TBGB Pick of the Week: February 26, 2007

“Just For Who You Are”
Earnest Pugh
From the release Earnest Pugh Live – A Worshipper’s Perspective
Crystal Rose Records 2006

On the relaxed “Just For Who You Are,” Memphis native Earnest Pugh sings at slow simmer until the recording’s latter moments, when he and the live audience together build the song’s intensity to the boiling point. As such, Pugh’s performance parallels a minister’s strengthening of his sermon from exposition to exhilaration. The energy of the spirit-filled audience, responding to Pugh’s passionate delivery, is enough to sell the song.

Formerly, if only briefly, a member of O’Landa Draper and the Associates, Pugh now serves as Director of Praise at Ebenezer AME Church in Ft. Washington, Maryland.

About Bob Marovich

Bob Marovich is a gospel music historian, author, and radio host. Founder of Journal of Gospel Music blog (formally The Black Gospel Blog) and producer of the Gospel Memories Radio Show.

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