Some industry observers may wonder what this new deal means in terms of Pugh’s EPM Music Group (eOne Distribution) label that signed and released singles or CDs on Vincent Tharpe & Kenosis, Charles Butler & Trinity, Keith WIlliams and Chrystal Rucker over the last year. “EPM will remain in place,” Pugh states. “We have four powerful recordings slated to hit the market in 2013. I plan to add some of gospel music’s brightest stars to the EPM roster in the coming year.”
Music isn’t the only new aspect to Pugh’s life. After living in the Washington, D.C. area for over 12 years, Pugh recently relocated to Houston, Texas to consult with the Silverlake Christian Church (Pastor Reginald DeVaughn) as Artist-in-Residence. “I really needed to reinvent myself and surround myself with some newness,” Pugh admits. “To stay relevant we must keep evolving, increasing, and moving forward. The whole D.C. thing represents some of the greatest challenges in my life and career and I needed to close that chapter and move on. So, I am in a good place right now and it feels great.”
In 2010, Billboard magazine named Pugh the #4 gospel radio airplay artist of the year and his recent radio single, “I Need Your Glory,” spent 3 months at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart. The “Earnestly Yours” CD debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart. A Memphis native, Pugh released his first solo CD in 2006 and showed off his vocal range on the radio hit, “Wrapped Up, Tied Up, Tangled Up.” After years of making music, Pugh finally hit it big in 2009 with his #1 smash “Rain On Us”. He’s placed a half dozen songs on the Billboard Hot Gospel Songs chart over the last three years, including a current Top 30 hit “Every Promise” with R&B star Lalah Hathaway. Visit www.earnestpugh.com for more information on this exciting artist.