In Black America Podcast: Gospel Music’s New Leading Man Earnest Pugh
On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Minister and Gospel Balladeer Earnest Pugh. Merriam-Webster’s defines a “worshiper” as a person who gives reverent honor and homage to God. Simply put, Pugh is a worshiper. A superior vocalist, song stylist extraordinaire, he has been included in the category with gospel singers likes 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 a brand new CD entitled Earnestly Yours.
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 and 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 Word Network, 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.