Posts Tagged ‘Earnest Pugh’

Charles Butler and Trinity Sing of Amazing Worth

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

DC’s best keCharles-Butlerpt secret is a secret no longer as EPM Music Group readies a new radio single from Charles Butler and Trinity.  The group backed Earnest Pugh on his 2010 #1 radio smash “Rain On Us” in addition to contributing stand out performances on Pugh’s Christmas disc.  The stage is now set for the release of their latest single, Amazing Worth.

“I’m excited that `Amazing Worth’ is our second single,” Butler says. “It simply talks about all the things that make God Amazing. God’s love is unfailing and his hand is Unchanging. I want people to hear this song and reflect on God’s love and his Amazing love towards us.” Look for the single available digitally on April 15th and a physical release of their CD Better on June 24th.

 

Earnest Pugh Joins Music Team at Light House Church

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Henderson Head ShotPastor Keion Henderson is making a bold proclamation for Jesus Christ in Houston, Texas inspiring hope and changing lives as he interacts with people each week.  He founded the Light House Church in 2009 with just over 100 members.  The congregation has swelled to over 2,500 and is one of the Houston area’s fastest growing congregations.  Seeing a need for growth in the church’s music ministry, Pastor Henderson decided to add Earnest Pugh as the assembly’s new Pastor of Worship. “It is an honor to announce the addition of Earnest Pugh to our church,” Pastor Henderson noted. “It’s a perfect match.  He fits in with our church’s culture and shares the same vision as I. We are excited to embrace his talent and utilize his God-given gifts to help grow our congregation even further.”

The EPM Music Group will soon release a Word & Worship CD on Pastor Henderson to bring greater awareness to his dynamic preaching, teaching and singing ministry. “I’m excited about my future with the church and also about the blooming of Pastor Henderson’s ministry,” Pugh adds.

 

A Valentine’s Day Gift From Earnest Pugh

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Earnest Pugh has taken Joe Cocker’s 1975 hit You Are So Beautiful and made it his own just in time for Valentine’s Day.  In his early years, Pugh made a name for himself as “The Wedding SinEarnest Beautifulger” and this song penned by Billy Preston and Bruce Fisher  was one that was requested over and over again.  Of his own experiences with love, Pugh states, “Life has taught me a valuable lesson now on how to give and receive love on a different level.”

You are so Beautiful is available for download via iTunes.

Recap: 2014 BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Luncheon

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

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It’s arguably one of the most anticipated events of the Stellar Award Weekend.  Hundreds come from across the nation in anticipation of the sweet presence that always invades the room. For many it sets the tone for their year, and is a time to be uplifted and encouraged.  I’m writing about none other than the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Luncheon.

For the past 15 years the event has been hailed as the hottest ticket in town. The invitation only event is the brain child of BMI Vice President Catherine Brewton and her team. The idea was stemmed from other industries hosting events and parties to celebrate their legends. Brewton felt that Gospel music with its life changing power needed that as well. It was there that the luncheon was birthed and since its inception it continues to get better. Throughout the years the event has maintained its intimacy by gathering Gospel’s top artist, musicians, writers, and industry executives into one room. Each person in the room represents a brand and function that makes the industry work.

The anticipation and energy was high on January 15th as legends Daryl Coley and Richard Smallwood were set to be honored. Despite the cold temperatures hundreds pressed their way to the Rocket Town venue for an afternoon of praise and worship. The presence was strong as you entered the beautifully decorated room. The lighting was warm and the center pieces shined brightly. Oprah Winfrey once stated, “Love Is In The Detail”, and that’s surely something that the BMI team believes. From the personalized invitations that were sent in the mail, to the seating assignments everything about the afternoon was excellence.

After the opening prayer by Bishop Joseph Walker of Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Nashville, the coveted “BMI Most Performed Gospel Song Of The Year Award” was presented to Kirk Franklin. Franklin penned Tamela Mann’s smash single, “Take Me To The King”. Both Franklin and Mann took the stage tearful and Franklin shared how both him and Mann were friends since the age of 15. Tamela’s, “Best Days” album was nearly complete but Franklin insisted they save a slot for him on the album. That slot was the now ground breaking single, “Take Me To The King”. The song has spent over 20 weeks at #1 and the “Best Days” album remains in the Billboard Top 10. With the release of the Deluxe Edition the album is quickly headed to Gold Status. This win prepared Tamela for an amazing weekend , as the next day she won the Stellar Award for “Artist Of The Year”.

