Gospel Music’s Leading Man – Earnest Pugh – best known for the #1 gospel classics “Rain On Us” and “I Need Your Glory” – showered his fans from the DMV (Washington, DC; Maryland and Virginia) with an electrifying set of songs from his forthcoming September 17th CD “The W.I.N. (Worship in Nassau) Experience” this past Saturday at The historic Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C.
Hosted by the city’s Praise 104.1 FM midday personality Cheryl Jackson and Lil Mo of TV One’s “R&B Divas” reality show, the evening got a jumpstart with the force of nature known as Brittney Wright who had audience members pumping their hands into the air as she sang her latest hit “Be Alright.” From there, EPM recording artist Keith Williams thrilled the audience with three tracks from his CD “Tone For Worship” that hits stores on September 10th. The sultry tenor and DMV native kept the energy high as he launched into the rocking “So Good To Be Back” before teaching the audience to hilariously two-step Chicago-style on “As For Me and My House.” He closed his set with the thunderous song of affirmation and triumph, “Behind Me Now.”
Williams then turned the show over to Pugh who blew the roof off the building with a high-octane litany of praise numbers that ignited with “Everybody Lift Him” from the new CD. It had the audience standing and clapping along as Pugh worked the stage. He warned the crowd that he had to soon leave to catch a plane but not before launching into an extended medley of “Rain On Us” and “I Need Your Glory” that showed Pugh’s five-octave vocal range to be in particularly good form with elongated notes and colorful flourishes that breathed new life into the songs. Pugh closed with an impassioned reading of his current radio smash “More of You” before jetting off to Houston.
But, the show wasn’t over yet. Charles Butler & Trinity, the choir that originally backed Pugh on “Rain on Us,” showed their dynamic skills on a stirring-set of songs that featured “More Than Enough” from their EPM Music Group digital CD, “Better.” Lil Mo closed the concert with a down home churchy set of songs that left the patrons spiritually inspired and floating on a natural high. Fans can get news updates on Earnest Pugh at his online hub of earnestpugh.com and EPM acts at http://epmmusicgroup.com.