Gospel music’s smoothest balladeer Earnest Pugh is back with an uplifting song of hope and inspiration entitled “Trade It All” from his forthcoming EP “Fully Persuaded” (EPM/P-Man). The compelling tune was written and produced by Lucius B. Hoskins who masterminded Zacardi Cortez’ radio smash “1 on 1” that spent five weeks at #1 on Billboard Magazine’s Gospel Airplay chart in 2013. Hear a snippet of “Trade It All”: https://soundcloud.com/earnest-pugh/snippet-of-trade-it-all-by-earnest-pugh
“This song reminds me of the feeling I had when I first heard `Rain On Us’,” says Pugh who is best known for the #1 hits “Rain On Us” and “I Need Your Glory” which spent nine weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart. “I wrote the song for Earnest at least four years ago but he never got around to recording it because his label took him into another direction,” Hoskins adds. “I recently ran into him and reminded him about the song and the timing was right so we cut it.”
“It’s a beast of a song, “ Pugh says as he reflects on music industry pressure to create assembly line hits even within the gospel music world. “I was thinking about where I am in my career and was like to heck with all this other stuff people want me to do. To be in God’s presence and perfect will is more valuable to me at the end of the day. I went in the studio, turned the lights down and nailed it in one take and no edits.”
Now, Pugh is anxious to get on the road and share this new music. “I’m going to be doing some radio station events and other promotional events alongside my regular concert dates,” the five-octave singer announces. “I feel really good about things and I feel like this is one of the best songs I’ve ever recorded.” Visit www.earnestpugh.com for more news and information.