For almost a year, Earnest Pugh‘s “Rain on Us” has been one of the most popular songs on gospel radio station playlists and in Sunday morning church services. Aside from reaching #1 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart, the track has established the veteran singer and stage actor as one of the most in-demand voices in Christian music today. Now, Abundant Harvest Entertainment is supplying the growing public demand for more Earnest Pugh music with the new radio single, “Why Should I Not Be Bound?”
There’s already an incredible buzz about Pugh’s mesmerizing and dramatic live performance of the song that was written by Detroit- based songwriter Rudolph Stanfield who composed gospel classics such as Vanessa Bell Armstrong’s “I’m Going Through,” Colorado Mass Choir’s “Stir Up The Gift,” and Rev. James Moore’s “Bread of Heaven.” It was originally released as “Perfect Peace” by Keith Pringle in 1984 and became a #1 gospel smash. Marvin Sapp and James Grear both covered it; but Pugh has made the song totally his own with awe-inspiring high notes, testifying, and the New Jersey-based Abundant Harvest Choir’s warm and luscious call and responses.
“First of all, I feel honored to have been asked by Bishop Evans and the producers – Gary E. Diggs and Lonnie Hunter to grace the lead microphone on the remake of `Why Should I Be Bound (Perfect Peace)?’ ” Pugh said in a news release. “This is sure to resonate in the hearts of people because it speaks to the current reality of many who allow fear, doubt, and unbelief to rob them of their joy and peace. Thankfully, the opening line of this song gives an assuring message of hope by where it says, `God will keep you in perfect peace if you keep your mind stayed on Him.’ We need this assurance amidst this terrible economic downturn.”
The soon-to-be hit is the third single from the CD, “Bishop David G. Evans Presents Automatic Praise!” The last single was the rousing foot stomper “This Joy” that was written and led by Tracy Shy with the Abundant Harvest Choir. The song spent twenty weeks on the Billboard Hot Gospel Songs chart and peaked at #20 before moving to the Top 10 on the Billboard Recurrent chart.