One of the hardest working, most devoted recording artists in inspirational music today is singer-songwriter-producer and label exec, Earnest Pugh. Gospel Music’s Leading Man has made a notable name for himself with his remarkable 5-octave vocal range and songs that have taken top billing on Billboard‘s Gospel songs chart (Rain On Us + I Need Your Glory).
Pugh’s dramatic ballads have gained enviable traction among believers and become modern-day hymns within worship services. Never one to own the limelight, Pugh is quick to share the stage as seen on his latest release entitled, Hidden Treasures & Collaborations, which features an array of A-List artists such asRichard Smallwood, Beverly Crawford and Vanessa Bell Armstrong doing duets with Earnest Pugh. BlackGospel.com spoke with the dedicated and always dapper Earnest Pugh about the new album, his steady climb in Christian music and a few of his favorite things.
Christopher Heron: Minister Pugh, what’s your favorite online music site?
Earnest Pugh: iTunes.
Christopher Heron: What’s your favorite choir of all times not named O’Landa Draper & The Associates?
Earnest Pugh: Oh my God, do I have to pick someone other than them? [Laughs] I’m kidding. I love Vincent Tharpe & Kenosis out of Memphis, Tennessee. They are amazing!
Christopher Heron: Some may not know this but you’re a military man. What are just a few of the most important lessons you gained in the armed services?
Earnest Pugh: I’m really grateful for the discipline that the military gave me at age 18, coming right off the mean streets of Memphis, Tennessee. I needed all the discipline that I could get, especially not having a father figure around on a consistent basis. Secondly, it would be physical fitness. I’ve been so blessed, even at fifty, I still can do a push up, sit up and two mile run. It makes you feel like you can take on the world when you’re physically fit for the stage.