Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, this gifted tenor has been called, anointed and appointed to proclaim the 'Good News', not only through the medium of music, but also through the spoken word of God. His preparation began early in life. It was at the tender age of 7 when Earnest began to feel the weight and gravity of ministry as a result of his great-grandmother often calling him to the foot of her bed to sing songs of praise that soothed her pain in her final days of battling sickness. Earnest recall being told, 'You possess the same anointing David had, when he ministered, he refreshed Saul'. It was apparent even at that age that the Lord had gifted him with something exceptional. Acquiring his musical training as a youth in church, he began to realize that music would play an important role in his life. By age 12, he found himself singing before thousands at the Church of God in Christ Convocation in Memphis, Tennessee. Shortly thereafter, he was sought out by the groundbreaking gospel pioneer, O'landa Draper who asked him to join his group, O'landa Draper and associates. His tenure with the group was short-lived,for he decided to join the United States Army. It was while serving on active duty at Fort Hood, Texas, that God confirmed and affirmed his call into the ministry. He quickly joined the Christian House Of Prayer under the leadership of Bishop Nathaniel Holsomb. During his time at Fort Hood, Earnest served faithfully for over a decade as one of the Praise Team Leaders and Assistant Director of the Rhema Choir. He was known worldwide as the 'singing soldier'. Using his gift at prayer breakfasts, wedding, funerals, concerts and recording sessions. Following his departure from military service, he continued to pursue his love for music. His pursuit opened doors for major appearances on such networks as the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) and Black Entertainment Television (BET), including one of BET's top rated shows, Bobby Jones Gospel. His career wasn't just limited to that of singing, but he also found that he had a talent for acting as well. In his acting career he has made appearances in major stage plays such as, 'Love The One You're With' and renowned playwright Michael Matthews, 'Secret Lover'. It was after receiving rave reviews for his performance while understudying with Ollie Woodson, made famous as a member of the Temptations, and EJ Jihnson of the group Enchantment, that his career really blossomed. Catching the eye of playwrights Angela Barrow anf Lizzie Berry, known for their wirk on, Why Good Girls Like Bad Boys', he was tapped as an actor in their play, 'Real Men Pray'. Pugh was also a featured soloist on a number of the tracks on the soundtrack of, 'Real Men Pray'. Word spread quickly of his acting and singing talents and soon thereafter, he was being inundated with offers to record with a number of well-known gospel choirs, including The Texas Mass Choir's project entitled The Beacon Light Church Project where Bishop Darryl S. Brister pastors. The Christian House Of Prayer Church Project with Bishop Nathaniel Holcomb, and the Ebenezer AME Church Project where Rev. Dr. Grainger Browning pastors. Touring (as an artist and an actor) in every major market allowed him to share the spotlight with such phenomenal artists as Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Daryl Coley, Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin, Kim Burrell, Richard Smallwood, Men Of Standard, Byron Cage, Inger Reid, Melissa Morgan, Ron Winans, BeBe Winan and a host of others. Furthering his calling to preach the word of God, he made the decision to continue his education. He received his Masters of Divinity Degree from Howard University's School Of Divinity in Washington, D.C. He is also on staff at Ebenezer AME Church in Fort Washington, Maryland. Under the leadership of Senior Minister of Church Worship and Music Administration and Gospo Centric recording artist Minister Byron Cage. Pugh is the Minister of Music to the Youth Department at Ebenezer. Earnest motto is, 'To God Be The Glory For The Wonderful Things He Has Done, Is Doing and Will Do.
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