Song:I Need Your Glory
Album:The Very Best Of Earnest Pugh: The E Factor
Gospel singer Earnest Pugh took the long road to stardom. His 2011 single I Need Your Glory firmly established him and he's now one of the more popular artists in gospel. He was born Nov. 23, 1971 in Memphis. His father worked at a Firestone plant in Flint, MI and came home on weekends to spend time with the family. His mom worked several jobs and she encouraged Pugh to sing. As a teen, he was in the choir O'Landa Draper and the Associates. Then Pugh enlisted in the US Army. After 15 years, he retired and became worship leader at the Ebenezer AME Church in Maryland. Pugh wanted to record but he couldn't get a record deal. So he starts his own label and released the 2006 CD Earnest Pugh Live: A Worshipper's Perspective with distribution by Crystal Rose Records. Pugh was happy with the CD but he wanted better distribution. A chance meeting with Blacksmoke Worldwide Gospel owner Kerry Douglas got him the results he needed. At the time, Blacksmoke was having success with artists like Keith "Wonderboy" Johnson and James Fortune and FIYA. Douglas told Pugh he could take him to the top of the gospel charts. And he did exactly that with the 2009 CD and single Rain On Us. Pugh's 2011 CD Earnestly Yours did even better. Though Pugh writes a lot of his own songs, Douglas suggested that Pugh cover the James Fortune song I Need Your Glory which Fortune recorded on his 2007 CD The Transformation. Pugh rewrote the song to suit his singing style. It topped the gospel chart. So now that he's established, Pugh left Blacksmoke and returned to his own label. Blacksmoke immediately released this comp CD after he left. Pugh signed with E1 for distribution and he moved to Texas to pastor The Lighthouse Church. His latest CD The W.I.N. (Worship In Nassau) Experience was released Sept. 2013. Like a lot of gospel artists, Pugh appears frequently on religious TV and travels to sing in churches across the US while also running his own ministry. Pugh has the talent to be a mainstream artist. But I don't think he wants that. He seems to be exactly where he wants to be in gospel music. Here's the video for I Need Your Glory by Earnest Pugh.