Hosts Donnie McClurkin and Erica Campbell greeted the attendees and the afternoon was underway. To honor the legendary Daryl Coley, BMI put together some of the most versatile and beastly vocalist to pay tribute to one of the best male vocalist of all time:

  • Floyd Wilkinson- “2nd Chronicles”
  • Earnest Pugh- “More Like Jesus”
  • Zacardi Cortez- “Jesus Saves”
  • Tasha Page Lockart- “He’s Preparing Me”
  • Jason Nelson- “Sovereign”
  • Pastor Beverly Crawford- “Can’t Tell It All”.

Pastor Beverly Crawford got the entire room in a shout as she took us to church on “Can’t Tell it All”. Zacardi Cortez’s rendition of “Jesus Saves” would be a refreshing radio hit as he breathe new life into the classic. Tasha Page Lockhart’s rendition of “He’s Preparing Me” brought forth testimony service. Host Erica Campbell explained how she listened to that song many years ago when her and her sister Tina were just starting out.  Jason Nelsons amazing tone on “Sovereign” made the song an even greater masterpiece. Donald Lawrence and Company sang heaven down holding the background  vocals along with the band.

To honor the maestro Dr. Richard Smallwood the following artist gave the following tributes:

  • Y’Anna Crawley- “Don’t Worry”
  • Donnie McClurkin- “Center Of My Joy”
  • Dorinda Clark Cole- “What He’s Done for Me”
  • Marvin Sapp- “Healing”
  • Yolanda Adams- “I Love The Lord and Total Praise”
  • Anyasha Figueroa and Timiney Figueroa- “Angels”

BMI VP Catherine Brewton announced this years luncheon will be available on CD as a compilation and released later in the year.  Yolanda Adams’s “I Love The Lord” was reminiscent of her powerful tribute to Whitney Houston at the NAACP Image Awards, and Anyasha and Timiney’s “Angels” brought a new light to the song as well as honored the previous version.  Keep it locked to GOSPELflava.com for updates concerning the 2014 BMI Trailblazers Compilation.

Earnest Pugh Has a Hit with The WIN

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Earnest Pugh is in the winner’s circle.  His P Man Music Group releaseEarnest Pugh  Shirley Caesar During CDDVD Recording  “The W.I.N. (Worship In Nassau) Experience” makes its debut at the top of the charts.  The CD breaks in at  #1 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart and “More of You” climbs to #14 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart.

The W.I.N. (Worship In Nassau) Experience commemorates Pugh’s 20-15 Celebration – twenty years in ministry and fifteen years in the music Industry. The actual recording was recorded live in Nassau and featured noteworthy performances by  Evangelist/Pastor Shirley Caesar, Bishop Rance Allen, LeJuene Thompson and Vincent Tharpe & Kenosis. The full length DVD will hit retail in the next couple of weeks.

Read our review of the project here: Earnest Pugh WIN Experience Review

 

Kerry Douglas Honored at International Leadership Awards

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Kerry Douglas can be easily described as a hitmaker. Among his many successes are Evelyn Turrentine-Agee’s “God Did It” , Earnest Pugh’s “Rain on Us” Kerry, James Fortune & FIYA’s “I Trust You” and Keith Wonderboy Johnson’s “Send A Revival” . In honor of his many contributions and achievements, Douglas will be honored during the International Financial and Leadership Summit.

“It’s a blessing to receive my flowers while I’m still alive,” Douglas jokes. “God has been good to me and allowed me to work with some really talented artists. I’m also excited to be out on the road every week and seeing new talents out there that I hope to develop and sign for my next Gospel Mix CD.”

“Kerry Douglas Presents Gospel Mix Vol. VI” recently debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart and features the radio smash “1 on 1” by Zacardi Cortez. Tamela Mann, Ruben Studdard, Rev. Paul Jones and others round it out with classic gospel songs alongside future gems by Lalah Hathaway, Bryan Wilson, Ted Winn and Earnest Pugh.

