Earnest Pugh has scored a new feat in his illustrious career as a chart-topping gospel singer, songwriter, and author. His current radio single, “Thank You So Much,” is No. 1 on both the Billboard Gospel Airplay and the Mediabase Gospel Songs chart for the week ending March 5, 2022.
For over two decades, Pugh has been known across the globe for his deep catalog of inspiring songs that have earned him 50 million digital streams and over a dozen Billboard Gospel Airplay chart hits, including his three previous no. 1 smashes, “I Need Your Glory,” “God Wants to Heal You,” and his signature tune, “Rain on Us.”
“First of all, it’s an honor to sit in this place of honor for the 4th time in my career,” says Pugh. “Secondly, this song was my post-covid anthem after battling Covid for several weeks—literally the sentiments of my heart because I know millions didn’t make it, but I was one of those who did.
This was the second #1 single from `The Outpour Experience’ album, which is a miracle because it was released in the middle of a pandemic and overlooked by man, but this is a sign to Kerry and myself that God’s hand is on this body of work.”
ABOUT PUGH: The Memphis native has sung in church all his life. After a fifteen-year military career, he launched his recording career as a gospel artist in the early 2000s.
Over the years, he’s become known in particular for both his poignant ballads such as “Rain on Us” and his worship anthems such as “The Great I Am.” Along the way, he’s collaborated with Rance Allen, Beverly Crawford, J Moss, Richard Smallwood, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, and Shirley Caesar, among others.
He has B.A. and M.A. degrees from Howard University and will earn a Ph.D. in Theology and Christian Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2023.