Earnest Pugh Reflects on What His New #1 Record "Thank You So Much" Means to Him
Earnest Pugh scores his fourth #1 single this week. Pugh's "Thank You So Much" zooms up to the top position on both the Billboard Gospel Airplay and the Mediabase Gospel Songs chart for the week ending March 5, 2022 The song was written by Apostle Kevin Davidson; and produced by Michael Bereal and Keith Williams.
According to Pugh, after recovering from Covid-19 in 2020, the song became his anthem. He writes, "I recall laying flat on my back having complications with breathing due to Covid. I said to myself `my praise will never be the same'...those two words THANK YOU would take on a new meaning for me."
Pugh credits Blacksmoke Music CEO, Kerry Douglas for all his success at radio. He states, "It goes without saying that no one has been able to propel my efforts as an artist like Kerry Douglas. Kerry knows me as a person first which is why he has been able to get results from me as an artist. We both agree that its not been easy. We have argued in studio for hours, debated on what song to send to radio, and even walked away from each other as business partners for a season but at the end of the day our common goal is "to be in it to win it!"
Douglas echoes Pugh's sentiments, "I have nothing but love for Earnest Pugh. He is indeed a great artist with a consistent track record of delivering great music especially when people need to hear it. Every successful relationship has its shares of ups and downs as we have, the fact remains that we are able to pull it together and make it work, God does the rest and He brings us to Glory days like this, so congrats Earnest, one more time."
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 the likes of 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.
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