The event takes place Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 6:30 p.m. at the J.W. Marriott Galleria, 5150 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX.

Kerry Douglas’ Gospel Mix VI In Billboard Top Ten

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Kerry Douglas New CDGospel Mix VI, the new compilation from Billboard’s #1 independent gospel CEO Kerry Douglas debuts at #9 on this week’s Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart.

“This is the best gospel mix yet,” Douglas says of the 15-track project that features dynamic performances by Tamela Mann, Ruben Studdard, James Fortune & FIYA, and others. The digital version includes five bonus songs by rising artists such as Kenny Smith and Derrick Horne.

In addition to Zacardi Cortez’ Top Ten radio smash “1 on 1” , the CD features Bryan Wilson’s “It Will Happen” and Ted Winn’s “You Are The Reason.” There’s an amazing mash up between Lalah Hathaway, Zacardi Cortez and Earnest Pugh on “Every Promise.” There are also rare classics such as Rev. Paul Jones’ “I Won’t Complain,” Greg O’Quin’s “I Told The Storm” and “Praises Go Up” by Jimmy Hicks featuring Le’Andria Johnson

Bishop TD Jakes MegaFest 2013 Begins

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

td-jakesThe triple digit temperatures in Dallas won’t deter the faithful as 60,000 people from over 40 countries are expected to gather this weekend for Bishop TD Jakes’ Megafest conference.  Billed as the largest US Inspirational Family Festival, the confab brings together Bishop Jakes’ most popular conferences: ManPower, Woman Thou Art Loosed, MegaYouth and MegaKidz with a plethora of entertainment, business and other inspirational features for the entire family.  This year’s event pairs Bishop Jakes with Oprah Winfrey for a Lifeclass session, the inaugural International Faith & Family Film Festival, the Just Churchin’ Comedy Show and the Ball Up Streetball Classic Tour Championship.  The fest will also include performances from top gospel artists including John P Kee, Earnest Pugh, Smokie Norful, LeCrae, Mali Music, Kierra Sheard, Tye Tribbett, United Tenors and more.

Earnest Pugh Headlines Men Of Worship Tour

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

EarnestPughSingleEarnest Pugh is getting in gear for the Men of Worship Tour visiting 15 cities promoting the release of his new project, the WIN (Worship In Nassau) Experience. Joining Pugh on “The Men of Worship Tour” are fellow EPM Music Group recording artists Keith Williams and Vincent Tharpe & Kenosis. Williams releases his CD “Tone For Worship” on September 10th while the Memphis based Tharpe and Kenosis are promoting thier current CD “Live in Memphis.”  Pugh will make a special appearance at Bishop T.D. Jakes’ MegaFest on Friday, August 30th at 8:30 a.m.

Gospel audiences are in love with “More of You”, Pugh’s single from the WIN CD.  The song is currently  #15 on this week’s Billboard Hot Gospel Songs chart.   “I have a great feeling about the W.I.N. CD,” Pugh says. “It’s the biggest release of my 15-year career as an artist. The production and songs are amazing.”

WIN hits stores and digital outlets on September 17th.

More Of You Hits Billboard Top 30

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

When we postEarnestPughSingleed the rehearsal footage of More of You from Earnest Pugh’s “The W.I.N. (Worship In Nassau) Experience” CD that releases September 17, 2013 on P-Man Records, we knew THEN this song would have definite impact.  We weren’t wrong.  More of You debuted at #26 on the Billboard Hot Gospel Songs Chart.  The single is also available for download on iTunes and both a live concert video and a typography video of the song were posted.

Recorded live in Nassau, Bahamas in the Grand Ballroom of the Atlantis Hotel, the album commemorates Pugh’s 20-15 Celebration – twenty years in ministry and fifteen years in the music Industry. The project includes the CD and a DVD of the full-length concert that boasted cameos by gospel icon Shirley Caesar, Rance Allen, LeJuene Thompson and the energetic choir, Vincent Tharpe & Kenosis