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Meet Earnest Pugh, Gospel Music's New Leading Man

Earnest Pugh, Gospel singer, writer and producer

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with gospel recording artist Earnest Pugh.

Pugh has experienced success he only dreamed of just a few short years ago. With the release of the project, "Rain On Us," and its title tune, Earnest Pugh was heard on Gospel radio stations nationwide and was catapulted to super stardom in the Gospel music industry. His smash hit single “Rain On Us” escalated to the #1 position on Billboard’s Top Gospel Singles Radio Chart and became the sixth most popular song of 2010.

Now after the whirlwind of exposure, this En Sound Male Vocalist of the Year and Independent Music Award Winner for Gospel Album of the Year is getting ready to do it all over again.

His new, highly anticipated “The W.I.N. (Worship In Nassau) Experience” CD has returned Gospel’s Leading Man to the top of the chart. The CD debuts at #1 on Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart as the radio single “More of You” climbs to #14 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart.

Pugh’s love story with music starts in the South. Music has always been a part of his Memphis up bring. He started singing as a youngster and by his teens, he was in great demand, ultimately sought after by gospel pioneer, O’landa Draper. At Draper’s request, Pugh joined O’landa Draper and Associates. 

His tenure with the group was short-lived. Pugh decided to join the Army instead where he continued to use his musical gifts to edify the body, soul and spirit.

Following his departure from military service, Pugh continued to pursue his love for music. His pursuit opened doors for major appearances on networks such as the Word Network, Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) and Black Entertainment Television (BET), including one of BET’s top-rated shows, Bobby Jones Gospel and the Celebration of Gospel.

John L. Hanson is the producer and host of the nationally syndicated radio series In Black America. It’s heard on home station KUT at 10 p.m. Tuesdays and 6:30 a.m. Sundays — and weekly on close to 20 stations across the country. The weekly podcast of IBA, the only nationally broadcast Black-oriented public affairs radio program, is one of KUT’s most popular podcasts.
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