earnest_pugh_web.jpgGospel singer Earnest Pugh’s recent #1 Billboard gospel radio hit I Need Your Glory has crossed over to the urban adult contemporary radio charts.

The song recently moved up to #23 on the Mediabase Urban AC chart and #30 on Billboard’s Adult R&B Airplay chart.

“It's an honor to be embraced by Urban AC radio,” Pugh said. “This milestone in my career solidifies my belief that in bad times people gravitate to the Good News and good ole hard work pays off.”

Pugh thrilled a sold-out Stellar Award audience at the Grand Ole Opry with a riveting medley of I Need Your Glory and Rain On Us. Legendary choir leader Ricky Dillard, who was in the audience, described Pugh as “just awesome,” according to a statement from Pugh’s publicist.

“His performance was a highlight of the night,” Dillard is quoted as saying.

The Stellar Awards will air on the GMC Cable Channel at 7, 9 and 11 p.m. Feb. 11.

A Memphis native who was mentored by Grammy Award winning choir leader O’Landa Draper in the 1990s, Pugh released his first solo CD in 2006 and showed off his five-octave vocals on the radio hit Wrapped Up, Tied Up, Tangled Up.

After years of making respectable forays into gospel, Pugh finally hit it big in 2009 with Rain On Us. He followed up with other radio chart hits such as The Great I Am and Perfect Peace before hitting #1 again with I Need Your Glory.


Photo: Earnest Pugh’s