Earnest Pugh

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Earnest Pugh
Birth nameEarnest Pugh
Born(1971-11-23) November 23, 1971 (age 41)
Memphis, Tennessee
GenresGospel
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, record producer, actor
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1999–present
LabelsEPM Music Group (2011–present)
Websiteearnestpugh.com
 
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Earnest Pugh
Birth nameEarnest Pugh
Born(1971-11-23) November 23, 1971 (age 41)
Memphis, Tennessee
GenresGospel
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, record producer, actor
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1999–present
LabelsEPM Music Group (2011–present)
Websiteearnestpugh.com

Earnest Pugh (born November 23, 1971) is an American singer-songwriter of gospel music with a five-octave vocal range.[1] Public recognition for the artist commenced with the success of Rain on Us (2009) and I Need Your Glory (2011),[2] and he subsequently attained the title of "Gospel Music's Leading Man". Pugh is also the founder and president of the record label, EPM Music.

Early life[edit source | edit]

Pugh was born in Memphis, Tennessee, the seventh of nine children. His father, Earnest Pugh Sr., worked at a Firestone plant in Flint, Michigan and commuted to see his family on weekends. His mother, Lillie Pearl Pugh, worked for the government and held a number of part-time jobs. She was the first to notice Pugh's singing ability and encouraged him to sing. “My mother believed in me and what I could accomplish” he once told the Miami Times. “Her death a few years ago hit me hard but I used that pain to inspire my writing on my last two CDs.".[citation needed]

During his late teens, Pugh briefly sang with the Grammy Award-winning gospel choir, O'Landa Draper & The Associates. However, Pugh's tenure with the ensemble was short. He enlisted in the Army and remained there for fifteen years. He told The Washington Post that he "frequently was called on to sing at funerals.”.

After retiring from the military, Pugh held a number of positions with churches as a worship leader in Texas and Georgia. In 2001, he became a worship leader at Ebenezer AME Church in the Washington, D.C. area.

Music career[edit source | edit]

After seeking recording contracts from major gospel record labels and being rejected, Pugh decided to launch his own label in 2006. His first album, Earnest Pugh Live: A Worshipper's Perspective, was released via a distribution agreement with Detroit's Crystal Rose Records label. The radio single Wrapped Up, Tied Up, Tangled Up rose to the Top 40 on the now defunct Radio & Records gospel radio chart and lay the foundation for his career. He followed up the next year with a CD entitled, Seasons Change, that failed to chart.

A chance meeting with Blacksmoke Worldwide Gospel Records founder, Kerry Douglas, whom had taken James Fortune & FIYA and Keith Wonder Boy Johnson to the top of the gospel charts, would be pivotal to Pugh's evolution as a national artist. “He [Douglas] told me back in 2008 that he could take my single Rain on Us to number one and he did just that in less than eight weeks,” Pugh told the Miami Times.

The dramatic ballad spent two weeks at #1 on Billboard's Hot Gospel Songs chart in 2009 and cemented Pugh's stature as Gospel's New Leading Man. The CD, Live: Rain on Us, also featured the Top-40 gospel radio hits Perfect Peace and The Great I Am.

In the early summer of 2011, Pugh delivered another CD titled Earnestly Yours. Douglas had Pugh re-record James Fortune's track, I Need Your Glory. The song shot to the Top Ten in a few weeks and stayed on the Billboard Hot Gospel Songs chart for ten weeks. The song and the CD earned Pugh extensive media coverage. “Pugh is a pointed and slick singer (and dresser), and for most of this strong album he provides a solid center while his backup choir sings in hushed and reverent tones”, Jon Carmanica wrote in The New York Times.[3]

In January 2012, Pugh announced that his EPM Music label had formed a distribution agreement with Entertainment One Distribution and would soon be signing a variety of high-profile gospel artists to record under his label banner.

