come, Spirit Come," "For the Glory of Your Name," the cover "They'll Know We Are Christians by Our Love," "Caught Up In the Air," "Lord, Make My Life A Miracle," the traditional "Rock of Ages," and the cover "God is In Control." Upbeat and positive throughout, with the kind of infectious soft-rock rhythms and chorus hooks that make us want to move our feet and sing along, "With One Voice" is an inspirational, musical delight!
2857 CD $14.98

Everything's Gonna Be Alright in Christ

Praise to the Lord
All Hail The Power
Everything Gonna Be Alright
The Love of God
Lord, I Want To Be A Christian
Be Strong
Be Still My Soul
Common Ground
Early In The Morning
Every Heart That Is Breaking
Softly and Tenderly
How Great Thou Art

Continuing a musical ministry begun in Los Angeles in 1934, the 4-man Haven Quartet, now based in Hollywood, CA, is one of the most popular, respected and prolific groups in the Contemporary Christian world. "Everything's Gonna Be All Right in Christ" has all the elements that we have come to expect from a new release from Haven: innovative arrangements, pure, sweet leads and harmonies, and a heartfelt message of faith. One unusual addition is accompaniment on all songs, which is tasteful, not overpowering and puts the focus on the voices and the message. We've heard each one of these 12 powerful, clean-sounding cuts many times, but as we listen to them, we don't think of them as "covers," but hear them as if for the first time. "Praise to the Lord," "All Hail the Power," the title tune, "Lord, I Want to be a Christian," "Be Still My Soul," "Early In The Morning," "Softly and Tenderly," and a personal favorite, "How Great Thou Art," are some of the most powerful songs of Christian faith ever written, and Haven simply nails every one. One of the best of the year!

Listen to "Lord, I Want To Be A Christian" in Real Audio.

2237 CD $14.98

Awesome God

Come Christians
My Saviour's Love
Saviour Lika A Shepherd
Create In Me
Grateful Hearts
Awesome God / Our God Reigns
No Business Doubting
Exalt His Name Together
Wonderous Love
Were You There?
In This Thing Together

The ministry of the prolific, beloved 4-man Hollywood-based Haven Quartet beautifully continues with the inspirational "Awesome God." Beginning with a powerful pair of original songs, Christian Bateman's "Come Christians Join to Sing," and Charles Gabriel's "My Savior's Love," with a nice solo by Randy Crenshaw. Another group of originals, Twila Paris' "You Have Been Good," Terry Talbot's "Create in Me," Steve Ragsdale's "Grateful Hearts," follows a nice arrangement of "Saviour, Like A Shepherd Lead Us." The powerful title tune segues into the original reggae song "No Business Doubting," and the original "Exalt His Name" by Walt Harrah" lead into the standards "What Wondrous Love Is This" and the folk hymn "Were You There." The final cut is another wonderful Harrah original, "In This Thing Together." All songs are lightly accompanied. "Awesome" is exactly that, powerful, uplifting, beautifully arranged and harmonized by one of the best Contemporary Christian groups of all time!

Listen to "Create In Me" in Real Audio.

2236 CD $14.98

Best Of Vol 1

The Haven of Rest
I'm Climbin' Up
Make My Life A Miracle
Come Away
In The Garden
Like A River Glorious
The Deep Deep Love
Total Praise
And Can It Be
Eagles Fly
Day by Day
Until Then
Motherless Child
He Who Holds Us
He Hideth my Soul
What A Friend
How Great Thou Art

On the occasion (in 2002) of their 68th year as a group, from "The Haven of Rest Quartet" to the present "Haven," this talented Gospel quartet has been spreading their ministry through music. Performing as the musical arm of Haven of Rest radio broadcast ministry on pioneer radio station KFI in Los Angeles, the group has gone through many personnel changes and created an extensive catalog of Gospel recordings. "Best Of, Vol.1" has 17 traditional favorite hymns, some of them going back decades. Particularly fine are "The Haven of Rest," "I'm Climbing Up," "In The Garden," "Like A River Glorious," "Day by Day," "Motherless Child," "He Hideth My Soul," "What A Friend" (recorded in 1947), and the classic "How Great Thou Art"—this is upbeat, inspirational music, sung with great feeling and joy. There is organ and other accompaniment on some songs.

2894 CD $14.98

Best Of Vol 2

Theme/How Majestic Is Your Name
Using Things and Loving People
In the cool of Evening
He's been Faithful
You Are Worthy of My Praise
He Gives Me Joy
How Sweet and Silent Is
He Touched Me
No More Night
His Name is Wonderful
No Business Doubting
Just As I Am
He Died For Us
Change My Heart O God
Worthy Is the Lamb
The King Is Coming
Halleluiah, I'm One of His
Open the Eyes of my Heart

This is the second volume of Haven's "Best Of" collection, and it features 18 songs. The opening cut, "Theme/How Majestic Is Your Name" includes some 1969 Haven of Rest radio broadcast ministry nautical references, as the program referred to Jesus metaphorically as a haven or safe harbor for sinners. "In The Cool of the Evening," "He's Been Faithful," "How Sweet and Silent Is," "He Touched Me," "No More Night," "No Business Doubting," "Change My Heart O God," "Worthy Is The Lamb," and "Hallelujah, I'm One of His"—we haven't heard many of these before, but they are beautiful tunes filled with spirit and praise by one of the best Gospel quartets of all time. Orchestral, organ and other accompaniment on most songs.

2896 CD $14.98

A Cappella Songbook

Sing Praise to God
All Creatures of our God and King
Blessed Be the Name
I Will Praise Him
Immortal, Invisible
A Mighty Fortress is our God
Near to the Heart
I Have Decided to Follow Jesus
I Love You Lord
Yesterday, Today, Forever
A Shelter in the Time of Storm
Watch and Pray
When I Call
Rejoice Ye, Pure in Heart
Give Thanks
The Lord Will Come
Soon and Very Soon
In the Sweet By and By
The Light of the World

This very popular songbook features the exact arrangements of all the songs on the Haven Quartet's CD of the same name (3044) TTBB
1145 SONGBOOK $12.98

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