Gospel Music mogul Earnest Pugh has an extensive discography of albums, singles, and musical collaborations to go with a five-octave vocal range. With numerous chart-topping albums and Top 30 Billboard singles, Earnest’s playlist of hits continues to grow each year.
He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, the seventh of nine children. His mother was the first to notice Earnest's singing ability and encouraged him to sing. Earnest briefly sang with the Grammy Award-winning gospel choir, O'Landa Draper & The Associates, before enlisting in the Army and remained there for fifteen years. In 2001, he became a worship leader at Ebenezer AME Church in the Washington, D.C. area.
After seeking recording contracts from major gospel record labels and being rejected, Earnest decided to launch his own label in 2006. His first album, Earnest Pugh Live: A Worshipper's Perspective, featured the radio single "Wrapped Up, Tied Up, Tangled Up" and laid the foundation for his career. A chance meeting with Blacksmoke Worldwide Gospel Records founder Kerry Douglas, who had taken James Fortune & FIYA and Keith Wonder Boy Johnson to the top of the gospel charts, would be pivotal to Earnest's evolution as a national artist. "He [Douglas] told me back in 2008 that he could take my single "Rain On Us" to number one and he did just that in less than eight weeks,"
In the early summer of 2011, Pugh delivered the album Earnestly Yours, which featured a re-recording of James Fortune's track, "I Need Your Glory." The song shot to the Top Ten in a few weeks and stayed on the Billboard Hot Gospel Songs chart for ten weeks. The album helped Earnest garner four Stellar Award nominations, including Artist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year.
His 2017 album Survive produced a hit song, "God Wants To Heal You," that would again top the charts from his 2018 album The Unsung Hits, Vol. 1.