Gospel music’s leading man, Earnest Pugh, sent shockwaves through the music industry this past weekend during the 27th annual Stellar Awards (Gospel Music’s answer to the Grammy Awards) festivities that took place in Nashville, TN. Pugh announced that his EPM Music Group label had secured a distribution deal with Entertainment One (E1). “Under this new agreement, EPM Music will release new gospel projects by an array of established and up-and-coming artists,” says Pugh.
“Having Earnest deliver us a #1 Debut Album on the Billboard Gospel Chart in 2011 gave us a front row seat to his potential and the capabilities of EPM,” says Entertainment One General Manager and Executive Vice President, Jim Cuomo. Pugh has tapped music executive, Scott Cameron, of Brimstone Entertainment Consulting, as General Manager of EPM Music. “I’m honored to be offered the opportunity to work with Earnest and the EPM staff to assist in the realization of his dream,” says Cameron. “I see the potential of EPM to become a leader in the Gospel entertainment field and look forward to challenges and opportunity ahead of us.” Singer/songwriter, Keith Williams, will serve as EPM’s A&R director and one of its first recording artists.