SOMERSET – Stellar Award-winning singer Earnest Pugh will perform during a free Raise the Praise concert at First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens.
The performance, sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens (FBCLG) Music and Arts Ministry, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25 at FBCLG, 771 Somerset Street, Somerset. Doors open at 6 p.m. A free will offering will be collected.
“First Baptist tries to bring the best in art and music into this area,” said Ann Young, director of music at FBCLG. “To offer the concert without a fee encourages people to go to that event. They don’t have to spend $40 or $50 and they can still get a quality show.”
Pugh, an En Sound Male Vocalist of the Year, has experienced success he only dreamed of just a few short years ago. With the release of the project, “Rain On Us,” and its title tune, Pugh was heard on gospel radio stations nationwide and was catapulted to super stardom in the gospel music industry.
His smash hit single “Rain On Us” escalated to the no. 1 position on Billboard’s Top Gospel Singles Radio Chart and became the sixth most popular song of 2010. The second single, “The Great I Am,” helped the CD, which featured gospel icons Vanessa Bell Armstrong and Richard Smallwood, to peak at no. 2 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums Chart.
Pugh, an Independent Music Award Winner for Gospel Album of the Year, is expected to provide a full concert. In addition to Pugh, the FBCLG Finger Singers of Faith, a children’s sign language group, and the church’s mass choir will perform.
Pugh’s new CD, “Earnestly Yours,” will be in stores June 28, but he may have advance copies for sale after the concert. His new single is “I Need Your Glory.” But, he will definitely be selling his award-winning CD “Rain On Us” after the concert, Young said.
First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens (FBCLG) was founded in 1937 by a congregation that embraced the black church tradition and doctrinal style, but today is best understood as a multi-cultural church. Over the years, FBCLG has grown from a handful of members to 7,000. Inspired by its senior pastor, the Rev. Dr. DeForest B. Soaries, Jr., who has a history of community activism, FBCLG has become a church without walls by reaching out and impacting the community in areas of housing, employment, health care and youth and economic development. The focus of FBCLG is to provide a three-dimensional ministry that nurtures spiritual growth, supports academic excellence and promotes economic empowerment.