Things are still smoking over at Black Smoke Music where Kerry Douglas’ Houston-based company is currently enjoying two Top Ten gospel radio smashes with Earnest Pugh’s spine-tingling “I Need Your Glory” and Zacardi Cortez & John P. Kee’s churchy “One More Time.” Pugh’s soul-stirring single peaked at #1 in 2011 and he’s planning to go to the top again with the new radio single, “For My Good.”
A ballad done in the warmly sophisticated chorale style of the late and legendary choir conductor, Thomas Whitfield; the track boasts a testimonial angle and features a cameo by gospel belter Beverly Crawford on the bluesy vamp. “I wrote this song after going through some unmanageable disappointments in my life and career with church folk,” Pugh adds. “I felt betrayed, rejected, and hated by people I thought really loved and cared for me. One day God allowed me to step back and look at the situation and see it from His perspective, which was that of a victor and not a victim. He assured me that the situation would work together for my good. I knew Beverly Crawford could relate to my pain and would be the perfect artist to help me deliver the song.”
In 2010, Billboard magazine named Pugh the #4 gospel radio airplay artist of the year and his current radio single, “I Need Your Glory,” is currently #9 on the Hot Gospel Songs chart. The song has been on the chart for over a year and peaked at #1 for several weeks this year. A Memphis native who was mentored by O’Landa Draper & the Associates back in the 1990s, Pugh released his first solo CD in 2006 and showed off his five-octave vocals on the radio hit “Wrapped Up, Tied Up, Tangled Up.” After years of making respectable forays into gospel, Pugh finally hit it big in 2009 with his #1 smash “Rain On Us” which led to TV appearances on BET’s “Celebration of Gospel” and TBN’s “Praise The Lord.” Visit www.earnestpugh.com or www.epmmusicgroup.com for more information on this exciting showman.
Listen to “For My Good” below: