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It’s the most wonderful time of the year for Gospel music’s #1 balladeer Earnest Pugh. His new “Christmas with Earnest Pugh & Friends” (EPM Music Group) CD has debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart and it’s pulling in critical reviews in scores of media outlets ranging from gospel blogs to the prestigious jazz magazine, Downbeat. The Belle Report recognizes his latest release as “a must have for your music collection” and Downbeat’s Frank-John Hadley proclaims the set, “the most stirring Christmas gospel music release of the year.”

Bob Marovich of the Black Gospel Blog gives the fourteen-track CD four out of five stars and writes that, “Pugh possesses a handsome baritone voice that can caress a song and sanctify at the same time…it is this technique he employs on his Christmas CD.”

Christmas music has always been a staple in Pugh’s home. “With very little money and twelve kids – music was all we had when I was growing up,” Pugh remembers. “Our household was filled with love, music and good food during the holidays. This CD is near and dear to my heart because it was one of the final requests that my mother made just prior to passing away on New Year’s Eve 2006, that I make a Christmas CD. “

Now, that he’s fulfilled his mom’s last wish and won over a few media critics, Pugh is literally taking this holiday CD on the road. The tour features most of the guest artists from the project such as the smooth tenor of Quadrius Salters. baritone Keith Williams, powerhouse soprano Chrystal Rucker and the traditional choir sounds of the fiery young group, Vincent Tharpe & Kenois. The tour will hit several churches around the country over the next few weeks and the artists will make guest stops during live remotes at Lowe’s Home Improvement Centers with the nationally syndicated “Yolanda Adams Morning Show” in Columbia, SC and Largo, MD. The tour stops are listed below. For more information on EPM Music Group, visit

11/28            @ 7:00 PM             Concord Baptist Church, Dallas, TX.

12/07            @ 6:00 AM             Lowe’s Home Improvement, Columbia, SC.

12/09            @ 6:00 PM             Tabernacle Baptist Church, Petersburg, VA.

12/12             @ 7:30 PM            Victory Christian Center, Philadelphia, PA.

12/13             @ 7:00 PM            Open Door Church, Philadelphia, PA.

12/14             @ 6:00 AM            Lowe’s Home Improvement, Largo, MD.

12/14            @ 7:00 PM             One Way Family Worship Center, Chicago, IL.

12/16             @ 1:00 PM            Four Seasons Mall Amphitheater, Greensboro, NC.

12/18             @ 7:00 PM            Destiny Christian Center, Barstow, CA.

12/19            @ 7:00 PM             Calvary Revival Church, Norfolk, VA.

12/20             @ 7:00 PM            Beacon Light of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA.

12/21             @ 7:00 PM            Abundant Life Tabernacle FGBC, New Orleans, LA.

12/22             @ 7:00 PM            Miss En Place, Tampa, FL.

12/23             @ 7:00 PM            City of Praise Church, Greenbelt, MD.

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