Earnest Pugh, better known as Gospel music’s “balladeer,” made headlines after a series of anointed appearances during The 26th Annual Stellar Awards celebration, held the week ending January 15, 2011, at the Grand Ole Opry (Nashville, TN).
Pugh performed during a number of artist showcase and area worship services, including January 13th – an event hosted by Dr. Bobby Jones – where he ministered alongside Crystal Aiken, Myron Williams, Kim Stratton and Earl Bynum. Those in attendance at the Pre-Stellar Award Show (on Friday evening, at the Gaylord Hotel in Opryland) were blessed by his performance of the #1 Gospel single, “Rain On Us,” from the CD Earnest Pugh: LIVE Rain On Us. Immediately following the pre-show, Earnest headlined the “Midnight Musical” at The Celebration Life Church (Hendersonville, TN) with Wess Morgan (“I Choose To Worship.”) The night was hosted by Jessica Reedy of BET® Sunday Best fame.
On Saturday, January 15, Pugh walked the Stellar Awards red carpet (see image attached) and then ministered, Sunday morning, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church (Pastor Joseph Walker), where Gospel Artist Benita Washington serves as Minister of Music.
2011 will prove to be another year of favor for Pugh as he prepares for his new release, titled Earnestly! Produced by Mike Bereal, the CD will be available in stores June 28th. The lead single “Perfect Peace” is already in heavy rotation at radio; it debuted #28 this week on the Top Gospel Radio Charts.
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About Earnest Pugh
Gospel Music’s “balladeer,” Earnest Pugh lives the scripture at Psalm 13:6: I will sing the LORD’s praise, for he has been good to me. Ranked #6 by Billboard’s 2010 Year End Charts, Pugh is known for his riveting 5-Octave range and his unmatched ability in weaving his crystal clear vocals around gospel music’s power ballads. His CD Earnest Pugh: LIVE Rain On Us won two En Sound Awards (2010) for “Song of the Year” and “Male Vocalist of the Year.” His project also received a nomination from Gospel Music Channel (GMC) as “Best Praise & Worship Video of Year.” The CD debuted at #2 on Billboard, June 2009 and remained on the charts for 54 weeks. He is a premiere vocalist on Kerry Douglas Presents Gospel Mix: Vol. 4. Pugh has been seen on BET’s top rated shows Bobby Jones Gospel and The Celebration of Gospel. He has also been featured on The Allstate Gospel Superfest. The EPM Music/Black Smoke Music Worldwide artist began his love story with music started in Memphis, Tennessee where he was discovered by the iconic and groundbreaking Gospel pioneer, O’Landa Draper.