Webster’s defines a “worshiper” as a person who gives reverent honor and homage to God. Simply put, Earnest Pugh is a worshiper. A superior vocalist, song stylist extraordinaire, Earnest Pugh has been included in the category with gospel singers like Byron Cage, Smokie Norful and Marvin Sapp. At the same time, he’s forging his own path with an anointing and style that is all his own. The 2006 En Sound Male Vocalist of the Year and 2006 Independent Music Award Winner for Gospel Album of the Year is following the success of A Worshipper’s Perspective with his brand new EPM Music Group recording, Live In Washington, D.C.
Known for his riveting five-octave range and his unmatched ability in weaving his crystal clear vocals around gospel music power ballads, Earnest Pugh returns with an amazing new project that’s been targeted specifically to the lover of God. The 20-track offering is beautiful array of gospel music and an extension of his ministry. This psalmist, musician and songwriter is primed to take the industry by storm. Although seemingly coming out of nowhere, Earnest Pugh’s love story with music starts in the south. Music has always been a part of this Memphis native’s life.
By his teens, he was in great demand and was sought after by the groundbreaking gospel pioneer O’landa Draper. At Draper’s request, Pugh joined O’landa Draper & Associates. His tenure with the group was short-lived, deciding to join the United Army instead where he continued to use his musical gifts to edify the body, soul and spirit. Following his departure from military service, he continued to pursue his love for music. His pursuit opened doors for major appearances on such networks as the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) and Black Entertainment Television (BET), including one of BET’s top-rated shows, Bobby Jones Gospel. His career wasn’t just limited to that of singing, but he quickly found that he had a talent for acting as well.
Acting opened doors for him to make appearances in major stage plays such as Love the One You’re With, Secret Lover, (Michael Matthews), Crazy Love (D’Atra Hicks), and Real Men Pray (Angela Barrow and Lizzie Berry). According to Pugh, “I have Lizzie Berry and Lydia Wright to thank for pushing me to stay the course (stage plays) and eventually it paid off.”
Currently the director of praise at Ebenezer AME Church in Fort Washington, Md., where he serves under GospoCentric’s "Prince of Praise" Min. Byron Cage and Pastors Rev. Dr. Grainger Browning, Jr. and Rev. Dr. Jo Ann Browning, Earnest Pugh is on the cusp of becoming one of the brightest stars in the genre of gospel music.
His new project is sure to secure his permanent spot as a “mover and shaker” in gospel music. With guest artists and gospel icons Richard Smallwood and Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Live In Washington, D.C. is an expression of gratitude from Earnest to his Savior. With elements of traditional, contemporary, urban, reggae and other unique musical styles, he has captured the essence of praise and worship. Songs like the mesmerizing “Rain On Us," the bouncy “Oh Lord We Worship You," the throwback “My Rock” and the Contemporary Christian-flavored “We Want To Know Your Heart” showcase brilliantly-penned songs, memorable orchestration, breathtaking background vocals and a lead singer that knows how to speak the word of God through song. Live In Washington, D.C. is evidence that Earnest Pugh is simply a worshiper.
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