Personal life[edit source | edit]

Pugh was married for 18 years but divorced in 2006. He is the father of two children. He resided in Bowie, Maryland until he moved to Houston,Texas in 2012. He serves as Minister of Music at a local Houston mega church.

Discography[edit source | edit]

Albums[edit source | edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
USUS
Gospel
US
Christian
Independent
Earnest Pugh Live: A Worshipper’s Perspective35
Live: Rain On Us1102512
Earnestly Yours51117
"—" denotes items which failed to chart.


Singles[edit source | edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
TitlePeak chart positionsAlbum
Hot GospelGospel DigitalHot R&BAdult R&B Airplay
"Rain On Us"19[A]Live: Rain On Us
"The Great I Am"15
"Perfect Peace"22Earnestly Yours
"I Need Your Glory"179833
"I Believe You Most"
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Awards[edit source | edit]

ProjectAward
2012 STELLAR AWARD NOMINATIONSArtist of the Year: Earnest Pugh
2012 STELLAR AWARD NOMINATIONSMale Vocalist of the Year: Earnest Pugh
2012 STELLAR AWARD NOMINATIONSContemporary Male Vocalist of the Year: Earnest Pugh
2012 STELLAR AWARD NOMINATIONSPraise & Worship CD of the Year: Earnestly Yours

Notes[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ Mike Jones (9). "Gospel Music's New Leading Man Earnest Pugh Hits #2 On Billboard Hot Gospel Songs Chart". uGospel.com. Urban Roundup Group, LLC. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Staff Report (6 February 2012). "ERNEST PUGH HIT CROSSES TO URBAN CONTEMPORARY". South Florida Times. Beatty Media LLC. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Caramanica, Jon. "Pristine Coos, Raspy Oohs And A rising Star’s Mixtape.". “Pristine Coos, Raspy Oohs And A rising Star’s Mixtape.”. The New York Times. 

References[edit source | edit]

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  1. ^ Harris, Hamill. "His Call of Duty: Gospel Music.". His call of duty: Gospel music. The Washington Post. Retrieved August 6, 2011. 
  2. ^ McNeir, D. Kevin. "Earnest Pugh Takes Gospel Music World By Storm.". “Earnest Pugh Takes Gospel Music World By Storm.”. The Miami Times. 
  3. ^ Bradley, DeAnne. "Earnestly Yours.". “Earnestly Yours.”. The Virginia-Pilot. 
  4. ^ "Earnest Pugh Logs a 10th week at No. 1.". Billboard. December 3, 2011, page 56. 
  5. ^ STAFF REPORT. "Ernest Pugh hit crosses to urban contemporary". Ernest Pugh hit crosses to urban contemporary. The South Florida Times. Retrieved Thursday, 02 February 2012. 
  6. ^ Hearn, Sarah. "Earnest Pugh announces distribution agreement with Entertainment One". Earnest Pugh announces distribution agreement with Entertainment One. DC Gospel Music Exxaminer. 
  7. ^ Gorman, Bill. "GMC TV Honors Black History Month with the GMC World Premiere Movie A Cross To Bear, "The 27th Annual Stellar Awards Show," World Premiere Movies, Specials and Black History Moments". GMC TV Honors Black History Month with the GMC World Premiere Movie A Cross To Bear, “The 27th Annual Stellar Awards Show,” World Premiere Movies, Specials and Black History Moments. tvbythenumbers.com. Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  8. ^ Hearn, Sarah. "Stellar Awards: Gospel's biggest night features performances by top artists". Stellar Awards: Gospel's biggest night features performances by top artists. DC Gospel Music Examiner. 
  9. ^ Tinsley, Larry. "The Top 5 Gospel Singles". The Top 5 Gospel Singles. http://atlanta.cbslocal.com/. Retrieved January 29, 2012. 
  10. ^ "The 27th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards Coming Soon". The 27th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards Coming Soon. eurweb. Retrieved January 10, 2012.